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BeanStalk Community Theatre Announces Cast for Upcoming Dinner Theatre Production ‘Nunsense’

Floor: Sister Leo,Tiffany Christian; Sister Mary Amnesia, Lauren Hayworth 2nd row left to right: Music Director Andrea McDonough, Sister Hubert, Amy Beane; Rev. Mother, Cheryl Scott, and Sister Robert Anne, Maureen Renihan
Floor: Sister Leo,Tiffany Christian; Sister Mary Amnesia, Lauren Hayworth
2nd row left to right: Music Director Andrea McDonough, Sister Hubert, Amy Beane; Rev. Mother, Cheryl Scott, and Sister Robert Anne, Maureen Renihan

Feb. 3, 2014. BeanStalk Community Theatre announces the talented cast for its upcoming production of “Nunsense,” a musical comedy written by Dan Goggin  to be performed at Harvest House Performing Arts Center as a dinner theatre March 21 and 22. “Nunsense” is the second longest-running off-Broadway show in history. This production will be BeanStalk’s first all adult production.

“Nunsense” follows the valiant efforts of five surviving members of the Order of the Little Sisters of Hoboken to raise money to cover the burial costs of the last four (of 52) members of their convent who were accidentally poised by their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God. To pay for the burials, the sisters take over a high school auditorium to mount a fundraising variety show that includes outrageous songs, dancing and an audience quiz.

The cast of “Nunsense” features five outstanding performers, including Cheryl Scott as Reverend Mother, Sister Mary Regina. Cheryl, recently transplanted to the High Country from Moscow, Idaho brings 30 years of community theatre experience to this role.

Amy Beane, creative director of BeanStalk, will show off her talents as Sister Hubert. Many will remember her as a former Playmaker and for previous roles in Blue Ridge Community Theatre. In 2012, she won the Metrolina Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Cookie in Davidson Community Player’s “Rumors.”

Starring as Sister Robert Anne will be Maureen Renihan. Maureen has worked with Blue Ridge Community Theatre, Ashe County Little Theatre and is a frequent performer with Ensemble Stage. 

Filling the role of Sister Mary Amnesia is Lauren Hayworth, a professionally trained vocalist whose most recent role was in Appalachian State University’s opera “Cosi fan tutte” as Despina. She’s performed in several dinner theatre and radio dramas with Blowing Rock’s Ensemble Stage. 

Aspiring ballerina, Sister Leo will be played by Tiffany Christian. She has performed with Ensemble Stage and with Studio K productions including perennial Nutcracker and Wizard of Oz. 

Directing “Nunsense” is Hope Bennett, who brings more than 20 years of community and semi-professional theatre experience to BeanStalk. While she is making her directorial debut with BeanStalk, she has directed “HonkeyTonk Angels,” “Steel Magnolias” and “Dearly Departed” for South Carolina community theatres. She is excited to bring this hilarious play to the High Country and promises an interactive and fun experience for the audience. 

Andrea McDonough, BeanStalk’s co-founder and Executive Producer is the music director. Her previous productions have included “Twinderella,” “Willy Wonka” “A Peter Rabbit Tale,” “Jingle Jury” and last summer’s hit “Night at the Wax Museum.”

Mel Grant and Elizabeth Cole, BeanStalk board members round out the production crew as Stage Manager and Prop/Costume Mistress. BSCT Board Member Daphne Speer is coordinating ticket sales and publicity. Neva Specht, BSCT Vice President is producing the show. 

Casa Rustica will be catering the dinner theatre and promises wonderful fare. Gluten free and vegetarian entrees will be available with advance notice prior to March 10. 

Individual tickets for “Nunsense” are on sale at Boone Drug at Deerfield and online at BeanStalkCommunityTheatre.com for $35 prior to March 1 and $40 after March 1. Individual tickets and tickets for a table of 8 may be purchased at Andrew McDonough’s State Farm Insurance Office at 450 New Market Boulevard Suite 1 in Boone. Table purchases for $250 result in a $30 savings before March 1. After March 1, tables will be $300, a savings of $20. Ticket prices include sales tax. 

Consider making it a date night and take advantage of the on-site childcare that will be available during the dinner/show for $10 for the first child and $5 for each additional child up to a maximum fee of $25 per family.

As the only community theatre actively producing shows in the area, BeanStalk Community Theatre takes pride  in offering the best in entertainment at an affordable price. We are dedicated to serving the needs of our community with each production. BSCT is a volunteer nonprofit organization. 

For further information about BeanStalk and its upcoming production “Nunsense” call 828-312-0263 or email beanstalkcommunitytheatre@gmail.com or check out the website at www.BeanStalkCommunityTheatre.com.