The kick-off showing of “Miss Kitty’s Grand Adventure: I’m No Mail Order Bride” started in 2012 at the Grand Canyon Dinner Theatre and Steakhouse.
Grand Canyon’s South Rim visitors now have an appealing way to spend their evening after visiting the Canyon. Recently opening in Tusayan, Ariz. just minutes away from the South Rim. You can reach the Theatre by a free National Park Service shuttle.
Guests visiting the theatre will feel immersed in early twentieth-century American Southwest frontier. “Old West” storefronts line the walls of the theatre, while rounds set for eight dinner theater guests cover the main floor.
One show is offered daily at 7 p. m. Guests at every showing enjoy a hearty, family-style meal, including homemade fried chicken, sliced New York strip steak with mushroom gravy, kitchen sink salad, homemade mashed potatoes, homemade creamed corn, sautéed green beans, signature green chile cornbread and homemade Grand Canyon Dinner Theatre fudge for dessert.
After the final performance of the night, guests are invited to stay for Grand Canyon After Dark, the Grand Canyon’s only after hours party. There, they can meet the cast and enjoy karaoke and dancing, as well as special prices on drinks and munchies.
“My family and I love the romance of the old west and we always enjoy going to the theater and wanted to bring that experience to the amazing community of Tusayan,” says Elling Halvorson, owner and founder of the Grand Canyon Dinner Theatre. “We’ve long been great enthusiasts for this area with our Papillon Group air and ground tours to the Grand Canyon, and we’re thrilled to add this attraction to visitors’ experience here.”
The Grand Canyon Theatre’s inaugural production is a comedic musical titled “Miss Kitty’s Grand Adventure: I’m No Mail Order Bride” runs 50 minutes. It chronicles the
whimsical plight of a young, naïve girl from Philadelphia who has come to the Grand Canyon to work as a “Harvey Girl”—a waitress at the popular Harvey’s Restaurant. At the Grand Canyon train platform, however, she is intercepted by the first of a colorful cast of characters—including Cockeyed Frank Carson who mistakes her for his mail order bride and the handsome cowboy Shane Guthrie. The show unfolds on a stage featuring a wall-to-wall video screen as a backdrop and a superior sound system that delivers each song in electrifying clarity.
General admission ticket prices are $69.95 for adults and $39.95 for children 12 and younger. Premiere seating ticket prices, which guarantee a seat in the first two rows of the theater, are $79.95 for adults and $49.95 for children and include a poster signed by the production’s cast members. Private admission tickets are $129.95 and include the theater’s most exclusive and luxurious seating, a signed cast poster and a split of Champagne. Special group reservation pricing is also available.
In addition to the dinner theatre, where meals are served family-style during the performance, the venue offers a Steakhouse where guests may dine a la carte from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. daily. Menu items include appetizers such as grilled shrimp skewers and Southwest bruschetta, a variety of steaks, chops, chicken and fish as well as salads, vegetarian options and desserts.
Tickets for the performances may be reserved in advance by calling the Grand Canyon Dinner Theatre box office at (928) 638-0333. To reach the Grand Canyon Dinner Theatre, located one mile South of the entrance for the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, guests may utilize the free Grand Canyon National Park shuttle operating between the South Rim and Tusayan between 8 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. daily at 15-minute intervals from May 12 and Sept. 7.