Just as the four Church Basement Ladies are the backbone of their Minnesota
Lutheran Church, these four ladies - Debbie Mayberry (Mrs. Snustad), Kathy Rose
(Karin), Shelley Stephen (Mavis), and Sarah Grace Peglow (Signe) - make up the
backbone of this musical. I came into vocal rehearsals about a week after they
already started and soon realized that they were definitely in a league of their
own because of their musical backgrounds. I watched and listened in awe every
night of rehearsals as these ladies showed me that they are all truly “triple
threats” when it comes to their talents - acting, singing and dancing.
We’ve been together since late July, and we have become our own support group
for each other. Sharing family stories & events. Meeting family and friends.
Helping each other when help was needed, whether it was with lyrics and score
arrangements, bouncing dialogue off each other, figu ring out the best stage
blocking options, or just giving someone a ride to and from rehearsals. Although
we have all put in countless hours of work, both on the stage and at home in
preparation for this production, we are always able to find time to keep things
“light” by playing jokes on each other and just laughing about silly things we say
or do. More time than not, these ladies have supported, encouraged, and shared
their experiences with me to make me better in my role.
I will always be thankful for knowing and working (and I use that word lightly
because it really never felt like work - more like fun!) with these ladies.
“This is most certainly true!”
Tony Licata (Pastor Gunderson)