News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Bash

November 29, 2012

‘Nuncrackers’ opens Friday at Community Theatre

TERRE HAUTE — Patrons have seven opportunities to get in the Christmas spirit as Community Theatre of Terre Haute presents “Nuncrackers,” the Nunsense Christmas musical, directed by Josh Hoffman. It opens this Friday and continues through the weekend. Additional performances are Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 6-9. All performances begin at 8 p.m. except for the Sunday matinees, when show time is 2:30 p.m.

“Nuncrackers” is the fourth in the series of Nunsense musicals written by Dan Goggin. The Little Sisters of Hoboken are taping their first Christmas special in the basement of Mount Saint Helen’s Convent. The Reverend Mother (Sandra Groves) used prize money won earlier by Sister Amnesia (Denise Keegan) to build the TV studio. The Reverend Mother attempts to keep order as the taping ensues, but the problems that come with live TV bring different results.

The first problem is that Sister Leo (Jude Ciancone) misses her ballet debut due to injury. “The show must go on,” as the saying goes, so the sisters pull together for a one-of-a-kind rendition of “The Nutcracker,” featuring Sisters Hubert (Jill Shutt), Amnesia and Robert Anne (Trilla Stalling) as the swans.

Later, someone discovers that all the presents have been stolen from underneath the convent Christmas tree, causing further interruptions from telephone calls and trips to the police station. Sister Julia, the convent cook, is tied up at the police station when it’s time for her bit in the show, so Father Virgil (Mark Frederick) does his best to fill in for a Christmas fruitcake demonstration.

Also featured in the show are four winners of the Mount Saint Helen’s School talent competition. The students, who perform Santa’s Little Teapot and help tell the Nutcracker story, are played by Alaina Keegan, Michael Natt, Steven Nelson and Kiersten Padgett.

This show includes audience participation, with Secret Santa gift giving by Sister Amnesia in Act I and a sing-along in Act II. Audience members are also invited to join the convent in the hilarious “In the Convent” number, which sounds remarkably like “In the Navy” by The Village People.

There are also touching moments along the way, like when Father Virgil cheers up Maria (Alaina Keegan) with a special gift and song and Sister Robert Anne sings the story of the year her father had left the family before Christmas. “This song is especially meaningful because I know so many people who don’t have a father at home,” Stalling said.

This is the second time Groves is playing The Reverend Mother. The first time she got the role just a couple of days before the show opened. “It’s been nice to have more time to prepare this time,” Groves said with a smile. Her solo, “A Carnival Christmas,” describes a Christmas from her youth when she and her family traveled with a carnival and put on a most-unusual Christmas pageant.

Sister Hubert, on the other hand, is the serious one. “I wish I were in charge,” Shutt explains about her character. “So I think the Reverend Mother should get lost. I take everything pretty seriously.”

The ticket office is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, as well as one hour before show time. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and adults.

Community Theatre is at 25th and Washington streets. Learn more at www.ctth.org or call the ticket office at 812-232-7172.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Bash
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Joy Fills Streets of Cleveland As LeBron Returns Raw: Rebel Leader Weds in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Israel, Gaza Exchange Rocket Fire Ana Ortiz on 'Devious Maids' Finale Arizona Mom of Missing Baby Released From Prison Police: Prostitute Linked to 2nd Death Texas Shooting Suspect Collapses in Court WH: LeBron's Move a 'Powerful Statement' Proposed Bill to Regulate NY Costumed Characters Diaz and Segel Strip Off for 'Sex Tape' Death Toll Tops 100 As Israel Offense Continues Raw: Protesters, Israeli Security Forces Clash Man Flees Police in World Cup Scalping Scheme Raw: Stunning Timelapse of WC Final Host City Robot Writes Jewish Torah Scroll Raw: Australia Hosts Annual Beer Can Regatta More Immigrants Detained Along Rio Grande LeBron James Says He's Returning to Cavaliers Children Face Deportation Without Attorneys Raw: Airstrike Creates Chaos on Gaza Streets
NDN Video
Cleveland welcomes home LeBron Houston Killer Collapses in Court When Read Capital Murder Charges for Allegedly Killing Family of Six Worst Valet Ever Wrecks $500K Lamborghini Glee Star Becca Tobin's Boyfriend Matt Bendik Found Dead in Hotel Aerial fish restocking in Utah ScarJo Channels Marilyn Monroe Obama Responds to Hecklers on Immigration Tiny Hamsters Who Ate Burritos are Back for a Tiny Hedgehog's Party Watch Kelly Ripa Get Soaked! 'Referee' Hands Out Yellow Cards for Social Faux Pas in NYC 2014 Emmy Nominees: 8 Snub Shockers Emma Watson Is Va-Va-Voom in Valentino 7 Infamous Sports Blowouts Argentina tops Holland in World Cup semifinals News flush: Japanese toilet exhibition making a splash Emmy Nominations: What to Watch For 'Game of Thrones' Leads 66th Emmy Awards Nominations Photographic 'Proof' That LeBron Is Leaving Miami - @TheBuzzeronFOX Elephant Pool Party at The Oregon Zoo Must-See! Berry and Fallon Form Human Hamster Wheel
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity