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Nunsense the Mega-Musical

a Musical Comedy
by Dan Goggin

COMPANY : The New Depot Players [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Center Street Arts [WEBSITE]
ID# 4604

SHOWING : July 10, 2014 - July 27, 2014



The show is a fund raiser put on by the Little Sisters of Hoboken to raise money to bury sisters accidently poisoned by the convent cook, Sister Julia (Child of God). Updated with new jokes, additional lyrics, two new arrangements and a brand new song, this zany musical comes to Conyers!

Music Director Mary Lynn Luke
Director Bonnie Marshall
Reverend Mother Mary Regina Jenni Caruso
Sister Mary Brendan Hannah Caruso
Sister Mary Amnesia Katy Durham
Sister Mary Hubert Jada Graves
Sister Mary Luke Tracy Merritt
Sister Robert Anne Candace Parr
Sister Mary Leo Lenae Rose
Sister Mary Wilhelm Shalonda Stroman
Sister Mary Virgil Adrien Zilber
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by playgoer
Monday, July 21, 2014
The New Depot Players production of "Nunsense the Mega-Musical" opens up the original show by adding a few novices and Sister Julia Child of God. The novices add to the vocal mix, and Sister Julia (done as a drag role by drummer Brandon Rose) adds some extra fun, at the expense of the Reverend Mother’s role. Otherwise, all the strengths of the original "Nunsense" are left in place.

Set design by Cyndi Evans does a nice job of evoking a middle school set for "Grease," and Rick Caruso’s scenic art dresses it up beautifully with a nice gymnasium-style wood floor with a beautifully realized Mount St. Helens logo in the center, along with lettering on signs that is perfectly gauged to be not quite professional in quality. A cut-out of Marilyn Monroe gives a little character to the stage, especially when garbed in robe and habit (and later a feather boa) by the nuns.

Able musical accompaniment is provided by keyboard and percussion at stage left of the smallish stage. Music director Mary Lynn Luke has created a nice vocal blend in the choral numbers, and most solos sound good, although none blow the roof off vocally. The energy and verve of the performances often blow the figurative roof off, though, and Patty Maguire’s choreography does a wonderful job of giving visual variety to the show, and is perfectly suited to the capabilities of the cast.

The standouts in the cast are Jenni Caruso, as Reverend Mother Mary Regina, and Candace Parr, as streetwise Sister Robert Anne. Both invest themselves totally in their roles and have the audience interaction skills to make every moment enjoyable. Jada Graves also does a fine job as Sister Mary Hubert, but seems a tad young for the role. Lenae Rose has fine dancing and acting skills as Sister Mary Leo and blends nicely in choral numbers, but wasn’t vocally pleasing in every moment of her solo. Katy Durham seems to have the singing and acting skills to carry off the role of Sister Mary Amnesia, but her default expression is blank rather than innocently confused, making her seem unengaged in the action.

Audiences are eating up "Nunsense the Mega-Musical" in Conyers. Director Bonnie Marshall has put together an ensemble that works well together and involves the audience in the fun, keeping the pace up and the laughs coming. A few new topical cultural references pop up, making the show seem fresh. If you haven’t seen "Nunsense" over the years, the New Depot Players’ production would be a wonderful introduction to Dan Goggins’ original musical comedy entry in the never-ending series of "Nunsense" sequels. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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