The Group Travel Leader

JUN 2017

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4 2 GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E D U T C H A P P L E DI N N E R T H E A T R E L A N C A S T E R , P E N N S Y L V A N I A Tom and Debbie Prather produced shows throughout Pennsylvania for more than 20 years before founding the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre in 1987, allowing them to implement their expertise and create a quality food and theater experience. As the theater f lourished, they later opened the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers, Florida, as well as the Prather Entertainment Group, which is now on tour performing the acrobatic hit "Pippin." At the company's base in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, audiences can look forward to a varied show lineup beginning with "Peter Pan" from June to August; that is followed by "Pippin" until September and "White Christmas" over the holidays, in addition to an original production written by owner Tom Prather called "Second Chances: The Thrift Shop Musical." Though Dutch Apple generally presents musicals, it occasionally hosts comedies and interactive murder mysteries as well. "We utilize Broadway sets for some of these shows, which is so much fun to work with," said Denise Trupe, general manager and marketing director for the theater. "To incorporate it into our facilities, we have to step outside the box and reimagine the shows in a way that still captivates the audience." The theater features an American-style buffet Sunday through Wednesday, with more upscale options like prime rib and specialty salads available Friday and Saturday. On Thursdays, guests can take advantage of a rich four-course meal served directly to the tables by waitstaff. W W W . D U T C H A P P L E . C O M Y O U ' R E R I G H T T H E R E E X P E R I E N C I N G T H E P E R F O R M A N C E W I T H T H E A C T O R S . — P A T R I C I A R E T T I G , B E E F A N D B O A R D S Courtesy Dutch Apple eatre "RING OF FIRE" AT DUTCH APPLE DINNER THEATRE Courtesy Beef and Boards Dinner eatre

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