Courtroom not the only stage for local attorney

Raleigh Attorney warms to the spotlight of Community Theater.

By day, Amber Ivie practices law with the J. W. Bryant Law Firm located in downtown Raleigh. In that capacity she often finds herself in the courtroom before a jury of her client’s peers. By night, she likes to perform before another audience – the patrons of the Cary Players Community Theater Company.

Ms. Ivie has been cast in the upcoming production of Nunsense, a musical comedy that depicts a group of nuns in the midst of crisis trying to raise funds by staging a variety show. She will be playing the part of Sister Robert Anne who starts out as an understudy for the fundraiser but, through twist of fate or act Nunsenseof God, moves into a leading role. “Sister Robert Anne is a streetwise nun who is a bit of a pain for the Mother Superior,” Ms. Ivie notes. “She may not be the most polished nun in the convent, but she is genuine and compassionate.”

This is the fifth show in which Ms. Ivie has performed with the Cary Players. “In many ways this is like an extended family,” she observes. “The preparation and performance is time consuming, even exhausting, but you end up developing special relationships with those involved.”

At least one unusual aspect of Nunsense makes it similar to a courtroom trial, according to Ms. Ivie. “In the courtroom, a good attorney directs all statements to the jury. In most plays the audience is not acknowledged by the actors. They avoid breaking what is referred to as the fourth wall.” During Nunsense, however, actors speak directly to the audience, and “they become a part of the production in a way that you don’t see in most plays.”

The cast, staff and crew hope for a favorable verdict from those who attend the musical comedy. The Cary Players’ production of Nunsense runs for two weekends, September 27th through October 6th. Matinees are scheduled for Sunday afternoons at 3:00 p.m., and the shows on Friday and Saturday nights start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased in person at the Cary Arts Center, by phone at 800-514-3849 and online at www.caryplayers.org.