Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society

Nunsense (February 2011)

Thank you to all those who came along to support our production of Nunsense and what a terrific run we had at Sheringham Little Theatre. Whilst our houses were a little bit disappointing overall, word obviously got around, helped by a good review in the local press and the production played to very acceptable houses and was a great success. It was evident that no one knew quite what to expect but it took no time at all for all those who came along to support the five sisters in their fundraising endeavours, to sit back and enjoy the humour and talent of the nun! Congratulations to our five Little sisters of Hoboken who had worked so hard to learn so many musical numbers and so many words, and to our musical director, Adrian Connell, and director and choreographer Nona Gray for all their hard work.

What the Eastern Daily Press said.....

Sisters are doing it for laughs

What is it about nuns that inspires writers, composers and film-makers?

Is it the mystery, the black garb (or bad habits), the secret hideaway lifestyle? Compare and contrast the films Blues Brothers, Two mules For Sister Sara, Sister Act with Whoopi Goldberg, Deborah Kerr in Black Narcissus. It is obviously habit forming.

So little surprise to see Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society in this musical comedy go in for all the irreverent clichés, and even the plot becomes increasingly improbable with, at one point, a freezer full of "blue nuns" - not the wine but departed sisters who succumbed to botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia.

Welcome to the wacky Order of the Little Sisters of Hoboken: sister Mary Regina, a former circus performer, played with superb timing by Chrissie Robertson; powerful singer Sister Mary Hubert (Selina White); Sister Robert Anne, a streetwise nun from Brooklyn (an impish Janet Hignett); wannabe ballerina Sister Mary Leo, (Katie Woodhouse); and sister Mary Amnesia (Sara Crowley), the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head.

An evening of dance routines, nun-pun humour and roof-raising music by composer/ lyricist Dan Goggin and if nun of the above tempts you, remember that nun rhymes with fun.

Sue Dupont - NODA East Region Rep

What a great way to spend a fun evening on a cold February night. Nona Gray and her wimpled girls, certainly extracted every last ounce of humour and timing from the script and score, this was a great fun evening. The team was in great form and I could not believe this well paced and polished performance was a first night. This was truly a team effort although the individual quirks and highly amusing characterisations sparked between the nuns and showed some very talented performances to give a special quality show in a different way from some of this team's previous roles.

Loved the drugged Mother Superior, the ballet dancing novice, the tightrope and language of the ex-circus, the blues singing, the ballad singing, the harmonies, the tap dancing skills, in fact all movement was slick and fast, the entire score well presented with pace and volume and diction and toe-tapping ability (Father Adrian did well on the keyboard). The story slightly bizarre and suited the style of the whole piece; the venue ideal as a smaller more intimate theatre made the audience part of the action and closer to the laughter enjoyed by all. A good night out.