SSCP Announces Auditions for Annual Summer Musical

ShoeString Community Players is celebrating 35 years with this hilarious musical. As stated on Sister Amnesia’s Country Western Nunsense Jamboree
is presented as a promotional tour for Sister Mary Amnesia’s newly released album, I Could’ve Gone to Nashville. After regaining her memory Sr. Amnesia realizes she is Sister Mary Paul, a former country singer. Reverend Mother, feeling that one should not waste God-given talent, gets Sister Mary Paul a recording contract and now she is on a national tour. Introducing two new characters, Sister Mary Wilhem (the convent nurse), and Father Virgil Manly Trott (Sister Leo?s real-life brother), this show is filled with hysterical one-liners and infectious comic tunes. Audiences participate in a rousing “Country Auction” and join with the cast as they sing We know that somewhere up in heaven you’re a saint, Patsy Cline! Will Sister Amnesia leave the convent for the Grand Ole Op’ry? You’ll have to wait till the finale, Do Unto Others to get the answer.

Show information:

Auditions are May 15, 17, 18 at St Helens Middle School Cafeteria, 6:00-8:00pm

​Audition dates are also for anyone interested in orchestration and production crew.

Performance dates: July 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29

Character Descriptions and requirements:

Must be able to sing very well and some dancing.

Sister Mary Paul [AKA Amnesia] – The daffy nun who was hit on the head with a crucifix and for a long time didn’t remember who she was. Still called Sister Amnesia, she turned out to be Sister Mary Paul, a Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes winner who had once been a country singer.

Sister Mary Wilhelm – Superintendent of Nursing for the Diocese of Newark. She appears rather severe but turns out to be lots of fun. As a teenager she appeared in a movie with Frankie Avalon.

Sister Robert Anne – The streetwise tough kid from the Canarsie section of Brooklyn. A constant source of aggravation for superiors, but loved by the kids she teaches. She is the voice of the puppet, Sister Mary Annette.

Sister Mary Leo – The young novice who hopes to dedicate her life to God as a ballerina, but who is constantly frustrated by Reverend Mother’s refusal to let her perform in a tutu. She is soon to take her vows and receive her black veil.

Father Virgil Manly Trott – A Franciscan priest who is Sister Mary Leo’s real-life brother. He is very handsome and well aware of it. He is an authentic country singer originally from Mississippi.

Sister Mary Regina – Mother Superior of the Little Sisters of Hoboken, We hear from her in this show via “voice-over” on the telephone.

Brother/Sister Stage Manager – Appears as him/herself, with messages for the others.

Orchestration requirements

• Orchestra Director

• Choral Director

• 1 piano

• 1 keyboard synthesizer

• 1 violin

• 1 bass (electric or acoustic)

• 1 percussion

Production crew

• Marketing

• Choreographer

• Stage Manager

• Assistant Stage Manager

• Props Manager

• Costume Manager

• Lighting/ Sound crew, Spotlights

• House Manager

• Set construction/ Painters

• Backstage crew

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