Texas Living

Texas packed full of dancing, singing, and history

By Paige Skinner 8.26.13

There’s something about Texas-state pride that calls for some singing and dancing to tell a unique story.

Oklahoma has its own popular musical that dates back to the 1940s, but what many Texans don’t know is that their state also has its own self-titled musical.

Originating in 1960, Texas is performed live for an audience from June through August on an outdoor stage in Palo Duro Canyon. The musical-drama is set in the 1800s in the Texas Panhandle, conveying the story of early Texas settlers, loosely based on actual events.

This musical is family-friendly and will keep both adults and kids interested in the show. The audience is immediately captivated when a cowboy with a Texas flag in hand comes riding horseback at full speed along the scenic cliff.

A classic tale of boy meets girl, adults will find pleasure in the intriguing story that has some historical background sprinkled in, while the younger audience members will be transfixed by the singing, dancing, elaborate costumes, lighting, fire, and water effects — okay, maybe the adults will be fascinated with that, too.

Aside from the live show, the attraction also offers an old-fashioned barbecue dinner before the show and a special behind-the-scenes tour where you can learn how the show is produced.

And after the show is over, cast members head to the courtyard to sign autographs and take pictures with audience members. Be sure your kids get main character Calvin Armstrong’s autograph and a picture with him to brag about and show all their friends.

This show and attraction is a great vacation for the entire family. Don’t let this summer pass without stopping by and experiencing Texas for yourself.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit texas-show.com.