‘The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church’ opens Friday

T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ Church ladies. Humor. Drama. Secrets. All aspects of “The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church” which opens Friday at the Martha-Ellen Tye Playhouse, put on by the Marshalltown Community Theatre. Members of the cast, left to right: Shelby Butcher, Nicole Lynch, Emily Stone and Shelly Tuttle.

Church ladies. Humor. Drama. Secrets. All aspects of “The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church” which opens Friday at the Martha-Ellen Tye Playhouse, put on by the Marshalltown Community Theatre.

Written by Bo Wilson, the play is directed by Peggy Schoer, who has spent over 30 years with the MCT directing and acting in plays, as well as working with props.

“This play seems just right for the people in Marshalltown and the surrounding towns,” Schoer said. “After surviving the tornado in July many churches banded together to help people in need. There were times when sorting through the donations seemed an impossible task — I helped out at Hope United Methodist Church. I think people will find it relatable.”

The play stars Nicole Lynch as Tina Yates; Tena Hausafus as Lorraine Jensen; Shelly Tuttle as Bea Littleton; Emily Stone as Janet Murchison; Shelby Butcher as Riley Reynolds; Steve Scheiding as the radio announcer and Caleb Carver as Deputy Shorter.

Set inside the church’s fellowship hall, the ladies are sorting through items donated for disaster relief in Guatemala when a severe thunderstorm strikes, stranding the women.

“They have these charity drives every once in a while, and they have all this rummage after things are sent off to Guatemala. A lot of this stuff is useless to Guatemalan refugees: like a fur coat and one snow ski,” Schoer said. “There are things in there that remind (the characters) of events in their lives. It tears at the heartstrings a little bit. It’s a comedy, but it also has twists.”

Bea is the pastor’s bossy wife, Lorraine is a busy mother of nine, Tina is new to the congregation and is eager to please, Janet recently arrived in town and is flirtatious, while Riley, the youngest woman, has a story to tell.

Schoer said the show is family-friendly, but there is some mention of trauma and abuse in various characters’ pasts.

“It’s a shorter show — and hour and a half,” Schoer said. “It’s also a smaller cast.”

Showtimes are April 26 and 27 and May 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees April 28 and May 5 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for students and kids 5 and under are $5. The box office is open daily from noon to 2 p.m., and one hour before each show. It may be reached at 641-752-4164.

To learn more, visit the Marshalltown Community Theatre’s Facebook page.

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