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Nunsense is habit-forming

Comedy hits stage in inaugural community theatre production

Posted By Barbara Simpson — Delhi News-Record
Posted 16 days ago

While nuns may stereotypically lack funny bones, local actresses are putting a comedic spin on these religious authoritarians, doling out their own first communion of community theatre at Backstage Capitol.

The musical comedy Nunsense is being staged by a team of local actresses, including Nunsense veteran Joan Minnery who has appeared in several sequels in the popular theatre series. It also marks the first community theatre production that Backstage Capitol has undertaken, requiring the local theatre to purchase the rights to stage the Catholic comedy.

"It's very, very funny," said Minnery, who is both directing and starring in the local production. "There is a lot of Catholic humour and I'm a Catholic and we laugh at ourselves anyway."

The Catholic comedy follows the antics of the Little Sisters of Hoboken when they return from an African mission. They discover that their cook, Sister Julia, has accidentally poisoned 52 sisters, but they only have enough money to bury 48 of them. The ragtag group of nuns — Mother Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices, Sister Robert Anne, a streetwise nun from Brooklyn; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is a wannabe ballerina; and Sister Mary Amnesia, a nun who has lost her memory after a crucifix fell on her head — decide to put on a variety show to raise the much-needed money. The audience is treated with a variety of dance, comedic surprises, and of course, music.

The show's offering of song will even make the most stringent Catholics giggle; the cast starts off the production with their theme song Nunsense is Habit-Forming and later on entertains with the tune Tackle That Temptation with a Time-Step.

The fun of the Catholic comedic series has created truly habit-forming behaviour for Minnery. The Brantford actress has starred as Sister Robert Anne in three sequels to the original Nunsense. However, this is the first time she has directed a Nunsense play — a feat she has found difficult while also starring in habit on the big stage.

"What I told the girls is it is hard to act and direct," she explained, adding she has sat out of some rehearsals to watch her fellow actresses perform.

Over the last few months, she and the rest of the cast — local actresses Tessa Farkas, Tara Powell-Geysens, Tina Gates and Christine Trembley-Brown — have bonded on stage. So much so that they are creating their own singing group Diamond Divas after their local run of Nunsense is over.

Nun will be the word on April 23, 24 and 25 at Backstage Capitol. Evening shows are at 8 p.m. and the matinee show is at 4 p.m. For more information, visit

Barbara Simpson

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