Sober in Vegas: Super Summer Theatre

Before I start in on the wonderful Vegas tradition of Super Summer Theatre, I want to include a few things making me happy this week!

  • This article about the history of G.L.O.W., its overlap with Vegas history, and Pia Zadora.
  • Base Camp Las Vegas’ Launch Party: I’m sad I won’t be able to attend this event because it looks AMAZING! Deborah Wall has written an incredible looking book with hikes of the Southwest, and The Goodwich is catering the event, and it’s FREE! This is why I love libraries…!
  • Miracles are Brewing: I love this site and I think Carly is a force of positivity in this world. I am so glad she’s creating a sober community both online and off, and I am consistently inspired by her work.

I have been feeling good here, getting ready for a little summer travel finally.

It’s funny, I used to look forward to vacations as a time to just be wasted for days on end, and now it hardly ever crosses my mind.

Instead now I look forward to having time to relax, connect with my husband and friends, be outside in nature, and explore tourist traps–all without a hangover.

Onto today’s feature of Super Summer Theatre, a long running Vegas tradition to beat the heat.

Located at Spring Mountain Ranch which I wrote about earlier this year, they run shows May through September on their outdoor stage.

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Season lineup and rules…FYI no pets up here!

They mostly feature musicals, and the shows are family friendly and fun. This year’s line up included/includes:

  • Oklahoma!
  • The Wedding Singer
  • In the Heights
  • Man of La Mancha
  • Young Frankenstein

Tickets are $15 (plus tax/service fee) and in my humble opinion, it’s one of the best bargains in town.

I started seeing shows here over 20 years ago, and the caliber of their performers and technical design have continued to elevate every year.

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Be aware parking is on an unpaved lot, so plan your shoes accordingly…

Parking is free and included with the price of admission, and it’s ample.

These days to see a show on The Strip now you’re paying upwards of $50 a ticket and then on top of it you’re paying for parking….again, this is why I love SST!

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The path leading to the seating lawn and stage area

A few things to know ahead of time, as this is an outdoor, non traditional theatre experience:

  • There is a bit of a walk from the unpaved parking area to the lawn seating area. I would recommend wearing comfy shoes.
  • You can rent chairs for a small price (a few bucks a chair) at SST. One side of the lawn is for picnic blankets and low chairs, the other side is for higher chairs. They have many regulations about what kind of chairs you can bring, so I play it safe and just rent from them.
  • Blankets are good to go! You can bring a picnic dinner, or you can purchase food from one of their vendors.
  • It gets cooler, but not so cold out that you’d need a sweater. Bring lots of water, because it’s still the dry desert and it’s still about 80 even when the sun goes down.
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The stage view prior to show start

I also think it’s a good idea to alter your mindset from a traditional theatre audience…there are lots of families with young ones and groups of friends who talk during the show.

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Snack shack! One of the three-four places to get a treat while up here

For the most part people are pretty respectful, but it’s worth altering your normal expectations so you don’t feel angry if people are getting up and down to go get food, talk with a friend, go to the restroom, go for a walk, etc.

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A view looking down to the back of the stage and seating area

One other thing I will mention, as I do focus on sobriety on this blog and things you can do in Vegas sans alcohol….SST does allow folks to bring alcohol in for their picnics.

There were alot of people having alcoholic beverages, but what’s nice is that since I packed our picnic, I was able to pack lots of sparkling water and treats to help me not feel tempted.

If you are looking for a way to experience the outdoors and the arts at the same time, you cannot go wrong with Super Summer Theatre.

Thanks for reading and happy sobering friends!

5 thoughts on “Sober in Vegas: Super Summer Theatre

  1. What a super fun idea! You are so right that the upside to them allowing people to bring their own drinks is that you can bring fun n/a drinks or your favourite sparkling water. Some of the hardest times I’ve had is when I’ve been fun places with drinkers and there are the most boring (ie pepsi or other fountain drinks only) options for the non drinkers!
    Do they go right until the very end of September? I tried looking at their calendar of events on their website but it says I don’t have permission to view it, lol.

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