Community theater changes play after Missouri abbey shootings

Posted: Friday, June 28, 2002

MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- Next year, perhaps, a musical comedy about death in a Roman Catholic community will be funny again -- but not now.

The Nodaway Community Theater Co. canceled summer performances of ''Nunsense'' after a June 10 attack at nearby Conception Abbey in which a man shot dead two monks and wounded two others before killing himself.

''It's not the time to be making fun of the faith,'' said Jody Strauch, theater president.

The musical comedy focuses on five nuns' efforts to raise money to bury four sisters who died of food poisoning.

The replacement production is the mystery ''Murder in the Wings.'' The troupe plans to produce ''Nunsense'' next year.

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