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Fox Valley Rep opens series with 'Nunsense' in St. Charles

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  • Fox Valley Repertory begins previews of its production of "Nunsense" on Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Pheasant Run Resort Mainstage in St. Charles.

      Fox Valley Repertory begins previews of its production of "Nunsense" on Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Pheasant Run Resort Mainstage in St. Charles.
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Submitted by Fox Valley Repertory

Fox Valley Repertory opens its 2014 theater series with Dan Goggin's hit, "Nunsense." Directed and choreographed by Brigitte Ditmars with music direction by Jeffrey Poindexter, performances will take place Jan. 16 to March 9 at the Pheasant Run Resort Mainstage at 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles.

It will preview Jan. 16-24. The show will open Saturday evening, Jan. 25 and continue through Sunday, March 9. Tickets are at $32 on Fridays and limited Thursday performances, and at $42 on Saturdays and Sundays. Dinner packages, group discounts and overnight rates also are available.

When the five Sisters of Hoboken discover that 52 fellow nuns were accidentally poisoned by their cook, Mother Superior desperately -- and hilariously -- stages a variety show to raise funds for the burials. Here you'll meet Reverend Mother Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of the Novices; street-wise Sister Robert Anne; wannabe-ballerina Sister Mary Leo, and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia. Featuring tap dancing, an audience quiz and comic surprises, this show has become an international hit.

Dan Goggin, the seminarian-turned-musical theater author, launched "Nunsense" in 1985 to much success with 3,672 off-Broadway performances and over 5,000 separate productions around the world in 21 languages. There are currently six sequel productions including "Nunsense II: The Second Coming," "Nuncrackers: The Christmas Musical" and "Nunsations: The Vegas Revue."

The cast of "Nunsense" features, in alphabetical order, Missy Aguilar, Jane Brewer of West Chicago (previously in Fox Valley Rep's "Roasting Chestnuts" and "Mid-life! The Crisis Musical"), Wheeling native Kristine Burdi (previously in Fox Valley Rep's 2012 holiday hit "The Winter Wonderettes"), Patti Roeder of Oak Park, and Norridge native Monica Szaflik.

Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays. There are special Thursday performances at 8 p.m. on Jan. 16 and 23, and at 2 p.m. Jan. 30, Feb. 6, 13 and March 6. The show is rated PG-13.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and is sponsored in part by Daily Herald and MCC Technology.

For tickets, call the box office at (630) 584-6342, or visit www.ticketmaster.com. Additional performance information can be obtained at www.foxvalleyrep.org.

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