The Crighton Theatre, named one of the Top 10 Theatres in the state of Texas to see live theatre performance by BestThingsTX.com, will present Nunsense with book, music and lyrics by Dan Goggin. The show will be produced by STAGE RIGHT of Texas, resident theatre company at the Crighton Theatre and presented by arrangement with Samuel French Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.
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 we meet Reverend Mother Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn 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. Featuring star turns, tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz, and comic surprises! Nunsense is a divine delight!
Director Manny Cafeo has assembled a star packed cast to bring this bit of heavenly hilarity to the Crighton stage. Former circus performer turned Mother Superior is played by Carolyn Corsano Wong. Carolyn was a founder of STAGE RIGHT and served as its Artistic Director for over 12 years. A winner of multiple Montie awards she has graced the Crighton stage as Frau Blucher (cue horse whinny) in Young Frankenstein, Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly and Louise Seger in Always, Patsy Cline among many others. Carolyn will be performing as Erma Bombeck in the one-woman show Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End at the Crighton in June after being postponed from last year. Playing Mother Superior’s second in charge – but who would rather be first in charge -Sister Hubert is Maria Schenck. Maria has starred on many stages and on screen. Crighton audiences may remember her as the hilarious Jersey-girl mom Mugsy Loren in Glitz – The Little Miss Christmas Pageant Musical for which she won a Montie Award. She also turned in a star-turn as Matron Mama Morton in the Owen Theatre production of Chicago. Other favorite stage roles include Sister Mary Lazarus in Sister Act, and Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show. On screen she has been seen as Elder in The Book Of Magdalene and Constancia in season two of the 5TH Ward TV series. Playing the trouble-making Sister Robert Anne is Layne Roberts. STAGE RIGHT audiences may best remember Layne for her Montie award winning turn as Miss Hannigan in the 2019 production of Annie. Some of Layne’s favorite acting credits include The Rocky Horror Show (Magenta), 42nd Street (Dorothy Brock), Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett), and Young Frankenstein. Layne is a graduate of Sam Houston School of Music, and is now a professional voice teacher in the greater Houston area. Playing ballerina turned novice nun Sister Mary Leo is Alexandra Casey. Alex was recently seen on the Crighton stage dancing up a storm as Tiger Lily in the December 2020 production of Peter Pan. Some of her previous roles include Cinderella (Stepsister), Singin’ in the Rain (Lina Lamont), here at the Crighton and Phantom (Christine) and West Side Story (Anybodys) at the Owen Theatre. She has studied martial arts and currently holds a black belt in Kung Fu. She currently works as a boxing/kickboxing trainer in The Woodlands. Alex states she is currently pursuing the film industry as Bruce Lee’s stunt double! Rounding out the cast as the wacky Sister Amnesia is STAGE RIGHT’s new artistic director Sara Preisler. Sara has directed many popular STAGE RIGHT productions including Peter Pan, Cinderella, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Annie, & Glitz-The Little Miss Christmas Pageant Musical. When Sara is not directing she has performed in many Conroe productions including: My Fair Lady (Eliza Doolittle), Young Frankenstein (Inga), The Addams Family (Wednesday), The Producers (Ulla), and her Montie winning performance in Singing in the Rain (Kathy Selden). Sara has also performed at the Hobby Center in Annie Get Your Gun (Annie Oakley) and the Stafford Centre in Legally Blonde (Elle Woods). Sara worked at Walt Disney World and for Broadway Across America’s National Tours. She now is the owner of her own talent agency, Spark Talent, and helps represent across the U.S
Show dates for Nunsense are April 9 – 25, 2021 with performances at 8 pm on Fridays & Saturdays and 2 pm on Sundays and an added matinee on April 24 at 2 pm. Performances will be held at the historic Crighton Theatre at 234 N. Main in downtown Conroe, Texas. Gathering restrictions will be in place for this production – masks must be worn at all times in the theatre and social distancing must be maintained. Tickets for Nunsense are $26 for adults, $22 for seniors 62 yr. and older and $17 for youth 16 yr. and under. Tickets can obtained by calling the Crighton Theatre box office at 936-441-SHOW (7469) or online at www.crightontheatre.org. If a group can seat more than 2 persons next to each other, please call the box office to secure tickets.