The Ladies are back ...

Friday, October 12, 2012
"Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas," coming to the Clay County Regional Events Center for two shows Saturday, Nov. 24. (Photo submitted)

'Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas'

And out of the basement shall come a Church Basement program of good tidings, great humor and joy. The ladies are serving it up again. This time around it's an all new holiday show.

Troupe America, Inc., the producer of the nationally acclaimed musical comedy "Church Basement Ladies" and "Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping," opens the holiday season with a new musical comedy, "Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas," coming to the Clay County Regional Events Center on Saturday, Nov. 24. The show will be performed at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and doors will open one hour before each show.

Scott Hallgren, general manager for VenuWorks at the Clay County Regional Events Center, is excited about this Christmas show.

"I'm delighted we have the opportunity to bring 'Church Basement Ladies' back to the Clay County Regional Events Center. We received numerous positive comments and rave reviews during 'Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping,' when it played our venue in March 2011, and now we're blessed to have the opportunity to present this wonderful Christmas musical comedy to Spencer and northwest Iowa," Hallgren said.

He continued, "This show is truly a celebration of the church basement kitchen and a tribute to the ladies who dedicate their time and talents in working there. While the musical comedy is set in a Lutheran Church, the storyline, antics, and fun had by the church basement ladies and pastor could happen in any faith and any church kitchen throughout northwest Iowa, so please come on out and enjoy this flash back in time to a church basement kitchen in 1959."

"Away in the Basement" takes the audience back to 1959 and the day of the Sunday School Christmas Program. In the midst of holiday preparations and sprinklings of love in the air, the ladies, in their witty, down-to-earth style are creating their own memories from Christmases past and present. Content to do things the way they have always been done, yet pondering new ideas, the reality of everyday life hits home as they plan the Sunday School Christmas Program. As the children rehearse up in the sanctuary, several of the ladies of the kitchen are finishing up the treat bags filled with apples, peanuts and ribbon candy while the others put the final touches on the nativity pieces. As they mend old bathrobe costumes and discuss the politics of who's going to play the various roles, little do the ladies know what surprises are in store for them. Known for their hilarious antics and subtle charm, they are once again called upon to step in and save the day.

* Tickets are $40 and $35 each, depending on seat location. All seats are reserved. Tickets are on sale now. To purchase tickets, customers can visit the Events Center Ticket Office (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), go online at, charge by phone through Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, or visit any Ticketmaster outlet.

Group rates are also available. For groups of 15 or more attending the same show, customers will receive a $3 discount per ticket, making them $37 and $32 each.

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: