|Address:||5185 Meadville St, Excelsior, MN 55331, USA|
My family and I have been going to the childrens Christmas shows at the Old Log Theatre for the past 40+ years. We started going as a family when our children were small and now attend the theatre with our grandchildren. This years performance of Charlie Browns Christmas was the worst childrens Christmas show we have ever attended. Our grandchildren are from Orange County, California and has recently visited Knotts Berry Farm where Charlie Brown and the other characters were dressed in costume, & that was what they expected to see at the Old Log Theatre, not a group of adult actors with only Snoopy dressed in costume. There was not one character from this years show that was could be remembered by a child. In last years performance of Todd & Frog, Snail was the most remembered character & our grandchildren still talk about him. My son, who attended this years performance, remembered Rumpelstiltskin from a performance we must have seen many years ago. If the Old Log Theatre doesnt return to child-friendly productions, we will not be back.
We were very disappointed in our most recent trip to OLT. We have made it a family tradition for years to see a show the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We always enjoyed the carolers, decorations and the festive atmosphere. In the past they had very cute gift boxes for purchase that went along with the show. This year the decorations were just going up, there were no carolers and no gift bags for the children, they fireplace was not even lit. We were also surprised at the production of A frog and Toad. The set seemed to be very cheap. There were no set changes and the set that was there was very inadequate and not up to past OLT standards. The talent was Ok but everything else was disappointing. It seems like the new owners are looking to make a bigger profit. Which I guess is their right to do. However, we will not be visiting the OLT again and they have lost their family feel.
We are longtime Old Log fans and were concerned with the sale, but trusted Don Stoltz knew what he was doing selling to the current owners. Last night we attended a company Christmas party at the Old Log Theater. We started with dinner in the newly remodeled Cast & Cru restaurant. The decor and ambiance is lovely, the service good, and the food was excellent. The show was a joyful expression of fun musical memories with an extremely talented cast. I heard one patron say he doesnt like going to plays but he really liked the show and was enjoying himself.I doubt anyone was NOT smiling at the finale. It was just so much fun! I think the new owners have done Done Stoltz proud! I give it a 12 out of 10!
Havent seen the show yet because after a one hour wait our fixed course dinner finally arrived (to be fair you are given a choice of five meals all very over priced. Come on a pasta dish (no meat just noodles) for $28? All other meals from 33 to 35. Ordered the short ribs with so-called roasted squash. Beef was nice over top the powdered potatoes and cold canned vegetables. Gross. Other complaints at our table of 8 was dry and tasteless chicken over what was supposed to be risotto. Most dishes were tasteless and not even close to warm. Sorry will not return. Back to Chanhassen theatres next time. Services is very non attentive.
This theater is a gem! Watching Ghost was a highlight of my trip to Minnesota. The show was well cast. Frank Moran (Sam Wheat) and Mollie Fischer (Molly Jenson) had palpable chemistry that drew me into and kept me engaged the emotionally packed storyline. Heather McElrath ( Oda Mae Brown) has both the vocal chops and comedic timing that made this character explode on stage. Scene changes were seamless and choreographed well with the show. The lighting was innovative and artful and deepened the whole experience. The theater itself is very comfortable with good acoustics. The next time I am in Minnesota, I will make this a "must do" stop.
El Donna Harbarth
We have seen lots of plays, but Almost Maine was a huge disappointment to us. It was to be a comedy, I actually fell asleep during the first half of the play, which is something I never do, dont even take a nap in the day time. If it was a comedy, I didnt find any thing funny. It will take a while before I will go to the Old Log again, without someone who sees the play first and recommends it.
The staff at Old Log is really what makes this place so special. I was greeted by the friendly workers when I walked in and immediately felt the sense of community that has been put into this place with the new owners. The food is 5 stars and some of the talent they have here is incredible. I would highly recommend dinner and a show to just about anyone who hasnt had the pleasure of doing so yet.
Our family enjoys a childrens play here every year in December. They put on such a fun and engaging production every time both for the adults and the kids. They are also known for plays geared towards an adult audience. The building has a nice fireplace making a calming ambiance. They also have a restaurant and bar that I havent had the chance to enjoy yet.
I have always enjoyed going to The Old Log. The opening night performance of "Rancho Mirage" was nothing less than thrilling. Superb acting, direction and design made for a compelling evening at the theater. I will be back again soon, and am also looking forward to sampling your new menu. Thanks so much for a great night out!
Okay granted the theater section is still as old as dirt. You just dont mind because the players are so good and the new restaurant bar area is so pretty and fun its worth it. Also just fantastic to grab a drink and go sit outside and look at the marsh
We were THRILLED with the production of "Ghost: The Musical "! Sets were creative. Casting was outstanding! The variety of ways scenes changed was astounding! We didnt want the show to end. We will be coming back for many more productions!
I went to the Million Dollar Quartet show, which was really good. Establishment itself was also very nice. The place seems to have an older crowd, which makes it good for family events or going out if the shoe fits.
With the newly remodeled lobby and restaurant area, this has become one of the best theatre experiences around. A nice historic setting, friendly staff and great performers make this a must-see place to go.
A wonderful place to take kids to see live theater. Up close and personal, they get to meet the cast after the performance...we have seen several shows here when we visit from Denver, CO.
The play was good. Not well attended on a Wednesday night, but that didnt detract from the experience. There has been major remodeling since our last visit. .
Recently saw Ghost and was very pleased. The cast was great and the theater itself was beautiful. The set was designed really well and it was very entertaining!
We walked through the calming woods into a slice of sensory heaven. Excellent food, drink, and a great play. Why have I waited so long to come here?