The Holy Spirit and Other Terrifying Tales Provide Laughs 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 29 at 7:30 p.m. In this hilarious one-man show, “Sister” once again treats the audience like members of her adult catechism class. . His mind-blowing lessons will resonate with Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

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

“This is our third visit to ‘Sister’ in the past four years. Audiences can’t get enough of this show! In fact, after her performance in 2019, customers specifically requested ‘The Holy Ghost and Other Terrifying Tales” from the series. People love Halloween, so it’ll be fun to have “Sister” explain it like only she can!” said Jeri Misler, general artistic director of the Gracie Theatre.

“Late Nite Catechism” is a thunderous play that nostalgically takes viewers back to the children they once were. During the performance, Sister transitions from benevolent instructor, rewarding “students” in the audience for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and laminated holy cards, to an authoritative drill sergeant. Either way, these interactions are sure to strike a chord and rekindle memories of parochial school days for audience members.

The Catholic Register (Toronto) stated, “The show appeals to Catholics and non-Catholics alike since ‘Sister’ clearly explains religious references in a light-hearted way while maintaining a serious tone that is not overly preachy and far-fetched. to be smooth.

The New York Times in 1996 stated, “The late night Sunday school appeals to a much wider audience than members of a single church.

Denise Fennell currently plays Sister Mary Christina in “Late Nite Catechism”. Show creator Maripat Donovan first discovered Fennell while playing Tina in the Off-Broadway production of “Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding.” Donovan trained Fennell personally 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 also appeared in the Off-Broadway company of “Shear Madness” in New York. Fennell is best known for her portrayal of “Sister” in the series “Late Nite Catechism” 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 performed in over 410 cities worldwide. The play has been performed in six countries to a cumulative audience of over 3.5 million people. The show has raised over $4 million for retired sisters and Catholic organizations.

“Late Nite Catechism” was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award in New York and won the LA Drama Critics Circle Award for “Best Lead Performance” for Maripat Donovan. It is the longest-running solo 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 p.m. Ticket prices range from $23 to $32.50 with group discounts available for parties of eight or more by calling the box office. To purchase tickets or for more information on group pricing, call the Gracie Box Office at 207-941-7888 or The Gracie Theater is located at One College Circle in Bangor.

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

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

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