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Saint Michael's Playhouse opens with NUNSENSE

06.08.12
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Cast of Saint Michael's Playhouse NUNSENSE at Lake Champlain. L to R: Amanda Ryan Paige, Danielle Kelsey, Abby Lee, Kathryn Markey, Lucy Sorensen

Winner of four Outer Critics Circle Awards, NUNSENSE is a hilarious international hit that continues to play to sold-out audiences around the world. This endearing musical comedy opens the Saint Michael's Playhouse 2012 season, appearing in the McCarthy Arts Center on the campus of Saint Michael's College, June 19-30.

"Nunsense is pure joy," said Chuck Tobin, Playhouse Producing Artistic Director. "Playhouse favorites Kathryn Markey, Lucy Sorensen, Abby Lee, Amanda Ryan Paige, and Playhouse newcomer Danielle Kelsey are absolutely amazing as the hilarious Little Sisters of Hoboken," Tobin said.

Celebrating its 65th season of professional summer theater, Saint Michael's Playhouse has been named "One of the best regional theater companies in America" by The Drama League of New York City, and hailed by Yankee Magazine as "The Best of New England."

Director and cast of Nunsense, in their own words:

nuns on church street nunsenseKEITH ANDREWS (Director/Choreographer) is so amazingly excited to be back at Saint Michael's to direct and choreograph both Nunsense and Forever Plaid. Previously at the Playhouse, Keith directed last year's The Drowsy Chaperone and The Marvelous Wonderettes, as well as the productions of Spelling Bee, Always Patsy Cline, Dames at Sea, Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Barnum, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Suds, My Way, The Pirates of Penzance and Big River. Keith has directed the National Tours of The Full Monty and Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh and other recent directing/choreography credits include: Avenue Q, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (starring Joe Piscopo), The Wedding Singer, Cold as Ice (starring Oksana Baiul), Urinetown, Happy Days, the Musical, Little Shop of Horrors, and Forever Plaid, to name just a few. As a choreographer, Keith has recently worked on the world premiere of Love, Incorporated and has received a New York Innovative Theater Award for Best Production of a Musical and nomination for Best Choreography for his work on the new show, Like You Like It. On the ice, Keith has directed and choreographed Home for the Holidays- a Celebration on Ice, starring 2010 Olympic Gold Medalist, Evan Lysacek, and Silver Medalists, Charlie White and Meryl Davis, as well as two productions of Stars, Stripes and Skates, the yearly benefit to help survivors and families of the 9/11 tragedy. In educational theater, Keith directs and choreographs student industry showcases at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC.

KATHRYN MARKEY (Mother Superior) appeared on Broadway in 3 From Brooklyn. Playhouse appearances include Drowsy Chaperone, Breaking Up is Hard to Do, the Brighton Beach trilogy, Perfect…Change, Pirates of Penzance and Suds, as well as directing Around the World in 80 Days. Other credits: The Chalks: An American Family in 3 Chords (Bay Street Theater), Over The Tavern (Penguin Rep), Dreamers and Demons (Emelin), Parallel Lives, Dancing at Lughnasa (Northern Stage), Selected Shorts: Eudora Welty (NPR), the world premiere of Jumping Blind (Gayfest), Thoroughly Modern Millie (NL Barn), Beau Jest (Pennsylvania Stage), Separation (English Theatre of Stockholm.)

LUCY SORENSEN (Sr. Mary Hubert) is delighted to join her “sisters” in Vermont for such a fun show. Other playhouse performances include Always...Patsy Cline, Marvelous Wonderettes, SUDS, Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, and How the Other Half Loves. Originally from Minnesota, Lucy resides in NYC where performances include Sympathy Jones (NYMF), Sarah, Plain & Tall, We Tell the Story (Lortel) and Einstein & the Roosevelts. Regional work: Radio City Christmas Spectacular as Mrs. Claus (Grand Ole Opry), Georgie in Full Monty (Maltz Jupiter), and Iron Curtain (O’Neill). Favorite credits: My Fair Lady (London cast), Parade (Lucille), and A Little Night Music (Petra), along with numerous workshops and recordings. Many thanks to the saintly SMP family, Mom, Dad & Richard. BFA: Ithaca College. www.lucysorensen.com

ABBY LEE (Sr. Robert Anne) is thrilled to be back at Saint Michael's Playhouse where you might remember her as Sally in Talley's Folly (directed by the great Kenneth Kimmins), Mona Kent in Dames at Sea, and a bevy of roles in Almost, Maine. Other credits: Maria in West Side Story, Young Stella in Follies (w/Carole Lawrence), and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Film: Confessions of a Shopaholic, 21 and A Wakeup (with Faye Dunaway). Abby is currently the lead producer of the Broadway revival of Pump Boys and Dinettes. A million thanks to Chuck Tobin for making Saint Michael's Playhouse an artistic haven.

AMANDA RYAN PAIGE (Sr. Amnesia) Off-Bway: Zanna Don't! (Houseman); Charlie Brown, Henry and Mudge (Lortel). Other NYC Credits: Trailer Park (NYMF); Awesome 80’s Prom (workshop/co-writer); Dreams This Way/ Raw Impressions (TADA!); Babes In Toyland (Avery Fisher); Lucky Stiff (APAC). National Tour: Fiddler, Water Coolers. Regional: Boeing Boeing, Spelling Bee (Northern Stage); Marvelous Wonderettes, Boeing Boeing, Perfect/Change, Brighton Beach Memoires (Saint Michael’s Playhouse); Ring of Fire (Fireside); Pump Boys and Dinettes & Trailer Park (Willows & Mason St.); Stand By Your Man (Mtn. Playhouse); Urinetown (Carousel); Das Barbecu (Arvada); No, No Nanette (Goodspeed); Noises Off!, Brighton Beach (Leatherstocking); Carousel, Over Here! (Conn. Rep)

DANIELLE KELSEY (Sister Mary Leo) is so happy to be making her Saint Michael's Playhouse debut alongside such talented ladies. A newlywed, Danielle just returned from an amazing honeymoon adventure through Central and South America, and she's hoping Mother Superior doesn't notice her wedding band. She was last seen performing in the pre-Broadway workshop of Becoming Chaplin and last year played Roxie Hart, a dream role, in Chicago at the Forestburgh Playhouse. Danielle also understudied and performed the role of Inga in the first national tour of Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein. Other favorite credits include Ulla in The Producers and Cassie in A Chorus Line.

Rest of the 2012 season:

A new American madcap comedy, UNNECESSARY FARCE, July 5 - 14, Directed by Greg Ramos

Two cops. Three crooks, Eight doors. Go. In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant, while in the room next-door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on video-tape. But there's some confusion as to who's in which room, who's being videotaped, who's taken the money, who's hired a hit man, and what the heck is that Scotsman saying? This zany comedy has more twists than a bag full of Twizzlers.

An inspiring and hilarious Irish comedy, OVER THE PUB, July 18 - 28, directed by Kathryn Markey

The Murphy's have a lot going on in their cramped household above the family pub in Ireland. With her hot-headed husband, Ellen has her hands full. The youngest, Tommy, is a smart, wise-cracking kid who is starting to question their family values. When he announces that instead of being confirmed he'd rather shop around for a more fun religion, all hell breaks loose. A warm, loving look at Ireland, family, and growing up.

The blockbuster Off-Broadway musical event, FOREVER PLAID, August 1-11, directed by Keith Andrews

One of the most popular musicals in recent history, this charming Off-Broadway smash hit will take you on a trip to the fabulous fifties with the harmonious and heavenly tones of four loveable guys, Sparky, Jinx, Smudge, and Frankie. Forever Plaid is the story of The Plaids, a 1950s boy band, miraculously brought back to earth from the great beyond for the chance to fulfill their dreams and perform the concert they never got to do while they were living!

Tickets and season subscriptions available on line and at the box office in McCarthy Arts Center. Subscription for all 4 shows earn 20% discount. Subscriptions range in price from $100 - $120. Single tickets also available from $28 - $38. For more information, go to www.saintmichaelsplayhouse.org.

Playhouse Junior

Children's theater camp, July 9-13, will provide a camp and two children's shows for the public. Register now at www.broadwayworkshop.com. Playhouse Jr. probable shows will be You're a Good Man Charlie Brown and Pinkalicious.

Playhouse background:

From its beginnings in 1947, Saint Michael's Playhouse has blossomed into an award-winning, highly-regarded equity theater company. The Playhouse features talent from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional theaters nationwide, presented right here in Vermont. Housed in the Saint Michael's College McCarthy Arts Center, one of the finest theater facilities in the state, the Playhouse attracts approximately 16,000 theatergoers each season.

Saint Michael's Playhouse is a professional theater company operating as an auxiliary enterprise of Saint Michael's College. The Playhouse is Greater Burlington’s only actors’ equity resident theater company and as such operates under contract with Actors' Equity Association in New York City. At the same time, Saint Michael's College students have the opportunity to learn from the pros through internships in technical theater, costuming, lighting, set construction, and publicity.

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