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The Crazy Horse is show saloon, complete with a small stage for western singing and can-can dancing, as well as a bar. In keeping with the park’s family friendly atmosphere, park promotional materials make it very clear that “although it is a saloon, only soft-drinks are sold there.”
The theater is rather small, with room for a small stage, a piano, and several tables for the guests. Four or five performers in saloon costumes sang period songs, danced on the stage and mingled with the guests.
In keeping with the park’s historical emphasis, the entire back bar is an actual antique bar from an 1890 vintage saloon. Carpenters crafted a new front bar to conform to the original. Antique tables and chairs were acquired from a saloon in Little Rock, Arkansas.
While there are shows and performers in all of the sections of the park, the Crazy Horse is unique in that is the park’s first indoor show. It continued as the park’s only indoor show for the first seven years of operation, until the much larger Southern Palace replaced the amphitheater in 1968. It is also the longest running theater in the park, operating continuously since the first season. Inside, the singing and dancing showgirls still entertain visitors.
Being the only indoor theater, the Crazy Horse also served as an employee auditorium, being used for orientation sessions, training, and other meetings
The Crazy Horse Saloon opened with the Park in 1961 and is the oldest theater in the park.
Year installed: 1961
The Gunfighter Shows have been held in the Texas section since the park opened in 1961. The shows recreate the good-guy/bad-guy shoot-outs of the wild west. They are designed to be entertaining more than historically accurate. Typically they take place on the street in front of the Courthouse in the Texas Section. Over the years, however, shows have been held in various locations around the park. In some shows, outlaws rob the Train while it is running, leading to a shoot-out in front of the Texas train station. Shoot-outs have also been held in front of the Jersey Lilly, around the corner from the Courthouse.
Starting in 1994, the Texas section hosted the Texas Backlot Stunt Show, an outdoor action-comedy stunt-show featured in the Texas section. Additional sets were built next to the Jersey Lilly for this show. The first show, the O.K Corral Shootout Backlot show,was tied to the release of the Warner Brother’s movie Wyatt Earp. The stunt shows continued through the 1990s.
At this time, the Gunfights continue in front of the Courthouse.
|Let’s Find a Cause ~ Campus Review 1966|
Pictures from the 1966 production of “Let’s Find a Cause.” Of the cast, the ventriloquist Jay Johnson went on to be a star of the hit comedy SOAP and Cissy King became a dancer on the famous Lawrence Welk Show. Photos courtesy of Cast Member LaVerne Huselton Catter.
The Southern Palace was built for the 1968 season. Prior to that time, an Amphitheater was at this location.
|1962||Six Flags Campus Revues||Amphitheater|
|1963||Six Flags Campus Revues: Gilchrist Clitters||Amphitheater|
|1964||Six Flags Campus Revues: The Singing Flags||Amphitheater|
|1965||Six Flags Campus Revue: Thank You Mr. President”, subtitled “A New Play with Old Music||Amphitheater|
|1966||Six Flags Campus Revue: Let’s Do It, (Let’s Find a Cause)||Amphitheater|
|1967||Six Flags Campus Revue: Numbers Games||Amphitheater|
|1968||Red, White and Blue Revue||BC-TV||Southern Palace|
|1969||Fabulous Flickers||Southern Palace|
|1970||45 minutes from Broadway||Sing-in-70||Southern Palace|
|1971||Sing Out! America||Southern Palace|
|1972||Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance!||Southern Palace|
|1973||The Passing Parade (Original Parade of Progress)(Gilbert Girls)||Southern Palace|
|1974||Great to Be Here*||Southern Palace|
|1975||Jukebox Jubilee||Southern Palace|
|1977||“Good Times, Good Music, Good Friends”||Southern Palace|
|1978||Jazz Crazy!||Southern Palace|
|1980||Six Flags Follies||Southern Palace|
|1981||Six Flags’ Follies||Southern Palace|
|1982||America – Saluting American Music||Southern Palace|
|1984||Star Struck||Southern Palace|
|1985||Celebrate America! <new – 85 fact sheet>||Southern Palace|
|1987||The Incredible Acrobats of China *||Stars & Stripes Salute!” (“All American Revue” on some materials)||Southern Palace|
|1988||The Incredible Acrobats of China * June 5 to July 2||Stars & Stripes Salute||Southern Palace|
|1989||Flashback, the Musical||Texas Themed||Southern Palace|
|1992||We are the World (Do you hear the people sing?)||Southern Palace|
|1993||Ice Express (First SP Ice show)||(Chevrolet/GEO) Southern Palace||Southern Palace|
|1994||Warner Music Rock Revue *||Pure Country also||Southern Palace|
|1995||Hot Rockin’ Country *||Southern Palace|
|1996||Hot Rockin’ Country *||Southern Palace|
|1997||Hot Rockin’ Country||Southern Palace|
|1998||Hot Rockin’ Country||Southern Palace|
|1999||Hooray for Hollywood!||Southern Palace|
|2001||American Rock * David Blackburn||Southern Palace|
|2002||State of Rhythm||Southern Palace|
|2003||The State of Rhythm *||Southern Palace|
|2004||The State of Rhythm||It’s Alright *||Southern Palace|
|2005||The Amazing Acrobats of China||It’s Alright *||Southern Palace|
|2006||The Amazing Acrobats of China *||Hello Texas (Spring Show)||Southern Palace|
|2007||X-Treme Country||Southern Palace|
|2008||Dick Clark’s Academy of Country Music: Back Trax||Southern Palace|
|2009||Country is my Rock||Southern Palace|
|2010||Country is my Rock||Southern Palace|
|2011||Chart-Toppers 5.0 *||Southern Palace|
|2013||Chart-Toppers 5.2||Southern Palace|
|2014||Chart-Toppers 5.3||Southern Palace|
|2015||Chart-Toppers 5.4||Southern Palace|
|2016||Chart-Toppers 5.5||Southern Palace|
Year installed: 1961
Located across from the theater and the Skull Island dock stood one of the park’s historical recreations, the Confederate Soldier’s headquarters and recruitment station. This area was a recreation of a small confederate encampment and included a group of large tents, protected by cannon and framed by colorful civil war recruitment banners mounted on the scaffolding above the tents. Park guests could “enlist” in the Confederate army by signing on the dotted line. In addition, guests could visit with the reenactment players, who displayed their knowledge of civil war times.
The reenactment players were outfitted in the authentic distinctive gray uniform of the Confederate States of America. They marched through the streets of the confederate section and performed precision drills with their rifles. From time to time during the day, a union spy would be spotted in the crowded. At that time, the confederate soldiers would search the crowd, find the spy, and execute him by firing squad.
Year installed 1991
Last Season Operated 1991
The Hollywood Stunt Show was staged during 1991 at the Tower Theater, where it replaced the Dolphin Show. The show featured trained stuntmen performing various action scenes. There was little change in the theater for the new show. The pool itself was covered to create a large performance area, with a western town facade added at the back.
The Hollywood Stunt Show was produced by Benros Worldwide Entertainment and was staged for one year. Benros later produced Gunfight After the OK Corral and Bad Day at the Backlot stunt shows in the Texas section of the park.
In 1992, the show was replaced by the Batman Stunt Show.
In addition to producing shows in numerous other parks, Benros staged the Colossus show for Freedomland in 1961.
During the show, one character entered the arena using a zip line mounted on the fifty foot platform of the tower.
The Music Mill Theater opened in 1974 as a venue for various shows and events.
Although the Native Americans did not have a flag to be recognized in the park’s theme, they did play an important role in the development of Texas. As such, an area representing their contribution was appropriate.
The Indian Trading Post and Village is not contained within a single section, but rather sets on the border between the Mexican and Texas sections. The front of the Indian village is the trading post. The Trading Post is a large souvenir shop selling Western and Indian related items.
Behind the trading post was the Indian village. A set of four tee-pees sat in the corners of a small square blacktop performance area. Here Native Americas performed authentic hoop dances during the day. Typically, two Native American’s perform the Hoop dance with wooden hoops, not unlike a hula hoop. A third slowly marks time on an Indian tom-tom.
The Indian trading post still sits at is original location. The Indian village, however, has been removed.