Get ready for a lot of fun, laughs and ‘nunsense’!
Next weekend, Maria Immacolata Catholic Church will host three showings of the popular, comedic musical “Nunsense” at its gathering center on church grounds, 246 Corporate Drive in Houma, to benefit Maria Immacolata Catholic School (MICS).
“Nunsense is a hilarious spoof about the misadventures of five nuns trying to manage a fundraiser. Sadly, the rest of the sisterhood died from botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia,” reads a synopsis on stageagent.com. “Thus, the remaining nuns – ballet-loving Sister Leo, street-wise Sister Robert Anne, befuddled Sister Mary Amnesia, the Mother Superior Sister Regina and mistress of the novices Sister Mary Hubert – stage a talent show in order to raise the money to bury their dearly departed.”
“It is just a wonderful play that allows people to just appreciate the beauty of being Catholic, be able to laugh at what’s Catholic and be able to celebrate what’s Catholic through the eyes of these five nuns,” Director Karen Schilling said.
Schilling directed the show when it first premiered in Houma 29 years ago. The show has been a community favorite ever since, Schilling said, and they incorporated fun pieces to the current production that locals will get enjoyment out of.
Along with Schilling, original cast members Jeanne Scott (Sister Mary Regina), Sue Peace (Sister Mary Amnesia) and Ginny Medina Hamilton (Sister Robert Anne) return to bring their talent and experience to next weekend’s play as well.
“This is an opportunity for people to come and see the original people that made these roles in this area, that brought these characters to life,” Schilling said.
The three will be joined by the gifted mother-daughter team of Debra (Sister Mary Hubert) and Jana Gorr (Sister Mary Leo).
“We have a very talented and dedicated cast,” Schilling said. “And then, all of the different folks that are helping, including people at the school, are lending their talents and getting all of these things done.”
Showgoers can see “Nunsense” — which will have free refreshments for attendees after each show — Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m.
Reservations for the show are $25 per person and can be acquired by calling MICS at 985–876–1631.
All proceeds from the show benefit MICS, which has been going through financial hardships. In addition to helping keep the school open, the funds will go towards the school’s upkeep as well.
“It’s for a great cause; it’s a fantastic little school,” said Schilling on why people should attend the play. “The other reason is that if you want to come take a break from everything that’s serious and controversial in the world, I can guarantee you will get a lot of laughs out of this.”