Up & Coming Weekly

September 02, 2014

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SEPTEMBER 3-9, 2014 UCW 13 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM The Gilbert Theater, in downtown Fayetteville, has long been regarded by locals as a place to go for a night of fun and entertainment. The theater is comprised of a mix of semi-professional talents and those wishing to learn the craft. Over the years the group has brought countless high quality shows to the stage for the community to enjoy. For the upcoming 2014-2015 season, the theater has assembled a line-up of shows that are a mix of plays and musicals, comedy and drama and classics and contemporary shows. Nunsense Sept. 15 – Oct. 5 A Christmas Carol Nov. 28 – Dec. 21 A Streetcar Named Desire Feb. 13 - March 1 Backstage March 27 – April 12 The Book Club Play May 29 – June 14 The first show of the season, Nunsense, is a comedic musi- cal about a group of nuns, The Little Sisters of Hoboken, who are challenged with raising funds for the burials of many of their fellow sisters who died from Sister Julia's cooking. The show was originally written by Dan Goggin, opened Off-Broadway in 1985 and ran for 10 years entertaining thousands along the way. According to the official website for the original show, it has been translated into 21 different languages and been made into more than 5,000 worldwide productions making the show an, "international phenomenon." Michelle Zaun is regularly a company and stage manager working behind the scenes for the various Gilbert productions. For Nunsense, Zaun steps out onto the Gilbert stage for the first time as a member of the cast. Zaun enthusiastically spoke about her Gilbert debut. "All around, I am incredibly excited for this… Not only am I falling more and more in love with the show every time I work through it, but it is because I know what a great cast we have," said Zaun. Zaun is also of the mindset that the show is exactly what and audience in this area would appreciate. "The community is going to love this show, it has a little bit of everything for everyone. It is a show that isn't afraid to make fun of itself. Each of the nuns that are in the show are open- minded in that sense. There is never a moment where they seem like they have to hide who they are, they are very bold." Zaun elaborated about the show and Gilbert saying, "The thing that I love the most about the Gilbert is that we get to do theater outside-of-the-box. We get to do things that are fun and are not afraid to make fun of themselves. This show brings everybody in. You are not just sitting there watch- ing people perform something they have practiced. It is an intimate theatre, we are in your face. We are laughing at ourselves and we want you to laugh with us." The production is directed by Matthew Overturf who will lead the all-women cast of Joyce Lipe, Ruth Nelson, Marie Lowe, Michelle Zaun, Antionette Gage and others. The show will run on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays starting Sept. 19 and through Oct. 5. Shows begin at 8 p.m. on Fridays, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturdays, and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sundays. Tickets are $16 with military and senior discounts available. Tickets are available at www.gilberttheater.com or www. vendini.com/member/ticketSales/events, by phone at 910-679-7186 or via email at boxoffice@gilbert- theater.com. Hail & Farewells • Call for Reservations • We Cater 217 Hay St. Historic Downtown 678-8885 5780 Ramsey St. Next to Methodist University 822-3590 Voted Fayetteville's Best Overall Restaurant Voted Fayetteville's Best Overall Restaurant Authentic Italian Cuisine Brick Fired NY Pizza 3010 Traemoor Village Dr. Hope Mills 491-4667 Wed. night 1/2 price bottle of wine • Tues. night $5 martinis To Register for FREE Seminar Call (910) 484-2284 Ext. 273 or register online at www.CapeFearEye.com Refreshments will be served! www.CapeFearEye.com 1726 Metro Medical Drive Fayetteville, NC 28304 Register for a FREE procedure iLASIK Seminar September 18 th , 2014 7:00 to 8:00 pm The first Laser Vision Correction approved by ALL branches of the U.S. Military and NASA One lucky individual will win a FREE iLASIK procedure *MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN! (Must be 18 years or older to register) Nunsense Brings Comedy to the Gilbert Stage by MICHAEL SMITH MICHAEL SMITH, Contributing Writer, COMMENTS? Editor@upand- comingweekly.com. Gilbert Theater is kicking off this season with a light-hearted performance called Nunsense.

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