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Photo Flash: First Look at CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES


After the tasty buffet, Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre serves up heaping helpings of laughs this summer with the return of Church Basement Ladies, the show that got the hilarious series cookin'! This fun celebration of the church basement kitchen and the women who work there is now on stage through Aug. 21. BroadwayWorld has your first look at Church Basement Ladies below!

Hilarity takes over when the four Church Basement Ladies do their best to organize meals, stave off potential disasters, share and debate recipes, keep the pastor on due course and try to solve the problems of their changing rural Minnesota church in 1964. Together they tackle both food and food for thought while managing a record breaking Christmas dinner, the funeral of a dear friend, a HawaiIan Easter fundraiser and a hot July wedding.

Returning to reprise their roles from the original production at Beef & Boards are Licia Watson as the matriarch Vivian Snustad, Karen Pappas as the unforgettable Mavis Gilmerson and Eddie Curry as Pastor E.L. Gunderson. Joining the cast are Lindsay Sutton (last seen in the title role of our 2011 production of Cinderella) as Signe Engelson and newcomer Dawn Trautman (an authentic Minnesotan Lutheran) as Signe's mother, Karin Engelson.

Based on the Scandinavian Lutheran humor writings of Janet Martin and Suzann Nelson, authors of "Growing Up Lutheran," the women of Church Basement Ladies are familiar and down-to-earth characters who can be found in any denomination.

Church Basement Ladies is on stage for 46 performances through Aug. 21 in the intimate space of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Tickets range from $41 to $66 and include Chef Odell Ward's dinner buffet and select beverages. Parking is always free. For reservations, call the box office at 317.872.9664 anytime between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays. Discounts are available to groups of 20 or more; contact the Group Sales Department for more details.

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Licia Watson, Lindsay Sutton, Karen Pappas and Dawn Trautman

Licia Watson, Lindsay Sutton, Karen Pappas and Dawn Trautman

Eddie Curry (center), (from left), Lindsay Sutton, Licia Watson, Karen Pappas and Dawn Trautman

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