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Forsyth Academy of Performing Arts' 'Nunsense' kicks off effort to raise funds for new facility
Erica Mandato, from left, Becky Binion, Meg Davenport, Leigh Ann Cannady and Kailey Steele are doing the first-ever staff-only production for the Forsyth Academy of Performing Arts this Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the off-Broadway musical hit Nunsense.

Leigh Ann Cannady admits the plot of the Forsyth Academy of Performing Arts’ first-ever staff-only performance sounds odd: the five surviving nuns of an accidental convent poisoning throw a variety show to raise funds for the burials. One sister is a former circus performer. Another has amnesia after a crucifix fell on her head.

But it’s those elements that help turn Nunsense’s morbid premise into a playful and humorous show that’s well-suited for Cannady and her staff as they kick off a series of events to help raise funds for a new facility.

The musical will run from Friday to Sunday at FAPA’s black box theater.

That theater and the rest of FAPA’s facility has started to feel inadequate, Cannady said, and so she and her staff began brainstorming ways to raise funds for a new space. They have a marathon talent show planned for October, but the staff felt they needed to put a more personal touch on the effort.

“We thought, ‘What better way to kick this off than for us to put our money where our mouth is and do a show ourselves,’” Cannady said.

“Nunsense” was a perfect fit. The musical has been one of the biggest off-Broadway hits of all time since its debuted in 1985. Cannady and her staff, including Erica Mandato, Meg Davenport, Becky Binion and Kailey Steele, will play the part of the five sisters putting on the variety show, meaning they’ll tap dance and sing and act.

“It’s perfect for our gang of ladies,” Cannady said.

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