Who’s ready for a break from all the nonsense? Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) opens its 9th mainstage season with one of Off-Broadway’s most popular musical comedies, “Nunsense.”
The show opens Friday, Sept. 17, and runs three weekends through Sunday, Oct. 3. Performances are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees Sept. 19, 26 and Oct. 3.
This comedic spoof follows the misadventures of the Little Sisters of Hoboken trying to manage a fundraiser. Sadly, after the deaths of the rest of the sisterhood from botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia (Child of God), the remaining nuns stage a talent show to raise money to bury their dearly departed. Participating in the project are Mother Superior Sister Regina, a former circus performer who cannot resist the spotlight; her competitive but dignified rival, second-in-command Sister Mary Hubert; Sister Robert Anne, a streetwise nun from Brooklyn; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is determined to be the world’s first ballerina nun; and wacky, childlike Sister Mary Amnesia, who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head.
With book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin, “Nunsense” is “sinfully” funny musical hit that will have you shouting ha-ha-lleluia! The concept originated as a line of greeting cards. The cards caught on so quickly that Mr. Goggin decided to expand the concept into a cabaret show.
The original production of “Nunsense” opened on Dec. 12, 1985, at the Off-Broadway Cherry Lane Theatre, moving to the Douglas Fairbanks Theater for the majority of its 10-year run. It ran for 3,672 performances, becoming the second-longest running Off-Broadway show in history (after “The Fantasticks”).
For all its wackiness, "Nunsense" has the ring of personal experience. Goggin, a former seminarian, was brought up in Roman Catholic schools.
"Many of the nuns who taught me were funny people … Every nun in the show is based on someone I knew growing up. Of all the people who attend the show, the greatest fans are priests and nuns," he said in a New York Times article.
This production is directed by ECTC producing artistic director Nathanael Fisher. Musical direction is by Mary Jeter the choreographer is Lauren Kolmetz.
The cast features Darla Briganti (Mother Superior) with Alexandra Johnson (Sister Mary Amnesia), Karly Johnson (Sister Mary Leo), Hillary Marshall (Sister Robert Anne), and Maddalena Ostrowski (Sister Mary Hubert). Linda Del Grego and Meghan Horrigan are understudies.
Briganti, an Orlando native known to local junior thespians as “Miss Darla,” has worked as an actor, singer, dancer, director, choreographer, theater educator and acting coach in a career that spans 40 years. Her most treasured roles to date include the title roles in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” and “Mame,” as well as Mama Rose in “Gypsy” and Hannah in “Spitfire Grill” on ECTC’s stage.
Lighting and set design are by Rebeca Lake. Costume and prop design is by Anna Fisher. Sound design and stage management is by Phillip Padgett.
A part of the Professional Theatre Mainstage series, “Nunsense” will be staged in ECTC’s performance space located on the second floor of 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard Town Center in Miramar Beach.
The show runs around 1 hour and 50 minutes with one 15-minute intermission.
Tickets to “Nunsense” are $36 per person for adults, $34 for seniors (55 years-old and up)/military and $30 for students (must show ID). Purchase tickets online at www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org
ECTC VIP Memberships are on sale now. VIP memberships are from $400 per person. VIP Membership includes: one ticket to each of the six Professional Productions, and four Flex Pass* tickets to use for any Theatre for Young Audiences, Theatre for the Very Young, or Educational Theatre production. Other benefits include a VIP name tag, VIP reserved seats (advanced reservations required) to the productions, access to the VIP Lounge, eight complimentary drinks (wine, beer, or water) for the season, recognition on the ECTC website and in the printed programs, and 10 percent off all classes, camps, and additional tickets for shows. *Does not include tickets for the Storyteller Series, Cabarets, Special Events, and Fundraisers. www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org/support
To purchase tickets or VIP Memberships call (850) 684-0323 or visit www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org
ECTC is implementing its Safety Protocol Plan to ensure our patrons can enjoy all offerings in a safe environment. Patrons can find the detailed plan on ECTC’s website.
Save the date for ECTC’s upcoming mainstage offerings: “Miracle on 34th Street” (Dec. 9-19); “The Marvelous Wonderettes” (Jan. 21-23, Feb. 10-13, Mar. 3-6); “Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage” (Jan. 28-Feb. 6); “2 Across” (Feb. 18-27) and “Xanadu” (May 13-22).
StoryTeller Series: “Shirley Valentine” starring Shirley Simpson (Oct 5); “The Fall of April” (Jan. 11); “Give ‘Em Hell Harry” (Feb. 8) and “Katharine Hepburn” starring Shirley Simpson (Mar. 3).
ECTC’s 2021-2022 season is made possible with support from Grand Boulevard Town Center, St. Joe Community Foundation, Howard Group, and the South Walton Tourist Development Council.
For information on sponsoring ECTC, call Nathanael Fisher at (850) 684-0323 or visit emeraldcoasttheatre.org/sponsorship
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