Sisters find the funny in ‘Nunsense’

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – These aren’t your average nuns.
The nuns of “Nunsense – The Mega-Musical Version” are singers, ballerinas and circus performers – and hilariously so.
The musical comedy tells the story of the Little Sisters of Hoboken, a convent in which the cook, Sister Julia, Child of God (Jan Soltz) accidentally kills 52 of the convent’s residents with her tainted vichyssoise.
The sisters raise money to pay for the funerals, but Mother Superior (Cheryl Sproles) blows some of the funds on a plasma TV, so the convent must find other ways to bury the four remaining nuns.
“You can’t come in here without a sense of humor,” said director Cristina Skinner. “There’s a lot of singing and dancing – it’s very silly.”
This is the expanded version of the original “Nunsense,” which includes more characters and music.
Some of the songs include “Nunsense is Habit-Forming,” “So You Want to Be a Nun,” “Growing Up Catholic” and “Holier Than Thou.”
“There are songs of every genre,” Skinner said. “We’ve got country, 1940s Andrews Sisters-style and, of course, show tunes.”
Jan Soltz is having a blast as Sister Julia, Child of God.
“She has a heart of gold, but she’s not all there,” she said.
Soltz also wore a habit in “The Sound of Music,” but “Nunsense” is more fun, she said.
“It’s absolutely hilarious, and I get to remove myself and let go,” she said.
Sproles starred in “Nunsense” nearly 20 years ago as Sister Mary Hubert, but the theater vet is playing Mother Superior for the first time.
No matter the nun she plays, she has fun with the musical.
“It’s hilarious,” she said. “It’s fun. It’ll make you laugh and feel good.”

Dim The Lights
WHAT: Corinth Theatre-Arts presents
“Nunsense – The Mega-Musical Version”
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. May 31-June 1, 2 p.m. June 2
WHERE: Crossroads Playhouse, Corinth
COST: $12/adults, $6/students
INFO: (662) 287-2995