Derby Dinner Playhouse A Mighty Fortress is our Basement Review and Ticket Giveaway

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I had the pleasure of seeing Derby Dinner Playhouse’s newest musical last week and highly recommend it!   Now onstage is the ALL NEW musical comedy A MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR BASEMENT, a great follow-up show to the popular Church Basement Ladies that the Playhouse previously presented. b2ap3_thumbnail_A-Mighty-Fortress-Is-Our-Basement-Photo.jpg

In this newest installment, the church basement ladies are cookin’ again with new songs and more lessons reluctantly learned through the hilarious antics and down-to-earth charm.  Its 1960 and a Reformation is underway.

Beverly, played by Katelyn Webb, a young teen is getting her first pair of high heels for confirmation, a very important storyline within this show.  Pastor Gunderson, played by Cary Wiger, is a widower whom we have come to know and adore from the first two segments of this trilogy, and this time, he is getting married.  Even though things tend to go wrong right and left, he is right on.  Mrs. Engelson, played by Colette Delaney, is getting her driver’s license, in which the scenes from the car are a "trip".  And through it all, these ladies stand strong in their faith and in their friendships.

This show has even more laughs than the two prior to it.  And, even if you missed previous versions of Church Basement ladies, you will love joining them in the kitchen basement of their Lutheran Church in Minnesota for a couple of hours of hilarious laughter.  Audiences will love seeing very familiar faces with Rita Thomas playing Vivian Snustad and Tina Jo Wallace playing Mavis Gilmerson.  These two stir up the laughs as they have done in so many Derby performances before!  Whether being accidentally drunk or meaningfully clumsy, they both bring a life to their characters that is refreshing. 

A MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR BASEMENT was inspired by the books of Janet Martin and Suzann Nelson, including the best seller “Growing Up Lutheran”.  The musical was written by Greta Grosch with Music and Lyrics by Drew Jansen.  Songs featured are “Growing Up, Letting Go”, “All Heaven Broke Loose”, “That’s Lutheran Love”, and more.  The original CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES and its sequel CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES 2 – A SECOND HELPING premiered at Derby Dinner in 2011 and 2012 to record crowds.

A MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR BASEMENT is under the direction of Bekki Jo Schneider with choreography by Barbara F. Cullen and musical direction by Scott Bradley.  Join the Church Basement Ladies and their Pastor as they cook up an evening of music and laughter!

The show runs through October 5, 2014.  Tickets include a full buffet meal, pre-show entertainment and the mainstage musical.  For ticket information please call 812-288-8281 or visit

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All winners are chosen at random.  Winner will be responsible for emailing us within the timeframe listed above to claim their prize or it will be forfeited and a new random winner will be selected and posted.  All winners are posted on this blog post ONLY but Facebook reminders are typically posted within a couple of hours of the contest ending.  Prizes won through The Mommy Nest are not for Re-sale or trade.  If they can’t be used by the winner, they should be forfeited or turned back over to us for a re-draw.  If you are caught trying to sell or trade items you have won, you will be prohibited from participating in future contests through our website.  Prizes are non-negotiable and The Mommy Nest or the donation partner should never be contacted in regards to exchanges, cash values, etc.  All prizes are local to the Louisville, KY area unless otherwise noted.  All prizes have to be picked up in person by the winner at the address, time, and place emailed to them from The Mommy Nest. 

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    Cheryl S. Tuesday, 26 August 2014

    Derby Dinner is fun and great entertainment. I'd love to go back!

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    Sandy Treece Tuesday, 26 August 2014

    Derby Dinner is the best entertainment value anywhere!

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    Lisa Bennett Tuesday, 26 August 2014

    Oh my gosh, I love derby dinner! I have seen one and two of this so got to see this one! Free tickets would be awesome! We are planning a ladies night out just for this!

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    kayla cooper Tuesday, 26 August 2014


    love going to derby dinner!! My grandma started taking me there when I was young. Now thatvshes gone my mom sisters and I still love to go any chance we get.

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    Sammantha Tuesday, 26 August 2014

    Derby dinner playhouse

    I would love to win tickets to take my mom

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    Melonie McIntyre Tuesday, 26 August 2014

    I've so wanted to go here for a long time... Would love to win!

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    Billie Fetz Tuesday, 26 August 2014

    Derby Dinner


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    heather hess Wednesday, 27 August 2014

    never been to derby dinner playhouse and it would make a nice date night for hubby and me

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    Jacqui Wednesday, 27 August 2014

    My daughter's drama instructor is in this production! I'd love to see her actually in something!

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    Kimberly Cyrus Wednesday, 17 September 2014

    Love this place

    We've been going since I was a little girl. This place is ageless and always delivers! Glad to see another new show on the calendar!

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