‘Late Nite Catechism’ classes resume at Scottsdale theater

Sister Enrolling New Students for Her Weekly Late Nite Catechism Classes. They're on most Fridays and Saturdays through March with a special Easter catechism during Holy Week. (courtesy photo)
Sister Enrolling New Students for Her Weekly Late Nite Catechism Classes. They’re on most Fridays and Saturdays through March with a special Easter catechism during Holy Week. (courtesy photo)

Arizona’s favorite ruler-wielding nun, Sister, is back in the habit and awaiting students to take their seats in one of her three “classes.”

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An interview with the actor

Michael Dixon interviewed Patti Hannon, who portrays “Sister,” on The Bishop’s Hour.

It aired during the 2014 run in Scottsdale. Cue up the 22:25 mark.

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Patti Hannon returns to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts where she stars in a series of “catechism” classes. The record-breaking “Late Nite Catechism” has been running every season since 2000. This year, it runs most Fridays at 8 p.m. through March 27.

The sequel, “Late Nite Catechism III: ’Til Death Do Us Part,” runs on most Saturdays at 8 p.m. through March 28. A special holiday treat, “Sister’s Easter Catechism: Will My Bunny Go to Heaven?” also returns for a limited engagement March 31-April 5.

Each production is spontaneous, clever and outrageously fun, according to press material. Ruling her classroom with a razor-sharp wit, Sister teaches her students — who happen to be the audience — everything she knows about sins and saints while giving out rewards and reprimands with lightning speed.

In “Late Nite Catechism III: ’Til Death Do Us Part,” Sister offers up the latest dogma fresh off the World Wide Web, some hilarious lessons about love and marriage, and her own outrageous version of The Newlywed Game.

Part pageant and “holy” hysterical “Sister’s Easter Catechism: Will My Bunny Go to Heaven?” unearths the origins of Easter bunnies, eggs, bonnets, baskets and, of course, those yummy marshmallow Peeps. Sister answers eternally perplexing questions about pet heaven and the significance of those adorable baby chicks. Students are also encouraged to wear their finest Easter bonnets.

Tickets for all classes are $39 or by phone at (480) 499-TKTS (8587). Students of all ages and faiths are welcome, and classroom participation is encouraged.