LUMBERTON — “Nunsense, the Musical” opens at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in downtown Lumberton beginning Friday.
Shows are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as June 16, 17 and 18.
Directed by the theater’s resident artist, Kendrix Singletary, “Nunsense” follows the crazy antics of five nuns from the Little Sisters of Hoboken convent. When their cook, Sister Julia, child of God, accidentally serves up some tainted soup, 52 of the sisters are poisoned and die, leaving only five nuns who were not at home the day of the toxic meal.
When the convent’s first-in-charge, Rev. Mother Regina, splurges on a plasma TV, the sisters find themselves strapped for cash and needing to bury four dead nuns. The nuns decide to put on a benefit performance in the setting of the musical “Grease” in order to raise the rest of the money before the health department discovers their secret.
The cast features regional performers, including Reverend Mother Regina, a former circus performer played by Jeanne Koonce; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices played by Jackie Johnson-Hill; a streetwise nun named Sister Robert Anne played by Marla Bullock; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is a wannabe ballerina played by Starling Nicole Bruce; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head, played by Tammy Bradley.
Immediately after the Friday performance there will be a “Nuns Night Out” opening night reception featuring light hors d’oeuvres, sweets and wine with the “Nunsense” cast. Also featured at this event will be Stephens Vineyard and Winery providing free samples of wine with the option to purchase bottles if desired. Cost of the reception is $15 in addition to show ticket purchase.
Tickets are $25 for individuals; $22 for seniors ages 65 and over and for members of the military; $10 for students; and $20 for SRMC PrivilegesPlus members. There is a group rate of $17 per ticket with the advanced purchase of 10 or more tickets at the same time. Tickets can be purchased at any time online through the theater’s website at www.carolinaciviccenter.com, or in person from noon until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the theater’s administrative offices or by calling the theater at 910-738-4339. The theater lobby box office opens for ticket sales one hour before a performance.
The theater is located at 315 N. Chestnut St. in Lumberton.