Monday, August 6, 2012

New Theatre Troupe is Full of ‘Nunsense’

Rogue Theatrics

Seattle may be the leader in live theatre productions in the state, but they are not the only game in town. Recently, a new troupe has been formed up north and will be making their big stage debut this weekend.

Rogue Theatrics, an all-women theatre troupe, will be presenting the musical comedy, “Nunsense” starting Friday, August 10 at the Historic Everett Theatre. Rogue Theatrics is made up four women with impressive credentials:
  • Jennifer Noel Klouse who brings over 20 years of theater and professional performing to the table
  • L. Sam Samano, former director for the Northwest Savoyards Musical Theatre Society
  • Emily Lauckhart, who has a Masters in the Creative Arts, a teaching degree in music and many years serving as an actor, director and musician.
  • Erin Wise, a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York.

 Samano directs the ensemble cast of “Nunsense” which includes Klouse and Wise. They are joined on stage by Nancy McIntosh, Tabre Massman, and Annie Peck.

These are desperate times for the Little Sisters of Hoboken. After losing a good portion of their convent to a freak 100 Meter Dash leprosy accident tragedy, the sisters return home from France only to have their cook Sister Julia, Child of God, accidentally kill an additional 52 of the sisters with her experimental, and rather dubious, cooking. With only enough funds to bury 48 of the 52 sisters, five of the remaining nuns decide to stage a variety show in order to raise the money to let the dead nuns rest in peace. What ensues is a hilarious, audience pleasing, fun filled show with outrageous songs, dancing and an audience quiz.

Ironically, “Nunsense” originated as a line of greeting cards by Dan Goggin which featured a nun offering tart quips with a clerical slant. Due to the popularity, Goggin created a cabaret show called “The Nunsense Story” which later turned into the comedy musical, “Nunsense” in 1985. It ran for 10 years at the Douglas Fairbanks Theater becoming the second-longest running off-Broadway show in history after “The Fantasticks.” Goggin received his material first hand when he was a student at the Marywood Dominican Sisters. Unlike some bitter Catholic authors, Goggin only has happy memories of his school days.

“Nunsense” will be performed at the Everett Historic Theatre which is located at 2911 Colby Ave. in Everett, WA 98201. “Nunsense” will be presented on August 10-12 and 17-10. Show times are 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets range from $11.50-$19.50 and can be ordered in person at the box office, online or by phone by calling 425.258.6766. (Originally posted on

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