Ring in the New Year with laughter in Beaver Creek
Beaver Creek CO, Colorado
Beaver Creek CO, Colorado
Editor’s note: Director’s Chair is a weekly column where Kris Sabel, who is in charge of cultural programming for the Vail Valley Foundation, gives his expert take on shows not to be missed.
The holidays have come and gone. Now we can all take a moment to digest the joy (and the stress!) of the season.
To ring in the New Year, I recommend a good dose of laughter to brighten your spirits and boost your immune system. And the Vilar Performing Arts Center has just the ticket to provide that laughter when the 25th anniversary tour of the wonderful and wacky musical comedy “Nunsense,” staring two-time Emmy winner Sally Struthers, takes the stage Thursday at 7:30 p.m. This special tour of “Nunsense” is directed by Dan Goggin, the original director and writer of the show, and promises to be the best incarnation yet of a timeless musical classic.
The plot: “Nunsense” is a hilarious talent show staged by five survivors at the Little Sisters of Hoboken nunnery, the rest of the sisterhood having succumbed to botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia, Child of God. The remaining “Little Hobos” parade their talents at a variety show staged to raise funds so that the last four of the dearly departed (on ice in the deep freezer) can be buried. This loose story line provides the backdrop for an evening of song, dance and laughter. It’s a cornucopia of hilarity for the whole family, proving conclusively that nun rhymes with fun.
Being Catholic is not a requirement to enjoy this show. Its humor knows no specific religion ” the name of the game here is good, clean entertainment.
The show’s astounding success has also prompted five sequels.
The star: This special 25th anniversary tour stars the decorated, Emmy-winning Sally Struthers as Mother Superior. Struthers got her start on “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” in 1970, playing a resident comedian in the show’s various songs and skits, and went on to “The Tim Conway Comedy Hour,” and then became part of the “All in the Family” cast as Archie Bunker’s daughter Gloria. The role made her a household name, and she received two Emmy Awards. For the last seven years she has had a recurring role on the WB series “Gilmore Girls,” as well as a recurring role on the CBS series “Still Standing.”
In between all of this television work she has maintained her love of the stage with roles in the Broadway productions of “The Odd Couple,” “GREASE” and “Annie” as well as regional theatre productions of “Hello Dolly,” “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and “The Full Monty.” So come on down and get your dose of laughter to ring in the New Year. I hope to see you at the theatre!
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