It was a gathering 50 years and 250 productions in the making.

Past and present performers, crew members and food and beverage workers at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres reconnected at the playhouse. With the feel of a family reunion, old friends and colleagues shared memories.

Allan Lotsberg, who played Finch in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," the Chanhassen theater's first production, was in attendance, as was Tanner Hagen, who plays Les in "Newsies," which ends Sept. 29.