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Lift Your Spirits at The John W. Engeman Theater With NUNSENSE

(Northport, NY- July 12, 2013) – Announcing the cast and creative team for the habit forming musical, NUNSENSE.  Join the Little Sisters of Hoboken as they lead you not into temptation through Creator, Dan Goggin’s hail of fun and frolic.  Previews begin on Thursday, July 25 at 8:00 p.m.; with the official opening on Saturday, July 27 at 8:00 p.m. and running through September 8, 2013.

NUNSENSE begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters. In dire need of funds for the burials, the sisters decide to raise the money by putting on a variety show. So the sisters take over the John W. Engeman Theater, which is currently set up for their previous production of SOUTH PACIFIC.  Come meet Reverend Mother Mary Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn named Sister Robert Anne; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is a wannabe ballerina; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. Featuring star turns, tap dancing and ballet, an audience quiz, and comic surprises, this show has delighted audiences with more than 5000 productions worldwide and has been translated into 21 languages. Book, Music and Lyrics by Dan Goggin.

The Director/Choreographer, Antoinette DiPietropolo, makes her directorial debut at The John W. Engeman Theater where she has previously choreographed HAIRSPRAY and I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE.  Director/Choreographer credits include NUNSENSE at the Flatrock Playhouse, CHICAGO, RAGTIME and ANNIE.  Awarded Best Choreographer at the Triangle Theater Awards her other Choreographer credits include CANDIDE starring George Hearn and Rita Moreno; and WITH GLEE (Off Broadway). She was also Associate Director for the National Tour of HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS.

JACK KOHL (Musical Director/Piano-Conductor) is a proud native Long Islander (with four novels to his credit set on the north shore). He has musically directing in the New York theater area for the last ten years, and playing countless concert appearances for Broadway credited actors.

The design team for NUNSENSE includes Laurén Paragallo (Costume Coordinator), Michael Visco (Lighting Designer), LAURA FREY (Sound Designer) and MARK ADAM RAMPMEYER (Make-Up Designer and Associate Artistic Director at the John W. Engeman Theater).  The Casting Director is STEPHEN DeANGELIS and the Production Stage Manager is Michelle Lynn Hines.

NUNSENSE is produced by Richard T. Dolce, the theater’s Producing Artistic Director.

The talented sisters of NUNSENSE are: Inga Ballard (Sister Mary Hubert) last seen in the RAGTIME Concert at Lincoln Center. Stage credits include The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Goodspeed Opera House and the RAGTIME National Tour. TV appearances include Law & Order CI and 30 Rock.  MARIE DANVERS (SISTER ROBERT ANNE) appeared on Broadway as Christine Daee in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.  Other credits include HOUSE AND GARDEN at the Manhattan Theater Club, Maria in WEST SIDE STORY and Maria Mirelli in LEND ME A TENOR. GWENDOLYN F. JONES (MOTHER REGINA) Acting credits include National and International tours of NUNSET BOULEVARD starring Cindy Williams, HAIR, 42nd STREET, and ANNIE. Her Broadway, Off-Broadway and Regional credits include CHICAGO, DEAR WORLD, 42nd STREET and MAME.  She also played Mrs. Claus for several seasons in New York City’s RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR. BRITTANY ROSS (Sister mary amnesia) has previously played the role at the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera House, Directed by Creator, Dan Goggin. Brittany has also appeared as Felicity on THE AMERICAN GIRL REVUE, Olive Ostrovsky in THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (National Tour) and Essie in PARADE. KRISTINA TESCHNER (SISTER MARY LEO) can be seen this summer as Connie Pence on NBC’s DO NO EVIL.  She has performed in numerous touring and regional productions.

Press Opening is Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 8:00 pm

NUNSENSE will play the following performance schedule: Thursdays at 8:00 p.m.; Fridays at 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are ON SALE and are $55.  Tickets may be purchased by calling (631) 261-2900, by visiting www.engemantheater.com, or at the Engeman Theater Box Office at 250 Main Street, Northport. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted.  To purchase Season Tickets and Gift Cards please contact the Box Office directly.  For group rates or to host an event at the John W. Engeman Theater, please contact the Group Sales Department at 631-261-2900.  For information on advertising in our Programs or in our Lounge, please contact the Advertising Sales Department at 631-261-2900.  The Theater is also home to the John W. Engeman Theater Studio of the Performing Arts, offering classes and camp programs for children for more information at 631-261-2900.

The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport is Long Island’s only year round professional theater company, casting our actors from the Broadway talent pool. From curb to curtain, we have made it our business to provide affordable, Quality Theater in an elegant one-of-a-kind location with outstanding facilities and extraordinary service. The renovated Theater offers stadium-style seating, state-of-the-art lighting and sound, a full orchestra pit, and a classic wood-paneled piano lounge with full bar.

For a complete show schedule and more information contact the theater directly at 631-261-2900, visit the box office at 250 Main Street, Northport or visit www.EngemanTheater.com

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