Red Hot & Cole - Nunsense
Red Hot and Cole
The music and lyrics of Cole Porter have been entertaining and engaging the populace for nearly a century and his legacy is as fresh and relevant today as it was when audiences heard the tunes for the first time. Porter was a man whose own life was as complex and intriguing as any Broadway or Hollywood musical. In fact, Hollywood has made two attempts to tell his tale – once, even truthfully. Red Hot and Cole is a stylised reminiscence of his life and times, “told” by the people who lived alongside him in an age when the glitterati were brilliant and sharp-witted.
The Production Team
Director / Choreographer – Michelle Millgate
Musical Director – Frank Romeo
Assistant Director – Craig Pinkerton
Rehearsal Pianist – Helen Short
Steve Donelan (Cole Porter), Jan Mahoney (Linda Porter), Lynne Montague (Bella Spewack), Caitlin Lam (Bricktop), Graham Ahern (Clifton Webb), Eleanor Ryan (Dorothy Parker), Claire Vella (Elsa Maxwell), Sunaki Lewis (Ethel Merman), Ryan Tracey (George Kaufman), Alana Sharp (Hedda Hopper), Peita Cummings (Irene Castle), Jim Simmons (Monty Woolley), Darren McDowell (Noel Coward), Kerry McMillan (Paul, Cole’s valet), Michael Simms (Ray Goetz), Martin Paterson (Sam Katz), Jenny Paterson (Sara Murphy), Betty Tougher (The Countess), Keith McBeth (Doctor), Craig Pinkerton (Moss Hart), Maryanne Bawden, Robyn Goldman, Anthony Hughes, Eliza Keanan-Brown, Mandy Marley, Christine Sherlock, Alain Vella, Ashley Wilson.
“Nunsense” is a hilarious spoof about the misadventures of five nuns trying to manage a fundraiser. Sadly the rest of the sisterhood died from botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia. Thus, the remaining nuns – ballet loving Sister Leo, street-wise Sister Robert Anne, befuddled Sister Mary Amnesia, the Mother Superior Sister Regina, and mistress of the novices Sister Mary Hubert – stage a talent show in order to raise the money to bury their dearly departed.
The Production Team
Director – Greg Wood
Choreographer – Catherine Pestana
Musical Director – Pat Fernandez
Production Assistant – Lynne Montague
Lorraine Grant (Sister Mary Regina), Michelle Millgate (Sister Mary Hubert), Jan Mahoney (Sister Robert Anne), Katherine Babatzanis (Sister Mary Amnesia), Caitlin Lam (Sister Mary Lee), Peter Burgess (Brother Peter).