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A whole lot of Nunsense at Mt. Tabor

Sister Mary Amnesia with the outspoken Sister Mary Annette, puppet created by Judy Cole

The Sisters of Hoboken are bringing zany fun to Milford this weekend as the Marysburgh Mummers’ theatre troupe presents Nunsense.

The heavenly musical comedy features five nuns hungry for the spotlight, who find themselves in a predicament when their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, accidentally poisons 52 of their fellow sisters.

When the convent’s first in charge, Reverend Mother Regina splurges on a big screen TV, the remaining sisters find themselves strapped for cash, as they still have four dead nuns to bury (whose bodies are being stored in the kitchen freezer).

What’s a sister to do? The five sinfully funny nuns take over an 8th Grade production of Grease to help pay the burial costs for their sisters before the health department discovers their secret.

Their variety show of music, dancing and comedy will have their audience falling out of their chairs before the evening is over. Through their wacky and heartfelt performances, the Little Sisters of Hoboken will prove that while they’re on their way to heaven, they’re here to raise some hell.

Join Reverend Mother, a former circus performer itching to reclaim the spotlight and her four sisters as they stage a lively variety show filled with comic misadventures that are sure to be ‘habit-forming’.

Alongside Reverend Mother are her sisters including a streetwise nun from Brooklyn named Sister Robert Anne; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who dreams of becoming a ballerina; and the charming Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head.

The cast of Nunsense includes a mix of veterans and newcomers to Mount Tabor including Paulina McMahon, as Sister Mary Regina Mother Superior and Bea Howse as Sister Mary Hubert. Howse returns to Mount Tabor after a successful run in the Mummers’ recent production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Lynda Zadan plays the wacky Sister Mary Amnesia. A newcomer to Prince Edward County, and making her Mummers debut, is Robin Snip, who plays Sister Mary Robert Anne. Rounding out the cast is Julie Lane, who returns to the Mount Tabor stage as Sister Mary Leo.

“I am thrilled to be returning to the Mummers after leaving to attend university in Hamilton and St. Catharine’s,” said Lane. “It’s been three years since my last stage performance, but I’m excited to be diving back in with this cast and crew.”

Written by Dan Goggin and performed with special permission by Samuel French, Nunsense is directed and choreographed by Monica Alyea, with vocal and music direction by Sharon Wickett.

“I have wanted to do this show for a long time. Nunsense is a hilarious romp that will exercise your laugh muscles and we have a very funny group of ladies for this,” said Alyea.

Nunsense opens on Milford’s Mount Tabor stage Friday, March 31, and continues Saturday, April 1, Sunday, April 2 and again Friday, April 7, Saturday, April 8 and closes Sunday, April 9. Tickets are $15 each and are available at Live Laugh Eat in Milford, Green Gables in Bloomfield, Sidestreet Gallery in Wellington, Books & Company in Picton, Hamlet Grocery in Consecon and through the Quinte Arts Council in Belleville.

For more information, contact Briar at 613-243-2923 or

The Marysburgh Mummers are a volunteer, amateur theatre group based in Milford. Mount Tabor Community Playhouse is their official home. Mount Tabor overlooks the village of Milford. The building, a former United Church, consists of the theatre that seats 120 people and Bredin Hall, built in 1997. The latter contains a costume room, snack bar and washrooms and replaced the original Sunday school room. For more information –

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  1. Nick Nowitski says:

    My wife, a friend and I went to the opening night of this play and were blown away by the talent of all of the Nuns in the building, but those on stage were remarkable. Knowing two of them, I had no idea they had the chops to pull off the singing and dancing in this play. Each and every one of them was the star of the show. But I don’t want to leave out the fantastic Sister Mary Whats Her Name playing the piano.

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