Nunsense opens in Vermillion Dec. 19

Nunsense opens in Vermillion Dec. 19 The Vermillion Community Theatre will present the musical comedy Nunsense by Dan Goggin opening Dec. 19 and running through Dec. 22 with curtain at 8 p.m. each night, except for Sunday, when a matinee will be presented at 2 p.m.

Performances will be held at the Vermillion High School Performing Arts Center, located at 100 East Main Street in Vermillion.

Two dinner theatre performances are offered as well for a unique experience. A four course dinner will be available on Friday and Saturday of the run.

The show is about the Little Sisters of Hoboken who operate the Mount Saint Helen's School in Hoboken, NJ. Originally founded as a missionary order, they started out running a leper colony on an island south of France. Forced to leave the island when they lost control to a group of Protestant competitors, they returned to Hoboken. They went unnoticed until one day their cook, Sister Julia Child of God, unwittingly served some tainted French onion soup and 52 sisters died of botulism. Fortunately a few of the sisters were off playing bingo and were spared.

Upon discovering the disaster, Mother Superior had a vision in which she was told to start a greeting card company to raise funds for the burials of the 52. The greeting cards were an enormous success and thinking there was plenty of money, Reverend Mother bought a JVC digital movie camera and Sony DVD player with surround sound for the convent.

When she realized there was only enough money left to bury 48, she decided to stage a talent show to raise the money to bury the last four sisters who were put on ice in the convent deep freeze. This is their hilarious show.

The show is directed by Daniel L. Miller, who directed last summer's Vermillion community hit Robin Hood; Spirit of the Greene and most recently directed the British farce Taking Steps by Alan Ayckbourn for the USD Theatre department.

Musical director is Anthony Burbach, an EMT with Vermillion and Sioux City, IA. The shows choreography is by Trisha Fisher.

The cast includes Melissa Vatter-Miller as the Reverend Mother, a stern leader of the order who is known for her quick wit and unique laugh. Sister Mary Hubert, the second in command, is performed by Erin Conlon, who appeared as the Minstrel in last summer's Robin Hood.

Gretchen Burbach has the unique role of Sister Mary Amnesia, a nun who came to the convent without any memory after a crucifix fell on her head. Gretchen is a choir director for the Vermillion school district. Sister Mary Robert, a street wise nun, is played by Anna Wellsfry. Sister Mary Leo and Sister Mary Bernadette are played by Heather Carlyle and Cathy Andela, respectively.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for youth. The Vermillion Community Theatre is also offering dinner to go along with the performances on Friday and Saturday night. Tickets for both the performance and a four course meal are $20 for adults and $17 for youth.

These need to be picked up in advance or reserved. Dinner on Friday and Saturday nights of the performance will begin at 6 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at Nook 'n Cranny or Davis Pharmacy in Vermillion. Reservations can be made by calling 605-624-7845.

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