Cheers to CDT

Dinner theater celebrates loyal employees from throughout the decades.
Then and Now: CDT celebrated its 10th anniversary and prepares for its 50th.

Calling all former and current employees of the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres (CDT), your presence is requested back at work—this time, you’re the guests!
The CDT, a beloved staple in the Southwest Metro community for decades, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and the festivities will begin with a street dance on June 18 to give an appreciative nod to all past and current employees.

Throughout its history, the theater has always celebrated the employees with special events held in the summer. This year is no different, so CDT alumni will be feted during a private street dance in the venue’s parking lot, featuring a surprise music act, food items for purchase from a large variety of vendors, beverage trucks with proceeds going to the Chanhassen Rotary’s annual fundraising efforts and memories galore.

Between 500 and 1,000 employees are expected to attend the outdoor reunion event, according to CDT public relations director Kris Howland, who says the celebration is held on a Monday night because it is the only night the theater is not open.

At the beginning of the event, current and former employees and their guests will be invited into CDT to visit old haunts, view updates to the venue and walk down memory lane with a specially-created slide presentation, which is sure to elicit some guffaws and applause.
Attendees, who may bring a guest, are asked to RSVP at:

The public will be included in other anniversary events, which will be posted online at, or watch for information in Southwest Metro Magazine.