Pictured, from left, are actors Jennifer Kliner, Madelyn Knight, Kyle Magley, Ingrid Santiago, Shelly Goughnour and Sara Coy. (photo by Stan Foxworthy)
It is Christmastime at Mount Saint Helen's School, and The Little Sisters of Hoboken are about to put on their annual Christmas program, a ballet based on “The Nutcracker” starring Sister Mary Leo as the Sugar Plum Fairy. But then disaster strikes. You’ll have to come to Footlight Theatre from Dec. 2-18 to find out what happens.
“Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical” – with music and lyrics by Dan Goggin – features favorite holiday carols plus all-new songs, including “Twelve Days Prior to Christmas,” “Santa Ain't Comin' To Our House,” “We Three Kings of Orient Are Us,” and “It's Better to Give Than To Receive.”
Director and choreographer is Jon-Michael Perry with musical direction by Patrick Boyle.
It’s been more than a decade since the “Nuncrackers” musical was on the Footlight stage, 20 Queen St. in downtown Charleston. But the nuns themselves were just on the Footlight stage earlier this year when The Footlight Players produced the musical comedy “Nunsense” for Piccolo Spoleto.
“It was the first play in the ‘Nunsense’ series and was very well received and proved to be a lot of fun for the festival audiences,” said Don Brandenburg, artistic director for The Footlight Players. “It only seemed right to bring back all the Little Sisters of Hoboken for their Christmas special, ‘Nuncrackers.’ The show has all-new songs, some favorite traditional Christmas tunes, some kids from Mt. Saint Helen’s School, the hilarious Father Virgil and a whole lot more fun for the entire family – young, old and everything in between. ‘Nuncrackers’ should be on everyone’s Christmas list this holiday season.”
Performances are 8 p.m. on Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 and at 3 p.m. Dec. 4, 11, 18. Tickets are $35 for adults, $32 for military/seniors, $25 for students and $15 for children. Order tickets online at footlightplayers.net or by calling the box office at 843-722-4487.