The Chanhassen Dinner Theatres Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

Susan Goeppinger and David Anders, beloved CDT cast members, are set to attend the event.

The Chanhassen Dinner Theatres (CDT) is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a gala on August 13. The special event honors a legacy of loyal audiences, cast members and staff, who have been dedicated to making CDT a longtime success and honored fixture in the regional theater world.

The gala is also a fundraiser, with all of the proceeds going to the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ University of Minnesota Duluth Professional Alliance, which helps fund student internships and scholarships through the theater department. “It’s not a fully-funded scholarship program, so this benefit event really helps fund those important scholarships,” says Kris Howland, CDT public relations director.

Following a dinner, there will be an original, one-time production created by Michael Brindisi, CDT president and artistic director, and Tamara Kangas-Erickson, CDT vice president and choreographer. The not-to-be-missed production is a musical revue, honoring the past traditions of the theater and will be cast with actors, who have been involved with CDT throughout the years. One of the brightest spots of the night will be the presence of two actors, who helped define CDT’s legacy—the original couple from CDT’s long-running production of  I Do, I Do—Susan Goeppinger and David Anders.

“It’ll be a very nostalgic, one-of-a-kind show. Our loyal audience members will be there, as well as past theater crew. But anyone is invited to come,” Howland says. In addition, Howland says they are also inviting CDT’s founding family, as well as previous owners. “We are just so excited for this event!”

$100 per person.  6 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show. August 18.