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Midcoast Actors’ Casts Summer Musical

Posted June 28, 2014, at 8:32 a.m.

Belfast ­ Midcoast Actors’ Studio is pleased to announce the cast and crew of its next production, the hilarious musical Nunsense.

This full ­length theatre production originated from a line of outrageous and highly successful greeting cards by Dan Goggin,an American writer, composer and lyricist of musical theatre. The cards included witty, catchy phrases and featured friend and dental assistant, Marilyn Farina dressed as a Roman Catholic nun.

The successful cards encouraged Goggin to expand the line into a cabaret show called The Nunsense Story. The show opened for a four ­day run at Manhattan’s Duplex and due to its popularity remained for 38 weeks. The positive response to the show encouraged Goggin to turn it into the full ­length feature production it is today.

Nunsense opened at the off­ Broadway Cherry Lane Theatre on December 12, 1985. It then moved into the Douglas Fairbanks Theatre where it remained for ten years holding 3,672 performances. The show was translated into more than 26 languages with over 8000 productions held worldwide grossing more than $500 million in revenue.

The cast features two new faces to MAS, although not new to the stage; Irene Dennis and Alex Clausen of Bangor, both of whom have performed with Penobscot Theater Company. MAS company members Leah Smith of Rockland, Jennifer Maher of Knox, and Angela Domenichelli of Belfast round out the five nun cast. MAS founder and artistic director Jason Bannister is the director/producer, Joani Mitchell is music director, Jay Rosenberg is stage manager, Maher is choreographer, Ivy Lobato is props supervisor, and Shari John is house manager.

Nunsense runs August 1­-10 at the UU Church in Belfast. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:00 p.m., and Sundays at 3:00. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling the Midcoast Actors’ Studio box office at 370­7592 or emailing midcoastactors@gmail.com.

For more information about MAS visit midcoastactors.org and like them on Facebook.

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