Midcoast Actors' casts ‘Nunsense’

Jul 02, 2014
Midcoast Actors' Studio’s cast of “Nunsense” features, from left, Leah Smith, Angela Domenichelli, Irene Dennis, Jennifer Maher and Alex Clausen.

Belfast — Midcoast Actors' Studio has announced the cast and crew of its next production, the hilarious musical “Nunsense.” Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m., Aug. 1 through 10, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 37 Miller St.

This full-length production originated from a line of outrageous and highly successful greeting cards by Dan Goggin, an American writer, composer and lyricist of musical theater. The cards included witty, catchy phrases and featured friend and dental assistant Marilyn Farina dressed as a Roman Catholic nun.

The successful cards encouraged Goggin to expand the line into a cabaret show called “The Nunsense Story,” which opened for a four­day run at Manhattan’s Duplex and, due to its popularity, remained for 38 weeks. The positive response to the show encouraged Goggin to turn it into the full­length feature production it is today.

“Nunsense” opened at the Off­Broadway Cherry Lane Theatre in December, 1985. It then moved into the Douglas Fairbanks Theatre, where it remained for 10 years. The show was translated into more than 26 languages with more than 8,000 productions worldwide.

The local cast features two new faces to MAS, although not new to the stage: Irene Dennis and Alex Clausen of Bangor, both of who have performed with Penobscot Theater Company. MAS company members Leah Smith of Rockland, Jennifer Maher of Knox and Angela Domenichelli of Belfast round out the five-nun cast. MAS founder and artistic director Jason Bannister is the director/producer, Joani Mitchell is music director, Jay Rosenberg is stage manager, Maher is choreographer, Ivy Lobato is props supervisor and Shari John is house manager.

Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling the Midcoast Actors’ Studio box office at 370­7592 or emailing midcoastactors@gmail.com. For more information about MAS, visit midcoastactors.org and “like” the troupe on Facebook.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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