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Making it a habit

BCCT performs ‘Nunsense’ for second time

January 29, 2003

It's not out-of-the ordinary for a convent to raise money.

But it is when the money being raised is for the burial of four food-poisoned, frozen nuns.

"Nunsense," a musical comedy about five nuns who have to rely on their singing and dancing to get them through their economic hardships, returns to Baldwin in February with a familiar cast.

"It's a funny show, a very funny show," Linda Ballinger, producer, said.

"Nunsense," written by Dan Groggin, is the story of the five remaining nuns of the Little Sisters of Hoboken, whose convent lost 52 nuns after eating tainted vichyssoise, served inadvertently by Sister Julia, Child of God.

The nuns organize a hasty greeting card fundraiser to pay for the burials, but because of financial mismanagement that ends in a new VCR for the convent, four dead nuns remain in the freezer.

The surviving nuns decide a talent show, focusing on their singing and dancing, is the best way to raise the rest of the money needed. But a surprise cameo appearance, egos that refuse to be subdued and some amnesiatic episodes add some unintentional spice to the talent show.

Ballinger said because of the popularity of BCCT's last production of the musical in 1999, the local organization decided to present it again this year.

"It sold out then and we had to turn people away," she said.

She expects the shows to sell out again this year.

The comedic aspect, she said, is one of the attractions of the musical.

"It's just very funny," she said. "It's a fast-paced comedy. One line leads into the next. If you laugh too long, you'll miss the next punch line."

A majority of the cast members from 1999 are returning to their same roles for this year's production.

Returning cast members are Medora Davidson, Ottawa, as Sister Regina; Jan Cooper, Lawrence, as Sister Hubert; Heather Ballinger, Olathe, as Sister Robert Anne; and Michelle Smith, Baldwin, as Sister Mary Leo. This year, Monica Claassen-Wilson, Lawrence, will play Sister Mary Amnesia.

As part of the production, audience members will have a chance to get their pictures taken with their favorite nuns, which is being provided by the Knights of Columbus.

"Nunsense" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7, 8, 13, 14 and 15 at the Baldwin First United Methodist Church. There will also be a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Feb. 16 at the church.

Tickets are $10 and are available at Baldwin State Bank, Mid-America Bank and Kansas State Bank or by calling 594-7440.

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