Roundup of Rocky Mountain Region Theatres: Johnstown’s Candlelight Dinner Playhouse

Table of Contents

  1. Current and Upcoming Season (with links to reviews if available). [Seasons updated as necessary]
  2. Theatre Background and information
  3. Directions to venue, and parking advice
  4. Their official website: www.coloradocandlelight.com/

2016-2017 Season (partial)

2017 – 2018 Season

  • The Music Man (7 Sep – 5 Nov 2017)
  • Beauty and the Beast (16 Nov – 14 Feb 2018)
  • Kiss Me Kate (23 Feb – 15 Apr 2018)
  • Man of La Mancha (26 Apr – 17 Jun 2018)
  • Disney’s News: The Musical (28 Jun – 26 Aug 2018)

Theatre Background and Information

The Candlelight Dinner Playhouse will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary during its 2017-2018 season. The very first production it put on was The Music Man, which opened on June 6, 2008, and it is returning to The Music Man to debut its 10th season.

Front view of the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse with a sign for its production of 42nd Street

The Candlelight Dinner Playhouse was founded ten years ago to “enhance, nurture, and support the arts that northern Colorado is known for.” It was the brainchild of Nick Turner and his business partners – his wife Gina Shuh-Turner, Troy Schuh and Randy Turner.

The Fort Collins Coloradoan newspaper featured the debut of the new theatre in an article published on June 1, 2008.

“He [Nick Turner] is practically giddy as he points out the custom-made wood banisters, the stone pillars in keeping with a Colorado feel, the ornate chandelier in the grand entryway, the high-tech sound and lighting systems, the top-of-the-line oven.”

The theatre seats 350 people in its 22,000 square foot expanse, with tables that seat two, four, and six people, as well as a balcony with theatre seating for playgoers who opt for show-only tickets. There’s also a bar where a variety of wines are sold before the performance as well as to complement the meals.

What’s unique about this dinner theatre is that the meals served are not the same for every production. Instead, the meals are designed to complement the production itself.

For example, for 42nd Street, a musical which takes place during the Depression years of the 1930s, appetizers consisted of “our fanciful take on Depression-era recipes, ideas and products created in 1933” such as appetizers like a Cheese Ball, Creamed Pea Tarts or Pigs in a Blanket, and entrees of Philly Steak Cheese Loaf, Chicken Pot Pie, Beer-Battered Cod, and Mac and Cheese.  (All drinks, except water, are extra, as are the appetizers, “upgraded entrees,” and desserts.)

Poster for the upcoming production above the fireplace, and a line for wine at the bar

Doors to the theatre/dining room are open

 

 

View of stage from the balcony

 

Balcony seating

 

The Candlelight Dinner Playhouse is also available for event rental – and has two new conference rooms. They cater as well!

One of two conference rooms added in 2017

Coming Soon!

Directions and Parking Advice

Although the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse claims an address in Johnstown, Colorado (4747 Marketplace Drive), it is actually about 4 miles outside the town, located very conveniently just off I-25.

It’s only about an hour drive south from Cheyenne, WY – and less than that from Fort Collins! – or an hour’s drive north from Denver – depending on traffic of course.

Take exit 254 to the frontage road (where you’ll pass the “historic” Johnstown Corner ginormous truck stop), and go right for about .8 mile, to turn onto Marketplace Drive on your left. You’ll pass an RV broker on your left, and then come to the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse also on your left.

The parking lot is large enough for all comers.

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