As I said though, our highlight was our visit to the Blue Gate Theatre. Blue Gate is a family-owned business that also operates a fantastic restaurant and bakery as well as the Blue Gate Inn, so be sure to plan a stop in for dinner, some delicious baked goods, or check out their package deals that include lodging, tickets, and a meal.
We were told that it depends on the show or concert as to whether or not there's an intermission, and the Inspirations had opted to just run their concert straight through. M and I had front row seats so we were excited to be literally within touching distance of the stage. The concert was incredible, as we have come to expect from the Inspirations. It was a unique experience having it at a theatre rather than a church setting. It's a very close, intimate setting though, so you definitely don't feel lost in the crowd or claustrophobic if you (like my mom) don't really enjoy big crowds. When we left that evening, we were thoroughly satisfied with the experience, and extremely happy we had driven the distance (six hours) to visit. We're pretty sure it won't be our last visit either, as they have a great lineup of other Gospel concerts throughout the year as well as various shows and performances. We heard from Matt, lead singer from the Inspirations, that he had attended the afternoon showing of Stolen: The Musical, which is an Amish-based suspense that he said was incredibly well done, entertaining, and great for the whole family. Our family loves the old Hollywood musicals, so I'm thinking another trip to see Stolen might be in our future!
For more information about Blue Gate Theatre and their upcoming shows and concerts, be sure to check out their website. Your whole family will love the atmosphere of Shipshewana as well as the delicious food and clean, fun entertainment!!
Disclaimer: Reviews may be facilitated by complimentary admission in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way by the company.