Habit is hard to break

Mahalia Bowles (Woodvale), Alida Chaney (Greenwood), Shelley McGinn (Wanneroo), Jane Anderson (Kingsley) and Jen Edwards are taking to the stage again in Nunsense II: The Second Coming.
Mahalia Bowles (Woodvale), Alida Chaney (Greenwood), Shelley McGinn (Wanneroo), Jane Anderson (Kingsley) and Jen Edwards are taking to the stage again in Nunsense II: The Second Coming.

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

Bitten by the theatre bug, the nuns are slick performers and present a thank you show for people who have supported them in the past.

Anderson, who was in Nunsense at Limelight Theatre five years ago, has returned to play Sister Mary Hubert.

‘The whole cast is the same and we had such a lot of fun last time I was very keen to do Nunsense II: The Second Coming with them,’ she said.

She said Sister Mary Hubert was second in charge at the convent and always arguing with the Mother Superior.

‘It’s an all-singing, all-dancing show with just five people so there’s no time to rest between numbers,’ Anderson said.

‘When you’re constantly on stage you need a lot of energy to keep the audience engaged.’

Director Karen Tropiano, of Woodvale, said though the play was a sequel, people did not need to have seen the original.

‘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.’

Fellow local residents Mahalia Bowles (Woodvale), Shelley McGinn (Wanneroo) and Alida Chaney (Greenwood) also feature in the production.