|The nuns are back!: Professional pianist, newcomer to the community, saves show|
|Written by Bill Schlichting, Pilot staff writer|
|June 21, 2011 11:00 pm|
William Hedge, a professional musician, came to visit Brookings Friday and stopped for a pizza. When he picked up a copy of the Curry Coastal Pilot sitting on the table, he turned the pages and one headline caught his eye.
“That article stopped me in my tracks,” Hedge said. “Before the pizza arrived, I had made three phone calls,” to contact the Chetco Pelican Players.
He contacted Director Nancy Carson and told her he was willing to play the piano and he could have the cast ready by Friday, June 24, the new opening day.
Hedge said he wanted to see the play happen because “in theater, we’re family.”
The women playing the nuns committed to a rehearsal on Sunday at Hedge’s home in Fort Dick. “They worked their tails off,” Hedge said.
Although Hedge is a newcomer to the area, he is no newcomer to the stage.
Hedge – a pianist, musical director, entertainer and vocal coach – moved from Sacramento only two weeks ago. He has years of theater experience dating back to the 1980s. He has been involved in youth theater and off-Broadway productions; has served as a musical director, producer and creator; and he has played piano in restaurants and hotels throughout the Central Valley of California.
It was this experience that helped the Chetco Pelican Players bring the play back.
“Miracles do happen,” Carson said.
“Nunsensations” was originally scheduled to open June 3 but without a pianist, opening night was postponed two weeks. During the June 13 rehearsal, the cast and crew decided to cancel the play, having gone through about 15 pianists.
The play will now be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25, and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 26. There will be no performances on the Independence Day weekend. Final performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 8 and 9, and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 10.
“Nunsensations,” the sixth show in Dan Goggin’s “Nunsense” series, takes the sisters on a brand new adventure. When a parishioner volunteers to donate $10,000 to the sisters' school if they will perform in a club in Las Vegas, Mother Superior is hesitant to accept.
However, after being convinced by the other sisters that “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” Reverend Mother agrees. What follows is “the most feather-filled, sequin-studded, fan dancing ‘Nunsense’ show ever,” according to the Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc., the agency that distributes the show.
Performing in “The Pump Room” at the Mystique Motor Lodge, the sisters experience "show-biz" like never before.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For reservations, call 541-469-1877. For information, call 541-469-1857.