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Church Basement Ladies

May 12 – Aug 25
Barter Stage II

“I enjoyed watching my companions rock with laughter and revel in the show.”

Written by Jim Stowell and Jessica Zuehlke,

Music and Lyrics by Drew Jansen

Based on the book Growing up Lutheran

by Janet Letnes Martin & Suzann Nelson

The ladies of the local church fortify their flock with love, wisdom and, of course, the food they prepare in the church’s basement kitchen. Bringing their own special brand of humor, the story of the four women, as they organize the food and solve the problems of their church, mixes together wonderful music, endearing characters, and side-splitting scenes to serve up a deliciously delightful journey. Funny and down-to-earth, you will recognize and embrace these ladies as they witness the church year unfold from below the house of God.

The performance of Church Basement Ladies on June 12, 2019 at 7:30pm will be a part of Barter Days, and we will be partnering with Feeding America Southwest Virginia starting at 5:30pm at Barter Stage II.

Please Note: An Open-Caption Performance of this production will be available on Thursday, July 11 at 2:00pm and Saturday, July 13 at 8:00pm.

Cast & Credits


Mrs. Lars Snustad: Tricia Matthews

Mrs. Gilmer Gimerson: Paris Bradstreet

Mrs. Elroy Engleson: Carrie Smith Lewis

Signe Engleson: Sarah Van Deusen

Pastor E. L. Gunderson: Rick McVey

Church Organist: Dishon Smith


Director: Nicholas Piper

Associate Music Director & Keyboards: Dishon Smith


Set Designer:

Costume Designer:

Wig & Makeup Designer: Whitney Kaibel

Lighting Designer: Camille Davis

Sound Designer: Tony Angelini

Stage Manager: Sara Douglas

Rehearsal Assistant Stage Manager: Victoria L. Sutton

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