Special to The Hays Daily News

Authors and humorists Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson, the creators of the best-selling book "Growing Up Lutheran" and a host of other humorous writings, have joined forces with Twin Cities-based production company Troupe America Inc. to turn their material into a musical comedy, "Church Basement Ladies."

Fort Hays State University Special Events will present this celebration of the women who work so hard and with such dedication in the church kitchen whether they be Lutheran, Methodist, Jewish or Catholic, at 2 p.m. Jan. 31 in Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center.

"Church Basement Ladies" is a celebration of the church basement kitchen and the women who work there, featuring 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 look at their lives 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. Audiences will recognize these funny and down-to-earth ladies as they begin to see the year unfold from below the house of God.

Tickets for this performance are available at the Student Service Center, (785) 628-5306. Reserved seats are $20 for general public, $28 for seniors and children under 18, and $16 for FHSU Students. Unreserved seats are $16, $14 and $12 respectively.