#26: Attend a Dinner Theatre
Months ago, Jeff proposed a plan for our anniversary celebration: attend a local dinner theatre.
You see, he’s being all sneaky. Ever since I wrote up The List back in October, he’s been suggesting or planning things for me off my list. Especially with a baby coming this year, he wants me to experience as many of these things as possible. My birthday included #56, our anniversary was #26, and we have plans in the works (again, his idea) that include #49 and #63.
Yeah, I’m a lucky girl.
So… that Friday night (how nice that our anniversary was on a Friday this year!) we drove up to La Comedia Dinner Theatre just south of Dayton for their production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. I forgot my camera (can you believe it?) so you’ll just have to use your imagination for visuals.
We weren’t quite sure what to expect from the schedule for the evening. (Do we eat while the show is going on simultaneously?) Turns out they served a big buffet down on the stage after the salad course. You even get a chance at seconds, as if we could eat any more after piling our plates high the first time around. They offered a nice selection of vegetables, potatoes, breads, and meats, but with a couple exceptions, we thought the food was adequate in quality. Dessert was served to our table after dinner and just before the show.
I grew up loving the movie version of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and was curious what Jeff would think of it. “Musical” is not an automatic turn-off for him, though not his preference. I was also curious how a stage version would compare to the movie and the performances of Howard Keel, Russ Tamblyn, and Jane Powell.
I felt like we got the abbreviated, just-hit-the-high-points version of the story. I enjoyed it because I enjoyed the movie and the songs, but in a walk-down-memory-lane sort of way. I think it’s best to have seen the movie beforehand. That said, the supporting actors especially were very good. We both enjoyed the parts when the seven brothers and seven brides sang in unison. The dances and costumes were terrific. The poor male lead kept trying so hard to live up to Howard Keel, but that’s just impossible.
The theatre was quite nice inside and bigger than either of us expected. The service and atmosphere were also nice. The low lights and table for two set a nice atmosphere for our celebratory occasion.
While I didn’t love this particular experience as much I expected to, it was fun just to get out and try something fun and new together.