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Centerstage enters season laughing with 'Nunsense'

Centerstage Theatre will launch its 2005-06 season this Friday with “Nunsense,” a perennially popular musical comedy.

Winner of the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical when first produced in New York, “Nunsense” is the story of a fund-raiser put on by nuns for money to bury sisters accidentally poisoned by the convent’s cook.

The Centerstage production, which will run through Oct. 16 at Knutzen Family Theater in Federal Way (showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays) features Phyllis Wilson as Reverend Mother, Jennifer Chadwick as Sister Leo, Michaela Koerner as Sister Amnesia, Natalie Moe as Sister Hubert and Taralynn Thompson as Sister Robert Anne.

It’s directed and choreographed by Kerry Christianson, with musical direction by Karen Knoller.

Christianson, considered an up-and-coming director, has worked on the Seattle-area stage scene as an actor and dancer since she graduated from Cornish College of the Arts. She was assistant director in Centerstage’s version last year of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

Following “Nunsense,” she will choreograph Centerstage’s new holiday musical, “4 Christmases,” by three-time Grammy nominee John Forster. And next year she’s scheduled to direct an all-female version of “The Servant of Two Masters” for Exchange Theatre.

Alan Bryce, artistic director for Centerstage, said Christianson “directs like Clint Eastwood: Her work is unencumbered by concept

and is crystal clear, refreshing and to the point. She will become a huge asset to the Seattle theater scene.”

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