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Nuns show their funny side in LMT’s Nunsense

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Don’t miss  LMT‘s amazing production of Nunsense, which continues May 12-14 at the Sterndale Bennett Theatre.
 I was running the spotlight for opening night May 5 and was very impressed, as I always am, by the breadth of talent Lethbridge has.Chris Peterson rehearsing for Nunsense. Photo by Richard Amery
Six super talented ladies have  a whole lot of fun with nuns for this Lethbridge Musical Theatre fundraising presentation.
 Catholicism takes a few friendly jabs from six talented, sassy nuns played by Monica Baczuk, Monique Prusky, Andrea Twedt, Eva Stanley and Megan Wittig.

 It isn’t just a parody of  religion, it is a heartfelt  story about people trying to raise money for a good and tragic cause— in this case burying several  poisoned sisters. All of the nuns sing about their pretty fascinating backgrounds during their “fundraising variety concert” to help bury a few of their dearly departed sisters, accidentally poisoned by Sister “Julia Child -of-God’s soup.

 They crack jokes, get the audience involved in a quiz abut Catholicism and sing a variety of styles of music including jazz, boogie woogie and, of course, gospel which pianist Jillian Bracken effortlessly plays.

 It is tough to chose a favourite nun, but I found delightfully dotty, yet innocent  Sister Mary Amnesia, played by Eva Stanley, steals the show with  her physical humour and well timed jokes especially during her audience quiz. Her dialogue with “Sister Marionette” is priceless as she interacts with a nun puppet on her hand.

Sister  Robert Anne, played by  Andrea Twedt is also hilarious as the brash, bus driving, singer wanna be.
Sister Mary Leo aka Chris Peterson shows of some pretty ballet moves  during her spotlight. As always Monique Prusky showed off her powerful voice. She ably plays up her conflict with Mother Superior (Monica Baczuk).


 Baczuk is superb as tightrope walker turned stern Mother Superior. She adds some hilarious physical comedy.
 As a bonus, Megan Wittig, who is best known as an opera singer with the U of L opera workshops shows substantial comedic chops as the brazen understudy. Her jazzy second set opening number is a highlight of the show.

The second act opens in a musical note but also features a hilarious comedy bit as the sisters go through some of the sightly off colour recipes in Sister Julia  Childs of God’s cook book

 Another  second act highlight  is a duet between  Monica Baczuk and Monique Prusky abut singing in harmony. They sing beautifully together.
 All of the actresses get to show off  various skills in  solo numbers.
 Nunsense continues at the Sterndale Bennett theatre, May 12-14.
Tickets  for Nunsense are $25 at Yates Ticket Centre (403)-329-7328. The show begins  at 8 p.m each night

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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