‘Church Basement Ladies’ comes to the PAC Nov. 28

October 20, 2008

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

DASSEL-COKATO, MN - “Church Basement Ladies” will be cooking up some comedy at the Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center Friday, Nov. 28.

According to Art Fegan Entertainment, the show is “a celebration of the church basement kitchen and the women who work there.”

“‘Church Basement Ladies’ is a 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 1964,” according to Fegan Entertainment.

“Anyone who has ever worked in a church kitchen will relate to it,” said Colleen Compton, executive director of the Dassel-Cokato Arts Association, who recently saw the musical at the Plymouth Playhouse.

“It was hilarious,” she said.

The four women, who range in age and therefore experience, work together to organize church events from a Christmas dinner to a Hawaiian Easter fundraiser.

“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,” according to Fegan Entertainment.

The musical comedy uses Scandinavian Lutheran humor, though one doesn’t have to be Lutheran to understand and enjoy it, Compton said.

Tickets are on sale now for $25 and can be purchased by calling (320) 286-4120.

“We are really working hard to keep ticket prices affordable,” Compton said.

Tickets purchased for the show at the Plymouth Playhouse would be at least $10 more, in addition to the gas to drive there, she explained.

It’s true, in a tough economy, $25 can seem like a lot, but “It’s really a great deal,” Compton said.

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