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They could be fresh out of the abbey, they could be crossing Abbey Road. Whatever they are doing at Gisborne Airport they are certainly not flying nuns because these Musical Theatre Gisborne performers are ready to take Nunsense to the stage from Saturday night.

After 52 Little Sisters of Hoboken die of botulism, the surviving five nuns stage a variety show in the Mount Saint Helen’s School auditorium to raise funds to cover the cost of the burials.

The cast of nuns includes former circus performer Mother Superior Mary Regina, dignified rival Sister Mary, streetwise Sister Robert Anne, Sister Mary Leo who is determined to be the world’s first ballerina nun, and Sister Mary Amnesia, who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head.

Their performances in the show includes solo star turns, madcap dance routines, and an audience quiz.

The show has been madly popular overseas so book early.

Nunsense, Musical Theatre Gisborne, 99 Innes Street, May 15-22, 7.30pm. Tickets from i-SITE or eventfinda.