Tell a Tale of Cock & Bull

Artistic Director, Rick Williams, Stepping Down

2017 is turning into a year of changes at Lamplighters Music Theatre.

We are sad to announce the retirement of Rick Williams from the role of Artistic Director after serving the organization so wonderfully in this capacity for the last four years. Rick joined the Lamplighters as a performer in 1978 - his first appearance was in the chorus of Ruddygore - and he very quickly became a regular and popular fixture on our stage, performing every G&S patter baritone role, often multiple times, and winning (so far) four Bay Area Critics Circle Awards. As Artistic Director, he has brought tremendous dedication, drive and enthusiasm to the Company.

We will greatly miss our regular interactions with Rick, but he remains an integral and vitally important part of the Company, as he sends this message to the entire Lamplighters family - onstage, offstage, and in the audience:

"It has been my honor and privilege to serve you and this great Company as Artistic Director for the past four years. In that time, I have been thrilled to achieve several longed-for accomplishments, including the first fully staged and costumed production by the Lamplighters of Gilbert and Sullivan’s final work, The Grand Duke - a landmark of which I am intensely proud. In addition, we were able to produce Ruddygore again despite having lost our entire set in years past. But, most of all, I am proud of our new production of The Mikado, Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular and well-known work, in the face of unprecedented problems and obstacles posed by contemporary attitudes and controversies surrounding this piece. This was an extremely difficult time for the Company and for me personally, representing a challenge I had not anticipated and for which I was certainly unprepared. Nevertheless, we succeeded, through the incredible talent of our Company, its directors, artists and designers, with a special mention of the invaluable contributions and assistance of my good friend and colleague, Baker Peeples."

But it is now time for me to retire; I have reached my goals for the Company and can depart knowing it is in good hands. I will still be here, though, as a friend and member of the Company for the rest of my life!

March 31st is Rick's last day as Artistic Director. The search for his replacement is in progress.

Up Next - Opens April 22nd!

A Song to Sing, O!
1998 Bay Area Theatre Critic's Circle Award for Best Original Musical

"…all the heavy artillery from the G&S canon… flat-out delightful … a high-energy and brightly tuneful tale of the musical team" – East Bay Times

The fascinating story of the artistic collaboration of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan as told in their own words through their letters and diaries, with musical highlights from all 13 of their comic operas. Conceived, written and directed by Artistic Director Emeritus, Barbara Heroux, this Lamplighters Original will feature a salon orchestra conducted by Baker Peeples, and a cast of familiar and well-loved Lamplighter performers. Longtime fans will learn something new, and it’s a great introduction to the world of Gilbert & Sullivan.

Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
Tickets: 415-392-4400 or

Saturday April 22, 8pm
Sunday April 23, 2pm

Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek
Tickets: 925-943-7469 or

Thursday May 4, 8pm

Menlo-Atherton Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets: 415-227-4797 or

Sunday May 14, 3PM

Save the Date for

Our Annual Spring Party and Fundraiser

Join us for an intimate afternoon with Lamplighter performers old and new, with music, song and laughter, and behind-the-scenes insights, reminiscences and recollections.

The event will feature a selection of highlights from the Lamplighters 2016/17 Season (The (New) Mikado, A Night at the Mint, Patience and A Song to Sing, O!), and will preview some favorite numbers from the upcoming 2017/18 Season (The Yeomen of the Guard, The Gondoliers, and the Iolanthe Singalong). Also included is a high quality catered buffet with fine wines.

This is a wonderful opportunity to sing and laugh with some of your Lamplighter favorites, and participate in the raffle and live auction to help support our upcoming season. It's Too Much Happiness!

San Francisco War Memorial Green Room, San Francisco
Tickets: 415-227-4797 or

Sunday May 21, 4pm

Join our 4th Annual

Our 4th Annual Community Chorus will be held in Spring 2017 under the baton of Lamplighter principal Robby Stafford.

Tuesday evenings, 7-9:00pm
April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23
at Lamplighters Rehearsal Studio, 469 Bryant Street, San Francisco
May 30, Wednesday June 7
at the Most Holy Redeemer Church, 100 Diamond Street, SF

June 13, 7:00pm
at Most Holy Redeemer Church
100 Diamond Street, San Francisco
Open to the public: No cost but donations are appreciated!

Repertoire TBD
Singers of all levels are welcome. Music provided. Fun guaranteed!
Cost to join is $95 per annum.

If you are interested in joining us please contact, call us at 415-227-4797, or order online.

Lamplighters Music Theatre Mourns the Death of Beloved
Co-founder Orva Hoskinson

Orva Hoskinson behind the scenes as Bunthorne A memorial service and celebration of Orva's life will be held on Father's Day at our old home, Presentation Theater in San Francisco, on Sunday, June 18th at 3 PM. Please join us to celebrate the father of our company. All are welcome.
The Lamplighters have set up The Orva Hoskinson Fund Please consider a donation in his memory by clicking this link, calling us at 415-227-4797, or sending an email to

Read the obituary.

In Memory of John Vlahos

On Sunday, March 12th hundreds gathered for a beautiful service at the Mira Vista Coutnry Club in El Cerrito, CA in rememberence of our friend and long-time Lamplighter, John Vlahos. John was a wonderful principal performer, who also served as President on our Board of Trustees for many years, and, after retiring from that position, continued to serve as a Trustee on the Board. The Lamplighters previously honored John at our 2016 Gala for his years of service, friendship, and dedication to the Company. We were also honored to perform at this beautiful celebration of John's life . The Lamplighters have set up The John Vlahos Fund for Strategic Planning. Please consider a donation in his memory by clicking this link, calling us at 415-227-4797, or sending an email to can read John's full obituary here: