‘Nunsense’ to take Heartland Festival stage

June 5, 2013

PLATTEVILLE — This year’s season of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Heartland Festival will include the original production of “Nunsense.” All performances will be held at the Center for the Arts on the UW-Platteville campus.

Dan Goggins created a phenomenon with his “Nunsense” franchise, and this original production, which the Heartland Festival is mounting for the second time, has been produced more than 5,000 times around the world.

“Nunsense” begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium, which is currently set up for the eighth grade production of “Grease.” Here, the audience meets Reverend Mother Mary Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn, N.Y. named Sister Robert Anne; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is a wannabe ballerina; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head.

“The Festival has assembled a wonderful company of actors this year, including UW-Platteville voice professor Dr. Susan Savage Day who’s playing Mother Superior, so it’s been exciting watching them bring these crazy Sisters of Hoboken to life,” said Dr. David Schuler, co-artistic director of this year’s Heartland Festival. “Scenic designer Jeffrey Strange has beautifully recreated the gymnatorium of the Mount Saint Helen’s School and its eighth grade production of ‘Grease,’ and, as always, Connie SaLoutos Furlan has invented clever, entertaining choreography including two showstoppers to end each act. With surprises and hijinks galore, ‘Nunsense’ is sure to be a wacky, must-see evening of entertainment for everyone.”

“Nunsense” will debut Friday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. and run through Sunday, June 30.

Tickets for “Nunsense” are $20 for adults, $16 for current UW-Platteville students and $9 for those under 18.

“Frankly Scarlett, You’re Dead!” is running through Saturday, July 20 and “Fiddler on the Roof” will run from Saturday, July 6 through Sunday, July 21.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre will include performances of “Princess and the Pea” on Friday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 15 at 11 a.m., as well as “Pinocchio” on Friday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 13 at 11 a.m.

Cabaret Night is scheduled for Tuesday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. and will include Festival performers singing songs from Broadway favorites.

Performance times and prices can be found at http://www.theheartlandfestival.com.

Contact: Dr. Ann Dillon Farrelly, co-artistic director, (608) 342-6045, farrellya@uwplatt.edu; Dr. David Schuler, co-artistic director, (608) 342-1198, schulerd@uwplatt.edu; Michael J. Breitner, managing director, (608) 342-2787, breitnerm@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Dan Wackershauser, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, wackersd@uwplatt.edu


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