2018-2019 PRODUCTIONS

Lamplighters Music Theatre is pleased to present our 2018-2019 Performances

Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek
August 4, 2018 (Saturday 2pm and 8pm)
August 5, 2018  (Sunday 2pm)

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
August 11, 2018  (Saturday, 2pm and 8pm)
August 12, 2018  (Sunday 2pm)

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
August 18, 2018  (Saturday 2pm and 8pm)
August 19, 2018  (Sunday 2pm)

Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center
August 25, 2018  (Saturday 2pm and 8pm)
August 26, 2018  (Sunday 2pm)

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE
Gilbert and Sullivan

One of the most beloved of all operettas, and known as one of the “Big Three” of the Gilbert and Sullivan canon, PIRATES is full of some of their most famous musical numbers, including “I am the very model of a modern Major-General,” “Poor wand’ring one,” “With cat-like tread,” and the glorious anthem “Hail, Poetry”.

Director Nicolas Aliaga frames his first production with Lamplighters through a more modern lens, emphasizing the late 19th Century concept of the “New Woman,” which embraced an entirely new feminist ideal.  Major-General Stanley’s wards are intrepid, curious, and hardy and the pirates themselves are gentlemen whose true crime is merely casting off society’s expectations; this will be a show about not doing what you are expected – or, indeed, duty-bound – to do!

Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
October 14, 2018  (Sunday)
Silent Auction at 2pm, Performance at 3pm

CHAMPAGNE GALA

Lamplighters Music Theatre has been writing unique and timely spoofs on current events, set to music (mostly Arthur Sullivan’s), since 1979!  Zany comments on current times and popular culture keep the audience laughing, and then the cast pours champagne for the audience in the beautiful Green Room afterwards.  Our largest fundraiser of the year includes live auction, silent auction, and raffle prizes.  Whether you fancy a week in Tuscany, handmade sweets and crafts by Lamplighter company members, or something in between, we have all sorts of treasures available for patrons of the arts to enjoy and simultaneously support our company!

This year the Lamplighters Champagne Gala dives into the hustle & bustle of the newspaper biz.  Join us as we follow the adventures of Annie, a starry-eyed newbie, Meryl, a publisher who cannot make decisions, the conniving Paparazzo, and competing reporters Laine Louis and Kent Clark.  They will sing their way through hilarious double-entendres and misunderstandings as they try to save the SUN!

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
February 2, 2019 (Saturday 2pm and 8pm)
February 3, 2019 (Sunday 2pm)

Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek
February 9, 2019 (Saturday 2pm and 8pm)
February 10, 2019 (Sunday 2pm)

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
February 16, 2019 (Saturday 2pm and 8pm)
February 17, 2019 (Sunday 2pm)

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
Lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler

A Little Night Music is the enchanting story of three couples and their romantic machinations, set during the magical and romantic midsummer of Sweden at the turn of the last century.  The story of the play unfolds through the eyes of the young and the memories of the old. The show employs an affectionate nod to the operetta style, blending witty and urbane dialogue with beguiling melodies. The proceedings are both manipulated and reflected on by a quintet of singers serving as a Greek chorus of sorts, sometimes participating in the action while offering commentary on the white lies, false witness and little treacheries of the lovers throughout the story.

This exquisite blend of theatre and music styles provides an enchanting adventure as it explores the themes of lost loves, the yearning of the young, the sometimes foolishness of re-discovered middle-aged love and the gilded memories of the old.  Accomplished stage director Dennis Lickteig directs his first show with us since becoming Lamplighters’ Artistic Director.

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
March 21, 2019 (Thursday 7:30pm)

Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek
March 29, 2019 (Friday 8pm)

Herbst Theater, San Francisco
April 6, 2019 (Saturday 2pm)
April 7, 2019 (Sunday 2pm)

TRIAL BY JURY Gilbert and Sullivan and
TRIAL BY JURY DUTY, a Lamplighters original Gala Spoof

This one-act operetta was the first real success by the duo Gilbert and Sullivan.  With a cast comprised of a gentleman who has jilted his fiancée, the jilted bride-to-be and her bridesmaids, a pontificating foreman, a lecherous judge, and a chorus of jurors, Trial by Jury is a hilarious farce on English law and the human condition.

We are pairing this one act with an updated Lamplighter Gala original, Trial by Jury Duty.  Come see what happens to all of the characters AFTER the end of the original show!  Happily ever after, or not so much??  One of the Lamplighters’ more popular and famous spoofs deserves to be seen with the original show.  When directed by Barbara Heroux, we know we have a winning combination!