Fine Arts Association
Under the direction of Sandy Kosovich Peck, this production of Nunsense is quite fun. This show has been done so many times, that I think it is a daunting task to restage it and keep the production fresh and funny. This particular production seems to stay true to the original intent of the show and keeps it traditional and honest. The result is a lot of giggles.
What is this nun-filled evening about? Five nuns from The Little Sisters of Hoboken stage a variety show fundraiser to raise money to bury the rest of the sisterhood who were accidentally poisoned by Sister Julia, Child of God’s vichyssoise. That’s right, you are at a fundraiser, and the nuns take you on a glorious ride of ridiculousness.
The nuns have a fine time warming up the audience with some quirky fun. They provide some instructions on how to greet the Reverend Mother when she comes in, and that is a clever way to start the interaction with the crowd to loosen up the audience. The Mount St. Helen Band, led by “Father” Kyle Lorek, produces the right kind of balance and blend to kick off the evening. The nuns start the show off with a bang, engaging us in tight harmonies and delightful execution of “Nunsense is Habit-Forming.” Yes, it is that kind of show.
Anna L. Davis as Sister Mary Regina, Mother Superior is in fine form and she tries to wrangle the sisters and keep them in line. My favorite moment is when she discovers a bottle of “Rush” and after a couple of sniffs, proceeds to fall apart hilariously into a pile of giggles, and her physicality would be her on the first string of a roller derby team. Ingrid Balstad has a blast as Sister Mary Hubert, Mistress of Novices. And she take it to church for the 11 o’clock number “Holier than Thou”. Maria Lister Lyons brings the right edge to Sister Robert Anne, and is a delight the entire evening. Act II started off a little disheveled, it was preview night, but Lyons brought the thunder on her number “I Just Want to be a Star”, and got the pace back up to muster. Sister Mary Leo, portrayed with charming naivete by Christian Borkey, created entertaining moments during her solo turns. But I have to admit, my favorite was Sister Mary Amnesia. Evie Koh killed this role. Her operatic range made “So You Want to be a Nun” a vocal comedic event. Koh has impeccable timing and charm, and basically, owned the audience.
There are times where the harmonies need to be tightened a bit. Act II did seem to take a bit of time before the pace reconnected, but that probably has already been taken care of, and should be in fine form by now. A word of caution to the band members who face the audience, not to look depressed or disconnected.
I thought the puppet rocked, so kudos for getting ahold of her. And if you don’t know what I am talking about, that is ok, you need to see the show to find out.
Sandy Kosovich Peck directs a fun evening with lots of silliness to spar. The band was tight under the musical direction of Kyle Lorek. I was delighted with the choreography of the show, provided by Rick Bocchieri. The production staff was solid. Dave Peck produced the required elements with flash and color. Nice stained glass work. Technical Director Michael Roesch brought everything together nicely. Good Lighting Design by Paul Gatzke. Sound Design was excellent by Tom Linsenmeier. Costumes were right on target under Hannah Sandham. And the show was Stage Managed in fine form by Korbin James Lashley. Rounding out the band were Erika Nalow on Saxophone, Jacob Kaminski on Bass, and Justice Bixel on Percussion.
This was fun. Thanks for making me giggle.
October 9 – October 25
$23-$25 Reserved Seating
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Fine Arts Association
38660 Mentor Ave.
Willoughby OH 44094