Dakota Stage Presents

Church Basement Ladies

Directed by Deb Carpenter

May 9 - May 19, 2024
Dakota Stage Playhouse

Church Basement Ladies

May 9 - May 19, 2024

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About the Show

“Church Basement Ladies” is a heartwarming and comedic musical that takes place in a small Midwestern town. The story revolves around a group of women who tirelessly work behind the scenes in the church basement, preparing food and organizing events for the congregation.

The ladies, including the witty matriarch Vivian, the sweet and wise matriarch’s daughter Beverly, the enthusiastic and cheerful Mavis, and the sassy and mischievous Karin, form a tight-knit sisterhood as they navigate the joys and challenges of their roles in the church community.

Through a series of vignettes and musical numbers, the play offers a delightful glimpse into the lives of these spirited women. From organizing potlucks to tackling technological advancements and dealing with the occasional church gossip, the ladies bring a unique blend of humor, warmth, and relatability to their everyday experiences.

As the seasons pass and years go by, the Church Basement Ladies support each other through life’s ups and downs, celebrating weddings, consoling during losses, and finding strength in their shared faith and friendship. They embody the heart and soul of the community, embodying the values of dedication, love, and a deep sense of belonging.

“Church Basement Ladies” is a celebration of the unsung heroes in the church community and the often-overlooked work they do. With its catchy musical numbers, humorous anecdotes, and touching moments, the musical captures the essence of community, the power of unity, and the importance of finding joy and purpose in everyday life.


Book by Jim Stowell and Jessica Zuehlke
Music and Lyrics by Drew Jansen


Audition Days

March 17, 2024: 6:00 pm
March 18, 2024: 6:00 pm


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Production Team

Deb Carpenter

Music Director
Jessica Sester

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