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Nunsense The Musical Comes to Algonquin Arts Theatre

June 20, 2011

Shore Repertory Theatre Company will present Dan Goggin's musical Nunsense at Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan, which will take place on July 8-10 and 15-17. This hilarious production will feature star turns, tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz, and comic surprises. With more than 5,000 productions worldwide, this show has been translated into 21 languages and has become an international phenomenon.

Nunsense opened off-Broadway in 1985 and became the second longest running off-Broadway show in musical theatre history, winning Outer Critic Circle Awards for Best Book, Best Music and Best Production. The show is a musical revue staged by five nuns seeking to raise money for the burials of departed sisters who have been poisoned by a tainted batch of vichyssoise. Desperate for funds, the sisters co-opt a local high school stage for their revue, handily performing star solo turns, dance routines and audience quizzes on a set that remains from the school's recent production of the musical Grease.

Nunsense stars stage veteran Maureen Ilmensee from the Broadway National Tour of Chicago and features local favorite Lynne Truex from Brielle as Reverend Mother. The cast is rounded out by Gina Lupi of Freehold as Sister Amnesia, Karen Ficarra of Ocean as Sister Robert Anne and Katie Lee of Ocean as Sister Leo. Nunsense is directed by Joseph Ficarra of Ocean and musically directed by Anthony Didia of Toms River.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays July 8, 9, 15 & 16th at 8:00 pm and Sundays July 10 & 17th at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $27 for adults, $25 for seniors, and $18 for students. Tickets can be reserved by calling 732-528-9211, emailing [email protected], or by visiting www.algonquinarts.org. Box office hours are Monday-Friday from 12 to 6 pm and Saturday from 12 to 4 pm. Group rates are also available. Algonquin Arts Theatre is located at 173 Main Street in downtown Manasquan, NJ.

Algonquin Arts Theatre was founded in 1992 as a nonprofit organization to provide cultural enrichment and educational enhancement of the highest quality for the residents of New Jersey's central region. Algonquin Arts Theatre is handicap accessible. Programming of Algonquin Arts Theatre is made possible as a result of the continued philanthropic support of private citizens and organizations such as New Jersey State Council on the Arts, OceanFirst Foundation, PNC, Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Target, The Community Foundation of Monmouth County, The Paul F. Zito, MD Foundation, Manasquan Savings Bank, Woman's Club of Brielle, Janice Blanton, Jules Plangere III, as well as many generous individuals and local businesses.