“Nunsense” A Hit For Elizabeth School

ELIZABETH — Benedictine Academy staged its spring theatre production, “Nunsense”, March 30, 31 and April 1.

Presented by the Academy’s Theatre Department, the play is a musical comedy about the Little Sisters of Hoboken and their efforts to raise money to bury Sisters accidentally poisoned by the convent cook, Sister Julia (Child of God). Five Benedictine Academy students played the key roles in the production, which was directed and produced by Liz McConahay Wanfried, the veteran Broadway actress who is director of Benedictine Academy’s Theatre Arts program.

Benedictine Academy’s talented actresses, (l-r) Cheila Cardoso of Hillside (Sister Mary Amnesia), Ariana Taveras of Newark (Sister Mary Regina), Janelle Isaacs of Rahway (Sister Mary Hubert), Cinthya Pizarro of Elizabeth (Sister Mary Robert Anne) and Cassidy Deegan of Rahway (Sister Mary Leo).

Cassidy Deegan as Sister Mary Leo.

Ariana Taveras (left) as Sister Mary Regina and Janelle Isaacs as Sister Mary Hubert.

Producer/Director Liz McConahay Wanfried received much applause and gratitude from her theatrical protegees as the show concluded. Wanfried has a wealth of experience to share with Benedictine Academy, having appeared on Broadway in several major productions, including Cabaret, the Full Monty, and Titanic. She has worked for years in arts education, with NJPAC and with the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts (NJWA), located in Westfield. (All photos courtesy of Benedictine Academy)

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