First musical comedy for 30 years


This year’s Alexandra Musical Society show will involve a change of habit.

The society will, this month, bring Nunsense to the stage – the first musical comedy it has performed in about 30 years.

Stage director Bryan Aitken said in more recent years the group had performed musicals dealing with societal change or reflecting different periods.

Examples include Grease, which focused on life in the 1950s and Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, which was about the singer’s life and music.

“So, in many ways it’s going back to our roots,” Mr Aitken said.

He said the performance, which had a cast of five women and one man, was a “very clever” musical because the music was derivative of other styles and composers.

“You can hear different threads and themes coming through in the music.”

He described the show as “short, sharp and pithy” – something that would capture the audience’s attention throughout the two-hour performance.

And the topic was one people often enjoyed, he said.

“People, I think, are intrigued by stories of nuns, [but] The Sound of Music this ain’t,” he said.

Mr Aitken, of Christchurch, is living in Alexandra for the duration of the show and rehearsals, something he dedicates his time to every second year.

And he was pleased he did, particularly this year.

“I’ve enjoyed working with people, working with some strong women I have worked with before and the age range [which is from] 18 through to 50s,” he said.

“They bring all different sorts of life skills and understanding of life, which reflects exactly what the nuns are – we go from a novice right through to Mother Superior.”

Nunsense, by Dan Goggin, will be performed in the Alexandra Memorial Theatre from September 22-28.

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