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“Church Basement Ladies”


“Church Basement Ladies”

“Church Basement Ladies” is final show in JCCC’s Performing Arts Series
Pillars of the church stand strong with antics and songs

“Church Basement Ladies”As the final show in Johnson County Community College’s Performing Arts Series this season, the Church Basement Ladies are back with another funny, down-to-earth musical that will make you laugh until you “side-dish” hurts.

This show, called “A Mighty Fortress Is Our Basement,” will be performed six times over three days in May in the Carlsen Center’s Polsky Theatre. The shows will begin at 2 and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 20 to 22.

Tickets, which are $30 each (groups of 10 or more receive $5 off), are available through the JCCC Box Office at 913-469-4445 or online at Ticket availability is limited for evening performances.

The Church Basement Ladies feature four distinct characters who organize the food and solve the problems of a rural Minnesota church. Through it all, these “bulwarks of our God” stand strong in their faith and their friendships.

Their stories are based on a best-selling book by authors/humorists Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelon called “Growing Up Lutheran: What Does This Mean?” It became a national bestseller and won them the 1998 Minnesota Book Award for Humor.

Since then, the two collaborated with a Twin-Cities-based production company called Troupe America Inc., and executive producer Curt Wollan then turned the book material into a musical comedy.

From the elderly matriarch of the kitchen to the young bride-to-be learning the proper order of things, the book and musicals provide a touching, funny look at their lives. They have handled a record-breaking Christmas dinner, the funeral of a dear friend and a steaming hot July wedding. They also have kept the pastor on due course while thoroughly enjoying (and tolerating) each other.

Audiences will recognize these funny and down-to-earth ladies as they see the church year unfold from below the house of God.