Super Summer Theatre, the dba of the State Parks Cultural Arts Board, is the place to be on a summer evening for anyone from the Las Vegas Metropolitan area.
What does Super Summer Theatre do? We give individuals, couples, families and bus loads of senior citizens who all arrive early a chance to enjoy their picnic dinner or munch on one of the famous quarter-pound hot dogs from the concession stand. After their repast the patrons can enjoy a stroll around the ranch where they might see the lone cow that lives there, a herd of burros, wild hares or many of the wild birds that nest in the area. The Krupp house is sometimes open for tours. All of the time the buildings of early settlers can be viewed, and you can walk to the reservoir then up the hill to an ancient grave yard and overlook point.
The audience for 1976, our first year, was 10,162. Cars entered and parked near the front gate of the park where a bus gave them a ride to the meadow area. To introduce folks to the park Super Summer Theatre was asked to put on “Woodsy Owl Day” in May of each year. This was a free day for the children of the area. After a few years the stage was moved to the meadow in the group use area. The crowds grew each year. The program changed from one show to three shows each summer. Then the Board of Directors took on the project of raising over $300,000 to build a pavilion and a concession stand with an accompanying sound/audio booth. Crowds continued to grow and a fourth show was added in September. The day came when the Rangers asked us to discontinue Woodsy Owl Day. After a couple years without an event in May, Super Summer Theatre decided to add a season opener, and now there is a two day performance in May to welcome our patrons to the season.
As the sun sets everyone settles on a blanket or in a chair to watch live theatre under the stars. This season opens with a 2 day show, “Keepin’ it Country,” featuring Steve and Sandy Huntsman. There is always at least one show for the grandparents to share with their grandchildren. This summer there are two. In June Super Summer Theatre is featuring “Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang,” and in August the show is “Tarzan.” For those who remember the good old days of the ‘60s, the July show is “Bye, Bye, Birdie.” The season closes in September with “Lend Me a Tenor.” Come, join the fun.
A major step in the growth of Super Summer Theatre is the opening of The Studios at 4340 Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada 89103. The Studios provides a place for auditions, rehearsals and set building as well as a small conference room for meetings.
At this time the Super Summer Theatre Board of Directors has been challenged to raise $500,000 which will be matched by the D. W. Reynolds Foundation if the amount is acquired by the end of November 2015. Since Super Summer Theatre is a non-profit organization any donation is tax deductible. To understand our desire to acquire the gift of $500,000 you need to understand the history and the purpose of Super Summer Theatre. Way back in 1976 the Rangers at Spring Mountain Ranch wanted to increase the availability of quality cultural events for families living in Southern Nevada at a reasonable price. The Junior League helped initiate the program, and then turned it over to the Board of Directors of the State Parks Cultural Arts Board. To continue this program for future generations we ask for everyone’s generosity to reach the desired goal.
So, come, spend an evening with Super Summer Theatre “Under The Stars.” +
May 15th and 16th Keepin’ It Country
June 10th to 27th Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang
July 8th to 25th Bye, Bye Birdie
August 12th to 29th Tarzan
September 10th to 26th Lend Me a Tenor
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