QNEK Pro­duc­tions presents Nun­sense one last time

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QNEK Pro­duc­tions, award win­ning res­i­dent theatre company at the Haskell Opera House, is proud to fin­ish its fi­nal sea­son with a pro­duc­tion of its sig­na­ture show, Dan Gog­gin’s Nun­sense. Near and dear to many in the area, this show is sure to bring on the laughs and will cer­tainly be “habit form­ing!” Lynn Leimer reprises her role as Mother Su­pe­rior, a star turn that has long de­lighted au­di­ences, as she hangs up the habit and retires her company af­ter 25 years. A lo­cal leg­end in her own right, Leimer is grate­ful for all of the sup­port QNEK has re­ceived over the last two decades and looks for­ward to shar­ing this show that has meant so much to her and the com­mu­nity one more time.

Nun­sense be­gins when the Lit­tle Sis­ters of Hobo­ken dis­cover that their cook, Sis­ter Julia, Child of God, has ac­ci­den­tally poi­soned 52 of the sis­ters, and they are in dire need of funds for the buri­als. The sis­ters de­cide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a va­ri­ety show, so they take over the school au­di­to­rium, which is cur­rently set up for the eighth grade pro­duc­tion of “Grease.” Here we meet Rev­erend Mother Regina, a for­mer cir­cus per­former; Sis­ter Mary Hu­bert, the Mis­tress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn named Sis­ter Robert Anne; Sis­ter Mary Leo, a novice who is a wannabe dancer; and the de­light­fully wacky Sis­ter Mary Am­ne­sia, the nun who lost her mem­ory when a cru­ci­fix fell on her head. Fea­tur­ing star turns, tap danc­ing, an au­di­ence quiz, and comic sur­prises, this show has be­come an in­ter­na­tional phe­nom­e­non. With more than 5,000 pro­duc­tions world­wide, it has been trans­lated into 21 lan­guages.

Di­rected by and star­ring QNEK’S founder and artis­tic direc­tor, Lynn Leimer, the show features lo­cal fa­vorites repris­ing their roles: Anita May­hew, Sally Ri­vard, Ruth Ann Fletcher, Emily May, and Jan­ice Luce on pi­ano with Sean Macal­lis­ter play­ing drums. Judy Cas­tonguay is the stage man­ager with Den­nis Ziegler serv­ing as tech direc­tor and Bran­don Alexan­dre run­ning the lights.

You do not want to miss the fi­nale of the company that has de­lighted, sur­prised, en­ter­tained, and brought the com­mu­nity to­gether for 25 years! Come cel­e­brate and say good­bye to lo­cal leg­end, QNEK Pro­duc­tions, and “your right Rev­erend Mother” Lynn Leimer in Nun­sense by Dan Gog­gin play­ing Septem­ber 15-17 at the Haskell Opera House on Fri­day and Satur­day at 7:30 p.m. and Sun­day at 2 p.m. Tick­ets are avail­able by call­ing the QNEK box of­fice at 802-334-2216, re­serv­ing by email at qnek.com, by ad­vance pur­chase on­line or by phone at cata­moun­tarts.org and the Cata­mount Arts box of­fice at 888-7575559, and by ad­vanced pur­chase at the MAC Cen­ter for the Arts in down­town New­port, Ver­mont.

Top: Lynn Leimer; mid­dle: Jan­ice Luce, Ruth Ann Fletcher, Sally Ri­vard; bot­tom: Anita May­hew, Emily May.

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