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Portola Valley: There's a whole lot of 'Nunsense' going on Portola Valley: There's a whole lot of 'Nunsense' going on (February 08, 2006)

By Jane Knoerle

Almanac Lifestyles Editor

Talk about ecumenical. Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory returns to the boards this month in a high-spirited romp with the Little Sisters of Hoboken in "Nunsense."

Last April the same theater group produced "Fiddler on the Roof," the beloved musical about Jewish life in a Russian village.

Valley Presbyterian Church has co-sponsored both productions and its associate pastor, Cheryl Goodman-Morris, directed "Fiddler" and has the leading role in "Nunsense."

All performances -- Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 10-12 and February 17-19 -- begin at 7:30 p.m. in Lane Family Hall, Valley Presbyterian Church, 945 Portola Road in Portola Valley.

The Rev. Goodman-Morris, executive director of the conservatory, says she is having fun playing Sister Mary Regina, the feisty Mother Superior who discovers she has a yen for the spotlight. The "Nunsense" plot evolves when the convent cook accidentally poisons several Little Sisters of Hoboken and the nuns put on a show to raise money to bury the dear departed.

All proceeds will go to the Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory's children's division to provide outreach classes for less-advantaged children.

The production will be directed by Hunt Burdick, who has a professional theater background and was co-director of "Fiddler on the Roof."

Tickets are now on sale for all performances. They are $20 for general admission, and $10 for children under 12. For tickets, call Karen Russell at 851-8282, ext. 104, or e-mail krussell@valleypreschurch.org.


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