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  • July 2023


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NUNSENSE, a Habit Forming Musical on Bannerman Island!

NUNSENSE THE OFF-BROADWAY SMASH HIT MUSICAL ran for over 10 years. The show has been updated with new jokes, additional lyrics, and two new arrangements. This show has become an international phenomenon is coming to Bannerman Island.


NUNSENSE begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium, Here we meet Reverend Mother Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn named Sister Robert Anne; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is a wannabe ballerina; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. Featuring star turns, tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz, and comic surprises.


a smiling man in a blue shirtDAN GOGGIN,  Book, music, and lyrics by Dan Goggin. Originating as a line of greeting cards, Goggin expanded the concept into a cabaret show that ran for 38 weeks, and eventually into a full-length musical.
The original Off-Broadway production opened December 12, 1985, running for 3,672 performances and becoming the second-longest running Off-Broadway show in history. The show has since been
adapted for television, starring Rue McClanahan, and has spawned six sequels and three spin-offs.





a woman sitting on a tableNANCY AUFFARTH

Before moving to the HudsonValley, Nancy appeared on Broadway and/or in National Tours of Back Country (Sister), Annie (Grace), On the Twentieth Century and Barnum (Jenny Lind). She has appeared at the prestigious Papermill Playhouse (Jane Eyre), St, Louis Muni Opera (Promises, Promises), Actor’s Theatre of Louisville ( In Fashion), The Vineyard Theatre ( Juno), Indianapolis Starlight (Baby), Kenley Players (Barnum) and Pennsylvania Stage Co (The Club) as well as other Off Broadway venues, dinner theatres and in national commercials and soaps. After the birth of her daughters, Nancy became a resident actor with the Queen City Stage Co, a former Equity company in Poughkeepsie. Favorite roles include Kate in Taming of the Shrew, Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker, Eliza in My Fair Lady, Amalia in She Loves Me, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ophelia in Hamlet, Shelby in Steel Magnolias and Lizzie in 110 in the Shade. She later became Artistic Director where she directed The Glass Menagerie and The Diary Of Anne Frank. Locally, she has appeared at Tri Arts and Half Moon. In recent years, Nancy was the Artistic Director of River Valley Rep, an Equity company at Marist College where she proudly appeared in The Light in the Piazza (Margaret), Putting it Together (Woman#1), God of Carnage (Veronica) and Eleemosynary (Artie).Nancy has maintained a private vocal and acting studio where she has trained actors for many years.




a man smiling for the cameraDirected by Award Winning Director DONALD BRENNER

 Has directed over 120 productions:  In New York, he directed the Off-Broadway revivals of Stephen Sondheim’s COMPANY and A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC along with DO RE MI, LOUISIANA PURCHASE and THE MATCHMAKER. For Abingdon Theatre Company he directed Mike Vogel’s MARCH MADNESS (AB*IE AWARD – Outstanding Director),  Sherman Yellen’s DECEMBER FOOLS. and Sheldon Bull’s MALLORCA. He also directed the New York Musical Theatre Festival productions of THE MAPMAKER’S OPERA, SASQUATCHED! THE MUSICAL and THE MOST RIDICULOUS THING YOU EVER HOID (NYMF Award of Excellence).

 Other Off-Broadway credits include A TALE OF TWO CITIES at the Mint Theatre and the Lincoln Center production of ALI BABA, an original adaptation utilizing middle eastern musicians, dance and storytelling and the world premiere of BEYOND GRAVITY at New Jersey Repertory Company.

His over seventy regional theater directing credits include the World Premieres of Jeffrey Hatcher’s WILDE GOES WEST for Pioneer Theatre and THE GYM at the Berkshire Theatre Festival.  Other regional credits include THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, PHILADELPHIA, HERE I COME! CORPSE! and ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY.

His production of 1776 was named one of the “Top San Diego Productions of the Year” by PBS and earned him a “Best Direction of a Musical” Robby Award Nomination.

 As a writer/director he adapted THE MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET for the Lucille Lortel Theatre starring Tony Award Winners Debbie Gravitte and Chuck Cooper, a concert version of Wright and Forrest’s KISMET with Emily Skinner and his own adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA starring Nancy Anderson and Will Chase.  Most recently, he directed the world premiere of Jason Odell Williams’ ON THE MARKET at Rochester’s JCC CenterStage.


a man looking at the cameraMusical Director TOM McCOY

Tom McCoy is a versatile pianist, arranger, and composer, moving seamlessly between the worlds of classical, jazz, theater and pop. He has appeared on stage with James Taylor, Ray Charles, Natalie Merchant, Judy Collins, Kate Pierson, Garth Hudson, Robert Goulet, Lea Salonga and many other celebrities. He has taught music and theater at SUNY New Paltz, Mount Saint Mary’s College, SUNY Dutchess and Poughkeepsie Day School; he has recently lectured at Juilliard on jazz influences in classical music. McCoy leads Jazz Vespers at 1st Pres., hosting such jazz luminaries as Sheila Jordan (Kennedy Center Award-winner for Lifetime Achievement) and Eliot Zigmund (drummer with the late, great pianist Bill Evans). He wrote the original score for THE BATTLE OF THE ORPHANS, book by Brian McConnache, which was first mounted at the Depot Theater. He wrote the music for the new musical MADAM PRESIDENT, which is currently venue-shopping. He arranged and music-directed the new musical ADVENTURES IN THE GREAT BEYOND, mounted at the Harold Clurman Theater. His arrangement and recording of THE TIME HAS COME has been broadcast on national television and was featured at the first Earth Day summit in Rio. He has music-directed many local and regional productions and done Broadway pit work nationally and internationally. Over the last five years, McCoy performed in about 1,000 educational concert and workshops as part of The Learning Arts in the Adirondacks as a Senior Faculty Member of Associated Solo Artists. He currently teaches piano and vocal coaches privately. McCoy is on the roster of pianists for the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed numerous times as a guest with the USMA Concert Band at West Point. Tom is an avid student and practitioner of homeopathy. He has two daughters, a foster son, eight grandchildren, two dogs and two cats.

Produced for the Bannerman Castle Trust by NEIL CAPLAN 


The Event includes a cruise to Bannerman Island on The Estuary Steward, departing from Beacon, NY at 6:00 p.m. pm and 7:00 p.m. for one performance at 8:00 p.m.

The first boat at 6:00pm includes a Bannerman Island Lecture before the show.

The second boat at 7:00pm includes a Bannerman Island lecture after the show.

  • About 4 hours
  • Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled time. If you booked for 6pm be there at 5:30pm, and if you booked for 7pm, be there at 6:30pm.
  • There are 72 steps to get from the dock to the historic trail and event space on Bannerman Islands, we are not handicap accessible.
  • Please check the weather and wear the appropriate clothing.
  • No outside food or drinks are allowed on the island for Theatrical performances and movies.
  • There is a fully stocked concession and gift shop on Bannerman Island
  • The Theater space has seating.
  • Alcohol and smoking (of any kind) are not permitted on Bannerman Island.
  • Only service dogs that are defined by the ADA are allowed.


Bannerman Island follows The New York State Guidelines for COVID-19. Currently, masks and Vaccination cards are not required, but could change in the future.