Pioneer Playhouse announces 2023 lineup!

Covid 19 Safe and Very Entertaining!

Accessibility and accessible seating in all areas, including dining patio, play amphitheater,  restrooms and exhibits in indoor theatre. 

Performances nightly Tuesday-Saturday June 9 – August 12 Dinner & Show – 7:00pm Show Only – 8:30pm (EDT)

All performances are held outside.  In case of light rain, show continues.  If show is canceled due to severe weather, rain checks will be given.
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2023 Season – Celebrating 74 years!!

Blood Suede Shoes: A Sergeant Elvis Presley Murder Mystery By Robby Henson (Breaking Up with Elvis; The Wonder Team; Good Blues Tonight!) World Premiere event! June 9 – July 1 It’s the swinging ‘60s, and a threat to young Sergeant Elvis Presley’s life during stormy weather over Scotland forces an emergency landing near a spooky castle where London’s posh set have gathered for a séance.  In this zany new murder mystery mash-up, cultures clash, the body count rises, and a dashing young Elvis must use every bit of his down-home common sense and military training to catch a murderer! Family fun!! Rated G.

Farce of Nature By Jamie Wooten, Jessie Jones, and Nicholas Hope July 4  – July 22 Welcome to Reel ‘Em Inn, the finest little fishing lodge in the Ozarks!  Well, it used to be, but lately business is slow … until a jittery gangster from Chicago shows up, followed by a string of surprise guests, each with something hilariously fishy up their sleeves! Slamming doors, mistaken identity, crazy disguises, and an increasingly awful stench, make for a wacky roller coaster ride of a comedy, and some good ole Southern fried fun! Famiy fun! Rated G.

Kosher Lutherans By William Missouri Downs July 25 – August 12 Hanna and Franklyn are the perfect LA couple who desperately want to have a baby of their own, but can’t.  Enter Alison, a naïve, unmarried 18-year-old runaway from Iowa who’s pregnant.  It’s an adoption match made in heaven…except Alison doesn’t realize Hanna and Franklyn are Jewish, which leads to a few hysterical — and heartwarming — twists and turns on the road to parenthood. “A delightful comedy with message and heart.” (Louisville Courier Journal). Rated PG.

Special Stand-Up Comedy Weekend Starring Lee Cruse!! August 18-19 Co-host of the nationally-syndicated and hugely popular ‘The Lee and Hayley Show’, airing locally on WTVQ Channel 36, and a favorite here at Pioneer Playhouse, Lee Cruse has been making people laugh for over two decades! Lee has become the gold standard for comedy in the Bluegrass, and beyond. Don’t miss a chance to see Lee and his Kentucky All Stars on our historic stage!

Rain Policy Pioneer Playhouse shows are held in our historic outdoor amphitheater. There is always a slight risk of rain when attending shows outside. All performances are held outside.  In case of light rain, show continues. If show is canceled due to severe weather, rain checks will be given. Shows are not considered rained out until show time. We may delay or pause to allow weather to pass. ALL SALES ARE FINAL AND NON REFUNDABLE If a performance is canceled or cannot continue due to rain, your ticket will be stamped as a rain check and may be redeemed for any performance during the season. Please hold onto the ticket and contact the box office to reschedule You may bring umbrellas. Umbrellas and ponchos are also available for purchase in our gift shop. In extreme cases of threatening weather we may cancel a show prior to curtain and will make an announcement on our social media pages. We want to provide the Playhouse experience you know and love and keep everyone safe. Seating capacity will be reduced to promote social distancing. Only one family member should come to the box office window. You are welcome to make your reservations online.  Please do not print out your tickets. They will be given to you when you arrive (and will not be torn). Please come early so there is not a crowd rush at show time. DINNER: Line up and be served a delicious, home-cooked dinner, then find your own seats in our shaded courtyard.  Dietary restrictions or vegetarian requests must be made before noon the previous day.  No dinner reservations can be taken after 3 PM on the day of the show.
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