The Little Sisters are back and funnier than ever in Saint Vincent summer production
Portraying a nun hasn't yet become a habit for actor Allison Cahill, but she does have some experience.
Before performing as Reverend Mother (Sister Mary Regina) in Saint Vincent Summer Theatre's upcoming musical comedy, “Nunsense” by Dan Goggin, Cahill played Mother Superior in a production of “Sister Act” at the Byham Theater in Pittsburgh.
“This one's a lot more fun,” she says of her character.
In “Nunsense,” directed by Saint Vincent producing artistic director Greggory Brandt, Sister Mary Regina comes from a circus family and has a good sense of humor and a lot of pizzazz, Cahill says, and “she's very much the ringleader” of a group of nuns that find themselves in a predicament.
After she and the other Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, accidentally poisoned the other 52 convent residents with her vichyssoise, they also discover they're short on funds to pay for all the burials.
They come up with a plan to stage a variety show fundraiser in the school auditorium to help cover the burial costs, borrowing the eighth-grade students' set for their musical, “Grease,” to save money.
Reverend Mother is joined onstage by Sister Mary Leo (Beth DeMichele), Sister Amnesia (Greta Kleckner), Sister Robert Anne (Brittany Silver) and Sister Hubert (Molly Tower) as they perform more than 25 songs. “It's silly as all get out,” Cahill says.
Even though she played her role at a theater in Allentown, the actor finds she's learning a lot of new harmonies “and a lot more high-soprano notes” for the Saint Vincent show.
“The scenes are universal and are about how to get along with people,” Kleckner says. “The show's premise is about raising money to pay for something terrible – but how they handle stress and support each other is beautiful.”
Kleckner played Dee Dee in “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” during Saint Vincent's 2017 season and was also featured in “Cole: An Entertainment Based on the Words and Music of Cole Porter” in 2016.
Silver played the role of Sally and was dance captain in “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” and had the role of Florina in the 2015 production, “Into the Woods.”
Cahill toured nationally in “A Chorus Line” and has performed with Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Pittsburgh Musical Theater and theaters in West Virginia, New Jersey, Ohio and New York City.
DeMichele has appeared at Allenberry Playhouse, Surflight Theatre, Totem Pole Playhouse and others.
Tower has done concerts, children's theater and regional theater for Arizona Broadway Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, West Virginia Public Theatre, Montgomery Theatre, Canterbury Summer Theatre and others.
Candy Williams is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.