They're back! May River Theatre Co. presents 'Nunset Boulevard: The Nunsense Hollywood Bowl Show'

July 26, 2011 

  • Preshow celebration of “Nunset Boulevardâ€

We've watched them tackle musical revues, tap dance through the holidays, turn to the high seas and, most recently, take on Vegas.

Now, the Rev. Mother and the little Sisters of Hoboken, N.J., are off to Hollywood Bowl -- or so they think -- only to discover it's the Hollywood Bowl-Arama.

But it doesn't take long for the nuns to realize a bowling alley is as good a place as any to break into song and dance as the May River Theatre Co. presents "Nunset Boulevard: The Nunsense Hollywood Bowl Show." Performances begin at 8 p.m. Aug. 5 and run for three consecutive weekends.

The "Nunsense" series of musical comedies has been a favorite of the Bluffton community theater patrons, which gave May River co-founder Jodie Dupuis reason to produce creator Dan Goggin's latest ensemble installment. The original "Nunsense" opened in 1985 and became the second-longest-running off-Broadway show in history. Since then, the franchise has grown to nine shows, including an all-male cast performing the original show. This will be the fifth in the series presented by May River.

"Nunset Boulevard" marks the directorial debut of Christine Grefe, who has performed and worked behind the scenes at May River since 2004. She most recently appeared as one of the six merry murderers in May River's spring production of "Chicago."

"They're just fun," Grefe said about the nun show's popularity. "You can really let go and enjoy yourself with it."

The cast features five women who all have performed at May River, including Barbara Clark who returns in the role of the Rev. Mother Superior.

Clark ranks the character as one of her three favorites, alongside Mrs. Potts in "Beauty and the Beauty" and Golde in "Fiddler on the Roof," which she performed twice at the old Dunnegans Alley community theater on Hilton Head Island.

"This is probably the strongest vocally of all the 'Nunsense' shows I've done," Clark said. "And that's what this show is about. It's vocals, most of it is all music."

Other cast members include Kelley Alcorn as Sister Mary Hubert, Cara Clanton as Sister Robert Anne, Desiree Duff as Sister Mary Paul (Amnesia) and Jean White as Sister Mary Leo, the ballerina.

"The characters are just really fun," Grefe said. "You don't have to think too hard. You just come and enjoy a good musical."

Clanton most recently played Roxie and Alcorn performed the part of Big Mama Mortin in May River's production of "Chicago."

Duff's May River credits include Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz" and Dorothy Brown in "Thoroughly Modern Millie." She is currently a student at Savannah College of Art and Design. White, a Hilton Head Island High School student, played Millie in "Thoroughly Modern Millie."

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