Country Dinner Playhouse - Programs and Photos from 1970 - 2007
County Dinner Playhouse under construction - south of Denver located in the boonies at the time! Photo credit: Denver Post
The Barnstormers - the opening of the theatre in 1970. The Barnstormers entertained audience members with songs before the main show.
1986 - The cast of SOMETHING'S AFOOT - Featuring: Deborah Persoff, Dale Stewart, Mary Jo Catlett, Terry Rhoads
1991 - The cast of RUN FOR YOUR WIFE with Director Bill McHale - Featuring: Bottom Row: Marcus Waterman, Next Row L to R: Charlie Hudson, Lise Simms, Terry Rhoads, Rachel Kasper deBenedet, Gary Montgomery, Next Row L to R: Lee Dailey, Bill McHale, Eugene Texas
The Cast of SISTER MARY IGNATIUS EXPLAINS IT ALL TO YOU. Featuring: Maureen McHale, Paul Dwyer, Wade Kelley, Kristie Welborn, Alann Estees, Joanna Kearns and Judi Hofmeister.
1987 - The cast of 42nd STREET - Featuring: Perri Baxter, Terry Rhoads, Maureen McHale, Judi Hofmeister, Paul Dwyer, Brian Walker Smith, Kristie Welborn, Heidi Morrow-Hahn, Alann Estees, Joanne Kearns, Nancy Sinclair, Carol Swarbrick, Janet Vasey Hardin.
1987 - 42nd STREET - Featuring: Judi Hofmeister, Perri Baxter, Janet Vasey Hardin with Ken Prescott in the middle.
1989 - Cast of MY ONE AND ONLY. Featuring: From bottom L to R: Heidi Morrow, Beth Malone, Next Row L to R: Stephen Bertles, Kristie Welborn, Paul Dwyer, Alann Worley, David White, Gary Q. Lewis, Jeffrey Polk, Joanne Kearns, Michael Gorman; Next Row L to R: Terry Rhoads, Laurie Cropp Groves, Michae...
1990 - DO BLACK PATENT LEATHER SHOES REALLY REFLECT UP? cast photo with Director Bill McHale. Featuring: Bottom Row L to R: Wade Kelley, Patty Goble, Greg Rolph, Joanne Kearns, Next Row L to R: Bill Mchale, Paul Dwer, Alann Estees, Judi Hofmeister, Tom Watson, Francelle Fuller - Back Row L to R: Mau...
1991 - The cast of THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN. Featuring: Sally Myers, Lee Dailey, Duane Black, Chris Bogert, Darren Fuller, Rebecca Sage, Mikey Stein, Megan DeLay, Teresa Harris, Robert Hoppe, Jan Waterman, Scott Severtson, Christianna Sullins, Teresa Harris, David Hess, Maggie Lamb, Maureen McHale...
1991 - The cast of OKLAHOMA. Featuring: Beth Malone, Terry Rhoads, Michelle Lang, Marcus Waterman, David Hess, Maureen McHale, Alann Estees, Joanna Kearns, Heidi Hahn, Paul Dwyer, Brian Smith, Cody Alexander, Charles Hudson and Barry Brown.
1998 - The cast with Director (Bill McHale) of HELLO DOLLY. Featuring: 1985 Bottom Row L to R: Bill McHale, Steve Daley, Judi Hofmeister, Stan Picus - Next Row L to R: Karen Weber Sumners, Glen Campbell, Charlie Hudson, Gaylee Burn, David Cleaveland, Annie Achenbach; Next Row L to R: Terry Rhoads, K...
1997 - The cast of SOUTH PACIFIC with Director Bill McHale. Featuring: Jan Waterman, Maggie Lamb, Beth Malone, Joanne Kearns, Judi Hofmeister, Patti Trout, Rod Serling, Gary Montgomery, Marcus Waterman
1999 - Cast photo of CLUE, The Musical with Director Bill McHale. Featuring: Deborah Persoff, Paul Dwyer, Randy St. Pierre, Thaddeus Valdez, Jan Waterman, Marcus Waterman, Eugene Texas, and Gina Schuh-Turner. Understudies: Debra Devere Bradley and Kevin Keyes.
1999 - The cast of GREASE with Director Bill McHale. Featuring: Kristie Welborn, Maureen McHale, Brian Walker Smith, Paul Dwyer, Terry Rhoads, Joanne Kearns.
The Country Dinner Playhouse, affectionately referred to as the "barn," staged almost 200 productions, from 1970 - 2007. Located just southeast of I-25 and Arapahoe Road south of Denver, the 470-seat dinner theater was a regular favorite of many in the area with its cafeteria styled buffet and its happy cast of Barnstormers (an entertaining pre-show song and dance troupe that were also the wait staff). The professionally produced musicals and comedy/mysteries helped to usher along the careers of some famous faces including moviestar, Amy Adams and Broadway stars, Annaleigh Ashford, Beth Malone and Rachel Kasper deBenedet. Mary Jo Catlett (who appeared in dozens of TV programs) and Ann B. Davis (best known as the housekeeper on the TV show the "Brady Bunch") also hit the boards at CDP, as well as TV star and Englewood High School graduate, Lee Horsley (starring as private investigator Matt Houston in the 1980s). And, more recently, Melissa Benoist, the current star of TV's "Supergirl" who appeared on the CDP stage as a child performer. Bill McHale (affectionately referred to as "Papa" Bill) was the venerable, lengendary director of CDP's productions for 30 years. An actor/singer himself, McHale performed in a handful of shows at the barn in addition to being the director. He retired in 2000, 7 years prior to the theatre's closure, after directing 142 productions.