By Laurie Hindman
Where: Union Colony Dinner Theater, 802 Ninth Street, Greeley
When: Thursdays through Saturdays, doors open at 6 p.m., showtime 7:45 p.m., Sunday matinees, doors open at noon, showtime 1:45 p.m.
Cost: Tickets $34-$36
The Broadway comedy/musical “Nunsense” is playing at the Union Colony Theatre in Greeley and Berthoud is proudly represented. Former Berthoud High School graduates Jill Boyd and Brianna Gassner are cast members and David Latchaw is playing drums for the performance. All three were Bridge Between Show Choir members as well.
Written by Dan Goggin, “Nunsense” is the bizarre story of five nuns, the Little Sisters of Hoboken, who are attempting to raise money for the funerals of 52 fellow nuns by holding a talent show. The unfortunate sisters untimely deaths were caused by their cook, Sister Julia, who accidentally poisoned them while serving vichyssoise. The nuns were able to bury 48 of the 52 dead nuns, storing the last four in the convent freezer until they can come up with the necessary funds. The quirky play is full of laughs and slapstick, with plenty of nun-puns throw in.
Jill Boyd, who graduated from BHS in 1999 and was a Show Choir member for two years, is understudy for the role of Sister Robert Anne, the streetwise nun from Brooklyn. Boyd performed on Thanksgiving weekend and this past Sunday and will likely perform again over the Christmas holidays. Boyd recently completed her master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver and works full-time for the Northern Colorado Water District. In her spare time, Boyd has performed in numerous community and dinner theatre productions in Loveland, Longmont, Louisville, and Greeley. Boyd said that “Nunsense” has been fun. “The whole cast is tremendously talented,” said Boyd. “It is a really good show and well worth seeing.”
Brianna Gassner, a 2002 BHS graduate, plays the role of Sister Mary Leo, the novice or nun-in-training, striving to be the first professional nun-ballerina. Gassner, who was in the Show Choir for four years, has also been active in the northern Front Range theatre community, including performances in “CATS”, “Singing in the Rain”, and “Westside Story”. Gassner said “Nunsense” is the perfect holiday show. “It’s very fun—lighthearted, silly, with tons of dancing and music.” Gassner graduated from University of Northern Colorado, majoring in Music Education and is currently a teacher at Scott Elementary in Greeley. She also is assistant conductor of the Greeley Children’s Chorale.
A 2006 BHS graduate, David Latchaw was in Show Choir for three years and has been working part-time at the Union Colony, doing a little bit of everything, but predominantly playing percussion for the shows. Latchaw is also working at Pacuigo Gelato shops in Fort Collins and Centerra shopping center. “After I graduated I decided to take a little time off to find my niche,” said Latchaw. “I want to do something in music, but didn’t want to rush into a college, spend a lot of money, without really having a clear career goal in mind.” Latchaw said he enjoys working at the dinner theatre. “It is really fun and I love playing the drums and working the light and sound system for the shows.” Latchaw is a self-taught drummer. “I had a teacher in middle school who told my parents, ‘you better get him a drum set because he’s always banging on the desks,” he laughed. “Eventually my parents did and I have been drumming ever since.” In addition to the drums, Latchaw plays the bass and guitar.
Latchaw also highly recommends “Nunsense.” “Everyone in the show is wonderful,” he added. “The ladies have beautiful voices and it is just a whole lot of fun.”
“Nunsense” will be playing at the Union Colony Theatre through the end of the year. To find out more information, call (970) 352-2900 or go to the Web site at www.ucdinnertheatre.com.