The Group Travel Leader

JUN 2017

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GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E B E E F A N D B O A R D S DI N N E R T H E A T R E I N D I A N A P O L I S Located in College Park near The Pyramids in Indianapolis, Indiana, Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre is famous for two things: classic musicals and mouthwatering hand-carved beef. Groups are asked to arrive 90 minutes before the show to enjoy a buffet dinner in the main auditorium, where the stage is rolled back to provide more dining space. This intimate semicircle holds 450 seats in six rows, so guests are never far from the stage. "You're right there experiencing the performance with the actors," said Patricia Rettig, director of marketing and media relations. "We're able to pull off shows with a little more heart and a little less flair." Menu options include a salad bar, gourmet desserts, a full- service bar and the theater's signature hand-carved beef, though certain foods can be tailored to group preferences with notice. "We're happy to adjust the experience to the group, so all the group leader has to do is communicate their needs," said Rettig. During intermission, servers return with drinks and desserts. Coffee, tea and lemonade are included in the ticket. As the theater prepares to celebrate its 45th season next year, it will kick off the 2017 summer program with its first-ever showing of "Shrek the Musical." "Every year, we do a show right around when school lets out that's geared toward families," said Rettig. "Last year, it was "Beauty and the Beast." In the summer and early fall, the theater shifts toward more traditional productions like "Ring of Fire" and "West Side Story," followed by "Ghost the Musical" from October through November. "We have a lot of fun with the Halloween season," said Rettig. "Last year, we did 'Into the Woods.'" This winter, the annual Beef and Boards Christmas show will mark its 25th anniversary. W W W . B E E F A N D B O A R D S . C O M VIEW FROM STAGE AT BEEF AND BOARDS DINNER THEATRE 1131 Janesville Ave, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538 800-477-9505 | Superb Musicals | Memorable Dining Family Hospitality | Spectacular Shops Cel ebrat ing our 40th Theatre Season ! 2018 Season On Sale Now! PHANTOM • NEWSIES • 42ND STREET CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES 2 - A Second Helping Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID • GREASE ELF THE MUSICAL July 27 - Sept 10 Sept 14 - Oct 29 Nov 2 - Dec 23

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