In "Sister Act", Whoopi Goldberg left Las Vegas for a convent. In "Nunsensations" the nuns leave the convent to perform a show in a casino in Las Vegas. Also, this particular casino is not one of the major ones, but one that is way, way off the strip. Why are they doing this? One answer is money. Their entire motivation is to receive $ 10,000 for their school.
"Nunsensations! The Nunsense Vegas Review" which is the fifth show in this series is actually a series of vaudeville acts including "the schtick" featuring the five nuns. Actually, if you examine the shoes of each nun, that can tell quite a bit about each individual sister.
As Sister Mary Regina, the Mother Superior is Sara Planck who brings her beautiful harmonies to this play. Sister Mary Hubert is the Mistress of Novices which is portrayed by Andrea Erickson who has a wonderfully strong singing voice. Sister Robert Anne is the streetwise nun from Brooklyn is played by Caitlin Mabon who perfectly becomes this tough character completely rebellious down to her tennis shoes. Sister Amnesia, Mary Paul along with her puppet, or Mary Annette, added humor with her forgetfulness. (Think about puppet to marionette to Mary Annette and this is the type of humor for this hour and a half show.) Ann Stergiou as Sister Mary Leo, showed that even a nun can still enjoy dancing.
There is some audience participation and you might be chosen to play one of the games onstage. Be careful though there is a fine line between gambling games that challenge the players, better known as cheating and games of knowledge and skill.
The three-piece orchestra was led by Keefer Peterson on the keyboard, Theresa Vacanti playing reeds, and Vince Krysl as the percussionist added even to the spirit with their uniformity of collars. Even the props were moved by someone definitely continuing the spirit of this musical.
The show will continue on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and at 2 pm on Sundays through August 4th. Contact the theater at (712) 323-9955 or go online to chanticleertheater.com to purchase tickets which cost $ 17 for adults, $14 for seniors and $ 9 for students.