I first became acquainted with the Gaslight Theater in Tucson, Arizona; in the Fall of 1992. It was when my (now) husband took me on our first official date, and I had never experienced theater that way before.
From the outside, the Gaslight theater looks like an old saloon; which fits perfectly in the Sonoran desert of the Southwest. Inside, the decor still looks very much like and old western theater. It is quaint, warm, and inviting.
The circular tables provided are adorned with checkered table cloths, and fit four guests each. There is always a basket of fresh and warm popcorn waiting for you.
Usually, the band (consisting of piano, bass, and drums) plays a lively tune, while the audience sings along. As a matter of fact, the audience participates during the whole show! (I, too, have found myself booing the bad guys and cheering on the good ones; and I even sing along from my seat when one of the tunes begins.) This theater is so much fun!
You also have the option of ordering food. I’ve only tried their salad (which was not great) and pizza (which was pretty good).
The sets are quite fun and beautiful; and the actors are talented and funny (we have our favorites). They often ad-lib or engage the audience, which I find both charming and fun.
The Gaslight theater does five shows a year: a cowboy show at the beginning of the year (which we always go see), along with shows in the Spring (March through June), Summer (June through August), and Fall (August through October); then a predictable Christmas show (October through January). I say “predictable” because the story usually follows a bad guy trying to ruin Christmas, and a good guy saving the day. The Christmas show is our least favorite.
My daughter and I always visit the Gaslight during our yearly girl get-away. This means that with the cowboy show, we (as a family) usually see two shows a year. Although, on occasion, we go three times.
The most recent show we saw, was The Rise of the Sheik. It was a blast. Our favorite actor is Todd Thompson, and he is an absolute riot. There was recently a new actress introduced, with an amazing voice and just the right amount of attitude.
After the show, there is a themed Oleo. The time, the theme was “Dirty Dancing.”
More Information About the Gaslight Theater
Show times are:
- Tuesday: 7pm
- Wednesday: 7pm
- Thursday: 7pm
- Friday: 6pm, 8:30pm
- Saturday: *3pm, 6pm, 8:30pm
- Sunday: *12pm, 3pm, 6pm
*only on select dates
Ticket prices (plus tax):
- $18.95 (adults)
- $16.95 (seniors, students and military)
- $8.95 (children 12 & under)
- Students & Military ……………..$84.75
- Seniors (60+ years)………………$84.75
- Children (12 & Under) ………….$48.37
You can also make group reservations or rent the whole theater for special occasions.
For us, the Gaslight Theater is a tradition and a great way to spend some family time. If you are ever Tucson, and you like the theater, you should try to catch a show.