2018 Production Line Up

“Drinking Habits”

Written by Tom Smith
Directed by Lori Thul

Hutchinson Center for the Arts
7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Tickets: $18.00 each

Accusations, mistaken identities, and romances run wild in this traditional, laugh-out-loud farce.  Two nuns at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing have been secretly making wine to keep the convent’s doors open, but Paul and Sally, reporters and former fiancées, are hot on their trail.  They go undercover as a nun and priest, but their presence, combined with the addition of a new nun, spurs paranoia throughout the convent that spies have been sent from Rome to shut them down.  Wine and secrets are inevitably spilled as everyone tries to preserve the convent and reconnect with lost loves.

 

“Church Basement Ladies”

Written by: Jim Stowell and Jessica Zuehlke
Music & Lyrics by: Drew Jansen
Directed by: Cliff Janke

Maplewood Academy Auditorium
7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Tickets: $20.00 each

Inspired by the book “Growing up Lutheran” by  Janey Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson, this show features four distinct characters and their relationships as they organize the food and the problems of a rural MN church.  From the elderly matriarch to the young bride-to-be, they provide a touching, funny look at their lives as they handle a record breaking Christmas dinner, the funeral of a dear friend, a Hawaiian Easter Fundraiser, and a steaming hot July wedding.  They stave off potential disasters, share and debate recipes, instruct the young, and keep the Pastor on due course while thoroughly enjoying, (and tolerating) each other.

 

“Don’t Dress for Dinner”

Written by: Marc Camoletti
Adapted by: Robin Hawdon
Directed by: Bill Haas

Crow River Winery
7:00 pm (doors open at 5:30pm / dinner: 6:00pm)
Tickets: $40.00 each

Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse, whilst his wife, Jacqueline, is away.  He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights, and has invited his best friend, Robert, along too to provide the alibi.  It’s foolproof; what could possibly go wrong?  Well…suppose Robert turns up not realizing quite why he has been invited; that Robert and Jacqueline are secret lovers determined that Jacqueline will NOT leave for the weekend; and that the cook has to pretend to be the mistress and the mistress is unable to cook.  As everyone’s alibi gets confused with everyone else’s, an evening of hilarious confusion ensues leaving Bernard and Robert to improvise at breakneck speed.