"What you do in the scene is not as important as what happens between you and the other person. And listening is what lets it happen. It's almost always the other person who causes you to say what you say next. You don't have to figure out how you'll say it. You have to listen so simply, so innocently, that the other person brings about a change in you that makes you say it and informs the way you say it. The difference between listening and pretending to listen is enormous. One is fluid the other is rigid. One alive, the other stuffed." – Alan Alda in Never Have Your Dog Stuffed

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Exciting Opportunities at the Jewel Box!

Church Basement Ladies

The Jewel Box is excited to announce auditions for Church Basement Ladies a new, full-length musical. The show is being directed by Sharon Greany; musical direction by Catherine Benson. Parts are available for one man and four women.

Auditions will be at the theater on Monday, October 23rd and Tuesday, October 24th, 6:30 p.m. Audition process will take about one hour. Please plan according. Be prepared a classic Broadway song or a church hymn and to read from script. Pianist will be provided, please bring sheet music. Monologues will be accepted but are not required. The theater is located at 225 Iverson St. in downtown Poulsbo (across from the post office). Enter through the main doors.

Rehearsals will begin November 6, 2017 and run through January 25, 2018. Rehearsal calendar will be available at audition. Please bring date conflicts with you when auditioning. The show runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, January 26 – Feb 25. Email Sharon Greany at if you have any questions..

THE STORY: Inspired by the books of Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson, authors of the best- seller “Growing Up Lutheran.” Church Basement Ladies, a celebration of the church basement kitchen and the women who work there, features four distinct characters and their relationships as they organize the food and the problems of a rural Minnesota church. From the elderly matriarch of the kitchen to the young bride-to-be learning the proper order of things, the book and music give us a touching, funny look at their lives as we see them 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. Funny and down to earth, audiences will recognize these ladies as they begin to see the church year unfold from below the House of God. This is most certainly true!

Mrs. Snustad (Vivian): 60 to 70 years old and a widow. She is the most conservative of the ladies, and she is the matriarch of the kitchen. Her word is not to be tested and her decisions are final. She is a mix of Shirley McClain as Weeser, Bea Arthur as Maude, Doris in Everybody Loves Raymond and the mom in The Golden Girls. Highest voice of the ladies. Low – A flat below middle C, High - E, a major 10th above middle C.

Mrs. Elroy Engelson (Karin): 40 to 45 years old and is second in line to take over the kitchen. Her cooking is fabulous. She is neat and tidy in appearance and quite pretty in a very conservative. She senses the world is about to change because she listens to her daughter, Signe who without her influence on Karin’s life, might be as rigid as Mrs. Snustad. She is the middle voice. Low – A flat below middle C, and High – D, a major 9th above middle C. Should have a comfortable belt.

Mrs. Gilmer Gilmerson (Mavis): Late 50s and is a farmer’s wife and a grandmother. She is not afraid of work and can fix anything mechanical, as well as do the books. She is the most physical comedienne of the three ladies because of her “jump in and work” attitude. She appears rather disheveled even when dressed up for a wedding. She is somewhat butch, but not gay. Everyone loves her. The lowest of the voices – Low – A flat below middle C. High - D, a major 9th above middle C.

Signe (Beverly) Engelson: The daughter of Karin, Signe has just started college at the University of Minnesota. She comes home to visit often and loves working with her mother in the kitchen.  She would never really become a hippie, but she will like the styles once they are introduced at Sears in Minneapolis. She is pretty like her mother, and very sweet, but not afraid to challenge Mrs. Snustad and speak her mind in a respectful way. Low – A below middle C.  High – G flat above middle C.

Pastor E. L. Gunderson: The same age as Karin, but he has just married a young wife.  The ladies all seem to have crushes on him in a respectful “pastorly” way.  He is goaded by the fact that he comes from a family of pastors, and his brother, not he, inherited his father’s church down the road.  He is a bit competitive, and finds that he can truly relax when in the kitchen.  He has a very friendly and intimate relationship with God, almost like “Tevye,” and he knows that the church runs best when the kitchen is happy. Low – B flat, a major 9th below middle C.  High – G flat above middle C.


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