July 04--"NUNSENSE II: THE SECOND COMING" is set for 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and July 11, 7:30 p.m. July 12-July 13, and 2 p.m. July 14 at the Metropolitan Theatre. For tickets, gift certificates and season subscriptions, call 304-291-4122 or 1-877-999-WVPT (9878) or visit wvpublictheatre.org.
The witty ensemble of performing nuns is back again, and this July, they open West Virginia Public Theatre's (WVPT) summer season.
"Nunsense II: The Second Coming," the second installment of the comedy franchise, runs Wednesday-July 14 at the Metropolitan Theatre.
The musical is set six weeks after the Little Sisters of Hoboken performed their first-ever variety show.
The sisters host a show to thank all of those who attended their first performance. But as the nuns learn, there is a talent scout in the audience, and two Fransiscans have come to claim one of their fellow sisters. Chaos ensues.
"Nunsense II" works to keep show-goers engaged with musical duets such as "What Would Elvis Do?" and a bingo game that calls for audience participation.
"There is a lot of direct contact with the audience, including schmoozing in the audience before the show begins," said Katherine Pecevich, who plays Reverend Mother Superior of the Little Sisters, Sister Mary Regina.
Other members of cast include La'Nette Wallace as Sister Mary Hubert, Melanie Kann as Sister Mary Amnesia, Zoe Blair Friedman as Sister Robert Anne, and Sarah Powell as Sister Mary Leo. The play is directed by Keith Schneider.
Being part of the musical is old hat for Pecevich. She has been a part of six "Nunsense" productions, playing the part of Sister Regina in four of them.
She said this type of broad musical comedy is her "comfort zone," and she understands what it takes to make her role work.
"Clarity. Clarity. Clarity. Rev. Mother is almost like a narrator or 'host' of the show," Pecevich said. "[It is] absolutely critical that I can be understood. One of the most important aspects of comedy."
Pecevich recently finished up a performance in New York as Reverend Mother in the series' sixth installment -- "Nunsensations."
She flew into West Virginia earlier this week and said she loves the cast and directing staff. She also generally loves this show.
"The Nunsense franchise brings a lot of joy to people. There is significant heart at the core of this show," Pecevich said. "These characters are loved by regional audiences all over the country."
With only a few weeks to rehearse before performing in front of an audience, Pecevich admits this process can be intense, but, for her, it pays off in the end.
"(I) have done a lot of musical satire over the years," Pecevich said. "It can be a tough life at times doing this, but one thing I can say, I have made thousands and thousands of people laugh.
"I remember years ago, playing Dolly in 'Hello Dolly' in a dinner theater in Massachusetts. An elderly woman came up to me after the show and held my face in her hands and said 'I am so glad I got a chance to see you before I die.' (I) never forgot that, and it truly touched me. Making people laugh is a wonderful way to earn a living."
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