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‘Nunsense’ includes singing, acting and dancing

| April 15, 2013

COSHOCTON – Samantha Servais always wanted to be a nun.

“I thought serving God was something that I wanted to do, but I got a musical theater degree instead,” she said. “Being in ‘Nunsense’ ended up being a perfect fit for me and I’m having tons of fun.”

Servais is the chorographer for the Footlight Players production of “Nunsense” and also plays the role of one of the production’s nuns.

The play is directed by Susan Gordon, who was in the Footlight Players first production of “Nunsense” 20 years ago.

“I was the original Reverend Mother and loved it,” she said. “I even had them make me an extra habit so when we are in the green room greeting people I can be a nun too.”

Tami Jaynes, who is also one of the nuns in the play, still remembers seeing Gordon in the Footlight Players first production of “Nunsense.”

“It was fun and enjoyable,” Jaynes said. “I’m thrilled to get to work with Susan.”

Sarah Fornara also is excited to be in the play.

“I always like to do shows at the Triple Locks and when I looked at the season I thought this one would be the most fun,” she said.

Gordon loves the entire feel of the play.

“The music is fun and it’s humorous,” she said. “The first time we did it we worried about the Catholic community being offended, but they supported us so much. The nuns from Sacred Heart even came and ushered.”

Gordon explained that the nuns in the play experience a catastrophe at their convent and they need money to bury several nuns who died. They decide to raise the funds by hosting a show and throughout the process they each tell their personal story.

“People will love the music, the stories, the jokes and the dancing,” Gordon said. “It’s goofy and fun.”

One of the musical numbers will be performed by Heather Oswald.

“I get to do a power house number and I think it will be a blast to rock it out at every single show,” she said.

Kristin Amore also is excited for the show.

“I was in ‘Patsy Cline’ as an understudy and I really liked it,” she said. “It’s like a big group of friends and family here.”

Curtain time for the play is 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 3-4 and Thursday through Saturday, May 9-11 and 16-18, at the Triple Locks Theater.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, April 18 to members and Friday, April 19 to the general public. They can be purchased by calling 622-2959 from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday or 2 to 4 p.m. on performance days. You also may obtain tickets by visiting www.footlightplayers.com. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

“We’ve really bonded and are going to put on a great show,” Servais said.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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