Nuns return to LCTG stage

2014-01-30T00:00:00Z Nuns return to LCTG stageTimes Staff
January 30, 2014 12:00 am  • 

CEDAR LAKE | L’ arc en Ciel Community Theatre Group, headed by directors Angie and Paul Lowe, has begun its 10th season with a third visit by the Little Sisters of Hoboken in a show that centers around Sister Amnesia's Country Western Nunsense Jamboree.

The musical opened last weekend, and there will be two special performances Sunday at Great Oaks Banquet Hall, 13109 U.S. 41. Shows will begin at 1 and 5 p.m., with dinner available at 3:30. Anyone attending the 5 p.m. show will receive $5 off the ticket price.

There are also performances Feb. 7, 8, 16 and 28. Dinner on Fridays and Saturdays is at 6:30 p.m., with the show at 8. Sunday shows feature dinner at 12:30 p.m. and the show at 2.

Call (219) 365-3197 or (219) 374-8000 to reserve tickets. Gift certificates are available by emailing

The cast includes Linda Slankard (Cedar Lake) as the comical but stern Reverend Mother, Lynette Estes (Merrillville) as the rambunctious Sister Robert Anne, Shannon Jones (Dyer) as the dancer wannabe Sister Leo, Mercedes Austgen (Cedar Lake) as country star Sister Amnesia, Dr. Alan Smith (Dyer) as Father Virgil, and novices Hope Johansen, Hannah Souronis, and Sammy Bredar (all from St. John).

Paul W. Lowe and Patti Farmer are tech directors, with Lori Souronis as stage and props manager. Keith Underwood is the sound technician.

In the play, the Little Sisters have teamed up for a jamboree with the Franciscans, namely Jacob Gardner (Lowell) as Brother Eugene and his younger brothers Aaron Cappello (St. John) and Zack Hansen (Schererville). Smith and Hansen also team up to play onstage drums as part of the pit band headed by Jay Gianotti, with Belinda Potoma, Mike Fish, Sherri Kalicky, Shannon Yardley and Liz Canty Clark. Director Angie Lowe voices the naughty puppet, Sister Mary Annette.

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