Super Summer Theatre is back, bringing top-notch musical theater to Spring Mountain Ranch State Park. Now in its 41st year, SST puts on productions that make a perfect outing for locals looking to escape the heat and the mundane at an affordable price. Mark those calendars—and remember to pack a picnic basket—for these upcoming shows.
SST’s season opens May 19 with a two-night performance of Oklahoma! This classic, feel-good musical circa 1943 Broadway tells the story of cowboys, life on the farm and romance in the sweeping fields of a small town on the prairie. When Rodgers and Hammerstein (later responsible for The Sound of Music and The King and I) debuted the musical, it was acclaimed for its originality and ingenuity in storytelling and performance. Get your tickets now—the May 20 show has already sold out! May 19, 7:05 p.m., VIP $75
In June, SST keeps it light with the fun-loving musical The Wedding Singer. Based on the hit 1998 Adam Sandler film, the production takes audiences back to 1985 with retro costumes, dance numbers and music (performed by a live band!) to teach the timeless lesson of following your dreams—and your heart. June 7–10, 14–17, 21–24, 8 p.m.
Not part of the Lin-Manuel Miranda fan club yet? You might want to join it after watching the Hamilton creator’s Broadway debut In the Heights, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Set in the largely Latin-American New York City neighborhood of Washington Heights, the musical focuses on characters striving for the American dream—only to discover that making a better life sometimes means staying right where you are. July 12–15, 19–22, 26–29, 8:05 p.m.
At more than 1,000 pages, Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote is a cornerstone of Western culture. Luckily for the easily distracted, there’s Man of La Mancha, a Tony award-winning musical adaptation of the 17th-century masterpiece. A play-within-a-play, the production follows Cervantes as he gets his fellow inmates of the Spanish Inquisition to play along with his insane knight-errant character. Aug. 9–12, 16–19, 23–26, 8:05 p.m.
“It’s Fronkensteen,” Gene Wilder reminds us in Mel Brooks’ 1974 cult classic, Young Frankenstein. Brooks also wrote the music and lyrics to tell the disgraced scientist’s story onstage. Look forward to all the antics seen in the film, plus lively performances of numbers such as “Transylvania Mania,” and “He Vas My Boyfriend.” Sept. 7–9, 14–16, 21–23, 7:05 p.m.