HONESDALE -  This is a milestone year for The Lakeside Players. To celebrate their 15th year in show business, the players are producing their first musical, “Nunsense,” this month.
     The zany musical comedy by Dan Goggin features “The Little Sisters of Hoboken” and will be held at Parish House Hall at Grace Episcopal Church, 9th & Church Streets, Honesdale. This is Lakeside’s newest venue, and the site of the company’s very first play 15 years ago. “Nunsense” will open on Friday, May 16, and run through Saturday, May 17. The Friday performance will be at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday showtimes are at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
      The play tells the story of the surviving five Little Sisters of Hoboken, who are putting on a musical variety show to raise money to bury four nuns. Fifty-two nuns in their order were accidentally poisoned by the cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, and the last four are in cold storage, awaiting money for a decent burial. The five nuns sing, dance and joke their way throughout the play, which is filled with comic surprises. First staged in 1986, “Nunsense” became a sensation off-Broadway and has spawned four spin-offs and been translated into 21 languages.
     The show is being directed by Tori E. Clemens, of Lake Ariel, former owner/director of Triple Threat Productions in New Jersey, who will also act in the play. It also stars Lakeside veteran Veronica Deisler and newcomers (to Lakeside), Amanda Demasi, Victoria Barcarola, and Virginia Ann Hack. Demasi is a student at Honesdale High School, Barcarola is a professional voice teacher and Hack has a degree in musical theater. All five actresses live in the area and have appeared in numerous theatrical productions.
     “It’s a great show and a true comedic musical,” Clemens said. “No matter what religion we are, we either know people like these nuns or even had a teacher like them.”
     The New York Times called the play “A hail of fun and frolic! Wacky and outrageous with a hysterical anything goes sense of fun!”
     All tickets are $12. For information and reservations, call 570-226-6207. For more information on The Lakeside Players, visit www.lakesideplayers.net.