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Expo-goers to experience 'Nunsense'

It's been an exciting year for Arts Connection and the Woodbury Community Theatre.

First, they completed work on the Dorothy K. Merrill Community Arts Center-East Ridge campus and black box theater, and now for the first time ever they will be a part of the Woodbury Community Expo.

Woodbury Community Theatre will perform segments from its newest play, "Nunsense," from 1-1:20 p.m. April 6 at the Expo.

The play, which opens April 11 on the Loft Stage, is about a fundraiser put on by the Little Sisters of Hoboken to raise money to bury sisters accidently poisoned by the convent cook.

"It's going to be very funny," director Lenore Weir said. "I laugh so hard that I get tears in my eyes. It's just hysterically funny."

It was Arts Connection Executive Director Michelle Witte who suggested to the Woodbury Chamber of Commerce that "Nunsense" would be an added piece of entertainment to this year's Expo.

"I just kicked it out there because we haven't been there before," she said. "We've always been in flux and we've just never quite been ready to get there. Now, we're finally ready - we've launched ourselves and our brand."

"Nunsense" will be the first show at the new black box theater, so what better way to get the word out, Witte said.

"We certainly want to take advantage of these community outreach opportunities," she said. "It's a great opportunity to let people know that we're here."

For the Expo, Weir said she is hoping to do three or four songs with a few talking parts in between.

"I have five incredibly gifted women playing the parts," she said. "We're just going to be publicizing that we do have a theater that is opening for the first time with a live show - anytime we get our name out there that's a good thing."

Witte and Weir said they are excited about introducing a whole new group of people to all the art opportunities Woodbury has to offer.

"We're surprised people still say, 'Oh, I had no idea you were here,'" Witte said. "The Expo will be a good way to keep reminding people that they don't need to go downtown to see good theater - we're right in their backyard."

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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