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Nunsense 3: The Jamboree

Cover to Cast Recording

Sister Amnesia's Country Western Nunsense Jamboree

Book, Music and Lyrics by Dan Goggin.

In Nunsense I, when a wacky nun known as Sister Mary Amnesia regained her memory she recalled that she always wanted to be a country singer. In Nunsense II her dream became one step closer to reality when Reverend Mother landed a recording contract for her. In this show, Nunsense Jamboree, her dream has been realized as she headlines a brand new show promoting her debut album "I Could've Gone to Nashville." Cheered by audiences and critics alike as funny and fast-paced, this hilarious hoe-down is Nunsense fun with a Laugh-In-Hee-Haw-Grand-Ole-Op'ry slant. Outrageously funny musical numbers include I Could've Gone To Nashville, Everyday of the Week Is a Saturday, Do Unto Others, The Delta Queen, We Miss You, Patsy Cline, A Technicolor Woman and Growing Up in Brooklyn. You say you're not a country music fan? Don't worry-this country music is "Nunsense Theatrical Style" guaranteed to please any Nunsense fan!
- D. Goggin


In Nunsense, Sister Mary Amnesia (so-called because a crucifix had fallen on her head and she couldn't remember who she was) finally realized that she was Sister Mary Paul, a nun who had always wanted to be a country singer. In Nunsense II - The Second Coming, Reverend Mother secured a recording contract for Sister Mary Paul (still affectionately known as Amnesia). Now, in Nunsense 3: The Jamboree (officially titled Sister Amnesia's Country Western Nunsense Jamboree) Sister Amnesia has made her first album and is on a tour promoting her new recording. She is touring with Sister Robert Anne, Sister Mary Leo, and two new friends: Father Virgil Trott (Sister Mary Leo's brother-a Franciscan priest with his own country radio show), and Sister Mary Wilhelm, the Superintendent of Nursing. (Reverend Mother and Sister Mary Hubert are back at the convent.) The show takes place in real time in whatever venue it happens to be booked.



The rousing title song "Nunsense Jamboree" introduces the performers and presents a quick background of each, so that those not familiar with Nunsense stories will be "up-to-speed." Following some introductory remarks and acknowledgement of the evening's sponsors, Sister Amnesia sings the title song of her new album I Could've Gone to Nashville. After some fast paced one-liners, Sister Amnesia goes out into the audience to give some tokens of appreciation to her fans. Sister Mary Wilhelm realizes things are getting out of hand and so retrieves Sr. Amnesia, as Sister Robert Anne and Father Virgil sing Ascension Air touting their first sponsor. Father Virgil then proudly presents his sister, Sister Mary Leo, who sings A Technicolor Woman. Sister Wilhelm is duly impressed and informs the audience that in one week Sister Leo will be getting her black veil and ring. This brings out some fears that have been haunting Sister Mary Leo and in a beautiful ballad, Seven A.M. in Phoenix, Sister Wilhelm tries to put her at ease.

Sister Robert Anne interrupts the proceedings with the announcement that she has been working on a new song and wants to present it. It is called Play a Country Enut and Sister explains that a country 'enut' is a country tune played backwards. It seems to amuse everyone but Sister Wilhelm. Father Virgil, preparing to sing about another sponsor is taken by surprise as Sister Mary Annette (the nun puppet) appears and coaxes him into singing a duet, The Story of Ida Lee. Things get back on track as Sister Amnesia reminisces about her home life culminating in the production number, Everyday of the Week is a Saturday. After a few more one-liners, Father Virgil and Sister Leo perform A Good Book which to everyone's amusement turns out to be a salute to TV Guide. Then...great news...Sister Amnesia's album is on the Billboard charts! The cast gives thanks with Praise to the Lord. Amnesia is so happy she says she would marry the record producer, but the others inform her that's impossible in You're a Nun. Act One ends with a hilarious finale...a salute to the patron Saint of Nursing, Saint Catherine Laboure.


Cover to DVD RecordingReprising the title song, cast members go into the audience, trading jokes.

A call on Sister Robert Anne's cell phone informs them that Sister Amnesia is up for an award. Sister Wilhelm says she will handle it as Sister Amnesia presents another song from her new album, Dial 411. Sister Robert Anne sings of her childhood in Growing Up in Brooklyn, after which Sr. Wilhelm returns to explain that Sister Amnesia has been asked to come to Nashville for a big ceremony but she must pay for it. Sister Robert Anne thinks she has the answer as she convinces the cast to join her in A Perfect Plot. Sister Wilhelm is appalled at Robert Anne's suggestion. Meanwhile Father Virgil and Sister Leo talk of their life in the Mississippi Delta and Father Virgil performs The Delta Queen.

It's time for another word from a sponsor as Sister Leo and Sister Robert Anne sing of Franciscan Fodder. This is followed by a salute to a Grand Ole Opry favourite in Mini-Pearls of Wisdom. Still not knowing if Sister Amnesia can afford a trip, Sister Wilhelm announces the first Catholic Country Auction in which all the audience participates in bidding on items from the Santa Lucia-Pet to an authentic Bible Belt. When Sister Wilhelm is summoned to take a phone call from Reverend Mother, Sister Robert Anne entertains the audience with her rendition of A Cowgirl from Canarsie. In a special tribute, the entire audience joins in the chorus of We Miss You, Patsy Cline. This is followed by the announcement that Reverend Mother has secured funds for Sister Amnesia to go to the ceremony, where it is now known that she will be chosen the most promising new country artist.

The cast cheers her and tells her that she will be a star, but in a touching prayer, Everytime You Smiled at Me, vows that she will never leave the convent. In a foot-stomping, hand-clapping finale the cast closes the show with Do Unto Others.
- Dan Goggin

Musical Numbers

  1. Nunsense Jamboree - Company
  2. I Could've Gone to Nashville - Sister Amnesia
  3. Ascension Air - Sister Robert Anne, Father Virgil
  4. Technicolor Woman - Sister Mary Leo
  5. Seven A.M. in Phoenix - Sister Wilhelm
  6. Play a Country Enut - Sister Robert Anne
  7. The Story of Ida Lee - Sister Mary Annette, Father Virgil
  8. Everyday of the Week is Saturday - Sister Amnesia
  9. A Good Book - Father Virgil, Sister Leo
  10. Give Praise to the Lord/You're a Nun - Company
  11. The Manger Inn - Sister Amnesia
  12. A Tribute to Saint Catherine Laboure
  13. Growing up in Brooklyn - Sister Robert Anne
  14. The Perfect Plot - Sister Robert Anne, Company
  15. The Delta Queen - Father Virgil, Sister Leo
  16. Franciscan Fodder - Sister Leo, Sister Robert Anne
  17. Mini-Pearls of Wisdom - Sister Leo, Sister Robert Anne
  18. A Cowgirl from Canarsie - Sister Robert Anne
  19. We Miss You, Patsy Cline - Sister Robert Anne and audience
  20. Every Time You Smiled at Me - Reverend Mother
  21. Do Unto Others - Company
  22. Reprise: Nunsense Jamboree

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