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Playing February 2015!  (Tickets are going fast. One date already sold out!)

"Church Basement Ladies," written by Jim Stowell and Jessica Zuehlke with music and lyrics by Drew Jansen. 


Throughout much of America, the church basement kitchen is often the heart and soul of any church.  In "Church Basement Ladies" we meet the pastor, three main kitchen cooks and one daughter who run the kitchen and care for the congregation by preparing and serving the food. Like any great  kitchen, problems are solved here as well. We see the four women handle a Lutefisk Dinner, a funeral, an Easter Fund Raiser, and, of course, a wedding. They stave off potential disasters, have fun, share and debate recipes, instruct the young, and keep the pastor on due course.  


The musical is inspired by the humorous book Growing Up Lutheran, by Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson.


We've tried for years to get the rights to this outstanding look at the Midwest church basement kitchen. The smattering of poignant and touching scenes help to offset the laugh-till-you-cry music and dialog. "Church Basement Ladies" plays weekends from February 6 through March 1. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows are at 2:00 p.m. Adult tickets are $20. Reduced rate tickets are $17.


Looking Forward


Our 2014-2015 season rounds out with:


"Love, Sex and the IRS" by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore.  Fri/Sat/Sun April 10 - May 3, 2015.


Auditions for "Love, Sex and the IRS" will be Sunday, January 25th,  Sunday, February 1st, and Sunday, February 8th -  at 7:00 p.m. at the Mantorville Opera House.


Stay Tuned for the announcement of our 2015-2016 season, beginning with our four melodramas that will play mid-June through mid-September.





NOW ACCEPTING CREDIT AND DEBIT CARDS AT THE DOOR! (Cash, checks and large quantities of gold still accepted!))


We are looking for a few good people to volunteer to take tickets and host a sales table during the rest of our 2013-14 season. Contact us is you are interested.


Audience participation is a requirement for the melodramatic portion of our season. Come prepared to cheer for the hero and heroine, boo the villain or villainess, and applaud the efforts of our characters (or groan at their jokes!)



We are excited with all of our shows of the 2014 - 2015 season.  Watch our Schedule Page for more information.


Many, many thanks to our generous corporate sponsors who help us keep the costs to our patrons down throughout our 2013-2014 season.


We are also grateful for a grant received from IBM's Fund for Community Service, which combines funding with volunteerism from IBM employees and retirees.

Feel generous? What we appreciate most is your joining our audience, but if you'd also like to join the Mantorville Theatre Company, or give a tax-free donation, click on this text.




Volunteers for Publicity needed - If you'd be willing to volunteer to help out with distribution of posters, design of posters, writing press releases, working on programs, organizing mail and email lists, sending letters to specific groups that might be interested in our shows, and the like - please contact us.


Seeking talented, energetic dramatists for our  future productions!  Directors! Pianists! Set Builders! Costumers! Box Office Managers! We are in need of your talents and we would like to hear from you.  Please send your interest, availability, and if we don't know you, a brief resume to PO Box 194 in Mantorville, MN 55955. Directors - please also include at least two play titles that you would like to direct, with some background on each. You can find topical and schedule information, and even an on-line (sort of) application on our "Join The Fun" page.


Our season is just part of the many exciting things to do in Mantorville.  There are antique buildings for touring from the Mantorville Restoration Association and the Dodge County Historical Society, antique stores and other businesses for browsing and buying and fine dining.  Check out  for more information. For information on the city, in general, try


We encourage LARGE groups (of ten or more). To learn about group discounts, examine our shopping page.


Need to find us? We are just a half block west of Highway 57 on 5th Street in Mantorville (Hwy 57 and 5th is the closest thing Mantorville has to a "major" intersection.)

You can call our answering machine at (507) 635-5420.

Our postal address is PO Box 194 ... Mantorville, MN 55955

and our email is


Need to find Mantorville? We're about 70 miles south of the Twin Cities and 15 miles west of Rochester on Minnesota Highway 57: map