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Nunsense at Brainerd Community Theater is Outstanding!

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Quote of the Day: from the hilarious holy musical Nunsense!

Sister Mary Amnesia: Back at the convent, we have this huge clock with the 12 apostles painted on it. And I know that when the big hand is on the John and the little hand is on the Peter, it’s time for the sisters to get down on their knees…

Sister Mary Amnesia: … and pray.

Mary Wayne (left), Laura Oldham, Barb McColgan, Sylvia Borash and Bri Keran play nuns in Brainerd Community Theatre’s production of “Nunsense,” which opens July 8 in the Chalberg Theatre at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. (Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls)

Mary Wayne (left), Laura Oldham, Barb McColgan, Sylvia Borash and Bri Keran play nuns in Brainerd Community Theatre’s production of “Nunsense,” which opens July 8 in the Chalberg Theatre at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. (Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls)

The Brainerd Community Theatre at Central Lakes College has an outstanding production of Nunsense, featuring some of the finest talents in the Brainerd Lakes Area. It’s one of the shows where each actor seems perfectly cast for her part. It’s lively. It’s fun. The humor is sensational, the singing divine! Sylvia Borash, recent graduate from Brainerd High School, plays the young postulant who wants to be the first dancing nun. Sylvia is a skilled dancer. In fact, she’ll be dancing with a professional tap company, Rhythmic Circus, in the future. Her dance routines were exciting and stunning, her tap number alone was worth the price of admission! 

Barb McColgan, Sylvia Borash, Laura Oldham, Bri Keran, and Mary Wayne, the Sisters of Hoboken

Barb McColgan, Sylvia Borash, Laura Oldham, Bri Keran, and Mary Wayne, the Sisters of Hoboken

Barb McColgan, a veteran actor on the BCT stage, plays a delightful Mother Mary Regina. She is a hoot. Her expressions and body language cracked us up, especially after she tries Sister Robert Anne’s (Bri Keran) special remedy. Bri Keran, also a regular on the BCT stage, knocks it out as a rough around the edges nun with the great one-liners. Mary Wayne, new to the Brainerd lakes area, plays a fabulous Sister Amnesia, with that slightly confused and a little lost look in her eyes as she stumbles her way through the routines the other sisters give her as they perform their show within a show.

Laura and Bri, Sister hug!

Laura and Bri, Sister hug!

Laura Oldham, Sister Hubert, brings down the house in her final number Holier Than Thou. She auditioned for that part because she really wanted to sing it, and she nails it. You will leave the auditorium with a giant smile, a little more rhythm in your heart, and a new perspective on the Sisterhood after watching these five women perform. Laura basically played herself in a show I wrote and performed about four years ago, Coffee Shop Confessions. I’ve often said that she missed her calling as a stand-up comic. Her voice is also Broadway quality. Her high school math students get way more than your typical numbers lesson when they have Ms. Oldham teaching the class!

Nunsense is funny, interactive, and has upbeat songs with humorous lyrics. The cast is outstanding, and the entire production is worth a few hours indoors during the heat and rains of summer. Well done, Patrick Spradlin, you have directed a fine show with a spectacular cast! 

Mary Aalgaard and Laura Oldham, Theatre Sisters

Mary Aalgaard and Laura Oldham, Theatre Sisters

Read more about the show in this article in the Brainerd Dispatch. You have three more chances to see the show next week, July 20-22, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 7:30 showtimes. Call CLC box office, 218-855-8199, or visit their website for tickets. I’d get them early. This show might sell out! If you don’t grab a seat, I’ll take it. This is a show I could watch again and again!

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  1. Jeannine zumBrunnen says:

    Yes Mary! This is “most certainly true” !!!

  2. No hiding it. They are having too much fun. hehehe

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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