Although it's the only dedicated dinner theater in the area, the Melodrama does allow a meals-optional ticket to see its campy but charming shows. The season runs April through October, and there are special holiday productions in December.
We admitted that a "morbid curiosity" led us to check out Manitou's campy dinner theater outfit, and we conceded some pleasant surprises from a talented cast. But outside of some fun, strong drinks, we had to knock the pre-performance menu as supermarket deli quality. Soggy-bottomed fried chicken, watery green beans, dry buttermilk biscuits, unremarkable cole slaw — you get the idea. Leave the eats to the tourists, Iron Springs' main demographic, and go for the show.