HONESDALE - The cast of “Nunsense,” The Lakeside Players’ May production, is having so much fun, putting on musicals could get “habit” forming.
The zany musical comedy by Dan Goggin kicks off Lakeside’s 15th year in show business. It will be held at Grace Episcopal Church Parish House Hall, 9th and Church Streets, Honesdale, on Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17.
The Friday performance will be at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday showtimes at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
“Nunsense” tells the story of The Little Sisters of Hoboken, who are putting on a musical variety show to raise money to bury four sisters.
Fifty-two nuns in their order were accidentally poisoned by the cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, and the last four are in cold storage, awaiting money for a decent burial.
The five nuns sing, dance and joke their way through the play, which is filled with comic surprises.
First staged in 1986, “Nunsense” became a sensation off-Broadway and has spawned four spin-offs and been translated into 21 languages.
“We’re celebrating several milestones with this play,” said Tony Schwartz, Lakeside’s co-founder. “It’s our very first musical, our 15th anniversary and the show is being performed at the site of our very first play in 1999.”
“Nunsense” is being directed/choreographed by Tori E. Clemens, of Lake Ariel, former owner/director of Triple Threat Productions in New Jersey.
Clemens will also act in the play, which also stars Lakeside veteran Veronica Deisler and newcomers (to Lakeside), Amanda Demasi, Victoria Barcarola, and Virginia Ann Hack.
Demasi is a student at Honesdale High School, Barcarola is a professional voice teacher, and Hack has a degree in musical theater.
All five actresses live in the area and have appeared in numerous theatrical productions.
Clemens moved to Lake Ariel last summer, and has been looking for performing and directing opportunities ever since.
Besides owning her own company, she has specialized training in acting, dance, Alexander technique, voice and stage combat, and has worked as a K-12 theater teacher and director of a summer performing arts camp.
In all, she has directed/choreographed more than 40 plays. In 2001, she had a role in a New Jersey production of “Nunsense” and fell in love with the play.
“It’s a great show, a true comedic musical,” she said. “No matter what religion we are, we either know people like these nuns or even had a teacher like them. The cast is amazing. I feel like I've known them forever.”
While Clemens admits moving away from the city to rural Pennsylvania has been “a challenge,” she said. “I’m so happy to find groups like The Lakeside Players around so I can keep doing what I love.”
All tickets are $12. For information and reservations, call 570 226-6207. For more information on The Lakeside Players, visit www.lakesideplayers.net.