May 17, 2013

Those rollicking nuns are in town this weekend!

Credit: Leslie Vecchione

Canyon Lake welcomes the nuns from Hoboken tonight, Saturday and Sunday, May 17 to 19, as they perform the musical comedy, “Nunsense." The romp is centered around five nuns who decide to stage a benefit variety show to raise money for the church. The cash, however, isn’t being used for missionary work; it's being raised to bury four sisters who currently are interred in the convent’s deep freezer.

There will be two new faces in this production. Jacquelyn Peterson will play the part of Sister Mary Amnesia, a name that aptly explains her dilemma which is that she has no idea how she become a nun. Jacquelyn has been performing since she was 8 years old. She has trained with the Southern California Music School, John Robert Powers and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.

Susan Lopez is reprising her role as Sister Hubert, a role she last played in March. She is the mother of two teenage girls and business manager of her husband's business. She started performing five years ago and this is her 16th show.

Melanie Otten, past president of CLCT would like to remind residents a good turnout for productions at the Lodge helps provide the financial basis for larger productions at Indian Beach.

"Many Canyon Lake residents have expressed their interest in having CLCT continue to perform in the park at Indian Beach. Nothing would please the theater members more than to be able to do this," says Melanie. "It is a wonderful venue with one big issue: the group must build the theater from the ground up each time we perform in the park."

"All the sound, lighting and outdoor ambience that makes this a wonderful experience relies heavily on the community support of the other shows that are performed in the Lodge. The revenue from these shows makes it possible to create the park production," she adds. “Keeping that goal in mind, it would be great to see you at all our shows! We can guarantee it will be well worth your time.”

Current CLCT President Corky Post encourages everyone to invite friends from neighboring communities to the show. “Outside theater enthusiasts will only need to show their tickets to gain access to the community. The general tickets can be purchased at the POA office,” he says.

Show dates and times are Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 19, at 3 p.m. The annual CLCT scholarships will be presented at Saturday's performance. VIP Seats are $15, General Admission is $12 and Senior/Student is $10. To obtain tickets, call 951-746-4619.

Theatre goers are invited to make a date of it by enjoying the Lighthouse Restaurant’s early-bird 2/$20 dinner prior to the Friday and Saturday shows. Also, those who call for Sunday brunch reservations and mention they are attending the Sunday afternoon matinee will be offered a 10 percent discount on the Sunday Brunch Buffet.