If You Go
Where: 910 Center St., Conyers
When: July 10-12, 17-19, 24-26 at 8 p.m.; July 13, 20, 27 at 3 p.m.
Price: $20; students/seniors $16; online discount with “HOBOKEN”
Info: 678-374-3224 or www.thenewdepotplayers.com
The New Depot Players' latest incarnation, "Nunsense," is a musical and comedic epiphany. Dan Goggin's well-loved and awarded classic has been updated with pleasing modern tweaks and a twerk. Yes, nuns and twerking were just used in the same sentence. The Little Sisters of Hoboken's escapades are divinely irreverent, but blessed with heart.
They are human, after all.
The show's premise revolves around the dwindling order of the Little Sisters of Hoboken after an accidental poisoning by their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God. To raise funds for their burial, the remaining sisterhood stages a variety show revealing their history and hidden depths of all sorts.
Jenni Caruso as The Reverend Mother Mary Regina, beleaguered by her questionable financial decisions and events, positively shines as the former circus performer, particularly after she is roofied. As the second-in-tenuous-command, Sister Mary Regina, Jada Graves is a pleasing revelation. The aforementioned twerking nun of Hoboken, via reformed Brooklyn delinquent, Sister Robert Anne is another cross the Reverend Mother must bear. Played with her signature physicality and energy, Candace Parr is perfect as Regina's troublesome understudy.
Rounding out the principal characters are Lenae Rose, Katy Durham and Adrien Zilber.
The role of aspiring novice nun and ballerina, Sister Mary Leo, is inhabited with appealing allure by Rose. Durham is heavenly zany as Sister Mary Amnesia - her condition brought on by an errant crucifix to the head.
In smaller, yet valuable, supporting roles are the divine voices and presence of Shalonda Stroman, Hannah Caruso and Adrien Suzanne filling in the Order. It must be mentioned the musical has live accompaniment courtesy Mary Lynn Luke and Brandon Rose, who also has a key cameo.
This production is an engaging encore for the troupe. Directors Bonnie Marshall, Mary Lynn Luke (music), and Patty Maguire (choreography) are all retired Rockdale County teachers and among the founding members of Class Act, the local and original "Glee." Many of their cast are former students.
Pity, there isn't more room to cite the extraordinary background of cast and crew. Consult your program when you attend. Conyers' black box theater is graced with a mother lode of talent.
The show runs July 10 - 12, 17 - 19, and 24 -26 at 8 p.m.; and July 13, 20 and 27 at 3 p.m. at 910 Center St. in Conyers. Tickets are $20, with a $16 senior and student rate. Use the code "HOBOKEN" for a discount by purchasing online at www.thenewdepotplayers.com or calling 678-374-3224.