Dinner and show on a budget, under the stars

Posted by on May 14th, 2009 and filed under Featured, Shows. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

spring_mountain_fieldSeeing shows on the Las Vegas Strip can be great, but sometimes it’s nice to get away from the city lights and enjoy watching a show outdoors where ticket prices are under $20. You can do this at Spring Mountain Ranch located minutes away from Red Rock Canyon and about 30 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip.

Every year Spring Mountain Ranch has a summer theater series where people can pack a picnic dinner and some blankets and dine al fresco in a grassy field before seeing a show. Sitting outside during the summer might not sound that appealing at first with the 100+ degree weather, but something about how the field and stage is situated makes the temperature feel cooler than sitting outside in other parts of the valley.

It’s a fun thing for everyone to experience, especially families with kids that have a hard time sitting still in a theater. At Spring Mountain Ranch you still have to be quiet during the show, but it’s much less restricted than being in a showroom.

You can bring regular patio chairs or blankets to sit on. They also rent out patio chairs for $1. When I saw shows there they had a special area in the back for people with chairs so they didn’t restrict the view of other guests.

As far as dinner is concerned you can bring whatever you feel like carrying from your car and down the walk-way to the field in front of the stage. Most people bring coolers and things like sandwiches or a bucket of fried chicken. Eating a picnic dinner is a fun change from everyday dining and less expensive than paying for a meal at a restaurant before the show. They also sell food at a concession stand if you don’t feel like packing something in advance.

This summer the shows are “Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story” (June), “West Side Story” (July), “Once on the Island” (August), and “Working” (September). Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. The gates open at 6 p.m. and close at 8 p.m. It’s best to get there early so you can get a good seat, get situated and have time to enjoy your meal before the show starts at 8:05 p.m.

I have seen several shows there including “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat,” “Anything Goes” and “Beauty and the Beast.” They have all been great productions with outstanding singing, dancing and other production elements. It’s a really fun way to enjoy a summer night and the outdoors!

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