The Church Basement Ladies

March 25 – April 18, 2021

You’ll laugh so hard, your side dish will hurt!!

A celebration of the church basement kitchen and the women who work there, Church Basement Ladies is a new musical comedy that follows four women as they prepare food and solve the problems of a rural Minnesota church in 1964. From the elderly matriarch of the kitchen to the young bride-to-be learning the proper order of things, we see them handle a record-breaking Christmas dinner, the funeral of a dear friend, an Easter fund raiser and a steaming hot July wedding. They stave off potential disasters, share and debate recipes, instruct the young and keep the pastor on course. With good, clean laughs and memorable characters, Church Basement Ladies is heavenly fun for all!

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Actor Bio’s

Hannah Brown

ROLE: Signe (Beverly) Engelson
Hannah is excited to be returning to the La Comedia stage after appearing in “A Christmas to Remember.” She has also been seen here in “Nunsense” as Sister Mary Leo, “Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver,” “Annie,” and as Shelby in “Steel Magnolias.” Other favorite roles include Lola in “Damn Yankees,” Brooke Wyndham in “Legally Blonde,” and Meg in “Crimes of the Heart.” Hannah has also been performing in shows at Kings Island for the past four years. She is a graduate of Miami University with a degree in middle childhood education and a minor in musical theatre. All her love to God, her family, and Matt.

Denise Cox

ROLE: Vivian Snustad
Denise returns to our stage after appearing as Ethel Thayer in “On Golden Pond.” She is happy to reprise the role she has played in all five of the previous Church Basement Ladies productions. She has also been seen here as Ida Straus in “Titanic,” as the Bird Lady/Maid in “Mary Poppins,” and as Yente in “Fiddler on the Roof” to name a few. Denise has also done work for Kroger, Entertrainment Junction, Bathfitter, Kings Island, and Procter and Gamble. She would like to send thanks and love to Herb, her husband of 46 years.

Chris Kramer

ROLE: Pastor Gunderson
Chris returns to La Comedia after most recently appearing as Santa in “A Christmas to Remember.” He is happy to be in La Comedia’s “Church Basement” for the fifth time, reprising the role that first brought him here 11 years ago. Other La Comedia credits include Walter in “Elf: The Musical,” Bill Ray in “On Golden Pond,” Pulitzer in “Newsies,” Boolie Werthan in “Driving Miss Daisy,” Sam Carmichael in “Mamma Mia!,” Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol,” Sam Phillips in “Million Dollar Quartet,” The Old Man in “A Christmas Story,” Emile De Becque in “South Pacific,” Kris Kringle in “Miracle on 34th Street,” and Captain von Trapp in “The Sound of Music.” He studied theatre and acting at Northern Michigan University, New York’s HB Studio, CCM, and Xavier University. Regionally, he’s worked with Mad Anthony Theatre, New Stage Collective, Know Theatre, Miami University, New Edgecliff, Ovation, and Human Race Theatres. Chris has appeared in innumerable local, regional and national TV commercials, industrial videos, films and print ads. Much love to Cheryl.

Cheryl Salzman

ROLE: Karin Engelson
Cheryl is happy to be returning to La Comedia after last appearing as Clairee in “Steel Magnolias.” Previous roles here include: Auntie Em in “The Wizard of Oz,” Alice Beineke in “The Addams Family,” Iowa Housewife in “Menopause: The Musical,” Sheree Hollinger in “The Dixie Swim Club,” and Alice Beane in “Titanic: The Musical.” She also portrayed Violet in “9 to 5:” for Cincinnati Landmark Productions. Some of her other favorite roles include Kathy in “Vanities,” Annie Sullivan in “Miracle Worker,” the Waitress in “Working,” and as Mae Peterson in “Bye, Bye, Birdie.” She holds a B.A. in English and drama as well as a master’s degree in communication arts. Cheryl sincerely appreciates her family and friends’ support during this exciting opportunity at La Comedia. Many thanks to the wonderful cast and crew of The CBL family.

Claire Sherer

ROLE: Mavis Gilmerson
Claire is delighted to be returning to La Comedia’s stage after last appearing as Reverend Mother Sister Regina in “Nunsense” and Mrs. White in “Clue: The Musical.” You may also remember her as Mavis in the last three Church Basement Ladies productions and Earth Mother in “Menopause: The Musical.” Other credits include Bonnie and Ms. Bronx in the Broadway production of “Jimmy” and Sally Cato in the first national tour of “Mame.” She holds a bachelor’s degree in voice and pedagogy from East Carolina University and a master’s degree in opera staging and direction from the University of Memphis. She thanks her husband Don for his loving support.


“Today’s show [“The Sound of Music”] was fabulous! The children were amazing! Allie Haines (Maria) what a performance!”

Kimberly S.

“Wonderful! Wonderful! Show! Children to 90 year old will love this show! Excellent job!!!!! Only sad part (of course of precautions) will were unable to greet the actors! They were outstanding! Story line was wonderful! Writers and actors outdid themselves!!!! Food was yum yum!”