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Nunsense Auditions

The Grand Opera House Announces Auditions for


The Grand Opera House will present Nunsense.
Book, Music and Lyrics by Dan Goggin.

Performances are October 5, 6, 12, & 13, 2018 at 7:30pm and October 7 & 14 at 2:00pm.


The Little Sisters of Hoboken are back at the Grand in the original Nunsense for the first time in over 25 years!  The antics begin when their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium, which is currently set up for the eighth-grade production of “Grease.” Here we meet Reverend Mother Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn named Sister Robert Anne; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is a wannabe ballerina; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head.


“Nunsense” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.


Director/Choreographer: Cindy Caraway
Music Director: Terry Dillon

3:00-5:00pm Saturday, August 4, 2018
6:30-8:30pm Sunday, August 5, 2018
6:30-8:30pm Tuesday, August 7, 2018 (Callbacks, if needed location TBD)


Location: Auditions will be held at the Grand’s Rehearsal space in the Arcade Building, 880 Locust St., Suites 222 and 228.  Please enter though the alley entrance located between Locust and Main.  When you enter go up just past the first hallway and take the stairs on the left to the second floor.  The rooms are right at the top of the stairs.


Seeking Actors, Singers and Dancers to Play:

SISTER MARY REGINA, MOTHER SUPERIOR: Female, 60’s (Range: B3-F5) A feisty overweight Sophie Tucker-type who can’t resist the spotlight.

SISTER MARY HUBERT, MISTRESS OF NOVICES: Female, mid 50’s (Range: G3-F5) The second in command, she is always competing with the Mother Superior.

SISTER ROBERT ANNE: Female, Mid 30’s (Range: G3-D5) A streetwise character from Brooklyn – A constant source of aggravation for the Mother Superior.

SISTER MARY AMNESIA: Female, Late 30’s (Range: Db4-C6) This nun lost her memory after a crucifix fell on her head. She is very sweet.

SISTER MARY LEO: Female, Teens to Mid 30’s (Range: G#3-G5) The novice, who has entered the convent with the firm desire to become the first nun ballerina.

Actors wishing to audition but are unavailable to arrive at the start of the audition time should call the Grand Opera House business office at 563-588-4356 to give an approximate arrival time.

Alternate arrangements will be made for individuals who are unable to attend auditions. Please arrange an alternative audition date with the director or submit an audition video to the director’s email:

Full Company rehearsals will begin August 27th, however, early rehearsals will begin August 13th in order to prepare a number from the show to be performed at the Grand Extravaganza on August 25th and 26th.  Availability for the Extravaganza is not mandatory for casting.

Those auditioning should be prepared to list all conflict or potential conflicts between August 13 and September 30.  Availability for evening dress/technical rehearsals October 1-4 and all performances is mandatory.  Rehearsals will typically run from 7:00-9:30pm weeknights with some weekend rehearsals if needed.

Actors should prepare 32 bars of a musical theatre selection in the style of the show that best shows their vocal range.  Please bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided.  Actors will be asked to read non-character specific scenes from the script.  All auditioning should be prepared to participate in a dance/movement audition.

2018 Haunted House

Terror At The Grand 2018

Is your favorite holiday Halloween? Do you enjoy scaring people? Want an excuse to wear your Halloween costume for a whole weekend? The Grand Opera House is looking for people to help make their second annual Haunted House a “scary good time”!

Terror At The Grand Opera House, our annual Haunted House, will take place on the following days:

Friday, October 26th Light Fright 6:00pm-7:30pm, Full Fright 8:00pm-11:00pm
Saturday, October 27th Light Fright 6:00pm-7:30pm, Full Fright 8:00pm-11:00pm
Sunday, October 28th Light Fright 6:00pm-7:30pm, Full Fright 8:00pm-11:00pm
Monday, October 29th Light Fright 6:00pm-7:30pm, Full Fright 8:00pm-11:00pm


Seeking Mayhem Makers

Set up Crew: The Set up crew will begin setting up throughout the Grand Opera House the week of October 15th. These individuals will work with the Grand’s Technical Director, Tracey Richardson, to set up all of the various stations. This includes some construction, as well as creative prop building, and costume collection and construction. Work times can be arranged to work with crew members personal schedules.

Performers: Performers will be needed the nights of the event. Performers will be given specific areas and tasks. Costumes and makeup can be provided by the theater. Performers are not required to be at all 4 days of the event.

Strike Crew: The Strike crew will work with our Technical Director to restore the theater to its original condition. Some work will be done on Monday night after the final tour, additional help will be needed on Tuesday, October 30th  and Wednesday, October 31st.


If you are interested in participating in Terror at the Grand Opera House please contact Michelle Blanchard at or by phone at (563)588-1305.