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Musical comedy opens at Art Center

By Special to the Chronicle

The outrageously funny musical “Nunsense” opens Jan. 11 at the Art Center Theatre at 2644 N. Annapolis Ave. in Citrus Hills. The show that won Best Off-Broadway Musical in its original New York run has been described as “inspired madness” and is filled with humorous situations, tap-dancing nuns, jokes and memorable musical numbers.

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The setup for the story is that convent cook Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of her fellow sisters at the Little Sisters of Hoboken nunnery with the vichyssoise she prepared for them while they were playing bingo. The Mother Superior had a vision of starting a greeting card company to pay for their burials. While the company paid for most of the burials, instead of burying the last four, the Mother Superior bought a VCR and camcorder for the convent.

Heartbroken and in dire need of funds to bury their last four dearly departed sisters who are currently being stored in the convent freezer, some of the 19 surviving “Little Hobos” take over the school auditorium to raise money showcasing their previously hidden talents, which include singing, dancing and comedy.

The show is directed by Sharon Harris, who directed last year’s hit musical “The Kids Left, The Dog Died, Now What?” Brady Lay is the musical director, Shalyn Barker is the choreographer, Paul Gibbs is the stage manager and Vee Balemian is the musical accompanist.

The cast features Sharon Vetter, Chris Venable, Sandy Mosley, Ashlyn Gibbs, Shalyn Barker, Mary Ellen Carver, Stacy Griffis, Ashley Griffis and Emily Mosley.

The show runs weekends from Jan. 11 to Jan. 20. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $18 and are available by phone, 352-746-7606, or at the theater box office.