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March 6, 2014

'Nunsense' to bring song, dance, and 'nuns' to C'town

The nuns are coming to the Otesaga, and they are coming to sing.

Friday and Saturday, Orpheus Theatre will stage its 2014 production of “Nunsense” at The Otesaga Resort Hotel.

“It’s a very fun show,” said Erika Jones, office manager at Orpheus Theatre.

“Nunsense” originally premiered off-Broadway in 1985. A musical comedy, it centers on five nuns putting on a theatrical variety show to raise money for the burial of their deceased sisters, who were accidentally poisoned after they ate contaminated vichyssoise soup.

“(The audience) can really expect it to be a good laugh,” said Jones.

The original “Nunsense” was a hit, becoming the second-longest running off-Broadway play in history and spawning multiple sequels. Jones said that the Orpheus Theatre has also produced it before.

“It was very well received,” she said.

The 2014 production is directed by Mary-Jo Merk, who was a part of the Orpheus Theatre’s first staging of the play.

This year’s production is also part of a relatively new partnership between the Orpheus Theatre and the Otesaga. Jones said that the partnership started because the Orpheus Theatre was interested in doing shows outside of Oneonta, and the Otesaga was interested in adding new programs.

“It worked well for both of us,” she said.

She said that the Orpheus Theatre began performing at the Otesaga with their February 2013 production of “Company.”

“The Otesaga is a more intimate venue,” said Jones, when asked what distinguishes it from Orpheus Theatre’s main performance space, Goodrich Theater at the State University College at Oneonta.

The March 8 performance of “Nunsense” will also double as dinner theater. Attendees will eat their meal before the show opens, and then have desert at intermission.

Tickets for the  7 p.m. Friday show are $15 general admission and $10 for students. The Saturday tickets are $50 and include dinner and desert. The dinner theater begins at 6:30 p.m.

More information on the Orpheus Theatre’s production of “Nunsense” and the rest of its season this year can be found at

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