By: Kathy L. Collins

The Village Players will present the musical comedy, Nunsense. Opening night will be Friday, May 29 with a Dinner Theatre sponsored by the Taco Bus beginning at 7 p.m.
The cost for the opening night Dinner Theatre is $25. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

Nunsense follows the crazy antics of five nuns from the Little Sisters of Hoboken convent. When their cook accidentally serves up some tainted soup, 52 of the sisters are poisoned and die, leaving only five living nuns who were not at home the day of the toxic meal. When the convent’s first in charge, Reverend Mother Regina, splurges on a plasma TV, the sisters find themselves strapped for cash, as they still have four dead nuns to bury whose bodies are being stored in the kitchen freezer. The nuns decide to put on a benefit performance of the musical Grease in order to raise the rest of the money before the health department discovers their secret.

Director, Gail Pierce said of Nunsense, “There are no other shows like this one. It’s the interaction between the audience and the nuns that make the show. The nuns take it out to the audience. There will be jokes, improv, singing, dancing, quizzes and prizes and more.”

In addition to the acting, the nuns of Nunsense will share their favorite recipes in a revised, special edition of “BVM” (Baking with the Blessed Virgin Mary). The cookbooks will be available for purchase and can be signed by the nuns. There will also be wooden dice, St. Francis Paw Print Metals and other items available for donations. All proceeds will benefit renovation efforts of the 1915 Historical Building, the James McCabe Theater, Brandon’s first and oldest community theater.

Additional show dates include Friday and Saturday, June 5 and 6; Saturdays, May 30, June 6 and 13 at 8 p.m.; and two matinees on Sundays, May 31 and June 7 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission; 13 for students, seniors and Military with ID; and $12 for groups of 10 or more.

For more information and to get tickets, call 480-3147 or 643-8292 or visit www.villageplayersvalrico.com.