"Church Basement Ladies" by Jim Stowell and Jessica
Zuehlke, with music and lyrics by Drew Jansen.We had
plenty of fun with the Nuns in 2013. Now it's the Lutheran ladies'
turn! Fri/Sat/Sun February 6 - March 1, 2015.
"Love, Sex and the IRS"
Van Zandt and Jane Milmore. This zany treatment of the title topics
is sure to tax only your laugh muscles! Fri/Sat/Sun April 10 - May
Watch this space for news on our All Hallows Feast #5 October Dinner
Theatre and our Holiday Season production in late November - early
We're for Rent!!! With
sufficient advance notice, any of our shows can be produced for your
private event at the Mantorville Opera House. check our our "Shop MTC"
page for more information!
2015 marks the MTC's 43nd melodrama season! Plan to spend some time with us
this summer when you make Mantorville one of your recreation
Bring the whole family! Four completely different
melodramas for you to enjoy - all authored by local playwrights, three seeing
their premier performances and one returning for a welcome revisit!
for our summer shows will be held Sunday, May 10 and Sunday, May 17.
Auditions for all four summer shows occur at the same time. Please
come with your summer calendars and enthusiasm! Doors will open by
6:30 p.m. and auditions will begin at 7:00.
We complete our 2014-2015 Season with four outstanding Productions:
by David Landau with music and lyrics by Nikki Stern.
(This 2014 "All Hallows Feast" production will be replaced on this
site when arrangements for the 2015 production are completed.)
We welcome our dinner guests to the popular, campy
dining establishment: Café Noir, on the tropical island of Mustique.
You're in for a great meal and an outstanding evening (or afternoon)
Enter private dick Rick Archer. Archer is hunting
down a runaway heiress, Sheilda Schickelmeier, who is a woman with
more than just money to swing around. Of course, it wouldn't be a
Mantorville Theatre All Hallow's Feast if there wasn't a murder
involved, and this is no exception (Yes, there was some hint in the
title!) The owner of the Cafe Noir has washed ashore, murdered, and
Rick's quarry was the last person seen with him. He employs his hard
boiled talents to find the killer. Was it the French Madame and club
manager? the voodoo priestess? the shyster British attorney? the black
marketeer? or the femme fatale?
If you like, you can sit back and relax as Rick
pursues the solution to this heinous crime, enjoying the courses of a
fine meal from Omar's Kitchen that are interspersed with the action.
However, there will definitely be opportunities for you to participate
in this mystery, as well! There are even a couple of places where the
audience controls the flow of the show by directing Rick which way to
The most popular mystery dinner show in the country,
Murder at Cafe Noir has enjoyed weekly productions coast to coast
since its premiere in 1989. The show plays weekends from October 3 -
October 26. The house opens at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays,
with the action and meal beginning at 7:00 p.m. On Sundays, the house
will open at 12:30 p.m. with the action and meal beginning at 1:00
p.m. Advanced ticket purchases are absolutely required, so Omar and
his team know how many and what kind of meals to make. Advance tickets
purchased through Marigold Days (ending September 7) are $30.
Thereafter, tickets are $35. Apart from the "early bird" rate, there
are no other reduced rates for this show.
- It isn't traditional for us to present a melodrama for
the holiday season, but what better topic than Lutefisk? This popular show,
written by one of our favorite local playwrights, has been enhanced to fit
the full-length format of our non-summer season - with even more great
material for your entertainment - all the elements of a traditional
melodrama and just a "hint" of Scandinavian humor!
Globin family is in dire straits! First, Father accidentally drowns in a vat
of Lutefisk, and now the whole vat is missing? Ovidia Globin may have to
close her general store if a solution cannot be found! Her daughter, Hjemma
Globin (a nurse from a nearby medical facility), returns home to help.
Filling out the cast, we have Guri Vas Booten, the washerwoman who helps at
the store, Tomas Torskerson, our strapping young hero, Torhild Bjornstein,
the customer you depend on but wish you didn't have to, Lars Varpness, your
typical hanger-arounder, Sven Svenson, a Svede among all these Norskis! and Abe Noxious (yes, you guessed it!)
The show plays Fri/Sat/Sun November 21 - December 14.
Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30
p.m. Sunday shows are at 2:00 p.m. Adult tickets are $15. Reduced rate
tickets are $13.
"Church Basement Ladies,"
is a musical 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
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
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"Love, Sex and the IRS" by Billy
Van Zandt and Jane Milmore. April 10 - May 3, 2015. This zany treatment of the title topics is sure
to tax only your laugh muscles!
Jon Trachtman and Leslie Arthur are out of work musicians
who room together in New York City. To save money, Jon has been filing tax
returns listing the pair as a married. The day of reckoning comes when the
Internal Revenue Service informs the "couple" they're going to be
investigated. Leslie masquerades as a housewife, aided by Jon's fiancee,
Kate. Complicating matters further Leslie and Kate are having an affair
behind Jon's back, Jon's mother drops in unexpectedly to meet her son's
fiancee, and Leslie's ex girlfriend shows up demanding to know why Leslie
has changed and won't see her anymore.
When we ran this show over a decade ago, it was clear that
we would have to do it again, sometime. Well, now's the time! In fact, we
don't know why we waited so long! "Love, Sex and the IRS" will play weekends
from April 10 through May 3. Friday
and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows are at 2:00 p.m. Adult
tickets are $15. Reduced rate tickets are $13.
(Are you planning a gathering for your group or company? Why
not consider "renting" us for a special performance on another night?)