My Convent Life Was a Lot of Nunsense
It was 10 years ago in January that I joined the Order.
There were only 19 of us left in the convent. We had 52 others, but they met the Lord after an unfortunate kitchen accident, involving Sister Julia, Child of God. But that is for another story.
As a missionary order, we did not have much money, so could not bury all of the 52 Sisters at once, and had four more to lay to rest. We stored them in the deep freeze for a little while.
We decided to host a benefit show to raise money to give the dear, departed sisters a proper burial. There were five of us who participated in the initial project, and later decided on putting on another show, as we still had unpaid expenses.
There was a lot of talent among the Little Sisters of Hoboken:
- Before joining the convent, I had been a performer in the circus.
- My second-in-command, Sister Mary Hubert, was exceptionally good, but she was insistent on stealing MY spotlight.
- Sister Robert Anne was to be the death of me; I think it was a Brooklyn-thing. She was quite the impressionist.
- Sister Mary Leo was one of our novices who insisted on being a ballerina nun.
- Lastly, we had Sister Mary Amnesia, who wasn't quite "right" in her head, but she was one helluva...ahem, heck of a country singer.
The five of had enough material to give our audience a show they would enjoy, and we could raise money so desperately needed.
I could certainly write a book here about all of the drama that was created, when you get five nuns together who all want to be center-stage, BUT...there are some stories that need to stay buried. I have sworn the other Sisters to secrecy.
I thought you might enjoy seeing a few pictures that are a bit less incriminating of me and the others, than some pictures of the pictures might be. So, enjoy!
Blessings to you...
Sister Mary Regina
Reverend Mother Superior, Little Sisters of Hoboken
Author's Note: We performed the show, Nunsense written by Dan Goggin in 1985, at Auburn Dinner Theatre, Auburn WA in February 2005, though I "joined this order" in January. Soon after we closed this show, we went into rehearsals for Nunsense II: The Second Coming . For five months I was honored to be The Reverend Mother of The Little Sisters of Hoboken.
More on Goggin's Nunsense shows--There were six sequels: Nunsense 2: The Second Coming; Sister Amnesia's Country Western Nunsense Jamboree; Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical; Meshuggah Nuns; Nunsensations: The Nunsense Vegas Revue; and Nunset Boulevard . In 1998 an all-male production of Nunsense entitled Nunsense A-Men! opened.
© 2015 Coral Levang
Image Credit » Author's collection. Photographer, Gary Wigle, 4 Feb 2005.