From skiing on the slopes to slaying on a sleigh, there’s always an abundance of amazing winter-time wonders to explore in the Sierra. After spending your days on the stunning snow-capped mountains, consider an escape from the cold and warm up at some of the hot shows lighting the region’s stages.
Longing to hear some fabulous show tunes? Head to the Pioneer Center, a 1,500-seat theatre located in the heart of downtown Reno and catch a show from their Broadway comes to Renoseries. Upcoming options include classics like The King & Iand the Wizard of Oz. pioneercenter.com
Prefer a late-night belly laugh? Make your way downstairs to Reno-Tahoe Comedy at the Pioneer Underground for a large dose of laughter from established names and stars on the rise. Shows take place nightly Thursday – Saturday in a smoke-free theatre venue with no drink minimum. For laughter at the lake, catch some of the funniest names in comedy at The Improv at Harvey’s Lake Tahoe. Shows feature two new comics every week, Wednesday – Sunday, in the Cabaret Theater. renotahoecomedy.com; caesars.com/harveys-tahoe
Sure, all theatre is an escape — but what about watching a master illusionist escape? At the Eldorado Resort CasinoShowroom, The Illusionistsis a mind-blowing showcase of five of the most incredible performers on earth. The show willdazzle audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of non-stop thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. eldoradoreno.com
Looking for a more traditional magic show? Head to The Loft Theatre, where you’ll be treated to the talents of award-winning magicians from around the world during their Magic Fusionshow. Located in South Lake Tahoe’s Heavenly Village, the 75-minute performance is appropriate for all ages and runs seven days a week. thelofttahoe.com
From classic tales, to cutting-edge contemporary pieces, Reno’s local theatre scene is thriving. The Reno Little Theater, founded in 1935, is breathing new life into Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park, followed by Violet Sharpe, which is set against one of America’s most notorious crimes — the 1932 Lindbergh kidnapping case. Bruka Theatre has entertained audiences for over 20 years. Their current offerings are part of their 2019 classics revolution and include The Dresser, which takes you backstage at a theatre in the English provinces during WWII, followed by Agatha Christie’s Akhnaton. Goodluck Macbeth Theatre Company, the region’s premiere black box theatre, promises to deliver an innovative interpretation of Shakespeare in Love. Their next show is The Wolves, a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer prize for drama that centers around the experiences of high school girls through their weekly Saturday morning soccer game warm ups. renolittletheater.org; bruka.org; goodluckmacbeth.org
Whether you decide to share a laugh, be mesmerized by magic, shed a tear or sing along to a Broadway tune, you and your loved ones are sure to be wowed by the region’s vibrant theatre scene.
By: Emily Skyle