|For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary Doveton
785 843-7469 x205
The hilarious and record-setting musical comedy, Church Basement Ladies, will open at Theatre Lawrence on March 3, 2017. The show was adapted by Jessica Zuehlke, Jim Stowell and Drew Jansen from the popular book, Growing Up Lutheran, by Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson.
Church Basement Ladies is a celebration of the church basement kitchen and the women who work there. Set in a rural Minnesota church in 1965 we meet the matriarchs of the kitchen and the young bride-to-be learning the proper order of things. The book and music give a touching, funny look at their lives as we see them handle a record breaking Christmas dinner, the funeral of a dear friend, a Hawaiian Easter Fundraiser, and a steaming hot July wedding.
With songs like “The Pale Food Polka,” “Closer to God” and “My Own Personal Island,” they stave off potential disasters, share and debate recipes, instruct the young, and keep the Pastor on due course, while thoroughly enjoying, (and tolerating) each other. Funny and down to earth, audiences will recognize these ladies as the Church year unfolds from below the House of God. This is most certainly true!
The show is under the direction of Doug Weaver and features Susan Hires, Sarah Young, and Kim Polson as the stalwarts of the kitchen, Jillian Miller as the bride-to-be, and Steven Fendt as the Pastor. Patty Ahern is music director, with Molly Gordon as choreographer. Marilyn Brobst creates the multitude of food props essential to the show.
The show will run March 3, 4, 5 and March 9, 10, 11, and 12. Evening performances begin at 7:30pm and Sunday matinees at 2:30pm.
A cookbook, entitled “Our Community’s Cookin’ ” will be available for purchase at the shows or through the theatre box office. It was assembled with the help of many Lawrence churches and contains great recipes from local ladies of the kitchen.
For tickets: 785-843-SHOW (7469) Box Office hours 11:30-4:30 M-F