Bagley Community Theater to Perform ‘Church Basement Ladies’ December 2-5 – Bemidji Pioneer


BAGLEY — The Bagley Community Theater will host performances of its production, “Church Basement Ladies,” Dec. 2-5 at Bagley High School Theater.

The shows will take place on the following dates:

  • 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 2.
  • 7 p.m. on Friday, December 3.
  • 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 4.
  • 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 5.

The musical tells the story of the women of the church and their generational relationships that is both humorous and heartfelt, according to a statement. Production started in Plymouth in 2005 and lasted almost 10 years, then developed into several other plays with the same characters.
The production follows a group of women who run a church kitchen, preparing meals for Christmas, funerals, fundraisers and weddings. Pastor Gunderson walks in and out of the kitchen checking on preparations, confiding in friends and preparing a eulogy while sipping a cup of coffee, the statement said.

The show is directed by Marilyn Hood with actors Carol Nelson, Karen Stish, Jill Bakken, Abby Pearson and Josh Gunderson. Andrea Neeland accompanies the show and leads the band with Janey Merschman on synthesizer, Josh Gunderson on trumpet, Ben Nelson on saxophone, Sloan Merschman on clarinet and Andy Anderson and Elizabeth Paavola on percussion.

Charity Pearson handles sound and Darcie Kaiser handles the light board. With the help of several volunteers, Andrew Agnes led the construction of the set.

Tickets are $10 each and will be sold at the door.


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