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The five Little Sisters of Hoboken make ‘Nunsense’

by Caryn Haller
The cast of Nunsense are, front l-r, Carla Wilson and Marti Creveling. Back l-r, Melanie Grogan, Sierra Meszaros and Lisa Bommarito.
Jim Grant | The Record-Courier

The sisters of Mt. St. Helens convent are short on cash, but long on laughs.

Carson Valley Community Theatre presents “Nunsense,” a musical comedy by Dan Goggin.

“It’s hilarious,” director Ann Delahay said of the show. “It’s light and a little irreverent, but nothing that’s going to bother anyone.”

“Nunsense” begins when the sisters discover that their cook has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. They decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show.

“They’re the best of what was left of us,” said Marti Creveling, who plays Reverend Mother. “We have all kinds of things that happen to us while we’re doing this fundraiser.”

Creveling is new to CVCT, however, she performed in “Nunsense” 20 years ago in New Hampshire.

“I have always loved the show,” she said. I am Catholic, but you don’t have to be to appreciate it.”

The camaraderie between the all-female cast comes across on stage as well, said Lisa Bommarito, who plays Sister Hubert.

“This is a fun group,” she added. “They’re organized, dedicated and very professional. Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to work with people like that? The kind of music in the show is the kind everybody is going to walk away with in their head.”

The original Off-Broadway production of “Nunsense” opened Dec. 12, 1985, running for 3,672 performances and becoming the second-longest-running Off-Broadway show in history after “The Fantasticks.”

The show has since been adapted for television, starring Rue McClanahan, and has spawned six sequels and three spin-offs.

Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head, is played by Melanie Grogan.

“I love her,” Grogan said of her character. “When they announced the show I wanted to play her because she’s goofy. I like to be the comic relief.”

As a fan of old comedy movies, Grogan said the play has become one of her favorite shows.

“Everybody needs a good laugh,” she said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun. Who doesn’t want to see tap dancing nuns?”

“Nunsense” shows weekends beginning 7:30 p.m. March 13, 14, 20 and 21, and 2 p.m. March 15 and 22 in the CVIC Hall.

Tickets are $18 general admission and $16 for students and seniors. They are available at, 866-967-8167 or at the box office located at 1572 Highway 395 in Minden.

For more information, call 775-292-0939.