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WHAT: “Hark! The Basement Ladies Sing”

They’re back! The Church Basement Ladies are busy ironing the dishtowels and untangling the Christmas lights in anticipation of the eighth and newest show in the Church Basement Ladies series, “Hark! The Basement Ladies Sing.” The holiday show runs now through January 10, 2020, at the Black Box Theater at the Ames Center in Burnsville, and features the hilarious antics, wry observations, gentle humor and nostalgic storytelling that the Church Basement series has become famous for. The show also features over a dozen fresh holiday songs — inspired by your favorite Christmas carols – perfectly suited for banging out on the old upright piano. 

The eight original musicals in the Church Basement Ladies series celebrate rural life in the 1950s through the late 70s. Each centers around the three ladies and their minister: Mavis (Greta Grosch), Vivian (Janet Paone), Karin (Dorian Chalmers), and Pastor E.L. Gunderson (Tim Drake), and the colorful stories of their rural community. Twin Cities veteran actor, Michael Lee, joins the original cast as Wally.

“The Church Basement Ladies and the holiday season go together like lutefisk and an enamel pot, dontcha know,” says Greta Grosch, co-creator of the Church Basement musicals. “This time, we’re joining the ladies in December 1960, when the congregation has gathered to record a special Christmas greeting for one of their boys serving overseas. As the ladies serve up coffee and bars, Mavis smuggles a piglet into the kitchen, old Arlo shares his unique version of the Christmas story, and the Widow Vivian Snustad gets a special surprise from her friends.”

Produced by Curt Wollan, Troupe America, Inc., “Hark! The Basement Ladies Sing” is written by Greta Grosch, with music by “Triple Espresso” co-creator Michael Pearce Donley; original lyrics by Michael Pearce Donley based on a concept by Greta Grosch; and inspired by the books of Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson.

WHEN: November 1 – January 10

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WHERE: Ames Center
12600 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN 55337

TICKETS: Tickets start at $28 for groups of 10 or more, and $34 for single tickets.

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About the Church Basement Ladies

The Church Basement Ladies shows are a franchise series of musical comedies, set from 1959-1979, focusing on the adventures of three women who serve their rural community and support each other from the basement of a rural Minnesota Lutheran Church. The original show was launched in September 2005, and was so successful that it continued on a two-and-a-half year run. Over the last fourteen years, more than three million theatergoers, locally and in touring shows across the United States and Canada, have enjoyed Church Basement Ladies productions — that’s almost 50 million in gross ticket sales. Church Basement Ladies is a production of Troupe America Inc.

The Ames Center

The Ames Center is a world class arts and entertainment facility boasting the 1,014 seat Masquerade Dance Theater, intimate 150-seat Black Box theater, art gallery, classrooms, meeting rooms and special event spaces. Log on for information on upcoming events and to join our mailing list.  The Ames Center is managed by VenuWorks, which provides customized management and consulting solutions for arenas, stadiums, theatres and convention centers throughout the country with services that includes operations, catering, concessions, along with the booking and marketing of sports and entertainment events.

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November 1 2019-January 10 2020
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