Dinner theater, nuns in a tizzy and high-flying shenanigans?
Sounds like pure “Nunsense.”
BeanStalk Community Theatre presents its first show of 2014, the celebrated off-Broadway hit, “Nunsense.”
The show takes place March 21 and 22 at Harvest House Performing Arts Venue in Boone, with dinner catered by Casa Rustica.
“‘Nunsense’ is a different production for us on a lot of levels,” BeanStalk executive director and co-founder Andrea McDonough said.
It’s the year-old community theater’s first adult production, as the company had previously focused solely on children’s theater. But there’s more.
“It features live music, it’s our first show with all adults, and it’s dinner theater, too,” McDonough said. “Nothing like jumping in with both feet.”
It’s a sentiment akin to the zany goings-on in “Nunsense.”
The plot follows the five surviving members of the Order of the Little Sisters of Hoboken, who are trying to raise money to cover the funeral expenses of four sisters, who were accidentally poisoned by the convent cook, Sr. Julia.
To pay for the burials, the surviving nuns contrive to present a variety show in a high school auditorium, where they’ll thrill the audience with songs, dance and an interactive quiz.
The cast features Cheryl Scott as the Reverend Mother, Sr. Mary Regina; BeanStalk creative director Amy Beane as Sr. Hubert; Maureen Renihan as Sr. Robert Anne; Lauren Hayworth as Sr. Mary Amnesia; and Tiffany Christian as Sr. Leo. Hope Bennett will direct.
According to Beane, the cast and crew bring years of theater experience and talent to the BeanStalk stage. But “Nunsense” marks another first for BeanStalk, this time with Beane.
“This is the first time I haven’t directed the show we’re producing,” Beane said, adding that this particular honor goes to Hope Bennett, who brings more than 20 years of community and semi-professional theater experience to the company. “She is really amazing, and we’re so thrilled to have her on board.”
BeanStalk welcomes another new member to its crew in Casa Rustica, the Boone-based Italian restaurant that will provide dinner during “Nunsense.” The menu includes gluten-free and vegetarian entrees for those who request them prior to March 10.
Individual tickets to “Nunsense” cost $35 (prior to March 1) and $40 (after March 1) and are available at www.beanstalkcommunitytheatre.com, Boone Drug at Deerfield (345 Deerfield Road, Boone) and Andrea McDonough’s State Farm Insurance Office (450 New Market Blvd., Suite 1, Boone).
Tickets for tables of eight are also available at McDonough’s office for $250 (before March 1) and $300 (after March 1). Ticket prices include sales tax.
BeanStalk will also provide on-site childcare for $10 for the first child and $5 for each additional child (up to a maximum fee of $25 per family).