QNEK Productions presents Nunsense one last time
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.