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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

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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

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Image Credit » Author's collection. Photographer, Gary Wigle, 4 Feb 2005.

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rosepetal wrote on April 7, 2015, 12:10 PM

What a great way to gain the funds you needed. Since you had a second show, I have to assume both were very successful.

CoralLevang wrote on April 7, 2015, 12:17 PM

By the time we had our second show, we were able to bury the last of them. Yes. emoticon :winking:

cmoneyspinner wrote on April 7, 2015, 12:25 PM

Thanks for sharing. Enjoyed the pictures and the write-up.

CoralLevang wrote on April 7, 2015, 12:26 PM

emoticon :smile: Bless you.
Sr. MR

MegL wrote on April 7, 2015, 12:38 PM

I wondered if it were real at first and then thought you were writing a book until I saw the credits!

CoralLevang wrote on April 7, 2015, 12:41 PM

Of course, it's "real." The pictures prove it! emoticon :winking:

MegL wrote on April 7, 2015, 12:45 PM

And great pictures they are too! Seeing is believing!

wolfgirl569 wrote on April 7, 2015, 1:06 PM

I am guessing it was very successful and looking at the pictures would have been a great show to see.

CoralLevang wrote on April 7, 2015, 1:58 PM

emoticon :winking: Aye, that it was!

Ellis wrote on April 7, 2015, 3:28 PM

Looks like you've slipped into some bad

CoralLevang wrote on April 7, 2015, 4:00 PM

*laughs* One might say something like that.

BarbRad wrote on April 7, 2015, 4:16 PM

This post raises more questions than it answers for me. More posts, please, to answer my unspoken questions.

maxeen wrote on April 7, 2015, 4:29 PM

I enjoyed it but am not really sure about the facts and so on--enjoyed anyway.

Colibry21 wrote on April 7, 2015, 4:55 PM

Sounds like you had a lot of fun, and were able to raise the funds that you needed. Sounds like you have good and interesting memories.

valmnz wrote on April 7, 2015, 5:14 PM

I'm chuckling away here, my thoughts are best not put down on such a revered site as this one emoticon :smile:

msiduri wrote on April 7, 2015, 5:21 PM

This looks like it was a lot of fun. A third show might have been called, ahem, "Trinity?"

msiduri wrote on April 7, 2015, 5:23 PM

It was the chef's hat atop the wimple that gave it all away.

CoralLevang wrote on April 7, 2015, 6:14 PM

Ah, you will receive more posts. Remember that Stroube said it best, “Life is filled with unanswered questions, but it is the courage to seek those answers that continues to give meaning to life..."

CoralLevang wrote on April 7, 2015, 6:27 PM

Maxeen Not sure about the facts?

CoralLevang wrote on April 7, 2015, 6:29 PM

Oh, we did have loads of fun and many memories were made. Thank you.

CoralLevang wrote on April 7, 2015, 6:30 PM

valmnz emoticon :winking: Remember, there is always confession.

CoralLevang wrote on April 7, 2015, 6:33 PM

I have added the titles of the other shows in an update. That would have been a good one..."HOLY Trinity!" LOL

maxeen wrote on April 7, 2015, 6:48 PM

Not sure if you are having a 'Larf' or if I am just too rude!

CoralLevang wrote on April 7, 2015, 7:05 PM

Maxeen, the photos speak for themselves. :)

P.S. Did you read the Author's Note?

Last Edited: April 7, 2015, 7:33 PM

scheng1 wrote on April 8, 2015, 8:18 AM

Your article brought to mind about the coffin donation in Bangkok. There are a few places where we can donate money, so that the poor can use the money to give their dead ones a proper burial.

crowntower wrote on April 8, 2015, 10:25 AM

Wow you are all so awesome.... but I can't see you on the photos.. btw sorry about what happened to the other nuns. And I am very glad that you have given them all a proper burial. Did not know that there are cases that still need to fund for the burial, I thought the congregation already funded it. God bless to all of you.

PriscillaKing wrote on April 8, 2015, 8:18 PM

Oh, *this* makes sense! Delightful sense. Thanks for keeping me guessing. (And me only yards away from the very spot where my dear old mother once saw the show, live, and told me all about what I'd missed...)

AliCanary wrote on April 10, 2015, 6:24 PM

I understand that Sister Julia has gone on to meet her maker and compare recipes.

CoralLevang wrote on April 13, 2015, 1:54 AM

Interesting that there are services such as that.

CoralLevang wrote on April 13, 2015, 1:55 AM

I am in every one of these photos, crowntower ...

CoralLevang wrote on April 13, 2015, 1:58 AM

PriscillaKing I am so glad that it makes sense--nun-sense, in this case--to you and a few others. I fear that others are not quite "understanding" this situation, as it is in reality,

CoralLevang wrote on April 13, 2015, 2:00 AM

Lord, have mercy! Sister Julia, Child of God, and I lost touch a number of years ago. I am heartbroken to learn of this news.