The Holy Ghost and other terrifying tales bring laughter and fun at the Gracie Theater



“Sister” is back for her third appearance – just in time for Halloween

BANGOR – “Late Nite Catechism” returns to the Gracie Theater at Husson University in Bangor on Friday October 29th at 7:30 pm. In this hilarious solo show, “Sister” once again treats audiences like members of her adult Sunday school class. His quirky lessons will resonate with Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

This edition of this outrageously funny series is titled “The Holy Spirit and Other Terrifying Tales”. During the show, “Sister” explains the church’s vision of the ghostly October festival. “Late Nite Catechism” is one of the many shows that make up the successful 10th season of the Gracie Theater sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank.

“This is our third ‘Sister’ visit in the past four years. Audiences cannot get enough of this show! In fact, after her performance in 2019, the patrons specifically requested the “The Holy Spirit and Other Terrifying Tales” edition of the series. People love Halloween, so it will be fun to have “Sister” explain it like only she can! Said Jeri Misler, General Artistic Director of Gracie Theater.

“Late Nite Catechism” is a tumultuous play that nostalgically brings viewers back to the children they once were. During the performance, Sister moves from a benevolent instructor, rewarding audience “students” for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and laminated saint cards, to authoritative drill sergeant. Either way, these interactions are sure to strike a chord and resuscitate the memories of members of the public’s own parish school days.

The Catholic Register (Toronto) said: “The show is aimed at both Catholics and non-Catholics alike since ‘Sister’ clearly explains religious references in a light manner while maintaining a serious tone that is not too serious. moralizing and far from being saccharine.

The New York Times stated in 1996: “The late Sunday catechism is aimed at a much larger audience than members of a single church.

Denise Fennell currently plays Sister Mary Christina in “Late Nite Catechism”. Series creator Maripat Donovan first discovered Fennell while playing Tina in the Off-Broadway production of “Tony n ‘Tina’s Wedding”. Donovan personally trained Fennell for the role.

Fennell is now a veteran of the Late Nite Catechism series and has received rave reviews in the United States and Canada. She recently completed a series of “Shear Madness” at the Stages Repertory Theater in Houston, Texas. She has also appeared in the Off-Broadway company of “Shear Madness” in New York City. Fennell is best known for her portrayal of “Sister” in the “Late Nite Catechism” series and in Jane Wagner’s award-winning comedy “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe”.

“Late Nite Catechism,” written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, debuted on May 28, 1993 at the Live Bait Theater in Chicago, Illinois and has since been presented in more than 410 cities around the world. The play has been performed in six countries to a cumulative audience of over 3.5 million people. The show raised over $ 4 million for retired sisters and Catholic organizations.

“Late Nite Catechism” was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award in New York City and won the LA Drama Critics Circle Award for “Best Principal Performance” for Maripat Donovan. It is the longest-running one-woman show in Off-Broadway history in various cities, including Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Francisco, St. Louis, Scottsdale, New Orleans and Los Angeles.

“Late Nite Catechism” will be at the Gracie Theater on Friday at 7:30 pm. Ticket prices range from $ 23 to $ 32.50 with group discounts available for groups of eight or more by calling the box office. To purchase tickets or for more information on group rates, call the Gracie Box Office at 207-941-7888 or The Gracie Theater is located at One College Circle in Bangor.

The Gracie’s season is made possible thanks to the support of Bangor Savings Bank. The theater also thanks the generous support provided throughout the season by other sponsors of the show, including Downeast Toyota, Governor’s Restaurant and Bakery, the Mimi Foundation and Pepsi.

Completed in October 2009, The Gracie is the center of fine and performing arts at Husson University. This magnificent 500-seat theater is considered one of the best performance venues in Maine. In addition, The Gracie also serves as a learning platform for New England School of Communications students in the areas of digital audio, sound mixing, set design and construction, lighting, acting and electronics.

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