REVIEW: Littleport Players’ ‘Nunsense’ is fantastic and hilarious

The cast of Nunsense. PHOTO Cathy Gibb-de Swarte.

The cast of Nunsense. PHOTO Cathy Gibb-de Swarte. - Credit: Archant

The Littleport Players have received standing ovations for their performance of ‘Nunsense’ at Littleport Village Hall.

Written by famed composer Dan Coggins, the musical is known for its technical difficulty, and this presentation proved the maxim that true art is in making the difficult task look easy.

The cast and crew excelled under the musical directorship of Mark A. J. Checkley and the expertise of Director Karen Booth.

The fantastic musical accompaniment was provided by Mark Checkley on keyboard, Mark Rogers on drums, and Bass player Harry Fiske.

The superb costumes were made by award-winning costumiere Sheila Goodall who also made the props with Sue Caller.

The great sound and lighting was organised by Phil Robinson and Chris Rose.

Nunsense is a hilarious spoof about the misadventures of five nuns trying to raise some cash by putting on a show to pay for the funerals of the rest of their convent who died from botulism - having drunk vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia.

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The nuns were brilliantly played and the characterisations were absolutely convincing. There was ballet loving Sister Mary Leo, played by Megan Bidecant, street-wise Sister Robert Anne, Lacey Kiefer, befuddled Sister Mary Amnesia, Chelsea Booth, Mother Superior Sister Regina, Mandy Morrish, Sister Mary Hubert, Becky Green, Lisa Checkley as Sister Mary Wilhelm and Kieran Francis in a demanding dual role as Sister Mary Julia and Father Virgil.

The Littleport Players will be saying goodbye to one of their actors, American Lacey Keifer, as she bids farewell to Littleport and returns home.

The Players are delighted to welcome back top local actor Jack Byng who will be playing the lead role in December’s Panto, Peter Pan.

Becky Green said: “We would like to thank everybody and anybody who has helped us with this production of Nunsense the Mega Musical.

“A lot of dedicated time of committed volunteers has been taken up by putting this show on. Our aim is never to be any higher than a community theatre group and we are always looking for volunteers to help us in any capacity - either on or off stage - so if you have any spare time and would like to get involved please email or ring 07799 604209.