Northport Music Theater will present its first fall musical since opening in 2007, “Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class,” written by Dan Goggin. The one-woman show will open Friday, Sept. 23 and continue for two weekends, through Sunday, Oct. 2 at NMT on Route 1.

The show is directed by Tobin Malone, with music direction by John Gelsinger, and takes place in a classroom where Sister Robert Anne gives out clues on how to fashion one’s own cabaret show while entertaining the audience with amazing vocal talent, humor and show-stopping energy. Over the past 25 years of “Nunsense” shows, Sister Robert Anne has become a star in her own right as the spunky and feisty Sister from the Little Sisters of Hoboken, New Jersey. The show is filled with “Nunsense” humor and audience participation segments.

The tour-de-force stars soprano Kathleen Christie of Lincolnville, most recently seen at NMT in July as Karla in “The Bikinis.” Christie also performed in NMT’s 2009 “A Christmas Survival Guide” and has appeared as a soloist at area churches and the annual Maine Pro Musica concert at Strom Auditorium in Rockport. She directed NMT’s August musical theater camp for 6- to 9-year-olds, Fairy Tale Dreams. Christie works at the Long Funeral Home in Camden and studied vocal performance at the Philadelphia College of Bible.

Christie is accompanied by Ruth Gelsinger, NMT founder and artistic director, on piano. Director Malone’s NMT directing credits include premiere season opener “The Musical of Musicals: The Musical!” and “Five Course Love” in 2009. John Gelsinger has been music director for all of the NMT musicals including “Golf: The Musical,” “Six Women with Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want to Know,” “Fame Takes a Holiday,” “Closer Than Ever” and “The Big Bang.” Set and costume design is by Emily Widdoes and lighting design is by Jay Rosenberg.

Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3:30 p.m., Sept. 23 through Oct. 1. Tickets are $25 for evenings and $20 for matinees. A $14 day-of-show ticket is available by calling 338-8383 on show days between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., while supplies last. The theater seats 128 people, has general admission seating only, takes cash or check only at the door and is handicapped accessible. Reservations are strongly encouraged by calling ahead.

Northport Music Theater is a small, intimate summer musical theater that produces contemporary American musical theater. It was founded by John and Ruth Gelsinger in 2005 and opened in 2007. The theater is applying for Maine charitable organization status in 2011 and will produce a benefit show each year to support its musicals and summer camps programming. For more information about supporting NMT, ongoing summer musical theater camps and camp performances or to purchase tickets, visit or call 338-8383.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to