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Church Basement Ladies return to Holmes

The Church Basement Ladies return to Detroit Lakes’ Historic Holmes Theatre this Thursday, May 15, with “A Mighty Fortress Is Our Basement,” the fourth installment in the popular musical comedy series. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. SUBMITTED PHOTO

The fourth installment of the Church Basement Ladies series of musical comedies, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our Basement,” will be presented this Thursday, May 15 at the Historic Holmes Theatre in Detroit Lakes.

The popular series began at the Plymouth Playhouse in Minneapolis with the first installment, “Church Basement Ladies,” in 2005.

Its sequel, “A Second Helping,” and the Christmas musical, “Away in the Basement,” have been seen in venues coast to coast to cheering, sell-out crowds.

In the latest installment, these “bulwarks never failing” are at it again. The year is 1960 and a formation is underway.

With a new crop of Confirmands, Beverly, the youngest of the bunch, dons her first pair of high heels for her confirmation ceremony.

Mrs. Snustad, the matriarch of the kitchen, wins top honors at the County Fair for her “Grand Champion” pickles.

Mavis, the able bodied farm wife, must find a way to deal with the new “Super Highway” which cuts through her farm.

Karin, the real homemaker of the kitchen, finds new freedom behind the wheel of her husband’s pickup truck and must reconcile a new world of change for her daughter, Beverly.

Pastor, who has always found strength and solace in the church basement, has found new love and announces his impending nuptials.

The Church Basement Ladies are once again required to face change head-on.

Against the changing tide, these pillars of the church stand strong in their faith and in their friendships with more crazy antics, more great new songs and more lessons reluctantly learned.

With all new music by composer Drew Jansen who wrote the music and lyrics for the past Church Basement Ladies installments and script by sketch comedy writer, Greta Grosch, who also penned the sequel and the Christmas installment, continues to be inspired by the writings of author/humorists, Janet Martin and Suzann Nelson, including the best-seller, “Growing Up Lutheran.”

Audiences from coast to coast have fallen in love with these residents of th church basement, and all agree that each new installment gets better and better.

What’s more, you do not have to have seen past installments in order to know what’s going on.

As the St. Paul Pioneer Press says; “The genius in the writing of Church Basement Ladies is that familiarity with previous incarnations is optional.”

Tickets are $26 for adults and $13 for students, and can be purchased online at, by calling 218-844-7469 or visiting the Box Office at 806 Summit Ave.

The Historic Holmes Theatre’s 2013-14 season is proudly sponsored by MMCDC, the City of Detroit Lakes, Shooting Star Casino and Detroit Lakes Newspapers.