THEY'RE SERVIN' IT UP AGAIN
Mantorville Theatre Company (MTC) is servin' it up again at the historic Mantorville Opera House with the sequel Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping! The musical runs April 5 – 28, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. There will be no show Easter Sunday, April 21.
The story of this same group of women continues as the "Steel Magnolias of the Prairie," deal with life, death and new adventures in the world and their lives. Church Basement Ladies is inspired by the books of Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson, creators of the best-selling book Growing Up Lutheran. The project is dedicated to those stalwart women of the church who volunteer to work in the church kitchen... those under-appreciated ladies of the church who cook and arrange the food and coffee for weddings, youth gatherings, and pot luck suppers our mothers, grandmothers, aunts and moms. The play is written by Greta Gosch with music and lyrics written by Dennis Curley and Drew Jansen.
This time around, the year is 1969 and the world is a changing. As folks protest the Vietnam War and women are demanding equal pay for equal work, in their small rural Minnesota community, the ladies of the Lutheran church basement kitchen are dealing with changes of their own. With their heartwarming humor and hilarious antics, Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping! The show takes us from serving the High School students at the Luther League Banquet to a church sponsored Missionary Night and the rise and fall of a Viking's Super Bowl Sunday. From the elderly matriarch of the kitchen to the young mom-to-be, these women find strength in each other as they deal with the joys and upheavals from below the "House of God!"
Mantorville Theatre Company first introduced the “Ladies” in 2015. The same cast is back and thrilled about doing a reprise together – once again under the direction of Cheryl Frarck who also plays Vivian Snustad in the production. The rest of the cast includes Paul Hauschild as the pastor – who is a real pastor at his “day job” at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hayfield; Kathryn Heroff plays Mrs. Gilmer (Mavis) Gilmerson; Karen Masbruch is Mrs Elroy (Karin) Engelson; and Lisa Modry plays Karin’s daughter as Mrs. Beverly (Signe Engelson) Hauge. The music director as well as accompanist on piano is Levi Livingood. Rebecca Sands served as choreographer and Rebecca Miller is the assistant director and stage manager.
For tickets, go to www.mantorvilletheatrecompany.com or call 507-635-5420 (leave a message).