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Nunsense Auditions - March 7th & 8th
Nunsense Auditions - March 7th & 8th

Thu, Mar 07

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Russell High School

Nunsense Auditions - March 7th & 8th

Nunsense is a hilarious musical spoof about the misadventures of five nuns trying to manage a fundraiser. Sadly, the rest of the sisterhood died from botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia Child of God.

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Mar 07, 2024, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Russell High School, 982 N Russell Rd, Russell, ON K4R 1G7, Canada

About the event

SYNOPSIS 

Nunsense is a hilarious musical spoof about the misadventures of five nuns trying to manage a fundraiser. Sadly, the rest of the sisterhood died from botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia Child of God. Thus, the remaining nuns – ballet-loving Sister Leo, street-wise Sister Robert Anne, befuddled Sister Mary Amnesia, the Mother Superior Sister Regina, and mistress of the novices Sister Mary Hubert – stage a talent show in order to raise the money to bury their dearly departed. With catchy songs and irreverent comedy, Nunsense is sure to keep audiences rolling with laughter. https://stageagent.com/shows/musical/1475/nunsense 

For a longer synopsis, visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nunsense

CHARACTERS 

While all characters are female-presenting nuns, we invite all genders and all ethnicities to audition.  Male-presenting individuals who are cast will be asked to be clean-shaven.

SISTER MARY REGINA, MOTHER SUPERIOR, a feisty Sophie-Tucker-type who can’t resist the spotlight. She is the head of the convent and she is respected greatly by the sisters.  While she is strict, she has a hard time keeping the craziness of the convent at bay. She keeps her guard up in front of the nuns, but has an extroverted side that she shares with the audience.  This role requires some physical humour. An Irish accent would be a plus. 

Voice part: Mezzo-Soprano (B3-F5) with belting. 

Dance: mover

SISTER MARY HUBERT, MISTRESS OF THE NOVICES, the second in command, she is often competing with the Mother Superior. She exudes maternal wisdom to novices, but also likes to let loose every now and then. 

Voice part: Mezzo (G3-F5) with belting. 

Dance: mover and tap

SISTER ROBERT ANNE, a streetwise tough character from Brooklyn. She is a constant source of aggravation for the Mother Superior. Once a child delinquent herself, this rough around the edges nun is a jokester and likes to challenge authority. She speaks with a thick Brooklyn accent (if possible) which displays a lack of refinement. 

Voice part: Mostly Mezzo (G3-F5) with a few moments in soprano tonality as well as belting. 

Dance: mover and tap

SISTER MARY AMNESIA, a nun who has lost her memory after a crucifix fell on her head.  She is especially sweet – and confused. She is spacey and incoherent, often slipping into displays inappropriate for a nun. Must be able to sing in a variety of styles. 

Voice part: Soprano (C#4/Db4 – C6) Belting, Legit, Operatic and Country 

Dance: mover and tap 

Special skills: puppetry and ventriloquism a plus.

SISTER MARY LEO, the novice, has entered the convent with the desire to become the first nun ballerina. Still learning the way and coming to terms with her decision to give up civilian life, she deems herself quite the ballerina and displays her talents through much of the show.  She is easily swayed to join in mischief due to her naiveté. 

Vocal part: Soprano (G#3/Ab3 – G5) with belting 

Dance: mover, tap and ballet (pointe is a bonus)

“SWING” SISTERS: We are looking to cast an additional two nuns as understudies. Besides filling in if needed, these swings will assist with scene changes and will participate in most of the group numbers.

AUDITIONS WILL TAKE PLACE 

March 7, and March 8

  • RSVP your Audition date and the Director will contact you to arrange a time
  • Please fill out the audition form prior to your audition.
  • Please arrive warmed up and ready to audition at your specified date and time.
  • You will be asked to sing a part of your song first (approx 32 bars) and a scale to determine your vocal range. Please bring your own backing track (karaoke style).  Should you choose to sing a song from the show, we have the track that you will need and we will provide a Bluetooth speaker to connect to.
  • After your song, you will be asked to do a reading or two. Please review all sides found on this page.
  • You will not be asked to do a dance but you will be asked about any dance background you might have. There is no expectation that you already know how to tap dance. If cast, you will be taught a tap number and we would ask that you provide your own tap shoes.  If auditioning for Sister Leo, you may be asked to do a short ballet combination and if you have pointe shoes, please wear them for the audition.

If you have any questions, please direct them to Debbie Guilbeault (choreodeb@gmail.com)

If your question is about your song or the music in the show, please contact Dave Rama (dramamail1@gmail.com)

We look forward to seeing you!

Debbie Guilbeault, Director/Choreographer

Dave Rama, Musical Director

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