NUNSENSE

Date 9th May 2014
Society Rhyl & District Musical Theatre Company
Venue The Little Theatre, Rhyl
Director Rob Stevens
Musical Director Craig Price
Choreographer Rob Stevens

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Author: Lyn Emmerson

Well, what a superb evening’s entertainment from this prestigious and enterprising Company. The first time I had seen this piece, the company certainly pulled everything out of the bag, and I laughed all the way home.

There were so many brilliant characterizations from the cast, principally from the seven nuns. They mingled with the audience as soon as we entered the theatre, and were supported by a strong chorus of novices and nuns throughout the performance.

The role of the beloved Mother Superior of the Little Sisters of Hoboken, Sister Mary Regina, was in the hands of experienced performer Anne Burgan, whose energy and Irish accent was evident from start to finish.  Dawn Jones gave a sterling performance as Sister Mary Hubert, Mistress of Novices who kept all on stage in order including Mother Superior.
Sister Mary Robert Anne was mischieviously portrayed by young Jessica Griffiths whose rich singing voice was another highlight of the evening. Olivia Gordon took the role of Sister Mary Leo with ease, always taking the opportunity to demonstrate her love of dance. Corrine Parry’s first show with R & D MTC has proved to be a winner from the start.  Portraying Sister Mary Amnesia, a truly lost soul, she capitalized on every word of her script with gesticulations and moods, her rapport with the audience was just perfect. Delwen Potter, Sister Mary Sboychild, dedicated to her singing, as well as the cause, thoroughly enjoyed her role as a vital member of this band, and this certainly manifested itself. Accomplished performance from Jane Crinigan in the role of Sister Julia, Child of God the convent cook. Jane always comes up trumps and this occasion was no exception. Father Virgil, a ‘fallen’ monk played by Ron Jones completed the cast of principles. The chorus were well drilled in their tasks and the chorus numbers were very well rehearsed including a fabulous tap routine. The atmosphere in the theatre was electric as one didn’t know what these nuns were up to next, but all the fun and comedy came over the footlights and all on stage as well as audience were thoroughly enjoying the experience. A few times, a tad heavy with the accompaniment, but this did not mar a superb production.