Musical nuns back for more fun

Mahalia Bowles, Jen Edwards, Shelley McGinn, Jane Anderson and Malaga musical theatre teacher Alida Chaney.
Mahalia Bowles, Jen Edwards, Shelley McGinn, Jane Anderson and Malaga musical theatre teacher Alida Chaney.

Written by Dan Goggin, Nunsense II: The Second Coming takes place six weeks after the sisters staged their first benefit concert.

Bitten by the theatre bug, the ‘nuns’ are slicker than ever on stage and present a thank you show for people who have supported them in the past.

Things get off to a rousing start, but chaos soon erupts when Sister Mary Amnesia wins the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes and holds a riotous bingo game, while the other nuns believe a talent scout may be in the audience.

Chaney said she played Sister Robert Anne or ‘Sister Bob’ for short ” a streetwise nun from Brooklyn.

‘She has ended up in the school’s ‘opportunity room’, the place you get sent if the other sisters cannot handle you,’ she said.

‘Sister Bob just wants to be noticed and feels she’s just as talented as the other nuns in the show but is only understudying the Reverend Mother’s role.

‘She speaks fluent Spanish and can relate to all of the school kids, even the troubled ones, because she comes from the same background.’

Director Karen Tropiano said although Nunsense II: The Second Coming was a sequel, people didn’t need to have seen the original to get the gist of the show.

‘I directed Nunsense in 2009 and it was a resounding success,’ she said.

‘I have always wanted to do the sequel and am thrilled to be directing it.

‘I’m lucky to have tracked down the original cast.

‘They’re ecstatic about dusting off their habits and performing the same characters in a new story.

‘The camaraderie was fantastic the first time around and even better this time with all of us having a ball.’