This crowd gave Sister Amnesia (LeAnn Dethlefsen) a great field for her wonderful audience-quiz interactions. With her hilarious puppeteering, super singing and ditzy acting, she's a quadruple threat. Diana Lett brought her ample humor and revival-meeting pipes to the party as Sister Hubert. Angela Dill as Sister Robert Anne is a power cell of joy and enthusiasm. Ballerina Nun Amanda Kennedy is the one to watch (not me!) if you want to see the choreography done right (thanks, choreographer Fran Norton, Sister Wilhelm, who has been a joy to work with, as has Music Director James Geer.) Three quarters of the Take Note barbershop quartet of Grand Ledge (Dan Templin, Mike Barger, Charlie Martin) plus Marty Underhill make up the "gregorian chant" monks who are a very bright spot in the show.
Mother Superior Beth Webb is a welcome newcomer to the Lansing area (lots of experience in St. Johns) She took over this demanding role a little late, due to unforeseen circumstances - and has been a total trooper and super voice having a ball on stage. Another post-casting switch that has worked out wonderfully is Susan DeRosa as director. Initially Dan Pappas's A.D., she has stepped up to herd us cats in a benign but effective manner. (I'm happy to report Dan is doing very well after his heart surgery and we all hope to see him in another director's chair in the future!)
The show continues for three more performances, tonight 5/10 - and next week the 16th and 17th. You can show up at the door before 7:30 and see the show-only for $18; they pull up chairs and seat you among the diners after the dinner is cleared. If you want to EAT (6:30 pm) reservations are required, and there MAY be spots left next weekend. Call Linda at 243-6040 for reservations $36/31 - roast beef buffet. Waverly East Intermediate, 3131 W. Mich. Ave., Lansing 48917, park and enter on the east side of the building.