Big things are coming to the Jackson Hole Playhouse this summer, and we’re not just talking about the arrival of Cat Ballou. Oh no, change is in the air down on Deloney Avenue, in the oldest building in the town of Jackson. The lively dinner theatre has cooked up even more entertainment to offer its patrons for summer 2018.
Beginning Saturday, June 9, the Playhouse will offer lunch Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Expect local organic fare served by singing gun-slingin’ waiters. They’ve got a menu ranging from bison burgers to vegan burgers, and washed down with sarsaparilla or malts with homemade ice cream. These reasonably priced options are served up by a waitstaff crooning your favorite western tunes.
For the night owl, the Playhouse transforms into a late night speakeasy every Friday night beginning June 15 through October 5. From 10 p.m.-12 a.m. the Saddle Rock Bar will host a casual evening of games, music, and a menu of light fare. Think checkers, chess, and other classic games, with fun cocktails, local booze and beer. In the spirit of performing arts, these craft cocktails are complete with torched marshmallows, effervescence, edible flowers and more artful touches.
This past Friday marked opening night for the Playhouse’s summer performance of The Ballad of Cat Ballou. The zany western musical comedy features forbidden love, wild west outlaws, tap dancing and nods to the great state of Wyoming in its songs and setting. With a highly talented cast of characters, this comedic drama will captive audience members of all ages. This show is offered Monday-Saturday at 8 p.m., with a preshow at 7:30 p.m.
Before the show, indulge in a fine dining experience like no other, brought to you by the Playhouse’s new chef: Marlee Horchen. The new menu has a greater variety of options which includes vegan, vegetarian and gluten free choices. Every dish is nuanced by housemade sauces and creative flavor combinations- like the sharp contrast of blue cheese and sweet huckleberry sauce over succulent steak. Their cocktail menu offers creative takes on traditional favorites. Take the Lavender Lady (a play on a pisco sour): gin, lemon juice, Cointreau, cinnamon simple syrup, egg white, lavender sprinkle and angostura. Save room for dessert too because the cheesecake with berry syrup and the lemon chiffon cake are both divine indulgences for finishing off your meal.
If you’d like to catch a shorter performance by the Playhouse team, check out the shootout on Town Square. Held Monday-Saturday at 6 p.m., the shootout is a summer tradition that demonstrates earlier days in the west. The shootouts, and the other Playhouse offerings, are closed on Sundays.
Both locals and visitors can appreciate the food, fun and entertainment the Playhouse and its performers provide, in numerous capacities. The Jackson Hole Playhouse knows what it does, and does it well.