NUNS HAVING FUN: Nunsense takes the stage at AOP this weekend

Published 7:41 pm Thursday, September 27, 2018

A group of nuns walks into a bingo hall. After a night of wholesome fun, they return to the convent to find most of the sisters they left behind dead, facedown in their supper. After interring some, the sisters find themselves short on funds for four remaining burials. To raise the money, they do what nuns do best — put on a variety show.

While it sounds like the beginning of what could easily become a tasteless joke, these are the opening scenes of what audiences can expect at Arts of the Pamlico this weekend as the nonprofit presents “Nunsense” at the Turnage Theatre on Saturday and Sunday.

“It’s a hilarious show, with different genres of music mixed into it,” AOP Weekend Coordinator Crystal Holman said. “You’ll see a little bit of the Andrews Sisters, a little bit of tap dancing and a few showstoppers in there. It’s a good musical comedy.”

The performances this weekend will be the culmination of efforts that have been ongoing since mid-August. With a cast of local faces and a number of ECU graduates, including director Dylan Ritch, “Nunsense” is community theater in the true sense of the term.

“Within the cast we’ve got everything from people with a lot of experience all the way down to a high school student,” Holman said.

“Nunsense” opens at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available at the theater for $10 cash or $12 with a credit card. The show is sponsored by local realtors Scott Campbell and Alexis Davis.

Moving forward, Arts of the Pamlico has a wide variety of shows in store for the remainder of its 2018 season. On Oct. 26, Bubblegum Children’s Theater will present a Halloween Spooktacular show, and Nov. 20 will see a community production of “A Christmas Carol.” Auditions for “A Christmas Carol” will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 12.

Those interested in getting involved with community theater are also invited to attend the AOP Open House, scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 12. Attendees will have a chance to meet AOP staff, theater task group members and directors of upcoming productions, as well as get tours of the stage and backstage areas.

For more information on upcoming AOP events at the Turnage Theatre and in the community, visit