June 1, 2018
Saint Vincent Summer Theatre will continue its 50th season of professional theatre with the popular musical comedy, Nunsense by Dan Goggin, from June 28 to July 15. It will be directed by Saint Vincent producing artistic director Greggory Brandt.
“Five of the 19 surviving Little Sisters of Hoboken, a one-time missionary order, discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, accidentally killed the other 52 residents of the convent with her vichyssoise,” Brandt related. “Upon discovering the disaster, Mother Superior had a vision in which she was told to start a greeting card company to raise funds for the burials. The greeting cards were an enormous success and, thinking there was plenty of money, the Reverend Mother bought some home entertainment equipment for the convent, leaving her with no money in the kitty to pay for the last four burials. With the deceased nuns on ice in the deep freeze, they decide to stage a variety show in the Mount Saint Helen's School auditorium to raise the necessary amount. Get ready to meet Mother Superior, Mary Regina, her competitive but dignified rival, second-in-command Sister Mary Hubert; Sister Robert Anne, Sister Mary Leo, and wacky, childlike Sister Mary Amnesia, who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. The entertainment that they present includes solo star turns, madcap dance routines and an audience quiz!”
Preview performance is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. June 29 (Gala), 30, July 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14. Matinees are at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 1, Thursday, July 5, Sunday, July 8, Wednesday, July 11, and Sunday, July 15. There are no performances on Mondays July 2 or 9, Tuesday, July 3, or Wednesday, July 4.
The cast features Allison Cahill as “Reverend Mother” (Sister Mary Regina), Beth DeMichele as “Sister Mary Leo,” Greta Kleckner as “Sister Amnesia,” Brittany Silver as “Sister Robert Anne” and Molly Tower as “Sister Hubert.”
Kleckner and Silver are both veterans of the Saint Vincent stage.
Kleckner played “Dee Dee” in Why Do Fools Fall in Love? during the 2017 season and was also featured in Cole: An Entertainment Based on the Words and Music of Cole Porter in 2016.
Silver played the role of “Sally” and also was the shows’ dance captain, in last year’s production of Why Do Fools Fall in Love? and the role of “Florina” in the 2015 production of Into the Woods both directed by Brandt.
Cahill, a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, toured nationally in A Chorus Line in the roles of “Morales,” “Maggie” and “Babe.” She has also done dramatic roles and musical theatre roles at the Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Pittsburgh Musical Theatre as well as theatres in West Virginia, New Jersey, Ohio and New York City (Lincoln Center, Amahl and the Night Visitors at Avery Fischer Hall).
DeMichele, who graduated from Wagner College where she concentrated in theatre performance, has appeared at Allenberry Playhouse, Surflight Theatre, Totem Pole Playhouse and others.
Tower, who lives in Philadelphia, trained at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University where she earned a bachelor of fine arts in musical theatre. She has performed in concerts, children’s theatre and regional theatre including Media Theatre, Gretna Theatre, Arizona Broadway Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, Eagle Theatre, West Virginia Public Theatre, New Candlelight Theatre, Montgomery Theatre, Canterbury Summer Theatre and others.
Ken Ludwig’s hilarious farce, Leading Ladies, featuring the actors Kevin O’Leary, David Cabot and Tim Hartman, will complete the summer season, Aug. 2 to 19.
Saint Vincent Summer Theatre patrons are asked to make ticket reservations in advance because all seats are reserved for all performances except Thursday evening preview shows, which are general admission. Reservations may be made by calling the theatre box office, at 724-537-8900. An additional $1 service change will be applied to all tickets when they are picked up from the box office. Presently, theatre patrons can also make reservations online by going to www.svst.org. A credit card is required for online reservations, and such reservations are transferable, but non-refundable.
Individual tickets are $15 for preview performances, $22 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings, $25 on Friday and Saturday evenings and $18 for matinees. Special theatre party group rates apply to groups of 20 guests or more. Senior citizens, 62 or older, are eligible for a discount upon request on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings only. Special subscription plans are also available. Four-show and three-show subscription plans are again being offered this season. In addition, student tickets along with aspiring artists are available for $12 for any seat, any performance.
Saint Vincent Summer Theatre performances are all scheduled in the comfortable, air-conditioned Performing Arts Center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the beautiful Saint Vincent College campus. Free trolley service will continue to be provided to and from the spacious and convenient parking areas adjacent to the Saint Vincent Basilica.
Saint Vincent Summer Theatre will continue to feature its well-known Cabaret, the special after-the-show reception to which all theatre patrons are invited. Saint Vincent students serve snacks, hot dogs and beverages after the production and also provide entertainment. The cabaret is open after all performances except Thursday preview shows and all matinees. Theatre officials encourage donations ($5 per person) if patrons enjoy themselves at the after-the-show gathering.
The 29th annual Saint Vincent Summer Theatre Gala will be held Friday, June 29. All proceeds benefit the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre. To receive an invitation or further details, phone 724-805-2901.
A free brochure is available by contacting the Saint Vincent Theatre box office at 724 537-8900.
This performance was supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Photos: Allison Cahill, Beth DeMichele, Greta Kleckner, Brittany Silver, Molly Tower