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Wisconsin Dinner Theatres Feed the Body and the Soul
Posted on: 10/29/2009
Once upon a time, “dinner and a show” was a date in two places; first you went to dinner, then you went to a show. Today, in venues across Wisconsin, it’s a date in one place where you do two things – dinner and a show. And so was born the dinner theatre. Here, theater-goers reserve a table proximal to the stage where a four-course dinner is followed by a three-act play. What could be more convenient, or more entertaining? Enjoy these Wisconsin dinner theatres where they feed both the body and the soul.
The Fireside Dinner Theatre
Opened in 1964, the Klopcic family took the Fireside “Hollywood” in 1978 by adding a 585-seat theater-in-the-round to their popular restaurant. Since then they have staged more than 140 professional productions ranging from “Oklahoma” to “High School Musical.” They are one of the Midwest's most popular entertainment destinations, a perennial motorcoach favorite, and the only Actor’s Equity dinner theatre in Wisconsin. The Fireside produces six Broadway musicals each year featuring professional talent, gorgeous costumes, top-notch choreography and lighting. Whether you’ve come for the performance or not, the Fireside’s cuisine is exceptional as is its service. As a bonus, the facility houses five gift shoppes offering more than 50,000 little luxuries.
Perched atop a bluff overlooking the city of Eau Claire, Fanny Hill is a delightful blend of restaurant, dinner theater and faux-Victorian B&B. Their company of professional players mounts five productions annually – usually four hilarious comedies and a Broadway musical. Patrons can see the shows with or without dinner. Separate restaurant facilities serve Thursday through Saturday with a terrific Friday fish fry and a very popular Sunday brunch. Dinner theatre tickets can be purchased as part of a package that includes on-site B& B accommodations, preferred seating, a wine and cheese reception, plus in-room flowers, champagne and sweets. Fanny Hill’s landscaping is fabulous, as are their displays of Halloween jack-o-lanterns and Christmas lights. 800/292-806
St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre
Located in the Hudson House Grand Hotel, the theatre is just off I-94E in Hudson, only minutes from the Twin Cities. A smaller, more intimate theatre, the St. Croix Off Broadway Dinner Theatre is one of the few dinner theatres in the nation providing wait staff-served dinners to all of its guests. They offer casual fine dining with a variety of entrees including penne pasta, top sirloin, chicken, pork and salmon. Their productions are a wonderful mix of comedies and musical revues performed by a talented cast of professional actors and musicians. Normally, four shows are staged each year. Show-only tickets are available. 715/386-2394