The Alexandra Musical Society has excelled itself putting on the ‘laugh a minute’ musical ‘Nunsense’ running 22nd – 28th September 2018.
The director Bryan Aitken is a favourite in Alexandra.
He knows our singers and actors so is able to pick the best and draw out of them first-rate performances. Kelly Gillan, the Musical Director, has drawn together a great group of musicians and leads them on the piano with ‘aplomb’.
Their production is top-notch.
The five stars of the show were outstanding singing their songs and whipping out double
entendres so fast you had to stay alert throughout.
Each nun had their own dreams in the convent, from the Mother Superior to the youngest who dared to hope she would become the first ballerina nun.
Sister Mary Leo (Hannah Anderson) gave a never-to-be forgotten performance of the ‘Dying Swan’ ballet.
Sister Robert Ann (Morgan Potter) as the tough street-wise nun belted out her song dramatically “I Just Want to be a Star”.
Her impersonations with the nun’s wimple brought the house down.
Mother Superior (Jules Molloy) displayed great comedic abilities, mischievously darting around on stage during her number.
Sister Mary Hubert (Sally Davies) excelled in her role as the second-in-command and must be complimented on her vocal range. Can she sing!
Sister Mary Amnesia (Nick Meissel) was superb as the shy anxious nun whose memory is lost.
He has the task of engaging the audience in a quiz as well as singing.
His innocence in finding his feet amongst his sisters has such humour and poignancy. One feels deeply for the trauma his amnesia is costing him.
Minor parts are played by Brother John (Jackson Collier) and Sister Mary Annette (the ventriloquist nun) with panache and add to ‘Nunsense’ overall.
The nine musicians play an integral part in the proceedings and deserve an encore of their own.
Compliments must go to the designers of the programme as the nuns float in a heaven of clouds.
It is an evening not to be missed.
Reviewed by Wendy Browne