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Source: Thomas Jackson, 785-532-2354,
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News release prepared by: Nellie Ryan, 785-532-6415,

Monday, Jan. 12, 2009


MANHATTAN -- "Nunsense," a musical comedy featuring Emmy Award-winning actress Sally Struthers, is coming to Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium as part of a national tour celebrating the show's 25th anniversary.

The performance, filled with tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz, and comedic surprises, will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22.

The plot begins as the Little Sisters of Hoboken find that their cook, Sister Julia, has accidentally poisoned 52 of her fellow sisters. The sisters must immediately raise money for the burials, so they decide to put on a variety show.

Next, the audience meets the Rev. Mother Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the mistress of novices; Sister Robert Anne, a streetwise nun from Brooklyn; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who dreams of becoming a ballerina; and the wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head.

The idea for "Nunsense" came from a line of greeting cards and was then adapted into a live performance by Dan Goggin. It originally started as a cabaret show and eventually expanded into a full-length theater production. It opened as an off-Broadway show in 1985 and become the second-longest running off-Broadway show in history with 3,672 performances. It has been translated into 26 languages with more than 6,000 productions worldwide.

Tickets for "Nunsense" are on sale now and start at $17.50 for K-State students and children 18 and under. General public tickets start at $35. Discounts for K-State faculty, seniors and military also are available. Tickets can be purchased by dropping by the McCain Auditorium box office, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, or by calling 785-532-6428. More information is available online at