Nuns Make A Habit Out of the WLAC

New, but familiar favorite Nunsense graces the theater

By Guy Chapman – Navarro County Gazette

The Warehouse Living Arts Center recently announced a change in their 2021 season line-up of shows, switching out the formerly announced production of Gypsy with the musical comedy Nunsense. The announcement comes with the introduction of the new cast.

When asked about the reason for the season’s unexpected revision, John Kaiser, executive director of the WLAC, provided some background insight.

“One thing we did not factor in when rescheduling out this season was the fact that so much of our local talent would be out on vacations and unavailable this summer for a production as big as Gypsy,” Kaiser said. “After a year of being cooped up in their houses, just about everyone is getting out of Dodge for a few weeks while they can.

While such a creative decision required some spontaneous retooling of the season’s original schedule, the executive director found a humorous saving grace in the situation.

“Luckily, I was able to utilize some of the talent that did audition for Gypsy and converted them from burlesque dancers into nuns,” Kaiser said.

Nunsense, written by Dan Goggin, is a musical comedy full of laugh out loud moments and memorable characters. First directed for the WLAC in 1996 by Cranston Dodds, then again in 2005 directed by and starring Sandra McClure Mahood, Dodds returns to direct a new convent of sisterhood featuring the talents of:

  • Lora Plemons as Mother Superior Sister Mary Regina
  • Juliana Roberts-Feldmann as Sister Mary Hubert
  • Alyssa Bain as Sister Robert Anne
  • Amy Gonzales as Sister Mary Amnesia
  • Erin Jones as Sister Mary Leo
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The new cast begin their early read throughs. Photo courtesy of the Warehouse Living Arts Center

Performance dates run July 29, 30, 31, August 3, 5, 6, 7 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee Showing August 1 at 2:30 p.m. Reservations for Nunsense open June 28 for Season Ticket Holders, and July 5 for the General Public. Visit theWLAC.com or call the Box Office at 903-872-5421 for more details.

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About the show: All the “Nunsense” begins when an incident involving Sister Julia, Child of God, forces the other Sisters to put on a variety show to raise some money. Here we meet a cast of unforgettable characters: Reverend Mother Regina; 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.

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