COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The closing of The Seasons Restaurant means the end for a popular dinner theater here in Coon Rapids.
For the past 23 years, Tom and Patti McCarthy have entertained thousands with their original plays and musicals. But as we found out this week, their final act at The Seasons won't mean the end for the theater company.
"It's a bittersweet time for us."
After two decades under the same roof, Tom and Patti McCarthy are saying goodbye to a place that has become their second home.
Patti Hynes-McCarthy says, "We're grateful. I mean, 23 years here, we've had a wonderful, wonderful run, worked with wonderful people, we've been so appreciated here."
The McCarthy's joined forces with The Seasons Restaurant back in 1988, creating a dinner theatre unique to the north metro. Ever since, it has become a holiday tradition for many.
Theater Patron George Dahlman says, "I would say we've been to most all of them, we enjoy every one of them, we think it's a very powerful message they bring across."
But the holiday tradition for many will now extend just a few miles away as the McCarthy's dinner theatre moves to Majestic Oaks Golf Club.
Tom McCarthy says, "We just really feel good about how enthusiastic they are and they're willing to make the changes to the Majestic Room where we'll be doing the theatre stuff."
The McCarthys were unable to negotiate a new agreement for space in the new clubhouse being built at Bunker Hills. What was an uncertain future has turned into a new chapter in the history of this theatre company.
Musical Director Steve Quesnel says, "It's been a great time here. We're excited to be moving over to Majestic but it will be hard to leave here, a lot of memories."
Memories of nearly two dozen shows, a lot of laughs and even a few of the buildings quirks.
Tom McCarthy says, "Even though the roof's been leaking on us for the last 3 years and we've had to put lines into shows because the roof is leaking on the stage, things like that, still there's charm to this building."
Quesnel concludes, "We're very happy they chose to keep going, that was the most important part."
This year's show is called "Casa Flamingo Christmas." It's about two families who get stuck together over the holidays in Florida. The two families don't really get a long and it all makes for an interesting musical comedy.
There are tickets still available. To reserve seats, click here. The final performance takes place on New Year's Eve.
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