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Church Basement Ladies
Friday, Aug 9, 2013 7:00 am - 9:00 am

Cook County Community Calendar

Church Basement Ladies

by Jim Stowell and Jessica Zuehlke with music and lyrics by Drew Jansen. A musical comedy inspired by the books of Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson authors of the best-seller “ Growing Up Lutheran”. 

July 26, 28, Aug. 1, 3, 9 & 11

As described on the plays website, Church Basement Ladies is: A celebration of the church basement kitchen and the women who work there, CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES, is a new musical comedy featuring four distinct characters and their relationships as they organize the food and solve the problems of a rural Minnesota church about to undergo changes in 1965. From the elderly matriarch of the kitchen to the young bride-to-be learning the proper order of things, we see them handle a record breaking Christmas dinner, the funeral of a dear friend, a Hawaiian Easter Fund Raiser, and, of course, a steaming hot July wedding. 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 as the true "steel magnolias" of the church. Funny and down to earth, audiences will recognize these ladies as they witness the church year unfold from below the house of God.

CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES uses the renowned Scandinavian Lutheran humor writings of The Lutheran Ladies, Janet Martin and Suzann Nelson, authors of a host of humorous books the most famous being GROWING UP LUTHERAN. The script is by Jessica Zuehlke and Jim Stowell with music and lyrics by composer Drew Jansen, who gave us the music for the popular long-running hit musical, HOW TO TALK MINNESOTAN, THE MUSICAL

Tickets for summer festival productions: $20 adults, $10 Students (18 and under)

SAVE $5 when you buy a ticket to both shows!!

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or at the door one hour before the performance.

For more information go to

Arrowhead Center for the Arts


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