Hidden gem: Outdoor Theater on Mount Tamalpais

Tucked away on top of a mountain in Marin County sits an amphitheater where Mountain Play celebrates 100 years of outdoor theater this season. The golden grassy hills of Marin are alive with the Sound of Music for five additional performances of this classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

Looking out at the bay, waiting for catchy tunes to flood the area, it’s fun to consider what performances a hundred years ago must have been like. Patrons could hike or take a steam train up the mountain and could take a gravity train back down. This semi-rollercoaster had no engine and simply rolled down with the help of gravity. A hundred years later there are a myriad of options for getting to the theater: you can hike your way up the mountain and load your groaning picnic basket onto a shuttle to meet you at the top, you can ride along with your basket in the free shuttle, or you can come early to grab a parking spot near the top. Shaded, reserved seating is also available for an additional fee.

The Sound of Music endures as a fantastic combination of song, dance, drama and comedy. The Mountain Play mesmerizes people of all ages with nonstop action, twirling sets, and a live orchestra hidden away in the set. General admission starts at $40 with discounts for seniors and children. Grab a ticket to an upcoming show and plan for a great day on Mount Tamalpais with hiking, picnicking, and quality entertainment. Remaining performance dates are May 26, June 2, 8, 9, and 16, all at 2pm.

FIVE THôT columnist Laura Zander is a book nerd on a perpetual quest to satiate her curiosity and observe the magic of juxtapositions. A veteran of the tech world, she's widely acknowledged as a product, marketing, and operations guru. You can read her other articles on FIVE THôT here, and follow her reading life at loudlatinlaughing.com or @lz 

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