When students visit Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, they’re treated to Broadway-style productions, award-winning food and exceptional service. Now in its 33rd year, the theater is no stranger to hospitality or student groups, for that matter.

 “For many students, this is the first time they have ever been to a dinner theater, and for some, it is the first time they have been to a live production at all,” said Allison Hutchison, director of advertising and public relations at the theater. “We hope they take away an appreciate for live theatre and a memorable experience.”

Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, Lancaster, Pa.
Credit: Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre

The theater’s close proximity to major cities like Hershey; Harrisburg; Gettysburg; Philadelphia; Baltimore, Maryland; Washington, D.C.; and New York City, make it an ideal student itinerary stop.

At Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, the show and meal take place in the same room. The intimate theater features tiered seating, so every seat provides a great vantage point. The 2020 theater season includes Grumpy Old Men, Something Rotten, The Little Mermaid and Elf, among others.   

Student ticket prices include a Broadway-style show; a classic American-cuisine buffet meal including a hot buffet, full salad bar and dessert buffet; gratuity; and a Q&A-session upon request. A study guide can be made available prior to each show, focusing on topics like performing arts, the theme of the show and workbook activities.

Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, Lancaster, Pa.
Credit: Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre

“We also offer Broadway Bound workshops, available for purchase for your group in addition to the dinner and show,” Hutchison said. “These workshops promote the fundamentals of musical theater in a professional theatre environment.”

The workshops take place for one hour, prior to the meal, and include a private instructional session with a theater profession. Topics include Musical Theatre 101; So You Think You Can Dance?; The Audition Process; and Sets, Props, Costumes & Makeup.

Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre is open year-round and can seat 328 guests.

For more information, call 717-898-1900 or visit dutchapple.com.

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