‘Nunsense’ to Enjoy Summer Run at River Campus


The musical comedy “Nunsense” will enjoy an eight-day run this summer at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

“We’ve had this show targeted for many years—since we first started discussing the idea of producing shows in the summer,” said Dr. Kenn Stilson, professor of theatre and dance and director of the production.  “‘Nunsense’ is such a popular musical, and it appeals to families and people of all ages. It’s so well written — very funny with extremely clever writing. The music is upbeat and memorable, and the characters are unforgettable. There’s a reason why it’s one of the longest running Off-Broadway shows in history.”

Performances are scheduled for June 19-22 and June 26-29 in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre. All shows are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. except for Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. on June 22 and 29.

“We expect a huge response,” Stilson said.  “‘Nunsense is written for a smaller space, so we’re producing it in the Rust Flexible Theatre. With only 190 seats available for each performance, we expect to sell out every single show.”

“Nunsense” is a musical comedy in which the Order of the Little Sisters of Hoboken takes over a high school auditorium to hold a fund-raising variety show to raise money to bury several sisters who were accidentally poisoned by their cook. They must inter the nuns before the health inspector comes and finds the dead nuns in the freezer. Fraught with hilarity, both Catholic and otherwise, five nuns try to perform their planned performance amidst chaos and calamity.

Judith Farris, artist in residence, will play the role of Sister Mary Regina (Mother Superior).

“That will, in itself, sell a lot of tickets,” Stilson said. “She’s going to be wonderful in this role. We suggest you reserve your tickets as early as possible.”

Michelle Contrino, instructor of theatre and dance, will play the role of Sister Mary Hubert.

Open auditions for three remaining female roles – Sister Robert Anne, Sister Mary Amnesia and Sister Mary Leo – will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5, in the Wendy Kurka Rust Flexible Theatre. Casting is open to the general public and Southeast students. Those planning to audition should come prepared with one 32-bar song, traditional Broadway or up-tempo ballad style. Cold readings and movement will follow. Stilson says actors and crew members will be paid a small stipend for these roles, but no housing or transportation costs are provided.

Rehearsals will begin Sunday, June 1, with two to three sessions per day, morning, afternoon and evening.

“Nunsense” is sponsored by the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts at Southeast.

Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265 or by visiting

For more information, contact Stilson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

VIA - Southeast Missouri State University News Bureau

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