Angie Lowe, co-director of L’arc en Ciel Theatre Group’s production of “Sister Mary Amnesia’s Country Western Nunsense Jamboree,” has an idea why the “Nunsense” series has been a habit with many area theatergoers.
“Cedar Lake’s a big Catholic area, although you don’t have to be Catholic or, in this case, like country and western music to enjoy these shows,” she said. “It’s just plain fun to watch nuns cavort onstage and having fun.”
Opening Saturday and running through Feb. 16 at Cedar Lake’s Great Oaks Banquets, Lowe and L’arc en Ciel “bring back the beloved sisters of Hoboken with “Amnesia,” the third installment of the popular “Nunsense” musical series.
In “Amnesia,” the sisters undertake a statewide tour for a country album released by Sister Mary Amnesia who, prior to taking her vows, was a country singer. The musical, which debuted in 1996, features more than 20 songs, including “Play a Country Enut,” “The Story of Ida Lee” and “I Could’ve Gone to Nashville.”
L’arc en Ciel’s production of “Amnesia” is their third “Nunsense” undertaking in the last 10 years. They first wowed area audiences in January 2009 with their production of the original “Nunsense” and followed that up in January 2011 with “Nunsensations.”
“We’re just having a blast with this show as we always do,” said Lowe, who is co-directing “Amnesia” with her husband, Paul Lowe. “Like cream, (the cast) all rises to the top. It’s just so much fun working with this cast. It’s just so much fun to see these nuns hooting and hollering.”
Next up for L’arc en Ciel Theatre Group is a sketch and musical fundraiser for the theater company, which is scheduled to open at Great Oaks Banquets in late March or early April. Dinner for “Sister Mary Amnesia’s Country Western Nunsense Jamboree” will be served 90 minutes prior to each show time except for Feb. 2, when dinner will be served between the 1 and 5 p.m. performances.
WHAT: “Sister Mary Amnesia’s Country Western Nunsense Jamboree”
WHEN: 8 p,m. Jan, 18, 24 and Feb, 7-8, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Feb. 2 and 2 p.m. Feb. 16
WHERE: Great Oaks Banquets, 13109 S. Wicker Ave., Cedar Lake
COST: $32 adults, $30 seniors, $25 children 12 and under
FYI: (219) 365-3197, (219) 374-8000, LCTG.ORG