The first batch of humor from the “Church Basement Ladies” was such a hit that Billings Studio Theatre is serving up some more.
“Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping,” which opens Friday at BST, is a goofball appreciation of the stalwart, underappreciated women who volunteer in the church kitchen. The show opens April 4 and runs through April 19.
The world is changing in the rural Minnesota community where the show is set, and the ladies of the Lutheran Church basement kitchen deal with it through their good humor and hilarious antics.
The ladies serve food at all the big community events, from the high school student gatherings at the Luther League Banquet to the rise and fall of a Vikings Super Bowl Sunday. From the matriarch to the young mom-to-be, they find strength in each other as they serve all from below the “House of God.”
It’s a scrapbook of memories about what it was like to grow up Lutheran in the Midwest in the 1950s. They swap recipes and advice and keep the pastor on track all while avoiding potential disasters in the kitchen. It’s funny and down-to-earth.
The musical comedy is based on the book by Jim Stowell and Jessica Zuehlke, with music and lyrics by Drew Jansen.
Directed by Wendy Carlin, the cast includes many BST veterans including Bobbi Hawk, Sondra Baker, Tiffany Melia, Vincent Raye and Lynette Tedlund.
Performances are April 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18 and 19. Call BST at 248-1141 for tickets or show times. Tickets are $20 for adults and $17 for students.