It is Christmastime at Mount Saint Helen’s School, and The Little Sisters of Hoboken are about to put on their annual Christmas program, a ballet based on “The Nutcracker” starring Sister Mary Leo as the Sugar Plum Fairy. But then disaster strikes. You’ll have to come to Footlight Theatre from Dec. 2-18 to find out what happens.
“Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical” – with music and lyrics by Dan Goggin – features favorite holiday carols plus all-new songs, including “Twelve Days Prior to Christmas,” “Santa Ain’t Comin’ To Our House,” “We Three Kings of Orient Are Us,” and “It’s Better to Give Than To Receive.”
Director and choreographer is Jon-Michael Perry with musical direction by Patrick Boyle.
It’s been more than a decade since the “Nuncrackers” musical was on the Footlight stage, 20 Queen St. in downtown Charleston. But the nuns themselves were just on the Footlight stage earlier this year when The Footlight Players produced the musical comedy “Nunsense” for Piccolo Spoleto.
“It was the first play in the ‘Nunsense’ series and was very well received and proved to be a lot of fun for the festival audiences,” said Don Brandenburg, artistic director for The Footlight Players. “It only seemed right to bring back all the Little Sisters of Hoboken for their Christmas special, ‘Nuncrackers.’ The show has all-new songs, some favorite traditional Christmas tunes, some kids from Mt. Saint Helen’s School, the hilarious Father Virgil and a whole lot more fun for the entire family – young, old and everything in between. ‘Nuncrackers’ should be on everyone’s Christmas list this holiday season.”
About The Footlight Players
The Footlight Players launched in 1931 with a series of one-act plays directed by Lt. Commander Charles Russell Price at the Charleston Navy yard. The series was such a success and drew such a following that The Footlight Players formally organized and incorporated in the fall of 1932. To this day, The Footlight Players continues to provide professional quality, affordable community theater for the Lowcountry at the historic Footlight Players Theatre, 20 Queen St. in Charleston. For more information, visit footlightplayers.net or call 843-722-4487.