If you're looking for a unique outdoor music entertainment extravaganza then the TEXAS Outdoor Musical is for you. For 50 years the dedicated actors and signers have brought electricity to the calm Canyon, Texas evenings. In June through August, on Tuesday thru Sunday nights, you can catch this spectacle that is set against the breathtaking cliffs of the Duro Canyon State Park. When the Texas flag is proudly raised on a cliff that sits 600 feet above the stage, the show springs to action. Over 60 dancers, singers and performers bring life to the natural amphitheater that is cut into the bedrock. Come and join the 75,000 people from around the world that come to Canyon to partake in the spectacle that is TEXAS. This is a perfect event to bring the family, friends, group or a date. They offer meals and a range of packages to accommodate groups and help you have the best experience possible. I got the opportunity to talk to Lindsey Miller the sales and marketing manager, to see what the TEXAS Outdoor Musical is all about.
TS: What makes this event unique?
LM: TEXAS is history making history. For 50 years now, 100 very talented actors, singers, dancers, technician and hospitality crew come together to tell the story of the late 1800 settlers of the Texas Panhandle, from struggles to triumphs. With spellbinding song, dance, and special lighting and fire effects, TEXAS will have you at the edge of your seat. The Beautiful Palo Duro Canyon sets the scene and makes for one glorious backdrop.
TS: Take me through a typical day at the event?
LM: Guests are allowed to enter the park after 4pm for free with their TEXAS tickets. Palo Duro Canyon State Park is second largest canyon in the nation, and is one of our nation’s most magnificent natural attractions.
The box office in the Amphitheatre opens at 6pm nightly; TEXAS runs every night except for Monday nights, early June – Mid August. There is a delicious chuck wagon BBQ dinner served before the show on our covered patio from 6-8pm, catered by Feldman’s Wrong Way Diner of Canyon, and includes three meat BBQ, sides, dessert and drinks!
There is plenty of pre-show entertainment to enjoy including live music by TEXAS cast members, along with TEXAS line dance lessons for the kids, and a Quanah Parker interpretive by Benny Tahmahkera Jr., a Quanah Parker decedent. Or you can always stop by the TEXAS gift shop to cool off and grab some fabulous souvenirs!
Seating in the Amphitheatre begins about 8pm, and the show start as the sun sets over the Canyon wall about 8:30pm as a lone horseman, carrying the flag of the great state of Texas, appears atop a 600 foot cliff, signaling the beginning of the most spectacular outdoor musical drama in the world. TEXAS is approximately two hours long with a 15 minute intermission and a remarkable Grand Finale to cap off the show with fireworks that light up the canyon walls and the beautiful dancing waters of TEXAS! You are usually out of the Amphitheatre for a chance to meet the ever so talented cast by 10:30pm and headed out of the Canyon by 11pm.
TS: What can an attendee expect to find for local lodging?
LM: There are a few lovely bed and breakfasts located in the friendly town of Canyon, Texas, only 15 miles away from Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Palo Duro Canyon offers several campsites, and cabins in the park (reservations are recommended for cabins), as well as RV camp sites close by. There are also some accommodating hotels and a couple motels in the area that offer discounts to TEXAS patrons.
TS: Are there any special deals that local lodging offers in connection to the event?
LM: Holiday Inn Express offers 10% discount to TEXAS patrons.
TEXAS & Hudspeth House B&B Package:
The Hudspeth House is a historic bed and breakfast located in Canyon, Texas. It is nestled in the downtown square district and only 15 minutes away from Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Please feel free to visit their website www.hudspethinn.com.
Please contact the TEXAS office to book your package today!
TS: Why should people come to your event?
LM: TEXAS is an unforgettable experience. From the exciting drive down into the Canyon, with jaw dropping views of the canyon walls, into the Amphitheatre parking lot to be greeted by our friendly hospitality staff, to the delicious chuck wagon BBQ dinner and pre-show entertainment. The spectacular Grand Finale, filled with fireworks and dancing waters, caps off a wonderful show and will have you driving up out of the Canyon oh-so-proud to be an American and a wonderful way to end the memorable experience of TEXAS!
TS: Does the event support a special cause in the community?
LM: The mission of the Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation, non-profit producers of the Outdoor Musical TEXAS, is to preserve and present Texas history and culture through education and entertainment. The show is used as a stepping stone and learning device for several talented up and coming theatre students. Many members of the TEXAS cast and crew go on to Broadway and other prestigious attractions.
This event is a great way to experience the richness of Texas. From the awe-inspiring cliffs and natural formations, to the expert performers whose craft echos through the canyon nightly, you’ll find memories here that will last a lifetime. Visit their site www.texas-show.com for additonal information.