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What sort of person is going to love NUNSENSE?
Having directed this show before as well as having played the Reverend Mother, those who are Catholic or attended Catholic school LOVE this show! I mean, everyone loves it. But those who have a background in Catholicism understand the jokes better and get it in a way that I never truly will. Dan Goggin wrote NUNSENSE as a love letter to his faith and his upbringing. He is a genius to be sure.

How were you introduced to NUNSENSE?
A dear friend of mine who is also a director, Michael Wallot, was putting on the show at the Cabrillo Playhouse in San Clemente. He asked me to play the Reverend Mother. I knew nothing about it but committed myself before seeing the script (Michael has that kind of persuasion about him!) I about had a heart attack when I saw the monologues for the Mother. But I loved my fellow sisters and we had an absolute ball bringing this show to the stage! I cried when it ended. Sister Mary Regina will always be a part of me.

What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
Knowing the intent of Dan Goggin’s writing, I want this hilarious piece of work to also be real. I’m constantly pushing the actors to play these sisters as real people. The cast is not allowed to wear makeup. They are allowed to mingle with the audience before, during, and after the show BUT they must always be in character. We spend a lot of time discussing how to sit and stand. It is an intense crash course in becoming a nun. I only wish I had time to learn more.

Why did you want to be involved in this production?
The producer and founder of OTE is Aurora Long, my daughter. We were offered the opportunity to put on a show during this time and with Aurora’s upcoming wedding (March 14, 2015) she knew she didn’t have time to direct a show herself. NUNSENSE was the perfect fit. She could take a break from directing, my previous NUNSENSE cast was dying to do the show, and with minimal set and costumes, it seemed the perfect show.

How is this production bringing something new to this story?
I love the intimacy of our theater space. We purposely keep it rather small at 80 seats. My goal is that EVERY audience member that walks through those doors has a “nun experience”. I want them to feel connected to these characters in a very real way. I want the audience to root for them and their goals. I would LOVE for an audience member to walk away wondering if an actor was truly a nun.

What’s going to surprise people about NUNSENSE?
What will truly surprise people is how believable the male cast of NUNSENSE is. Even with facial hair, they make an amazing group of sisters.

It still surprises me.

Call someone out by name: who must come see this production?
I would love for Steve Smith (Smitty!) and Patti Buchmiller to come see the show. Two of my closest and oldest friends…. who were Catholic. 😉

Why should people come see NUNSENSE?
Because this is the third time I’ve worked with this show, I sometimes forget that there are MANY people out there who are unfamiliar with it. I forget… until someone asks me and as I start to explain the premise…”Well, you see at this convent, 52 of the sisters passed away from food poisoning. They had just enough money to bury 48 of the nuns. They put the 4 remaining nuns in the freezer until they could raise enough money to bury them. But they have to do it on the sly before the Board of Health finds out!”

….I usually don’t get past the freezer….

INFORMATION ABOUT NUNSENSE!

On the Edge Theatre Productions at the Laguna Hills Community Center is delighted to present onstage in February a musical comedy that will tickle your funny bone – NUNSENSE opens Saturday, February 7 and runs through Sunday, February 15, 2015.

Female cast includes: Lanette Gutman, Susan Lopez, Kerry Hedley, Rebecca Rubino, and Teri Griffin. The female cast performs Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. (doors open for this performance at 1 p.m.); Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 14 at 2 p.m.; and Feb. 15 at 5 p.m.

Male cast includes: Roger Sloan, Doug Harris, Alex Delahunty, Jeff Olsen, and Parker Griffin. The male cast performs Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m.; and Feb. 15 at 2 p.m.

Performances will be held at Laguna Hills Community Center, 25555 Alicia Pkwy, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Seat reservations can be made through February 4 by calling 949-707-2692 or emailing dwalezak@ci.laguna-hills.ca.us. After Feb. 4, tickets can also be purchased at the door.

More information about On the Edge Theatre Productions go to www.otetheatre.com.