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Nunsense A-Men

Nunsense A-MenJune 11 – July 21
Book, Music & Lyrics by Dan Goggin
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
PG - Parental Guidance Suggested

Nunsense A-Men brings all the hilarity and warmth from Dan Goggin's original script and score of Nunsense, with the amusing twist of the characters being played by men!  Staged in Brazil as Novicas Rebeldes before transferring to New York City in 1998, Nunsense A-Men has received rave reviews and standing ovations from subsequent productions.  Some of the notable stars Nunsense A-Men boasts include “Laugh-In” star Arte Johnson as Mother Superior and Olympic Champion Greg Louganis as Sister Robert Anne.  To quote the New York Times: “A Change of habit, boy, oh boy!”

Scenes & Musical Numbers
Director Notes
Cast Bios
Production Staff Bios
Theme Dinners
Nunsense A-Men Press Release
Read a recent review of Nunsense A-Men in The Pilot News
Read a recent review of Nunsense A-Men in The Papers

 

Nunsense A-Men
Archive Photographs



 

 

A Note from the Director…

When you have spent as much time in Mt. Saint Helen’s as I have, it is easy to take the charming personalities of these dynamic characters for granted.  With the inexhaustible amount of sequels, the true spirit of the Little Sisters of Hoboken can be lost if one misplaces Dan Goggin’s original vision.  While I don’t claim to know the author better than anyone, I believe I have spent enough time in his head to have a genuine understanding of the motivation behind the franchise.  As I prepared for my fourth installment in the series, I have done my best to stage the show in a manner consistent with this motivation, while still remaining true to the Round Barn’s vision for its patrons.  We’ve assembled an excellent group of…uh…women to breathe life into these very special characters and I would like to thank them, and my wonderful crew for all of their hard work and dedication.  As with every production of Nunsense before this, I reserved this cup of ranch for Chris Ference who has been the dominating force behind every trip I’ve made down the halls of Mt. Saint Helen’s.  Te echo de menos, Amigo!  Now won’t someone please turn off that spotlight?!

Jeremy Littlejohn

A Note from the Music Director…

This is my first time working on Nunsense and what a delightful time I have had working on this show! It has been both fun and challenging, and what an honor to be working with such a great group of people. While I don’t personally have a history with the Catholic Church, I still think that many of the themes are universal and everyone can relate to these wacky nuns. Musically, this show has been challenging in that it is a bunch of men singing songs originally written for women (although many of the keys changed). So I hope you enjoy a bunch of men running around acting like nuns. It certainly has been an entertaining scenario for me!

Travis Smith

 

Nunsense A-Men Cast

   

Sister Robert Anne

 

Benjamin Lee Jackson

Reverend Mother (Mary Regina)

 

Matthew C. Scott

Sister Hubert (Mistress of Novices)

 

Jeremy Littlejohn

Sister Mary Amnesia

 

Travis Smith

Sister Mary Leo

 

Ramaad Morris

     

Piano

 

David Brennan

Bass

 

Don Hart

Drums

 

Trent Loggins

 

Nunsense A-Men Staff

   

Executive Producer

 

Richard Pletcher

Associate Producer

 

George Bush

Director/Choreographer

 

Jeremy Littlejohn

Music Director

 

Travis Smith

Production Stage Manager/Props

 

Monica Gauer

Company Manager/Sound

 

Timothy Leonard

ASM/Sound

 

Christopher Lidl

Costume Designer

 

Drew M. Baker

Set Designer

 

Richard Pletcher

Lighting Designer

 

Jeremy Littlejohn

Dance Captain

 

Sarah Philabaum

Master Carpenter

 

Gary Balogh

Box Office Manager

 

Jennifer Scheffer

Archive Videographer

 

Steve Jones

 

Time & Place

Time: Present
Place: Mt. Saint Helen’s School Auditorium

 

Scenes & Musical Numbers

Act I

Welcome: Reverend Mother & Sister Hubert

 

Nunsense is Habit-Forming

Cast

Opening Remarks: Reverend Mother & Sister Hubert

 

A Difficult Transition

Cast

The Quiz: Sister Amnesia

 

Benedicite

Sister Mary Leo

The Biggest Ain't the Best

Srs. Hubert & Leo

Playing Second Fiddle

Sister Robert Anne

Taking Responsibility: Revered Mother

 

So, You Want to be a Nun

Sister Mary Amnesia

A Word from the Reverend Mother

 

Turn Up the Spotlight

Reverend Mother

Lilacs Bring Back Memories

Cast

An Unexpected Discovery: Reverend Mother

 

Tackle That Temptation with a Time Step

Sister Hubert, Cast

Act II

Robert to the Rescue: Sister Robert Anne

 

 

Growing Up Catholic

 

Sister Robert Anne, Cast

We've Got to Clean Out the Freezer

 

Cast

A Minor Catastrophe: Cast

 

 

Just a Coupl'a Sisters

 

Reverend Mother & Sister Hubert

Soup's On (The Dying Nun Ballet)

 

Srs. Leo & Robert Anne

Baking with the BVM: Sister Julia, Child of God

   

Playing Second Fiddle (Reprise)

 

Sister Robert Anne

I Just Want to be a Star

 

Sister Robert Anne

The Drive In

 

Srs. Robert Anne, Leo & Amnesia

I Could've Gone to Nashville

 

Sister Mary Amnesia

Gloria in Excelsis Deo

 

Cast

Closing Remarks

 

 

Holier Than Thou

 

Sister Hubert, Cast

Nunsense is Habit-Forming (Reprise)

 

Cast

 

Nunsense A-Men Cast Bios

Benjamin Lee Jackson (Robert Anne) is very excited to be returning to the stage at the Round Barn Theatre this season.  You may recognize him from last year’s productions of Plain and Fancy, State Fair and Hank Williams: Lost Highway.  Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Ben is currently writing a brand new show entitled Steeple People: A Southern Gospel Comedy along with composer, Travis Smith.

 

 


Jeremy Littlejohn
(Hubert/Artistic Director) is a native Hoosier who is thrilled to working on his fourth installment in the Nunsense franchise.  Jeremy directed, choreographed and played Hubert in this show opposite Matt Scott two years ago in Huntingdon, PA.  He is thrilled to revisit these roles with his close friend! Some of his notable acting credits include Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden, Sancho in Man of La Mancha, Homer in Floyd Collins, Yvan in Art, Oscar in The Odd Couple and John Adams in 1776.  Directing projects include The Glass Menagerie, Bye Bye, Birdie, Driving Miss Daisy, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Lost in Yonkers, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Kiss Me Kate, Guys and Dolls (with Bethel College), and his Masterwork, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel.  In addition to being an Actor / Director, Jeremy is also an accomplished Lighting Designer, Stage Manager and Teacher.


Ramaad Morris (Leo) is so excited to be returning for a full season with the Round Barn Theatre! Some of his credits include: It’s a Wonderful Life (the Follie artist), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II), No No Nanette(Billy Early), Book Of Days (Boyd Middleton), Arsenic and Old Lace (Jonathan), Parade (Jim Conley), Frankie Lymon (Original Piece, one man show). He would first like to thank Amish Acres for bringing him back to such a magical place, and making him feel at home.  His grandma Martha, for always pushing him to go the distance. Lastly, to his partner in crime, Andrew. You are always at the starting line and somehow manage to greet me at the finish. You’re a wizard and I love you for that. Enjoy the show!

 

Amish AcresMatthew C. Scott (Reverend Mother) is from Orbisonia, PA and has been a professional Actor / Director for 17 years. Some of his directing credits include Run For Your Wife at Cornwell’s Dinner Theatre, Forever Plaid at the Grace Theatre, and Pump Boys and Dinettes, Plain and Fancy, and the extremely well received 2012 production of Miracle on 34th Street here at The Round Barn. Some of his favorite roles around the country include John Dickinson in 1776, George in She Loves Me, Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, Trevor Graydon in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hucklebee in The Fantasticks and the Baker in Into the Woods.

 

 

Travis Smith (Amnesia/Music Director) is excited to be back at The Round Barn Theatre this year after being active here as both an actor and music director since 2009. Previous productions here include State Fair, Sisters of Swing, Smoke on the Mountain: Homecoming and Miracle on 34th Street. He is also a composer and arranger currently working on a new production titled Steeple People about a southern gospel quartet.  Please visit his website www.travis-smith.com for more information.

Enjoy the show and thank you for supporting live theatre!

 

 

 

Nunsense A-Men Staff Biographies

Drew M. Baker (Costume Designer) started performing at age four and has been a part of almost 400 productions over the years. Although acting and directing top his list of favorites, designing costumes definitely resides at a close second. He is the Founder / Director of Central Pennsylvania theatre companies Faces and Places Ministries, a not for profit theatrical company which brings the gospel to life through various art forms, and Faces and Places Alive!, which brings wholesome family fun productions to schools and other children’s organizations. He currently serves as the Artistic Director for the Moshannon Valley YMCA Youth Theatre in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania.

Gary Balogh (Master Carpenter) was born in Ohio, and raised in Indiana north of Fort Wayne.  He studied Architectural Design, Civil Engineering and Surveying at Purdue University and Ivy Tech.  Prior to joining the Amish Acres team in 2012, Gary worked in the Construction field as a Heavy Equipment Operator.  He also has built sets for his church’s Bible School plays for several years.  He likes to build and fix “whatever”.

David Brennan (Piano) a resident of Mishawaka, has been an active church pianist, organist and community musician for almost 10 years.  His work with students in Penn, Elkhart, Mishawaka and South Bend schools, in addition to members of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and Civic Theatre has given him valuable musical experience over time.  Having just received his Bachelor of Music Education this past May from IU South Bend, David plans to continue his career as a performer and teacher for many years to come.

George Bush (Associate Producer) is a Nappanee native and proud graduate of Northwood High School! George began his work at Amish Acres as a trash collector at age 14 and spent much of his educational career (both high school and college) with Amish Acres as an intern, clerk in the hotel, Art Festival food runner and in retail.  George started a family in Muncie where he attended Ball State University and worked in the property development world for ten years. He returned to Nappanee in 2011, where he was named Chief Operating Officer for Amish Acres and Associate Producer for the Round Barn Theatre. He is extremely happy to have his family relocated back home and is looking forward to a wonderful 2013 season.

Monica Gauer (Production Stage Manager) had so much fun stage managing last year; she decided to stick around for another year! Monica grew up in Laporte, Indiana (surrounded by friends and family), then graduated from the University of Southern Indiana (where she made new friends), after which she got married (turning her best friend into her family), and now she is helping to build a bigger Round Barn family (and she hopes you will become part of it).  When she isn’t busy around the Acres she loves to read, watch cartoons and listen to stories…and storytelling is what theater is all about!  So relax and enjoy a story that Monica and her Round Barn family are about to tell you.

Don Hart (Bass) is pleased to be back at the Round Barn Theatre!  Other RBT roles include Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance, Henry in The Fantasticks, Eddie in Pump Boys and Dinettes and Isaac in Plain and Fancy.  Don has also performed as John Denver in Almost Heaven at Pines Dinner Theatre in Allentown, PA, Johnny Cash in Ring of Fire at Derby Dinner Theatre in Clarksville, IN, and Gerald Drimmond in There Goes The Bride at Sierra Repertory Theatre in Sonora, CA.

Love ya, Crystal!

Timothy Leonard (Company Manager) attended Florida School of the Arts for Musical Theatre before moving on to the National Tour of A Christmas Carol in 2008. Since then he has performed in such shows as Oklahoma!, Smoke on the Mountain, and various children’s theatre projects. In 2011, Timothy began performing here at The Round Barn Theatre where he has enjoyed playing a diverse assortment of roles including Judge Heppenstall in State Fair, Vinnie in The Odd Couple and Hank in Hank Williams: Lost Highway among others. When asked about his continued work here at Amish Acres, he said: “We’re a family – the audience and community feel that way to me.  I recognize many faces each season, and do my utmost to give them an enjoyable experience every time they visit.”

Christopher Lidl (Sound) is a Show Production Specialist from Pawling, NY. He won an award for Excellence in Theatre at Trinity Pawling School in 2008. He attended Full Sail University down in Orlando where he has a Bachelor’s Degree in Show Production.  When he is not in the theater, he enjoys bike riding, hiking and socializing.

Trent Loggins (Drums) hails from Morris, AL.  Trent recently graduated with a BFA from the University of Montevallo.  He loves good food and good times with friends.  Regional favorites: Ralph Malph in Happy Days in Ohio, Rev. Shermerhorn in Unto These Hills in NC, and most recently Pa Lincoln in Young Abe Lincoln in Alabama.

Thanks to Mom, Dad, Mason and Lindley for their endless love and support.  Roll Tide!

Richard Pletcher (Executive Producer) founded Amish Acres with his father LaVern in 1968. The Amish farm was preserved and restored and is now listed in The National Register of Historic Places. Following a one year experiment in dinner-theatre with George Bledsoe in 1971, he added musical theatre to the interpretation of the historic farm by producing Plain and Fancy in the Locke Township Meeting House in 1986. It moved to The Round Barn Theatre in 1991. The play has been running for 26 consecutive years having surpassed 3,700 performances before audiences of over 355,000 people. Plain and Fancy’s Tony Award® winning author Joseph Stein and Tony Award® winning composer Albert Hague have attended Plain and Fancy at Amish Acres.

At Joseph Stein’s urging, Amish Acres became a regional musical repertory theatre in 1996 with the addition of five shows in rotation with Plain and Fancy each season. Amish Acres has now produced nearly one hundred Broadway musicals and The Round Barn Theatre stage is named for and dedicated to Joseph Stein. Seven of Mr. Stein’s musicals have been produced on his stage, including Plain and Fancy, Fiddler on the Roof, The Baker’s Wife, and Zorba, plus staged readings of Take Me Along, Rags and a second stage production of Enter Laughing.  

In October of 2006, Dick and his wife Susan were guests of Joseph and Elisa Stein in New York City for the York Theatre’s Mufti Series production of Plain and Fancy, the last in a month long, three show festival of Stein’s work that included Take Me Along and Carmelina. Artistic Director James Morgan recognized Amish Acres’ 20 year production of Plain and Fancy in the program and in his introductions from the stage. The Pletcher’s and Jeremy Littlejohn attended the York’s presentation of the Oscar Hammerstein Lifetime Achievement Award in Musical Theatre to Joseph Stein in November of 2007.  Stein was further inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in February of 2008. He passed away in 2010 and the Joseph Stein Memorial Fund was created to provide free season tickets for children.

 

Nunsense A-Men
Theme Dinner: June 14 and July 19

Each Round Barn theatre Musical production calls for a Theme Dinner and Wine Bar, a joyous celebration with menus written with tongue-in-cheek show references and double entendres, often obscure and ridiculous. the responsibility for such frivolity rest solely with Richard Pletcher. The ensuing menus are lovingly prepared by chef Ruth Miller whose sense of humor make it into it kettle and skillet.

Theme Dinner reservations required. 
For reservations call (800) 800-4942.

Culinary Nonsense

Menu Includes:
Soup

Tomato Soup with Sacrificial Wine

Appetizers
Cabbage and Meat Rolls
St. Gall Cheese Ball

Salad
Bingo Broccoli Salad
Mother Superior's Habit Forming Layer Salad

Bread
Nun's Buns
Unleavened Bread

Entrees
Friday's Fish and Chips
Little Sisters Tiny Ribs

Pasta
Little Hats Cappelletti with Spring Vegetables


Vegetables
St. Huber's Day Dandelion Greens with Spinach and Bacon
Corny Casserole

Desserts
Chocolate Confession
Peanut Butter Jumble
Ruth's Famous Creme Brule

Beverages
Mock Communion Red Rine
Iced Tea, Lemonade, Coffees
Beer and Wine available for purchase