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'Nunsense' cast prepares for Friday opening

July 21, 2011

Andrea Mallory, as Reverend Mother, listens to Sister Robert Anne (Kerri Bash) explain her predicament. "Nunsense: the Mega-Musical" performed by the Maxinkuckee Players opens Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Argos High School. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

ARGOS — School may be out for the summer, but quiet is the opposite of what one would find in the Argos High School auditorium. For the past several months, a group of nuns have been filling the auditorium with rousing musical numbers, pithy dialogue, and humorous commentary. The Maxinkuckee Players of Culver will be traveling to area communities this year to perform "Nunsense: the Mega-Musical," beginning with an opening performance this Friday in Argos.
"We've been practicing four days a week since Memorial Day," said Andrea Mallory, a Plymouth resident who plays the character of Reverend Mother.
Mallory said that Reverend Mother is her favorite character to play, partly because of the humor the part requires.
"(The show) doesn't make fun of the nuns, it just laughs with them," said Mallory, adding, "Those who are Catholic seem to really enjoy the show."
Mallory said that while the Players have done more serious or dramatic productions, "our forte seems to be comedy."
Kathy Overmeyer, of Bremen, plays Sister Amnesia — a nun who has had the unfortunate experience of a crucifix falling on her head and wiping away her memory.
"She doesn't remember who she is, she can't even remember simple things," said Overmeyer. "It's just constant humor, constant laughter."
Overmeyer added that "Nunsense" is the only show she has been a part of that she wants to watch even when it's not her turn on stage. Although Overmeyer was reluctant to give anything away, she said that the show ends happily with Sister Amnesia remembering "her real calling."
"Adults love it, kids love it, religions of all denominations love it," said Overmeyer. She added that the last time the Players performed "Nunsense," a group of real nuns were part of the audience and greatly enjoyed the show.
Dan Adams, the only cast member from Culver, plays the part of Brother Dominic. This is his first time playing a part in "Nunsense;" when the Players performed the show earlier he was in charge of running the lights. Adams said that one of the most valuable experiences for him has been seeing the cast put significant amounts of effort into getting the musical just right.
"This year was a challenge because they had to build the set to be moved," said Adams. "It's nice to know there are people willing to put the time into it."
The Players will bring the musical to Argos, Bremen, North Judson, and finally back to their home base in Culver at the end of August. While the opening night performance in Argos is $5, other performances will be $10 for adults and $5 for children 18 and younger. Dates and times for the performances are as follows:
Argos
• July 22, 7:30 p.m.
• July 24, 4 p.m.
• July 27, 7:30 p.m.
• July 29, 7:30 p.m.
• July 30, 7:30 p.m.
• July 31, 4 p.m.
Bremen
• Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m.
• Aug. 7, 4 p.m.
North Judson
• Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m.
• Aug. 14, 4 p.m.
Culver
• Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m.
• Aug. 21, 4 p.m.
All shows will take place at local time. For questions or group tickets, contact Becky Liechty, 574-941-2343.

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