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Lamplighters Welcome Dennis Lickteig as Artistic Director

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dennis Lickteig as our new Artistic Director. Dennis has been a successful and popular stage director around the Bay Area since moving here in 1991. He has directed numerous musLamplighters Artistic Director Dennis Lickteigicals and dramas for various Bay Area theaters including New Conservatory Theatre Center, Broadway By The Bay, Hillbarn Theater, Contra Costa Musical Theatre, 42nd Street Moon, and many others. At the Lamplighters, he directed our 2008 production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. Other professional career experience includes Event and Audience Service Manager at the Lesher Center for the Arts, Artistic Director/Production Manager for the Peninsula Center Stage and he currently is the Director of Operations for TicketWeb (Ticket Master).

Upon accepting the position, Lickteig emphasized that one of his goals is to bring the Lamplighters into a more prominent position in the Bay Area performing arts world. He feels that many in the arts community need to be enlightened as to what the Lamplighters produce as well as the adjunct programs we sponsor within the community. Along with visibility of the company, he plans to help discover new and innovative ways for the organization to succeed in the ever-competitive race for ticket buyers and subscribers. We are delighted to welcome Dennis to his new role in the Lamplighter family. His broad experience will help deepen the impact of the Lamplighters within the Bay Area, and we look forward to working with him.

Rick Williams, our former Artistic Director, stepped down from the position on April 1st, at the end of the 64th Season. He has been a member of the Lamplighters for 35 years and will continue with the company as a performer. “It has been my honor and privilege to serve this great Company as Artistic Director for the past 4 years,” he said, “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. This was truly a landmark of which I am intensely proud. 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!”

A Celebration of Orva Hoskinson

On June 18th we will celebrate the life of our beloved co-founder Orva Hoskinson, who passed away on January 26th this year. The celebration will be held at our former home, the Presentation Theatre. We are enormously grateful to the University of San Francisco for allowing us to use the theatre as they no longer rent to outside groups. The program, which will include reminiscences from several of Orva's students and peers and, of course, some music, is expected to run for around 75 minutes.

All are welcome. Please RSVP to if you plan to attend so we have an idea of numbers.

A Celebration of Orva Hoskinson
USF Presentation Theatre
2350 Turk St, San Francisco
Sunday June 18, 2017 at 3pm

Lamplighters founder Orva HoskinsonLamplighters founder Orva Hoskinson as Bunthorne

Community Chorus Performance

Please join us for the final performance of our wonderful Community Chorus led by Robby Stafford on June 20th. They've been working very hard and we'd love for them to have an audience to appreciate all of their work. The short program, which of course includes a little Gilbert and Sullivan, will be held at 6pm at the Lamplighters rehearsal space on 469 Bryant Street in San Francisco. Light refreshments will be available afterwards. All are welcome to attend. There is no cost but donations are always appreciated.

Lamplighters Community Chorus 2015

Gilbert & Sullivan Scenes Performance

Rounding out a very busy week we have the final performance of our amazing Gilbert & Sullivan Scenes program students. This fully staged and costumed performance by students aged between 10 and 18 consists of scenes from the G&S repertoire and is one of our favorite events of the year.

Gilbert & Sullivan Scenes Performance
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
50 Oak Street, San Francisco
Saturday June 24, 2pm
Tickets: $10 at the door (no advance tickets)
Lamplighters Gilbert & Sullivan Scenes program

Single tickets for our 2017/18 Season now on sale

Single tickets are now on sale for all of our upcoming season performances: The Yeomen of the Guard, Our Annual Champagne Gala & Auction, The Gondoliers, and our Iolanthe Singalong . Subscriptions are still available too:

Lamplighters Music Theatre, The Yeomen of the Guard 2017

Too Much Happiness!

A great time was had by all at our recent Spring Party and Fundraiser on May 21st in the beautiful War Memorial and Performing Arts Center Green Room. Among the wonderful performances (including audience participation), the socializing, the eating and drinking, and the reminisces of our past season and recent events, we managed to raise $31,200! This is in no small part due to our Gratitude Campaign, spearheaded by our own Lawrence Ewing. Lawrence invited us all to make a donation in gratitude for what the Lamplighters Company has given to us in the past, in honor of those we have lost, and in anticipation of what we will receive from the Company in the future. If you would like to make a gift towards the Gratitude Campaign please do so online here or contact Sarah Vardigans at

Lamplighters Music Theatre, Too Much Happiness 2017