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‘Nunsense’ will fill the Kirby with laughter

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“Nunsense is habit-forming. So don’t miss a chance to grab tickets for Nunsense: The Mega Musical at the Kirby Cultural Arts Complex on Feb. 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. This show is blessed with incredible cast members who have been both working hard and having the time of their lives getting this show ready for the stage.

The pre-show dinner is only $15 and you’ll be entertained by this incredible cast in the Kirby Rebirth area before you head downstairs for the show. Dinner reservations must be purchased by Feb. 7. Catering is being provided by Southern Edge Catering. Bettie Yarborough will have wine and beer available for purchase.

Since the show arrived from creator Dan Goggin in 1985, generations of audiences and performers alike have been enjoying this incredible show. While the story line has a touch of dark humor, it plays into downright fun and giggles. Nunsense is set in the auditorium of the Mount Saint Helens School where it is time for a fundraiser. Fifty-two nuns from the Little Sisters of Hoboken convent were struck dead because Sister Julia Child of God served them up some botulism in a batch of vichyssoise. The few remaining nuns only survived because they were out playing bingo that night. Forty eight of those nuns have been buried, but four more are being chilled in a freezer until the funds are raised for their burials. Hopefully this fundraiser brings enough money in.

Director Ray Pearce feels honored to be a part of this show with this amazing cast and musicians. “I have pushed the cast and musicians so hard on this show…yet they all went above and beyond. I am so very proud of all their hard work. As a director…I talk and point, those on the stage, in the music pit and back stage do all the work. In a nutshell...the show is funny, funny and funny. It has amazing music, puppets, dance and yes, a few serious moments. So, I encourage you to come out to the Kirby and support the show and all the arts that the Kirby offers to us. Oh yes…and be prepared to laugh,” Pearce said.

The music of Nunsense is varied in style, upbeat, fun and often surprising as it enhances the comedy and the characters. You may find yourself clapping along, cheering, laughing or doing all of them at the same time. The music is challenging, and I could not be prouder of this cast’s effort and determination to deliver an excellent performance,” said music director Mike Moose. Sister Robert Ann (otherwise known as Heidi Foltz) grew up Catholic, so when she heard Nunsense was going to be performed at the Kirby, she knew she wanted to audition. “I sure would’ve liked school a lot more if the nuns had been as fun as the ones in this cast,” Foltz said.

Michele Reed (who plays Rev. Mother Sister Mary Regina) says, “Nunsense has been around for quite a while and I first saw it back in 80’s when I was invited as a member of the Sisters of Bon Secours to preview it. When the opportunity to audition came up, to be honest, I had to look back at the play and re-read it to see if it was still funny. Most of it still made me laugh out loud. The cast is small and with the right people I knew that could be a blast. They are exceptionally talented, fun-loving, dedicated and an extremely caring lot of folks. I’ve been doing community theatre for 49 years and I’ve never had as much fun as I have at the Kirby. Here it’s all about the fun and I think that really translates to the audience’s delight.”

Tickets are on sale now and range in price from $20/ $16/$10 and $8 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the Kirby Gallery, over the telephone with Visa/MasterCard/Discover/American Express, or online at www.kirbytheater.com. Concessions will be sold before the show and during intermission.

The Kirby Cultural Arts Complex is located at 213 North Main St., Roxboro. For more information, call the Kirby Box Office at 336-597-1709 or visit the website at www.kirbytheater.com. Box office hours are Tuesday-Friday 1-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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