Best (& Sweetest) 12 Weeks of Summer Ever #2
2. Entertainment as big as Texas
Set against a 600-foot cliff, the outdoor musical drama TEXAS brings to life the story of the Panhandle in the 1800s. The show kicks off with a lone rider atop the cliff, carrying the Texas flag, followed on stage by actors, singers, and dancers portraying cowboys, ranchers, farmers, Comanches, thieves, schemers, and a wayward gold prospector—a cast of more than 60. After all, it takes a lot of people to tell a story this big.
Held in the Pioneer Amphitheater deep inside scenic Palo Duro Canyon State Park, the family-friendly production runs Tuesday through Sunday, June 1 to August 17. While daytime summer temperatures here hit the low 90s, nights pleasantly cool off to the low 70s.
The “official” state play covers authentic historic events in the settling of Texas, like the arrival of the railroad, plus legendary characters such as Comanche Chief Quanah Parker and cattleman Charles Goodnight. In addition to foot-stompin’ music, dance numbers, and horses, the show features fireworks, the Dancing Waters of Texas (a Lone Star twist on Las Vegas-style water fountain shows), and even a bolt of lightning. Come early for a pre-show barbecue dinner, served on the covered patio from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., and backstage tours lasting about 20 minutes.
From the May 2013 issue.