'Nuncrackers' will crack you up

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By Jane Alford

‘Nuncrackers’ will crack you up

Looking for some seasonal entertainment that will give you a good laugh?

Then head into Fort Mill this week to see “Nuncrackers,” produced and directed by Elaine Roberts of Sun City Carolina Lakes.

The musical comedy, which opened Dec. 3, is playing at the Fort Mill Community Playhouse theater, 615 Banks St., Fort Mill.

Remaining show times are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, 12, 18 and 19 and 3 p.m. Dec. 13.

“I selected this show because it is uplifting, with a great seasonal message, not to mention, no matter how many times I’ve seen it, it still makes me laugh,” Roberts said. The show is part of Dan Goggin’s “Nunsense” series.

The comedy revolves around the nuns of Mount St. Helen’s, who are taping their first TV special in the convent basement with the help of Father Virgil and four of the school’s most talented students.

The show is filled with “Nunsense” humor, some favorite carols, a Secret Santa and an uproarious take on Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” ballet.

“People can expect to be involved as we do have some interactive audience moments,” Roberts said.

You may notice at least one familiar face in the cast.

Mary Etta Taylor, a member of the Lancaster County school board, has the role of the reverend mother. Taylor is familiar with the “Nunsense” series, appearing in the Lancaster Playhouse productions of “Nunsense 1” and “Nunsense 2.”

“If you have seen those, ‘Nuncrackers’ is right in line with them,” Taylor said. “There are some beautiful songs and it will keep you in stitches for an hour and a half.”

Taylor said acting has become a great outlet.

“It gives you an opportunity to be something totally different than you are in real life,” she said. “Putting on a nun’s habit can be pretty transforming.”

Taylor said the reverend mother is a strong Irish woman who grew up in a circus and was raised by tight-rope-walking parents. At the convent, Taylor said the reverend mother thinks she’s running a tight ship.

“But there’s nothing tight about it,” Taylor said, laughing.

Indian Land Middle School teacher Nick Hough plays Father Virgil.

Roberts said the audience will leave the theater a little more light-hearted than when they arrived.

“We’ve got tap-dancing nuns, a singing tea pot and a Catholic Home Shopping Network,” she said.

“‘Nuncrackers’ will make you laugh and maybe tug at your heartstrings. It’s the perfect way to ensure your holiday season is merry and bright,” Roberts said.

Roberts, owned and operated Stage Struck Productions Inc. in Buffalo, N.Y., for 18 years.

Last year, Roberts directed “Same Time Next Year” for the Rock Roberts directed “Don’t Tell Mother” for Fort Mill Community Playhouse last spring.

“Nuncrackers” is the first production Roberts has mounted on her own here.

Want to go?

WHAT: “Nuncrackers,” a Christmas musical comedy

WHERE: Fort Mill Community Playhouse theater, 615 Banks St., Fort Mill.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, 12, 18 and 19; 3 p.m. Dec. 13.

HOW MUCH: Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. They are available via e-mail at elaineroberts@roadrunner.com or at the door 30 minutes before show time.

INFORMATION: (803) 661-4477 or at the door half an hour before show time.