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“Nunsense” kicks off Lycoming College spring semester with laughter

“Nunsense” kicks off Lycoming College spring semester with laughter

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Lycoming College Theatre Department will kick off the spring semester with “Nunsense,” a musical comedy written by Dan Goggin in 1985. This witty musical will be directed by Biliana Stoytcheva-Horissian, Ph.D., chair of the theatre department and associate professor of acting, directing, and musical theatre at Lycoming College, and will take place at the Mary L. Welch Theatre, Feb. 23-26 at 7:30 p.m. Two alternating casts will bring their own artistic perspectives to the story and characters. Tickets are available to purchase starting Feb. 9 by calling the box office at 570-321-4048 or by going online. Audience members are expected to wear a mask at all times.

When asked how she felt about the upcoming production, Stoytcheva-Horissian said, “After almost two years of non-stop challenges presented by COVID-19, dealing with difficult situations, and emotional and physical exhaustion, I think presenting a live musical comedy that introduces hilarious characters, witty jokes, catchy songs, and exciting dance numbers in a wide range of musical styles is just the right type of medicine for the soul that our audiences need.”

The funny, irreverent, and charming musical follows the misadventures of five sisters trying to manage a fundraiser. The nuns known as the Little Sisters of Hoboken are putting on a show to raise money to bury sisters accidently poisoned by the convent cook, Sister Julia (Child of God). The production introduces a recently-updated script full of gags, jokes, and heart combined with original songs, audience participation, physical comedy, and dancing. Featuring the creative work of musical director Mo Ortbal and choreographer Catri Barba, the show promises to keep young and old audiences entertained and laughing all the way.

Lead roles include:

  • Mother Superior - Liz Shaffer/Laura Ulrich
  • Sister Mary Hubert - Kaitlyn Haefner/Shantel Hill
  • Sister Robert Anne - Kiera Vinson/McKayla Cobb
  • Sister Mary Amnesia - Abigayle Hallow/Hannah Lee DeFrates
  • Sister Mary Leo - April Romanowski/Julia Martin

Ticket prices for all shows are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors, and can be purchased beginning Feb. 9 by calling the box office at 570-321-4048, or online at


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