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Charlie Krebs grew up Catholic in Corning, N.Y., and attended St. Mary's parochial school from kindergarten through 8th grade.

No wonder Lakeland University's associate professor of theatre and speech is getting such a kick out of rehearsals for this year's spring musical, "Nunsense."

"Oh, this show is so much fun!" Krebs said with a laugh. "It brings back so many great and funny memories. I tell stories during every rehearsal, like, 'When I was in 5th grade, this happened to me, and when I was in 6th grade, I did this.'"

"Nunsense," a comedy, is Lakeland's adaptation of the second-longest-running off-Broadway musical in history. Opening night, at the on-campus Bradley Theatre, is Thursday, March 30, at 7:30. Visit the event website - to order tickets and learn more.

The "Nunsense" storyline is built around the accidental poisoning deaths of 52 nuns in Hoboken, N.J., and the surviving nuns' comical fundraising efforts to pay for the deceased's funerals.

"We've been doing these big musicals in recent years, and we thought a small ensemble piece, a more intimate production, would be a nice change of pace," Krebs said.

The "Nunsense" cast is comprised of seven nuns and one priest. The lead role, Mother Mary Regina (Mother Superior), will be played by Lakeland senior Mayce Bacon, a veteran of LU's theatre and choral programs.

"I've never been a lead before, so while this has been very challenging, it's been a wonderful experience," said Bacon. "The family atmosphere that's been created while working together on this show is something I'll always look back fondly on. I can't wait for opening night!"

Krebs said Lakeland's spring musical will feature more than a dozen songs, and the band will be dressed as monks and other characters while playing on the stage rather than in the orchestra pit.

"This production is a loving spoof of nuns, joyfully portrayed in a musical comedy," Krebs said. "It's going to be a great, enjoyable show."

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