Four local performers and one longtime summer resident make up the cast of the summer Pequot Lakes Community Theater musical production of “Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping.”
Returning for this sequel to re-visit their roles are Charlie and Sue Johnson of Brainerd playing Pastor E. L. Gunderson of the East Cornucopia Lutheran Church of the Prairie and the matriarch of the church kitchen, Mrs. Lars (Vivian) Snustad, respectively.
Kate Davis of Pequot Lakes also returns to reprise her role as Mrs. Elroy (Karin) Engelson. New to the cast, but not necessarily to the stage, is Janice Bear of Lawton, Okla., and a summer resident of the Brainerd area, who will perform the role of Mrs. Gilmer (Mavis) Gilmerson.
Also new to the production is Dana Gjovik of Pillager, who will play the role of Beverly “Signe” Engelson-Hauge.
“Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping” is directed and choreographed by Amy Borash, with vocal direction by Lauren Nickisch and stage management by Beth Selinger.
Set design is by Tim Leagjeld with assistance from Peter Herzog. Costume design is by Lisa Schumacher. Technical direction is provided by Dan Kuhn and Kevin Jensen from Music General with assistance from Dave Borash.
“Church Basement Ladies 2: A Second Helping” was inspired by the books of Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson, including the best seller “Growing Up Lutheran.” It’s written by Greta Grosch with music and lyrics by Dennis Curley and Drew Jansen.
PLCT performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 5-6, and Tuesday-Saturday, July 9-13, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 7, in the Chalberg Theatre at the Central Lakes College Brainerd campus.
Tickets can be purchased at the door starting one hour before show time or in advance by calling 218-568-9200. Cost is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors ages 60 and older, and $8 for youth ages 18 and younger.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.