Tap dancing nuns on the set of “Grease” and a potty-mouthed puppet named “Sister Mary Annette” (read as: Marionette) are just a few of the zany moments the audience can expect at “Nunsense” at McPherson College.


Tap dancing nuns on the set of “Grease” and a potty-mouthed puppet named “Sister Mary Annette” (read as: Marionette) are just a few of the zany moments the audience can expect at “Nunsense” at McPherson College.
The 1980s musical by Dan Goggin will be showing at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 2 and 3  in Brown Auditorium and is the senior project in acting for Mona Hale, McPherson. Hale said she always has wanted to perform in a comedy but has not yet had the opportunity to do so.
“During the entire rehearsal process you’re having such a blast because every night you’re finding new jokes,” Hale said. “You’re having to put in a lot of work, but it’s also an opportunity to have a lot of fun.”
The second-longest running off-Broadway show, “Nunsense” follows five “Little Sisters of Hoboken” who discover their cook – Sister Julia, Child of God — accidentally killed most of the other sisters with a tainted meal. Out of money before the last four sisters can be buried, they put on a variety show to raise the funds. Dance numbers, audience interaction and big musical productions are just a few of the show’s features that have made it so popular for decades.
Hale said they’ve had some challenges in hitting the right tone on some of the jokes – First, they didn’t experience the ’80s; second, no one on the cast is Catholic. But Hale said they’re barriers that have been overcome.
 “It’s a really enjoyable night, whether you’re Catholic or not,” she said. “You’re going to be laughing the entire time.”
This production of the show should be a particularly intimate experience for the audience, as the seating for the show will be placed on the stage in Brown Auditorium along with the actors. Because of this, seating is limited and reservations are required.
Tickets to all shows cost $5 for adults and $3.50 for children ages high school and younger as well as seniors. Theatergoers also may obtain a First Nighter’s Membership, which costs $90 for an individual, $180 for a double membership and $270 for a family membership. Membership includes show admission for the entire season as well as a student-produced dinner themed to the production served before every show.
Reservations may be made by contacting the theatre box office at (620) 242-0444 or at theatre@mcpherson.edu.
In addition to Hale, the cast of “Nunsense” includes Michelle Wilde, senior, McPherson; Melanie Grosbach, senior, Gladstone, Mo.; Kory Hiebert, senior, Goessel; E.H. Petropulos, sophomore, Larkspur, Colo.; and Sarah Schowengerdt, sophomore, McPherson.
Students on the crew include Isaac Levin, stage manager, junior, Dighton; Stephanie Johannes, drums, senior, Salina; Kristie Gutierrez, house manager, sophomore, Quinter; Tabitha McCullough, First Nighter’s organizer, senior, Hill City; and Emily Donell, senior, Wichita.