Derby Dinner Playhouse A Mighty Fortress is our Basement Review and Ticket Giveaway
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.
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 www.derbydinner.com
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