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Arena Dinner Theatre

  • Address: 719 Rockhill Street Fort Wayne, IN 46802
  • Phone: (260) 424-5622
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Enjoy seven theatrical productions each year in a historic building with space for up to 99 people to enjoy dinner and a show! Visit the theatre's website for a full listing of shows each season.

  • Arena Dinner Theatre: Peter and the Starcatcher

    Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday until December 16, 2017

    2017-12-01 2017-12-16 Arena Dinner Theatre: Peter and the Starcatcher <p class="western"><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: large;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><em>Peter and the Starcatcher </em>(Comedy with Music)</span></span></strong></span></p> <h1 class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">A Play by Rick Elice</span></h1> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">Music by Wayne Barker</span></p> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">Based on the Novel by Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson</span></p> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">Directed by Gloria Minnich</span></p> <h2 class="western"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium;">November 24, 25, December 1, 2, 8, 9, 10*, 15, 16, 2017</span></span></h2> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">(*2:00PM Sunday matinee)</span></p> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">Audition Dates October 1 &amp; 2, 2017</span></p> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">11 Men, 1 Woman</span></p> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">Produced through special arrangement with Music Theatre International, Inc.</span></p> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; color: #000000;"><span lang="en">Tony-winning <em>Peter and the Starcatcher</em> upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). This is a wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novel. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, <em>Peter and the Starcatcher </em>playfully explores the depths of greed and despair... and the bonds of friendship, duty and love.</span></span></p> <p class="western" lang="en"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates &#8211; led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own &#8211; the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.</span></p> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; color: #000000;"><span lang="en">Featuring a dozen actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable characters, <em>Peter and the Starcatcher</em> uses ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination to bring the story to life.</span></span></p> <p class="western"><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><br /></span></strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><span lang="en">"<em>Peter and the Starcatcher</em> is all about storytelling as a lively (and live) art, and the energized complicity that s forged between the teller and the listener. ...The story simultaneously being told and celebrated is as elaborate, simple, cozy and scary as the best bedtime stories are."<br /><em>&#8211; The New York Times</em></span></span></span></p> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; color: #000000;"><span lang="en">"<em>Peter and the Starcatcher</em> is a tiny show, but spectacle, wit, and joy spill out of it like treasure from a magic pocket. A cast of twelve, a couple of trunks, and a versatile length of rope yield more storytelling than most oversize spectaculars can manage. ... A miniature classic."<br /><em>&#8211; New York Magazine</em></span></span></p> <p class="western"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><span lang="en">"Beaming with dizzy humor and delightful stage magic, Broadway's <em>Peter and the Starcatcher</em> is a big dipperful of fun. ...Peter Pan will never grow up. But his origin story has matured nicely."<br /><em>&#8211; New York Daily News</em></span></span><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><br /> </span></strong></span></p> <p class="western"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><span lang="en">"Clever and joyous entertainment.... A celebration of youth and of the power of theater to inspire children and adults alike."<br /><em>&#8211; Backstage</em></span></span><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><br /> </span></strong></span></p> <hr width="85%" /> Fort Wayne, IN America/Indiana/Winamac
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  • Arena Dinner Theatre: A Life in the Theatre

    Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday until February 3, 2018

    2018-01-19 2018-02-03 Arena Dinner Theatre: A Life in the Theatre <h2 class="western"><span style="color: #ffffff; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong><em>A Life in the Theatre </em>(C<span style="color: #800000;">om</span></strong></span><span style="color: #800000;"><strong>ed</strong>y)</span></span></h2> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium;">By David Mamet</span></p> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium;">Directed by Todd Frymier</span></p> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium;">January 19, 20, 26, 27, February 2, 3, 2018</span></p> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium;">The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of <em>Glengarry Glen Ross </em>and <em>Speed-The-Plow</em>, takes us into the lives of two actors:<strong> </strong></span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium;">John, young and rising into the first flush of his success; the other Robert, older, anxious, and beginning to wane. In a series of short, spare, and increasingly raw exchanges, we see the estrangement of youth from age and the wider, inevitable and endless cycle of life, in and out of the theatre.</span></p> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium;">"A comedy about the artifice of acting... It is also about the artifice of living... An evening of pure theatre." - <em>The New York Times</em></span></p> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium;">"A comic masterpiece." - <em>New York Daily News</em></span></p> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium;">"The warmest and often the funniest play in town." - <em>New York Post</em></span></p> <p class="western"><span style="color: #ffcc99; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Produced through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.</span></p> Fort Wayne, IN America/Indiana/Winamac
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  • Arena Dinner Theatre: The Glass Menagerie

    Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday until March 24, 2018

    2018-03-09 2018-03-24 Arena Dinner Theatre: The Glass Menagerie <h2 class="western"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><em>The Glass Menagerie </em>(Drama)</span></h2> <h2 class="western"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium;">By Tennessee Williams</span></span></h2> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">Directed by Scott Frey</span></p> <h2 class="western"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium;">March 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 2018</span></span></h2> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">Amanda Wingfield is a faded, tragic remnant of Southern gentility who lives in poverty in a dingy St. Louis apartment with her son, Tom, and her daughter, Laura. Amanda strives to give meaning and direction to her life and the lives of her children, though her methods are ineffective and irritating. Tom is driven nearly to distraction by his mother's nagging and seeks escape in alcohol and the world of the movies. Laura also lives in her illusions. She is crippled, and this defect, intensified by her mother's anxiety to see her married, has driven her more and more into herself. The crux of the action comes when Tom invites a young man of his acquaintance to take dinner with the family. Jim, the caller, is a nice ordinary fellow who is at once pounced upon by Amanda as a possible husband for Laura. In spite of her crude and obvious efforts to entrap the young man, he and Laura manage to get along very nicely, and momentarily Laura is lifted out of herself into a new world. But this crashes when, toward the end, Jim explains that he is already engaged. The world of illusion that Amanda and Laura have striven to create in order to make life bearable collapses about them. Tom, too, at the end of his tether, at last leaves home.</span></p> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">A multiple award winning drama of great tenderness, charm and beauty, <em>The Glass Menagerie</em> is one of the most famous plays of the modern theatre.</span></p> <p class="western"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Produced through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc</span></span><span style="font-family: Arial;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium;">.</span></span></span></p> Fort Wayne, IN America/Indiana/Winamac
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  • Arena Dinner Theatre: Calendar Girls

    Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday until May 12, 2018

    2018-04-27 2018-05-12 Arena Dinner Theatre: Calendar Girls <h2 class="western"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><em>Calendar Girls </em>(Comedy)</span></h2> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">By Tim Firth</span></p> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">Directed by Brian H. Wagner</span></p> <h2 class="western"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium;">April 27, 28, May 4, 5, 11, 12, 2018</span></span></h2> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">When Annie's husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an "alternative" calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. The news of the women's charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie's friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame. Based on the true story of eleven WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund, Calendar Girls opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre and has since become the fastest selling play in British theatre history.</span></p> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">"<em>Calendar Girls</em>, with a script by Tim Firth who also co-wrote the movie, achieves exactly what it sets out to do. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, and it leaves you feeling better about life than you did when you entered the theatre." - <em>The Telegraph</em><strong><br /><br /></strong>"It’s a show full of poignant moments &#8211; about friendship, determination and hope; about loss in many forms; about the importance of acceptance; about knowing when to let go. But it also offers plenty of humour, as the six friends and WI members decide to pose nude for a calendar" - <em>Liverpool Daily Post<strong><br /><br /></strong></em>“Unashamedly sentimental and full of heart and bare-faced cheek, Tim Firth's stage adaptation of his own film script, inspired by the group of Yorkshire WI members who stripped off for a charity calendar to raise money for Leukaemia Research, should rake in a bob or two itself." - <em>The Guardian</em></span></p> <p class="western"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Produced through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. </span><br /><span style="color: #000000;"> </span></p> Fort Wayne, IN America/Indiana/Winamac
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  • Arena Dinner Theatre: A Little Night Music

    Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday until June 23, 2018

    2018-06-08 2018-06-23 Arena Dinner Theatre: A Little Night Music <h2 class="western"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: large;"><em>A Little Night Music </em>(Musical)</span></h2> <h2 class="western"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium;">Book by Hugh Wheeler</span></span></h2> <h2 class="western"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium;">Music &amp; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim</span></span></h2> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick</span></p> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">Suggested by a film by Ingmar Bergman</span></p> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">Directed by Christopher J. Murphy</span></p> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; color: #000000;">Musical Direction by Ben Wedler</span></p> <h2 class="western"><span style="color: #000000;"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium;">June 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 2018</span></span></h2> <p class="western"><span style="color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"><br /></span></strong><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><span lang="en">Sondheim creates a stunning tour de force when he takes Ingmar Bergman's comedy of manners, <em>Smiles of a Summer Night</em>, and turns it into a musical of masterful execution and elegance. Winner of four Tony Awards, this is a musical work that has forever entranced the world of theatre.</span></span></span></p> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; color: #000000;"><span lang="en">Set in 1900 Sweden, <em>A Little Night Music</em> explores the tangled web of affairs centered around actress, Desirée Armfeldt, and the men who love her: a lawyer by the name of Fredrik Egerman and the Count Carl-Magnus Malcom. When the traveling actress performs in Fredrik's town, the estranged lovers' passion rekindles. This strikes a flurry of jealousy and suspicion between Desirée; Fredrik; Fredrick's wife, Anne; Desirée's current lover, the Count; and the Count's wife, Charlotte. Both men &#8211; as well as their jealous wives &#8211; agree to join Desirée and her family for a weekend in the country at Desirée's mother's estate. With everyone in one place, infinite possibilities of new romances and second chances bring endless surprises.</span></span></p> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; color: #000000;"><span lang="en"><em>A Little Night Music</em> is full of hilariously witty and heartbreakingly moving moments of adoration, regret and desire. This dramatic musical celebration of love is perfect to showcase your highly trained singers with its harmonically advanced score and masterful orchestrations, and contains Sondheim's popular song, the haunting "Send in the Clowns."</span></span></p> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; color: #000000;"><span lang="en">"Heady, civilized, sophisticated, and enchanting."<br /><em>&#8211; The New York Times</em></span></span></p> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; color: #000000;"><span lang="en">"Possesses not only style and imagination and an attractive score, but also a somewhat unusual quality that combines humor with a touch of sadness."<br /><em>&#8211; New York Post</em></span></span></p> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; color: #000000;"><span lang="en">"A jeweled music box of a show; lovely to look at, delightful to listen to."<br /><em>&#8211; TIME Magazine</em></span></span></p> <p class="western"><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; color: #000000;"><span lang="en">"Aglow with a brilliant and irresistible warmth."<br /><em>&#8211; New York Daily News</em></span></span></p> <p class="western" lang="en"><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Produced through special arrangement with Music Theatre International</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"> </span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><strong> </strong></span></p> Fort Wayne, IN America/Indiana/Winamac
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