Lamplighters Music Theatre is pleased to present our 2018-2019 Performance of…


W.S. Gilbert and Arthur 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!

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)

News about The Pirates of Penzance!

Guest Pirates

One of the very popular items that our donors can bid on at our Gala or Too Much Happiness events is a walk-on role in one of our productions. In the case of our recent production of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, we had four donors do a total of five walk ons! Here is a look at our wonderful guest Pirates in costume, both onstage and backstage. We were delighted to have them with us, sharing our love of G & S, and our thrills on stage! Here are a few of the things they said about the experience:

Jon Keller

“Yes, Jim be prepared for a guaranteed good time, and the cast/crew is very supportive! Enjoy the moment. I did!!” – Jon Keller, our guest pirate in Mountain View

Ron Oremland

“By the way, when viewed from the stage right wing where I caught most of the performance, it was interesting to watch Charles Martin’s bellowing as the Head Bobby. He puts so much force into that powerful voice that the walls shake. […] Really impressive!” – Ron Oremland, our guest pirate in San Francisco

Jim Ensign

“Miriam did a grand job of fitting me for a pirate costume yesterday. Can’t wait to put it on for Saturday’s performance.” – Jim Ensign, our guest pirate in San Francisco

Barbara Edwards

“I’m soooo excited!” – Barbara Edwards, our guest pirate in Livermore

It is great fun for both the guest and the cast to share in these experiences; a wonderful bonding!

Lamplighters Nominated at 2018 TBA Awards

Lamplighters Music Theatre is both humbled and proud to have received a tremendous number of Theatre Bay Area Award Nominations for Calendar 2018. The word of mouth appeared to build over the year, and we had more and more theatre peers come to our two main productions as adjudicators. Both THE GONDOLIERS and THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE received great recognition, and as individuals and a company we received 15 Finalist nominations; one of the largest number of nominations received by any theatre company this year! Mark November 5th on your calendar, and attend the awards ceremony at Herbst Theatre if you can, in support of these nominations:

All nominations in Tier 2 (based on budget and union status)

Outstanding Properties Design
Elisabeth Reeves and Frances Silcox for The Pirates of Penzance

Outstanding Costume Design
Judy Jackson and Miriam Lewis for The Gondoliers
Miriam Lewis for The Pirates of Penzance

Creative Specialties: Wig Design
Kerry Rider-Kuhn for The Gondoliers

Outstanding Music Direction
David Drummond for The Pirates of Penzance
Baker Peeples for The Gondoliers

Outstanding Direction of a Musical
Nicolas Aliaga Garcia for The Pirates of Penzance

Outstanding Ensemble of a Musical
The Pirates of Penzance

Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role in a Musical
F. Lawrence Ewing for The Pirates of Penzance

Outstanding Performance in a Principal Role in a Musical
Erin O’Meally for The Pirates of Penzance
Deborah Rosengaus for The Pirates of Penzance

Outstanding Production of a Musical
The Gondoliers
The Pirates of Penzance

Lamplighters Celebrate Final Performance of “Pirates”

For the past few years one couple in Livermore has been inviting Lamplighter cast members to stay over during the weekend because of the long drive, and they even host the closing party, since Livermore is our last stop in the Summer. Some candids of grateful performers from a pre-show breakfast at the home of Gus Manning and Rena Kirkpatrick, along with a description from Gus of what it is like to be surrounded by Lamplighters!

August 26, after striking the set of Lamplighters’ final 2018 performance of The Pirates of Penzance, the Company (cast members, direction and production staff, friends, and hangers-on) headed to the Kirkpatrick-Manning residence (also known as Manning Motel) in Livermore to celebrate the success of Pirates and life in general. A few Company members who had stayed at the residence throughout a weekend of performances helped to prepare for the event.

A clear majority of the Company was in attendance at the event with guests numbering near to 75. Many Lamplighters brought gifts of food and beverages, plain and exotic, to sustain celebrants including the exhausted performers. The ample cuisine was supplemented by lively, at time raucous, conversations touching on a weekend of splendid performance, great and small issues, including the history, philosophy, and significance of Lamplighterism, speeches covering anything and everything, and just plain whoppers.

Many public and private appreciations were expressed by Company members to their compatriots including farewells emotionally expressed to members departing to seek their fortunes elsewhere. A number of participants took the opportunity to don appropriate or inappropriate costumes to bathe in the hot tub, or to be splashed upon therefrom. As is customary at Lamplighter celebrations, a variety of spontaneous and artful demonstrations were observed and appreciated. Details of such demonstrations are best kept in our hearts and not documented, as “what happens in Livermore stays in Livermore”.

Our Production Staff

Stage Director: Nicolas Aliaga Garcia

Conductor/Music Director: David Drummond

Production Manager: Nicolas Aliaga Garcia

Technical Director: Adam Puglielli

Stage Manager: Sarah Terman

Costume Designer: Miriam Lewis

Lighting Designer: Brittany Mellerson

Set Designer: Peter Crompton

Hair/Wig Designer: Kerry Rider-Kuhn

Make-Up: David Kirby

Props Designers: Elizabeth Reeves and Frances Silcox