Auditions for Church Basement Ladies Christmas

Announcing auditions for "Away in the Basement, A Church Basement Ladies Christmas" with Masquers Theatre Company.   

Inspired by the books of Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson, including the best-seller Growing Up Lutheran.
Written by Greta Grosch.
Music and Lyrics by Dennis Curley & Drew Jansen. 

It is 1959 and the day of the Sunday School Christmas Program. As the children rehearse up in the sanctuary, the ladies of the kitchen are finishing up the goodie bags and putting final touches on the Nativity pieces. Little do they know what surprises are in store for them as they are called upon to, once again, step in and save the day. 

“AWAY IN THE BASEMENT, A CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES CHRISTMAS” was originally commissioned and produced by Troupe America, Inc. at the Plymouth Playhouse, Minneapolis, Minnesota under the direction of Curt Wollan. Opening night, November 5th, 2009.”


Auditions are open to teenagers and adults: October 25, 6-9 pm  

Please prepare 16 bars of music, musical theatre highly preferable. An accompanist will be provided. Please dress for movement and bring conflicts from October 29 - December 15. Auditions located at Forest Lake Elementary: 408 St. SW, Forest Lake, MN  55025

*Video Submissions Accepted*  Please send to [email protected] by October 25th!

Callbacks will be by invitation: October 27, 1 pm

No cost to participate.

Read thru and rehearsals starting the following week. 
A tentative rehearsal calendar will be provided at auditions.

Rehearsals begin:  October 29, Tues - Fri 
Performance Dates: December 6, 7, 8 and 13, 14, 15


The Pastor – Of indeterminate age
Mrs. Elroy Engelson (Karin) – In her late 30’s/early 40’s
Beverly Signe Engelson – Blond, age 15
The Widow Snustad (Vivian) – Late 50’s/early 60’s
Mrs. Gilmer Gilmerson (Mavis) – Late 40’s/early 50’s

Contact information

Masquers Theatre
Web site


PDF icon Audition Form CBL2019.pdf (152.56 KB)

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Posted October 9