|A Review by Guest Columnist Don Simson|
Melon Patch has opened the season with a big bang in their production of “Nunsense II” directed by the veteran actor/director John Turcotte. The high energy sequel to Nunsense is refreshing considering all the actors are volunteers. The play centers on producing The Mikado as a ‘thank you’ to the friends that supported the school during hard times. Things fall apart when the Franciscans attempt to hijack Sister Mary Leo and the money she won from Publisher’s Clearing House, and they bemoan WWED? (What Would Elvis Do?)
The Reverend Mother (Gail Baumann, a Villager) is worth the drive to see. Her actions, expressions, and singing were top shelf. Sister Hubert, (Lizdell Collado), who is a “Heart Beat” away from taking the Reverend mother’s place, tries to bring some sanity to the other sisters and their actions. Sister Robert, (Laney Lavine), is the aggressive nun and always has to be restrained. Sister Mary Paul AKA Amnesia, (Kelly Baxter), did her part justice as the “ditzy” nun. She reprises the puppet Sister Mary Annette with the most professional back and forth dialogue. Even though she is not a ventriloquist, this did not interfere with the total effect.
Sister Mary Leo, the Novice, (Sara Gray) always wants to be a ballerina and gets a chance to let loose during the rehearsal for their Appreciation Show.
The choreography by Sally Gage has the cast high stepping, energetic and well-rehea The background music supplied by Sister Mary Bernstein (keyboards) - Linda Charlton and percussion by Sister Ima Guy, (Cliff Barrineau) was muted enough to not overpower the chorus and solos.
(original comment on set origin is deleted) Over all, this is an A+ performance and one of the best upbeat interpretations I have seen. I hope the cast can keep up the pace for the next few weeks. The play runs August 23-25, 30-31, & Sept 1