By CEECY NUCKER, Correspondent, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Little Sisters of Hoboken hit the big time, so to speak, with their Vegas debut. It's for a good cause, but heaven help them, the sisters have their doubts.
The fourth iteration of the wildly funny "Nunsense" series -- "Nunsensations: The Nunsense Vegas Revue" -- opens Saturday as the second installment in the Minot State University's Summer Theatre season.
Terry J. Aman/MDN - - The Little Sisters of Hoboken take a turn as Vegas showgirls in the Minot State University Summer Theatre production of “Nunsensations: A Nunsense Vegas Revue.' The nuns, from left, are Claire Hoselton as Sister Robert Anne, Brittany Knickerbocker as Sister Amnesia, Peg Morris as Reverend Mother, Brittany Armstrong as Sister Mary Leo and Angela Stockman as Sister Mary Hubert.
The show follows the format of earlier "Nunsense" entries -- both the characters and in "putting on a play," with the five Little Sisters of Hoboken heading for Sin City when a parishioner offers them $10,000 to perform at a club. After being convinced "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas," the Reverend Mother agrees.
"The Reverend Mother is Peg Morris," said director Conrad Davidson. "She and Brittany Armstrong and Brittany Knickerbocker are theater majors at MSU, and they have very strong voices, just like the other two -- Angela Stockman, who's a music major here, and Claire Hoselton, who is also our musical director."
Accompaniment includes a pianist, bass, reeds and a drummer.
Ticket prices for 'Nunsensations: A Nunsense Vegas Revue'
Ticket prices for reserved seats are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and children over 12, $5 for children 12 and younger and $3 for MSU personnel and students with current MSU ID.
Northern Tier Federal Credit Union Military Night at the Theatre is Saturday, with discounts for active duty military and their families. Make reservations by calling 858-3228.
"Claire's had her hands full with singing and directing at the same time, but she's handling it just fine," Davidson said. "She knows what's involved she's been a part of MSU Summer Theatre for the past three years."
Aili Smith is choreographer, which she has done often in the 10-12 years she's been with the summer troupe, including last season's "City of Angels." Heather Tallman is the assistant director and Mel Ford, in only his second year with summer theater, stepped up at stage manager.
"Some of the music may sound familiar," Davidson said. "It seems that that's what (author and composer) Dan Groggen does he takes something familiar and just changes it a bit. So 'Hollywood and Vinyl' sounds like a '50s or '60s girl group, and there's one that sounds like the Village People. It's a little bit of fun."
As far as the costumes, the nuns are tricked out in feathers and sequins -- the full Vegas showgirl treatment -- over their habits. For this production, the Amphitheater on the hill becomes the Pump Room in the Mystique Motor Lodge for the run of the show, Saturday through Wednesday, with all performances at 8:30 p.m.