Dinner dates announced for Stephens shows

Stephens Auditorium is offering themed dinners prior to seven shows in the performing arts series this year:

  • "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical," Saturday, Oct. 19
  • "Jersey Boys," Sunday, Nov. 3
  • "The Color Purple," Friday, Jan. 17, 2020
  • "Swan Lake" by the Russian National Ballet, Thursday, Feb. 13
  • "Finding Neverland," Friday, Feb. 14
  • Siberian State Symphony Orchestra, Monday, March 2
  • "Waitress," Thursday, March 12

Dinners are held in the Scheman Building and begin two hours prior to show time. Each starts with a 30-minute social. Each themed dinner is prepared in-house by chef Jeff Schoening and includes salad, entree, starch, vegetable, dessert and a ticket for wine or beer. Menus will be announced closer to show dates and include a vegetarian option.

In addition to a meal, patrons enjoy early parking and Stephens' performance pre-check process. As guests check in for dinner, staff also scan their performance tickets, check bags and distribute pre-check passes. After dinner, guests use their pass to enter Stephens through a designated door -- avoiding lines and arriving at their seats before opening curtain.

Dinner seating is limited and reservations are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Dinner tickets are $34, with the exception of the two February dates ($42), when a Valentine's Day menu will be served. Dinner tickets must be purchased in advance, either online or by phone, 294-2479.

Single-event tickets for all shows in the 2019-20 performing arts series went on sale Aug. 13 online or by phone through Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000, and at the Stephens ticket office.