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MAY 28 - JULY 4, 2015





The ever popular Church Basement Ladies are back at Broadway Palm to serve up some laughs now through July 4, 2015. This hilarious musical comedy is about church basement kitchens everywhere and the wonderful women who work there. 

Church Basement Ladies pays tribute to the women who toil in the kitchens of American churches. The show follows four characters and their relationships as they organize the food and the problems of their rural Minnesota church. From the senior matriarch of the kitchen to the bride-to-be learning to arrange things in proper order, everyone will recognize the humorous and down-to-earth characters. Added is a little romantic stir for the new pastor and the outcome is heavenly entertainment!

            The production is directed by Janet Paone. (I met her the other night.. what  delight!!). Janet played the role of Vivian Snustad in the original production of Church Basement Ladies. Curt Wollan, the original director of the production, had this to say: “This show is dedicated to those ‘Steel Magnolias’ of the basement. You’ll find them in Catholic churches, Synagogues, Protestant churches, or anyplace where someone has to do the unheralded work of making the coffee, heating the hot dishes [casseroles], and dollop-ing the Jell-Os. They are your grandmothers, your aunts, and your mom and it’s time to thank them and to find out just what that laughter was all about!”

            Church Basement Ladies will be cooking up some laughs from now through July 4, 2015. Performances are Wednesday through Sunday evenings with selected matinees. Ticket prices range from $37 to $60 with group discounts available for parties of 20 or more. Tickets are now on sale and can be reserved by calling (239) 278-4422, by visiting, or by stopping by the box office at 1380 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.



  MY REVIEW: Well, yuppers, we all know them.. they are of the tribal mentality. Don't look right or left, just do as you're told. Tribal mentality allows change but ONLY in WAY slow measures so the tribe isn't stunned by any fast-moving 'stuff that's better, thus incurring change'..

As always, the voices are totally amazing and gives me goosies (as J-Lo always says on American idol).. they are a sound for sore ears.. so wonderful!

Mrs. Lars Snustad (Vivian), is portrayed ALWAYS briliantly in ANY performances she's in: Jennie Hollander. Mrs. S is the one who has never zigged or zagged or EVER been to “the Cities” where she KNOWS evil lurks and there is shame and horrors beyond her gentle mind. She's the one who if they were lobsters in a pot of boiling water and one would try to escape, would be the one hauling it back where it belongs. And continually mentions the Reverend's MUCH younger wife. She is one of the 'church ladies' that everyone notes is mostly lemon-lipped with disapproval of anything she doesn't understand or like.. yup, we all know someone or some ONES like this. I used to always hone in and drop shock and awe on these ladies that I knew just to watch them squirm and 'well I never' all over the place. And since their attitudes were so rigid, I'd guessed that they NEVER did.. LOL

Mrs. Gilmer Gilmerson (Mavis) also known in real life, as the lovely Shannon Connolly, who is another integral part of this small ensemble.

Mrs. Elroy Engelson (Karin): Alison Nusbaum, the mother of the little cutie that blasted out of the cement to go to college and be out in “The Cities' and when Mrs. S started telling her about how horrid and evil they were got Mrs. S to admit she'd never been to any of them.

Signe Engelson (Mrs. Engelson's daughter ~ the little lobster that made it out of the pot before getting dragged back in, almost!!), delightfully played by Sarah Cammarata, with another beautiful voice to add to all of the rest! Yup, she escaped, came back to help in the kitchen, but was also quizzed to see what 'boy' she really liked, as long as it wasn't a Catholiic boy, the group was tolerant of whomever. Sorta. But they really pushed for a guy they knew, and even if there was no chemistry, the group decided he was the better partner for Signey. Been there, rejected that. Won't wear the Tshirt. LOL

And Pastor E.L. Gunderson (my buddy, Victor Legarreta).. HEAVENLY voice and WONDERFUL actor. If you've never seen him in action, your life is sadly bereft of the joy he brings.

Let me tell you about the Director and Choreographer:

The Director: Janet Paone: (lovin' her!)  as an original cast member of Church Basement Ladies, created the role of Vivian Snustad and set the te3mplate for use throughout the country.

She has directed over 150 shows, including those for Minnesota Opera Company's Opera Ventures program. She is the founding artistic director for the award-winning drama program at Irondale High School. Presently, Janet is developing The Blind Theater Ensemble, a company dedicated to giving opportunities to visually-impared artists.

In addition, Janet has had a full and diverse career as producer, voice over artist, singer and acrtress. Janet, in my mind, after I met her the other night, is a wonderful and very busy lady. She totally ROCKS!!! Keep on Keepin on, Janet. Much love surrounds you.

Amy Marie McCleary most recently directed and choreographed Prather Touring's 2015 national tour of Memphis The Musical. She is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. And is happy to be back in the basement for the Third time. See more of Amy at so constantly amazing.. another one surrounded by much love.



Broadway Palm Art Gallery

Set off the main lobby, the Broadway Palm Art Gallery is home to exhibits featuring work by Southwest Florida Artists.

During Church Basement Ladies, The Broadway Palm Art Gallery features artwork by ART QUILTERS UNLIMITED (AQU).. see the photos below!

The Exhibit changes with each main stage show and includes a variety of mediums such as watercolors, pottery ,cartons, pastels and more. Some pieces are available for purchase through the gift shop.









Get your tickets today!

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre
1380 Colonial Boulevard
Fort Myers, FL 33907
(239) 278-4422


MAT - 11:45 Lunch, 1:15 Show
EVE - 5:30 Dinner, 7:30 Show
TWI - 5:30 Dinner, 7:00 Show

Buffet and Show
Sunday - Friday Evenings: 

Saturday Evenings: 



Children (12 and Under): 

Show Only
Adults: $37.00; Children: $20.00

Discounts available for groups of 20 or more.
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 **A $3.00 per ticket fee applies for online orders**


MAT  - 11:45 Lunch, 1:15 Show
EVE  - 5:30 Dinner, 7:30 Show
TWI  - 5:30 Dinner, 7:00 Show

Run Time
2 Hours 25 minutes


Dinner and Show
Tuesday- Sunday Evenings:
Children age 12 & Under: $21.00
Show Only
Adults: $27.00; Children: $17.00
Discounts available for groups of 20 or more
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**A $3.00 per ticket fee applies for online orders**


Chef Carved Turkey* 
Sliced Sirloin with a Demi Glaze 
Parmesan Crusted Baked Chicken 
White Fish with a Lemon Caper Sauce 
Pierogies with Caramelized Onions
Cilantro Rice
Pineapple Casserole
Mashed Potatoes with Turkey Gravy

Pierogies with Caramelized Onions
Cilantro Rice
Pineapple Casserole
Mashed Potatoes with Turkey Gravy
Sweet Brussels Sprouts with Brown Sugar
Baked Summer Squash with Tomatoes
* Indicates Evening Only

Full Salad Bar With Caesar Salad, Tossed Salad and Assorted Fresh Toppings and Dressings
Rolls and Butter

A Delicious Selection of Composed Salads and Fresh Fruit

Ice Cream Table with Vanilla and

No-Sugar-Added Pecan Ice Cream and a variety of toppings

(Sugar-free Chocolate Ice Cream Available Upon Request)

Dessert Buffet includes Sugar-free Cheesecake and Assorted Cakes and Pies


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