Do you know someone in your congregation who is enthusiastic, Inspirational, or has gone way above and beyond for his fellow parishioners?  Someone who makes a difference, respects others, has a cheerful disposition and a positive outlook?  Nominate him for the “Church Basement Man of the Year Contest”.

“We had so much fun with our “Church Basement Lady of the Year” contest in 2009 and 2013, that we are delighted for the return of this popular event with a new twist.” said Brett Hitchcock – Circa ’21’s Director of Audience Development. “We are seeking nominations for your favorite CHURCH BASEMENT MAN this time.”

To nominate a man from your congregation, Simply submit an essay of 150 words or less about your deserving CHURCH BASEMENT MAN and why he deserves to be “The Church Basement Man of the Year.”

From the submissions, 12 finalists will be chosen and invited to be a guest of the theatre on the Thursday evening, March 29, 2018 preview performance of The Church Basement Ladies in RISE UP O MEN. The winner will be announced that evening before the show begins and will receive a surprise gift basket and two tickets to Circa ’21’s summer production of Mamma Mia!

Deadline for submissions is Feb. 9, 2018.  Send all submissions to Sue Treanor at with the subject line “CBL Man of the Year”. You may also mail your submissions to Circa ’21, Attention: Sue 1828 3rd Ave. Rock Island, Illinois 61201

In addition, Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse Proudly present “Off The Grill.”

Send in your favorite grilling, barbecue and picnic recipes, your favorite grilling tips and photos of your church picnics and Church Basement Men to be published in the theater’s savory cookbook — the 5th installment of the Church Basement Ladies cookbook series.

Everyone who submits will be entered into a drawing for prizes including …

  • 2 FREE tickets to The Church Basement Ladies in Rise Up O Men
  • All five Church Basement Ladies cookbooks

Deadline for submissions is Feb. 9, 2018. Digital entries are preferred. Email to Diane, or mail to PO Box 3784 Rock Island, Illinois 61201.

Sean Leary is an author, director, artist, musician, producer and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since debuting at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. An honors graduate of the University of Southern California masters program, he has written over 50 books including the best-sellers The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.