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Mason City Clinic Proudly Presents Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping


This news story was published on April 21, 2011.
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Mason City Clinic proudly presents Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping as it takes the stage at the North Iowa Community Auditorium for two performance, 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., on Sunday, May 1, 2011. Tickets are $30 in advance, or $35 at the door. This presentation is part of the 2010-2011 Performing Arts and Leadership Series.

Because of the original show’s phenomenal success, Executive Producer, Curt Wollan decided to continue the story of the “Steel Magnolias of the Prairie,” as they deal with life, death and the discovery of new adventures in the world and their lives.

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.

Eight years ago, Wollan crafted the idea of developing a new musical comedy Church Basement Ladies inspired by the books of Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson, authors of the best-selling book Growing Up Lutheran. Wollan transferred the unique brand of humor captured by Martin and Nelson into a hilarious stage performance.

It was a well-conceived project 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.

Opening at the Plymouth Playhouse in September 2005, audiences instantly fell in love with Church Basement Ladies and it grew to be the most successful show produced both locally and nationally by Troupe America in its twenty year history.

In developing an all-new score and script for the sequel, Wollan has gathered an impressive new creative team. He’s merged the talents of composer/songwriter Drew Jansen, who wrote the original score and the lyrics for Church Basement Ladies, with another well-known Twin Cities composer, Dennis Curley, arranger of the stage version of Schoolhouse Rock Live!, a play based on the popular TV series by the same name.

Known for her comedy sketches and head writer for the Medora Musical, Greta Grosch collaborated with this music duo to develop the script. She is an original Church Basement Ladies cast member and the daughter of Lutheran Missionaries. Again, directed by Curt Wollan, Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping! is choreographed by Wendy Short Hays, with set design by Jared Grohs, lighting design by Scott Herbst, costume design by Katrina Benedict and musical direction by Dennis Curley.

Come and enjoy the loveable sequel, Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping. You will laugh until your side-dishes hurt!

For tickets to see Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping call the NIACC Box Office at 1-888-466-4222, extension 4188. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.niacc.edu. For more information about this show, you can visit www.churchbasementladiesonstage.com to learn more. |

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