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Oct 12, 2020
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Picture this: 10 people – some theater people by trade, others simply business people, others marketing people. This group sits around a room calling out show names. One person writes them on “sticky notes,” and places them on the wall, to collate and memorialize the titles. Eventually there are 20 or so titles from which to choose, all fantastic shows in their own way.

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There were more titles shouted, but not all of them make the short list. “We did that show in 2007,” yells our official historian, Becky. “And we did that one in 1986, and people loved it.” “Yeah! Let’s do that one, I loved that show,” barks another regarding a separate title. Invariably, someone yells out “I know if we did High School Musical again, we would sell it out. It was just bad timing.” It’s always the marketing guy, Mark, who wants to prove it was a fluke that his daughter’s favorite show didn’t draw the crowds we draw today. Usually someone agrees, then we all laugh and move on, knowing the show will probably never again make the cut.

Eventually, the group narrows the show list to about a dozen. Most of them are musicals. We try not to repeat a show any more recently than five to seven years, and that’s where the biggest challenge comes in. For example, over the last decade we have tried to include the crowd favorite, Fiddler on the Roof, and yet each time when we’ve called to get the rights, the show has been scheduled either for Broadway or for a national Broadway tour, which immediately pulls the show off the market for the entire country of theaters like the Alhambra.

Our methodology is admittedly part science, part guessing, and part luck. It’s like trying to read the mind of 50,000 people who trust us to select great shows. Our first line of defense is always, “We know our audience will love this show.” Those go on the A-list. The next conversation is usually, “if we can get it, will the audience will love this show, or is it a little too outside the box of our usual fare?" This is typically a show like Tennessee Williams’ Glass Menagerie, which we are featuring in 2021. Those of us the in the room know it’s a great show. We remember the movie, and it was wonderful. But will a straight drama “sell” at The Alhambra. Well, there is really only one way to find out! Our summer family shows are always a fun one to debate. Honestly, the list is far shorter than you’d think. This year’s summer show, Seussical the Musical was actually our second choice, but the first choice is currently on tour, so here we are – and joyfully! We had a blast running Seussical the first time we did it (which was longer ago than we remembered), and we’re eager to run it again this summer.

“It's not as easy as it sounds! A lot of factors go into picking a season.”

There are other factors: the size of the cast, the reality of the the set designs, etc. For example, we’ve never been able to run Peter Pan because we have a low fly gallery, also known as the gallery or catwalk above the stage floor from which counterweight and rope rigging is operated. Often, we try to find a “star” vehicle in which we feature a popular actor. Thankfully for them, with the advent of streaming TV there is so much work out there for them, it is actually hard to find actors of that caliber these days who are looking for work.

A photo of the Little Mermaid show at the Alhambra Theatre

After all of this, we finally have a season selected and then we go immediately into renewal mode for our Season Partners. This year more than ever, the Alhambra is going to need as much support as possible. So, we hope to see you at the Alhambra – and now you know a little bit of our secret!

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COVID-19 Update

Currently, separate parties are seated at separate tables and we are still asking all guests to wear a mask during your experience here at the Alhambra, excluding the meal portion, of course. Masks are available for $1 for those who cannot provide their own. Our kitchen and service staff will continue wearing masks and gloves, as well as continuing our enhanced cleaning measures.

We also insist that if you feel at all symptomatic, and/or if you have been exposed to COVID-19, that you reschedule your reservation. Should you need to reschedule due to illness, we are offering full house credits back to your Alhambra account. To ensure the safety of others, customers and staff will be asked to leave the premises upon any display of illness.
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Choice of One

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Choice of One

Classic Caesar Salad

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Hearty Chili

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Course 2

Choice of One

Chef DeJuan’s World Famous Shrimp & Grits

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Fried Chicken

white barbecue sauce, chopped pickles, Lima beans, hand-cut French fries
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Plant-Based Chili

with fried cornbread

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Banana Pudding

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Hearty Beef & Vegetable Pot Pie

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Oven-Baked Trout *GF*

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Pan-Seared Trout

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Chopped Salad

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Fried Hidden Valley Catfish

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Three Bean & Kale Stew

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Sweet Tea Poached Salmon

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Hummingbird Cake

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Course 1

Choice of One

Warm Spinach Salad

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Country Ham & White Bean Soup

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Choice of One

Braised Pork Shanks

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Pappardelle Pasta

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Shrimp & Scallop Farro Risotto

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*GF*

Stuffed Bell Pepper

plant-based meat, wild mushroom farro risotto, asparagus, tomato basil sauce *GF*

Course 3

Choice of One

Sweet Potato Pie

with whipped cream

Ooey Gooey Buttercake

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Old-Fashioned Meatloaf

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Course 2

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Course 1

Choice of One

Kale Salad

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Tomato Bisque

with pesto crouton

Course 2

Choice of One

Pan-Seared Trout

lemon beurre blanc, roasted asparagus, cherry tomatoes, brown rice casserole *GF* Option of Oven-Baked Trout

Fried Center-Cut Pork Chop

mushroom gravy, roasted fingerling potatoes, Brussels sprouts

Hearty Beef & Vegetable Pot Pie

slow-cooked beef tenderloin tips, gravy, carrots, celery, potatoes, and onions, with a flaky pie crust

Roasted Vegetable Pot Pie

vegetable gravy, red & green bell peppers, squash, onions, carrots, celery, zucchini, and potatoes, with a flaky pie crust

Course 3

Choice of One

Lemon Pound Cake

with mixed berry compote

Cherry Cobbler

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Dinner Menu

Course 1

Choice of One

Mixed Greens Salad

tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, shredded carrots, garlic croutons, ranch dressing *GF* without croutons

Field Pea Soup

with country ham

Course 2

Choice of One

Old-Fashioned Meatloaf

with tomato gravy, creamy southern style mashed potatoes, garlic green beans

Sweet Tea Poached Salmon

cauliflower rice pilaf, broccolini, fried capers, choron sauce.

Aunt Mae's Fried Chicken

gravy, white rice, Lima beans *GF* Option: Baked chicken with garlic green beans

Roasted Vegetable & Lentil Stew

fried tofu, toasted baguette

Course 3

Choice of One

Hummingbird Cake

Lemon Meringue Pie

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Dinner Menu

Course 1

Choice of One

House Salad

mixed greens, sweet cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onions, garlic croutons, lemon vinaigrette *GF* without croutons

Country Ham & White Bean Soup

Course 2

Choice of One

Braised Pork Shanks

mushroom demi-glace, mac n' cheese, turnip greens

Chicken Parmesan

bowtie pasta primavera, garden vegetables, garlic crostini

Fried Shrimp Basket

house fries, coleslaw *GF* option: sautéed shrimp in garlic sauce

Eggplant Parmesan

bowtie pasta primavera

Course 3

Choice of One

Warm Apple Cobbler

with caramel sauce

Key Lime Pie

with mixed berry sauce

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Stuffed Bell Pepper

Takeout Option

Course 1

Stuffed Bell Pepper

plant-based meat, wild mushroom farro risotto, asparagus, tomato basil sauce *GF*

Course 2

Sweet Potato Pie

with whipped cream

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Shrimp & Scallop Farro Risotto

Takeout Option

Course 1

Shrimp & Scallop Farro Risotto

lobster broth, roasted root vegetables, herb salad *GF*

Course 2

Sweet Potato Pie

with whipped cream

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Pappardelle Pasta

Takeout Option

Course 1

Pappardelle Pasta

chicken, Tasso ham, tomatoes, asparagus, light sherry cream and fresh herbs

Course 2

Sweet Potato Pie

with whipped cream

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Braised Pork Shanks

Takeout Option

Course 1

Braised Pork Shanks

mushroom demi-glace, mac n' cheese, turnip greens

Course 2

Sweet Potato Pie

with whipped cream

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Course 1

Choice of One

Southern Salad

romaine, tomatoes, red onions, fried cornbread, white balsamic dressing

Turkey Sausage, White Bean & Kale Soup

*GF*

Course 2

Choice of One

Braised Pork Shanks

mushroom demi-glace, macaroni & cheese, turnip greens *GF* without macaroni

Fried Catfish

cheese grits, stewed okra and tomatoes

Slow-Roasted Top Round of Beef

beef gravy, au gratin potatoes, corn pudding

Farro Risotto

wild mushrooms, asparagus, tomatoes, Parmesan, broth *GF*

Course 3

Choice of One

Sweet Potato Pie

with whipped cream

Ooey Gooey Buttercake

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