Nov. 17 - 18, 2021
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Book, Music, and Lyrics by Dan Goggin+
Porchlight Revisits launches its 2021-2022 season with this heaven-sent musical. Join the Little Sisters of Hoboken for a wholesome variety show to raise emergency funds for the convent. After 52 of the nuns met an untimely end from Sister Julia, Child of God’s vichyssoise, the surviving sisters need to throw the fundraiser to pay for their burials. This funny foray has blessed theatregoers worldwide for more than 30 years and has had six sequels, three spin-offs and a TV special starring “Golden Girl” Rue McClanahan as “Mother Superior!”
The cast of Porchlight Revisits Nunsense includes: Missy Aguilar* (“Sister Robert Anne”), Cynthia Carter* (“Sister Mary Regina”), Landree Fleming* (“Sister Mary Amnesia”), Rebecca Keeshin* (“Sister Mary Leo”) and Kyra Leigh* (“Sister Mary Hubert”).
The production team includes: Michelle Lauto*, (director); Kailey Rockwell*, (music director); Jenna Schoppe*, (choreographer); Rachel Sypniewski*, (costume designer); Rachel West*, (lighting designer); Matt Chase+, (sound designer); Caitlin Body*, (production stage manager, AEA); Andrea Enger=, (assistant stage manager), Jennifer Aparicio*, (production manager), Rashaad A. Bond+, (producing artistic associate); Alex Rhyan+, (production and operations director) and Michael Weber+, (artistic director).
MICHELLE LAUTO* (she/her, Director) is an award-winning Chicago actor, singer, and educator. She has been seen at Porchlight in In The Heights and Sunset Boulevard. Other credits include: Spamilton: An American Parody (for which she received the Jeff Award for Best Actress in a Revue), HAIR, Oklahoma, Grease, Seussical, and more at various Chicago theatres. Michelle’s staging work has been seen at Porchlight in 1776 and in youth productions around Chicago. michellelauto.com; @michellelauto
KAILEY ROCKWELL* (she/her, Music Director) is thrilled to be working on Nunsense! She earned a Bachelor of Music in Contemporary, Urban & Popular Music from Columbia College Chicago. Now she works all over the Chicagoland area music directing, performing, arranging, and teaching. Notable companies Kailey has worked with include: Music Theatre Works, Goodman Theatre, Skokie Theatre, Mercury Theater, Highland Park Players, Stagedoor Fine Arts, Glenview Theatre Guild, Music on Stage, Columbia College Chicago, Porchlight Music Theatre, American Theatre Company, Pride Films and Plays, and Tiffany Lawson Dance. Much appreciation to the Nunsense team and love to her family and Michael.
JENNA SCHOPPE* (she/her, Choreographer) is back for another round of Porchlight Revisits, after choreographing Call Me Madam and Do Re Mi. On the Porchlight stage, she has appeared in Sophisticated Ladies, End of the Rainbow, Mack and Mabel, and Pal Joey. Other performance credits include Miracle (Royal George Theatre), Dames At Sea (TATC), The Baltimore Waltz (Brown Paper Box Co.), Bye Bye Birdie (Drury Lane Oakbrook), and Hey! Dancin!, Hey! Musical! (Factory Theater). As a choreographer, her work was featured in Yank: a WW2 Love Story (Pride Films and Plays – Jeff Award, Best Choreography 2018), Bobbie Clearly (Steep Theatre), and The Producers (Nightblue Performing Arts- Jeff Nomination).
Pronoun Key: + (he/him/his); * (she/her/hers); ^ (they, them, theirs); = (any with respect)
Sister Mary Regina
My name is Cynthia F. Carter I’m a professional singer and actor. I’ve had the opportunity to perform all around the city of Chicago and NW Indiana. A few of my past productions, “Working the Musical” Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, Evanston IL. “The Pajama Game” Theatre at the Center, Munster IN. “The Mahalia Jackson Story” Black Ensemble Theater, Chicago IL. I’m truly excited to be back with Porchlight Music Theatre as we revisit Nunsence. Thanks to Mr. Weber and ALL the Amazing Women, creative team and actors that helped bring this production to Life.
Sister Mary Amnesia
Landree Fleming (Sister Mary Amnesia) is thrilled to return to Porchlight Revisits, having last played Hope Springfield in the Porchlight Revisits production of Fade Out, Fade In. Select Chicago credits include Frenchy in Grease (Marriott Theatre) Kira in Xanadu (American Theater Company), Penny in Hairspray (Paramount Theatre), and Ira Glass in the staged reading of Wait, Wait, Don’t Kill Me! at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. She’s also worked at Drury Lane, Theatre at the Center, Griffin Theatre, and Adventure Stage Chicago. She’s appeared on Chicago P.D., Chicago Med, and is a member of the podcast Encounter Party!, whose Season 1 spent 7+ weeks on Apple Podcast’s New & Noteworthy Charts, and Season 2 has charted in 50 countries for Comedy Fiction. Thank you to everyone involved, and love to August.
Sister Mary Leo
Rebecca is thrilled to return to Porchlight after performing in New Faces and the DCASE Juicebox Series in March 2020. Chicago credits include work with A Red Orchid Theatre, Marriott Theatre, Strawdog Theatre, First Folio, and Emerald City. She originated the role of Winnie Foster in the TYA World Premiere of Tuck Everlasting at Nashville Children’s Theatre, and the role of Sophie Kringle in the new Heisler and Goldrich musical, Auntie Claus. She received her BFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University. Becky runs the blog, The Bookish Vegan. She is represented by DDO Chicago and over the moon to be returning to theatre with this convent. IG: @the_bookish_vegan.
Sister Mary Hubert
she/her/hers (Sister Mary Hubert) is thrilled to be making her debut with Porchlight! Chicago acting credits include The Things I Could Never Tell Steven (American debut at PrideArts); Love Serving Love (Valiant Theatre); Sundown, Yellow Moon (Raven Theatre); Music directing credits include Head Over Heels (Kokandy Productions); She’s also composed Transfigure, a full concept album. She’s very passionate about trans visibility in music and theatre.
“Much love to Ryan and the cats!”
Sister Robert Anne
Missy Aguilar* (she/her) is eager to be back in the habit with Porchlight Music Theatre where she was seen as Daniela in In The Heights, as well as their Revisits series as Baby Rose in Babes in Arms and Oolie/Donna in City of Angels. Other Chicago-area credits include work with TATC, Drury Lane, Paramount Theatre, and Chicago Shakespeare. Endless love and gratitude to my partner Matt. www.missyaguilar.com
Rachel West (she/her/hers) has been serving as the lighting supervisor for Porchlight since the 2016. She has designed the Porchlight Revisits productions of 1776, Can-Can, Minnie’s Boys and Call Me Madam and more recently the Porchlight Palooza virtual fundraiser. She is a Chicago-area native and a graduate of Boston University. Rachel proudly volunteers for the Maine-Niles Association for Special Recreation, teaching theatre for individuals with special needs.
Matthew R. Chase+
Matthew R. Chase (he/him/his) is a Chicago-based Theatrical Sound Designer and Production Manager. Recent credits include: Sound Design of Who’s Holiday (Theater Wit), Nunsense (Porchlight Music Theatre) Anyone Can Whistle, Cooking with Bubbie & Veronica’s Room (Skokie Theatre), Gigi’s Party (Yellow Rose Theatre), 9 to 5 & Mama Mia (Golden Ticket Productions). Production Manager for Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, Who’s Holiday & Hurricane Diane (Theater Wit). Audio Engineer for Pump Boys & Dinettes (Porchlight Music Theatre), Princess and the Pea (Marriott Theatre)
Assistant Stage Manager and Wardrobe Supervisor
Andrea Enger (She/Her) is happy to be working with Porchlight Music Theatre for the second time after working with them on SOPHISTICATED LADIES. Some of their credits include SOUTHERN GOTHIC at WINDY CITY PLAYHOUSE, PICNIC at AMERICAN THEATRE COMPANY, and GOOD FRIDAY at ORACLE PRODUCTIONS. They have also worked with ABOUT FACE THEATRE on THIS BITTER EARTH, BULL IN A CHINA SHOP, and SIGNIFICANT OTHER. They have a BA in Theatre from Columbia College Chicago.
Assistant Stage Manager and Audio Assistant
is a Chicago-based stage manager and sound technician. This is her Porchlight debut! Credits include Mamma Mia (Music Theater Works), Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (Lookingglass Theatre Company), Noises Off (Windy City Playhouse), Polaroid Stories (Loyola University Chicago) and work with Mentor Artists Playwrights Project, The Hypocrites, and Pivot Arts Festival. Gianni has a BA in Theatre and Sociology from Loyola University Chicago.