‘Nuncrackers’ is a convent full of fun

If you are looking for holiday mirth and joy, schedule time to vigorously LOL — laugh out loud — at San Luis Obispo Little Theatre’s presentation of “Nuncrackers, The Nunsense Christmas Musical.”

Move over, Whoopie Goldberg! Director and choreographer Jim Shine has assembled a talented ensemble cast who manage to respectfully poke fun at recollections associated with Catholic nuns and their Franciscan friar friends.

And you don’t have to be Catholic to enjoy the sing-a-long banter. The setting and premise of the musical review finds the Little Sisters of Hoboken recipients of lottery funding. They decide to star and produce a benefit on a cable television access station.

The cast sings and dances to adapted holiday hymns under the musical direction of Jordan Richardson. A must-see is Father Virgil — aka Lester Wilson — performing the Julia Child segment and Sister Mary Paul/‘Amnesia’ — aka Debora Schwartz — working the audience with Secret Santa.

The Estero Bay Women’s Club benefitted from the dress rehearsal presentation complete with appetizers, a pasta dinner and decadent desserts prepared by Carol and Ron Burkhart of Morro Bay and members of the women’s group.

As a community outreach, groups are invited to provide an audience for the final dress rehearsal of each regular production throughout the year, said Burkhart, president of the Estero Bay Women’s Club. So far, more than $25,000 has been raised for local community groups, she said. Her Estero Bay club got on the waiting list three to four years ago.

Carol and her husband, Ron, moved to Morro Bay five years ago after their children graduated from Cal Poly and found jobs in the area. Alison Root is a teacher in Paso Robles, and Robert Root is in law enforcement.

Carol got involved in the Women’s Club, and Ron volunteered his way to president of the Little Theatre board and the San Luis Realtors Association.

The Estero Bay Women’s Club meets on third Tuesdays at noon at the Veterans Memorial Building on Surf Street in Morro Bay.

Its 32 members are dedicated to helping local youth education. They always welcome new and prospective members at meetings. Their January meeting will feature Ray Fields, vice president of the Cayucos Abalone Farm. Meals are prepared by the membership; a nominal donation of $5 is recommended per meeting. In January, men are invited. Contact Carol at 772-4507.

The SLO Little Theatre’s “Nuncrackers” runs through Dec. 19, Thursdays through Sunday. Performances are at 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday and Sunday. More info at 786-2446 or www.slolittletheatre.org.

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe will run Jan. 14-30.

Reach Judy at 801-1422 or jsalamacha@yahoo.com.