Starting with Bob Gehrls’ festive set, we are transported into the Mt. St. Helen’s Convent basement TV studio for an unpretentious fun-filled homemade fundraiser, complete with one-man band (James Geer) and tinny sound system. The Little Sisters are not at all ready for prime time but are blithely unaware of that, presenting their take on Christmas traditions that make hilarious detours into the calamitously unexpected. (The highlight in this respect is Father Virgil’s attempt to make a fruitcake.)
Each Sister gets her Big Number as well, along with a few more-serious pieces such as the nativity scene beautifully arranged by director Jane Zussman. (Kudos to the fearless Ms. Dethlefsen for again taking her Sister Amnesia out into the audience.) This is not to overlook the kind-of-darling children who show up at odd times to demonstrate why they have won the Sisters’ talent contest (Bella and Josie Croff, Anderson Stevens, Stanley Bullard).
The thought occurs that Nuncrackers may have been updated since it was first seen in this town, but of course if one tried to compare all the various Nun-shows, one would go crazy. So as they say on the airplanes, just sit back, relax and have a rollicking good time at Nuncrackers!
Call 517-599-2779 for DINNER reservations 72 hours ahead of the shows next week. Fri/Sat/Sun through November 15.
For SHOW ONLY show up about 7:15 for a 7:30 show Friday/Saturday $18, $17 sr., $13 kids 12 and younger
show up at 1:45 for the 2pm show on Sunday.
Waverly Intermediate, 3131 West Michigan Ave. 48917
Dinner Fri/Sat ($39/36/$23)
HORS D'OEUVRES: Cheese and crackers
ENTREE: 6 oz Grilled and Seasoned Chicken Breast
SERVED WITH: Roasted Red Skin Potatoes
Mixed Vegetables with sauteed onions (Cauliflower, Broccoli, Carrots & Peppers)
Dinner Roll and Butter
Tossed House Salad or Apple Harvest Salad with a variety of dressings
DESSERTS: Cheesecake with fruit topping or Apple Pie
Coffee, Ice-Tea, Lemonade, Bottled Water
VEGETARIAN ENTREE: Pasta with cooked vegetables
Dessert Matinee - on SUNDAY only. $25/$18
DESSERT: Mini Gateaux (mini cakes)
Coffee, Ice Tea, Lemonade, Bottled Water
Thanks to Tom for filling in for me as reviewer… again (so I don’t have to brag on my own show.) He’s on the Colleen Bawn assignment tomorrow.
See YOU all at Nuncrackers. Hope for a lot of “show only” walk ins, to make up for lower turnout due to “the game.” We had a BIG, enthusiastic crowd tonight.