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Playhouse on Park 2019-20 Season Opens with ‘Nunsense’

The musical comedy ‘Nonsense’ opens the 11th season of West Hartford’s Playhouse on Park on Sept. 18.


Playhouse on Park’s 11th season kicks off with Dan Goggin’s “Nonsense.” It’s “a hail of fun and frolic! Wacky and outrageous with a hysterical anything goes sense of fun,” states a review in the New York Times.

Darlene Zoller, co-founder/co-artistic director Playhouse Theatre Group will direct and choreograph Nunsense. Courtesy photo

“Women” is the theme of Season 11. “Throughout history, there have been times when women were pushed to the background and made to feel inferior – but no more. Women have found their voices and demand to be heard. Season 11 is giving women the opportunity to tell their story; stories of family, hope, pain, and love. Whether told through comedy, song, or thought-provoking spoken words, experiences will be shared. Strong women will be taking the stage and claiming their place; not just in theatre but in the world,” said Co-Artistic Director Darlene Zoller, director and choreographer of “Nunsense.”

Revel in the madness of this hilariously funny musical comedy, featuring a troupe of dancing, singing nuns. “Nunsense” follows the crazy antics of five nuns from the Little Sisters of Hoboken convent. When their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, accidentally serves some tainted soup, poisoning 52 of the sisters, the five surviving nuns must band together to raise funds for their burials. The score pulses with merriment and an unabashed desire to make you laugh, with songs and spontaneous comic interludes paced at breakneck speed.

Previews are scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m., as well as Thursday, Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. All preview tickets are $17.50, and seats must be reserved.

Starring in this production are: Brandi Porter (Playhouse on Park Chiffon LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS; Broadway: Swing A BRONX TALE; National Tour: Frieda, u/s Jane A BRONX TALE) as Sister Mary Hubert, Hillary Ekwall (Playhouse on Park: Schwarzy SPELLING BEE, Sally CHARLIE BROWN; National Tours: CABARET, HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS) as Sister Mary Amnesia, Amanda Forker (Playhouse on Park: SAY THINGS FUNNY: A LOVING TRIBUTE TO CAROL BURNETT, [TITLE OF SHOW], MAMA D’S OUTRAGEOUS ROMPs, SWINGING ON A STAR)  as Sister Mary Regina, Lily Dickinson (National Tour: MAMMA MIA!; Engeman: JEKYLL & HYDE; Post Playhouse: URINETOWN; Alliance Theatre: World Premier of BULL DURHAM: A NEW MUSICAL) as Sister Robert Anne, and Rachel Oremland (Seven Angels Theatre: Sally Simpson THE WHO’S TOMMY; National Tours: Pinkalicious PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL, Owl FLIGHT SCHOOL) as Sister Mary Leo.

Tickets for performances Sept. 20 through Oct. 13 are now on sale, and range from $40-$50. Student, senior, and Let’s Go Arts discounts are available.

Opening night, complete with a complementary pre-show wine and cheese reception is Friday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. New this season are Tuesday and Saturday 2 p.m. matinee performances.

“Nunsense” is part of the 2019-20 Main Stage Series; consider subscribing and save 20 percent. Group ticket sale discount is also available. For more information or tickets, call the box office at 860-523-5900 x10 or visit www.playhouseonpark.org. Playhouse on Park is located at 244 Park Rd., West Hartford, CT 06119.

Open Mic Night during this run is set for Oct. 6. Come and sing or just come and enjoy those that do. It will begin after the performance, and it’s free and open to the public! You may bring your own music or choose from our collection. BYOB. Accompanist provided.

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