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Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical

a Holiday Show
CATEGORY : COMEDY MUSICAL
by Dan Goggins

COMPANY : Onstage Atlanta, Inc. [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Onstage Atlanta, Inc. (Decatur) [WEBSITE]
ID# 4369

SHOWING : November 23, 2012 - December 22, 2012

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

It's time once again to visit the Mount Saint Helen's Convent and join the Little Sisters of Hoboken to celebrate the season.



"Nuncrackers"
The Nunsense Christmas Musical

Book, Music and Lyrics by Dan Goggins


Directed by Cathe Hall Payne
Music directed by Paul A. Tate
Choreography by Colleen Gaenssley

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Sunday matinees at 3pm


November 23 through December 22, 2012




Tickets $12-23 (use advance purchase for the best price)
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CAST & CREW LIST
Director Cathe Hall Payne
Music Director Paul A. Tate
Assistant Director Abra Thurmond
Stage Manager Bill Byrne
Props Design Chris Franken
Choreographer Colleen Gaenssley
Lighting Design Tom Gillespie
Costume Design Cathe Hall Payne
Props Design Cathe Hall Payne
Sound Design Abra Thurmond
Set Design Barry N. West
Costume Design Barry N. West
Bass Jeff Boyce
Drums Kelly Hall
Father Virgil Davin Allen Grindstaff
Sister Amnesia Kristie Krabe
Sister Mary Margaret Courtney Loner
Sister Mary Regina, Mother Superior Sarah Mason
Sister Mary Rose Amy Morrow
Sister Mary Claire Renee Najour Payne
Sister Mary Leo Angie Short
Sister Robert Anne Olivia Sloan
Sister Mary Hubert Jennifer Waldman
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REVIEWS

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Nuncrackers is Great; Sister Mary Hubert is AMAZING !!!
by veterantheatregoer
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
5.0
Every once in a while there is an artist that comes along and simply dominates their show. This is what transpired at the latest performance. From the first time she appeared Sister Mary Hubert commands the stage and engages us in her character. The very talented Jennifer Waldman plays Sister Mary Hubert. Waldman's stage presence is rivaled only by her comedic timing. But I must say that those qualities as exceptional as they are no match for Jennifer Waldman's singing. If you close your eyes and listen to her voice you WILL believe as did I your at a Broadway show. Sister Robert Anne is delightful as well as talented. And the 3 young students will steal your heart. All in all Nuncrackers is a great Holiday show. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
It'll Crack You Up
by playgoer
Sunday, December 9, 2012
4.5
Onstage Atlanta's final show in its current venue is "Nuncrackers," a holiday-themed entry in the Nunsense franchise. If you've seen one Nunsense musical, you know the backstory. If you haven't, you'll get enough of a synopsis to situate yourself in the proceedings.

Set designer Barry N. West has put together a basement church hall-cum-TV studio that is believable without being sterile or unattractive. The action, with sometimes delightfully frenetic choreography by Colleen Gaensley, works well on this stage. The band of Jeff Boyce (bass), Kelly Hill Hall (percussion), and Paul Tate (piano) is tucked upstage, never getting in the way, but in full sight throughout.

The cast is terrific and energetic. Sarah Mason plays a feisty mother superior with fine comic timing and singing skills. Davin Allen Grindstaff's Father Virgil has a weaker solo voice than other members of the cast, but his thousand-watt smile, warmth, and energy carry the day. I found Amy Morrow delightful in the role of Sister Mary Rose, paired with the comically myopic Courtney Loner as Sister Mary Margaret. Angie Short had a smaller role than most as Sister Mary Leo, but did well in her various disguises. Kristie Krabe is delightful as the slightly dim Sister Mary Paul (Amnesia), particularly in her audience interactions during the Secret Santa segment. Jennifer Waldman's outsize voice and personality work extremely well as Sister Mary Hubert, but it's Olivia Kaye Sloan as Sister Robert Anne who impresses most, combining a Brooklyn accent and swagger with a glorious singing voice. That's not to discount the contributions of the immensely personable trio of children, Alice Reed, Kaylin Woodward, and Hannah Zeldin. What a wealth of talent!

Director Cathe Hall Payne has done a wonderful job of getting her cast energized and prepared and letting them show off their full potential as performers. And look for her serving warm cookies before the show -- this lady does it all!

The songs are fun; the skits are fun. "Nuncrackers" is a breezy couple of hours of entertainment. Onstage Atlanta can be proud of its final production downstairs in Decatur. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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