Photo series: My night at Boulder’s Dinner Theatre’s ‘Church Basement Ladies’


Veteran actors Barb Reeves and Bren. (yes that’s a period) Eyestone Burron put on a bit of a rural midwestern church-like fashion show backstage in the moments before taking the stage in Boulder’s Dinner Theatre’s regional premiere of the family musical, “Church Basement Ladies.” Hubba, hubba!


By John Moore
Feb. 27, 2013

Opening No. 33: Boulder’s Dinner Theatre has been pushing the envelope a bit of late with productions like “Avenue Q,” but “Church Basement Ladies” is a nostalgic new musical comedy for the whole family. It’s about four 1960s “steel magnolias” who prepare the food while confronting various events in a rural Lutheran church in Minnesota. It’s been much an homage to (as opposed to a satire of) those tireless women whose lives revolve around faith, service and (in one case) hot flashes. Featuring Barb Reeves, Ali Dunfee, Bren. Eyestone Burron, Heather Marie Doris and Wayne Kennedy. Directed by Curt Wollan. 5501 Arapahoe Ave., 303-449-6000 or BDT’s home page. Photos by John Moore of www.CultureWest.Org. Thanks to Michael J. Duran, Neal Dunfee, cast and crew.

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An up-close-and-personal look at Barb Reeves’ circa 1964 socks.


It may be an unknown title, but the BDT faithful packed “Church Basement Ladies” down to the last chair on Saturday.


BDT favorite Wayne Kennedy was more than willing to be cast as a “Basement Drag Lady,” but this sweet family comedy is SO not that kind of show. So he had to settle for playing the lovable Lutheran Pastor Gunderson.


The sign says 34, but it will soon be changed: Boulder’s Dinner Theatre is now celebrating 35 years in business.


Boulder actor – and native – Barb Reeves takes a moment before Saturday’s performance of “Church Basement Ladies” to remember her mother, Betty Reeves. Barb is an original member of the Boulder’s Dinner Theatre ensemble, dating back 35 years. But her mother’s credits include the 1982 production of “Grease,” pictured above. Betty (middle row, second from right) played Miss Lynch.


Not to be outdone, producer Michael J. Duran poses by the photo of his starring performance in the very first production ever staged at Boulder’s Dinner Theatre in 1978: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Haircut” … I mean, “Dreamcoat.”


The front lobby is now dominated by the gigantic old plane that was an integral set piece for BDT’s recent staging of “The Drowsy Chaperone.” Michael J. Duran couldn’t bear to lose it, so he had it moved to the front lobby.


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By John Moore

Award-winning arts journalist John Moore was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the United States by American Theatre Magazine during has 12 years at The Denver Post. Hen then created a groundbreaking new media outlet covering Colorado arts an culture as an in-house, multimedia journalist for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. He also founded The Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that has raised more than $600,000 for theatre artists in medical need. He is now a journalist for hire as the founder of Moore Media Colorado. You can find samples of his work at MooreJohn.Com. Contact him at