Lamplighters Music Theatre, The Yeomen of the Guard
Stage Director: Jane Erwin Hammett • Music Director/Conductor: Baker Peeples
Original Costume Design: John Gilkerson • Costumer: Jackie Pedota

A dark musical comedy, full of lies, deceit, and corruption, set in England’s bloody Tower of London.

In a time when beheading was the preferred form of corporal punishment, for upper class prisoners at least, war hero Fairfax, a student of alchemy, is to be executed on a false charge of "dealings with the devil", put forward by a villainous relative who stands to inherit his estate. Fairfax’s friend Sergeant Meryll and his daughter, Phoebe, who is in love with Fairfax, concoct a plan to smuggle him out disguised as the Sergeant's son, a newly appointed Yeoman. Meanwhile, Fairfax manages to marry the first woman to come his way, the performer Elsie, who will inherit his estate and therefore thwart the scoundrel's plan. Add to the mix Elsie’s performing partner, Jack Point, who is in love with her, an incompetent “Head Jailer and Assistant Tormentor”, and a crowd of bloodthirsty townsfolk ready for a good old-fashioned execution, and we are ensured a plot full of love triangles, twists and turns, intrigue, and corruption.

This dark comedy is the closest thing to grand opera in the Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire. Combining poignancy and tragedy with humor to an extent not seen in any other Gilbert libretto, and boasting some of Sullivan's finest work, Yeomen is considered the best of the canon by many G&S fans.

the ultimate operetta masterpiece” – San Francisco Classical Voice

Lamplighters Music Theatre, The Yeomen of the Guard

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
Tickets: 415-978-2787 •

August 18 at 8pm
August 19 at 2pm and 8pm
August 20 at 2pm

Bankhead Theater, Livermore
Tickets: 925-373-6800 •

August 26 at 8pm
August 27 at 2pm

Runtime: approx. 2 hrs 50 mins

Lamplighters Music Theatre, The Yeomen of the Guard

Principal Cast

(Subject to change)

Lieutenant Cholmondeley


Charles Martin - 8/18, 8/20, 8/26
Daniel Yoder
- 8/19 2pm & 8pm, 8/27

Colonel Fairfax


Samuel Faustine - 8/19 2pm & 8pm, 8/26
Patrick Hagen - 8/18, 8/20, 8/27

Sergeant Meryll


Jonathan Spencer - 8/18, 8/20, 8/27
Robby Stafford - 8/19 2pm & 8pm, 8/26

Leonard Meryll


Ron Houk - 8/18, 8/20, 8/26
Carmello Tringali - 8/19 2pm & 8pm, 8/27

Jack Point


Jacob Botha - 8/18, 8/20, 8/26
F. Lawrence Ewing - 8/19 2pm & 8pm, 8/27

Wilfred Shadbolt


Charles Martin - 8/19 2pm & 8pm, 8/27
John Melis - 8/18, 8/20, 8/26

First Yeoman


Paul Hogarth

Second Yeoman


Pete Shoemaker

Elsie Maynard


Julia Mulholland - 8/18, 8/20, 8/27
Patricia Westley - 8/19 2pm & 8pm, 8/26

Phoebe Meryll


Erin O'Meally - 8/19 2pm & 8pm, 8/26
Michele Schroeder
- 8/18, 8/20, 8/27

Dame Carruthers


Sonia Gariaeff - 8/19 2pm & 8pm, 8/27
Deborah Rosengaus - 8/18, 8/20, 8/26



Gabrielle Haigh - 8/19 2pm & 8pm, 8/26
Kristen Tansey - 8/18, 8/20, 8/27

Lamplighters Music Theatre, The Yeomen of the Guard

Lamplighters Music Theatre Annual Gala and Auction 2017
Music Directors/Conductors: Monroe Kanouse and Robby Stafford
Costume Designer: Jackie Pedota

Every Lamplighters Gala is a unique event – more fun-raiser than fundraiser – with up-to-the-minute hilarious parodies lampooning current events, crazes, fashions and fads––an original, full-length, and fully-staged satire set (mostly) to the music of Arthur Sullivan, with a nod to W.S. Gilbert. This year we are parodying Saturday Night Live! in G & SNL, or, Live from SF, it's Patterday Night! You’ll also have the opportunity to support the Lamplighters at a silent auction, raffle and brief fund-a-need live auction, and to join the costumed performers after the show for a free champagne reception!

We just saw the Lamplighter's annual Gala show …  a mashup of two pop culture icons…  the event was a lot of fun…had a great time.” - Yelp reviewer

Lamplighters Music Theatre, Gala Performance

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

15 October, 2017
Silent Auction at 3pm • Performance at 4pm

Lamplighters Music Theatre, The Gondoliers
Stage Director: Phil Lowery • Music Director/Conductor: Baker Peeples

A pair of handsome Gondoliers suddenly become kings and humor and exuberance abound as they attempt to adjust to their new social status. Set by the sun-dappled, lazy waters of the Grand Canal, the singing Gondolieri and Contadine, and the “Cachucha” danced at the Royal Court at Barataria, make The Gondoliers an exuberant, happy valentine, wrapped in some of Sullivan’s most tuneful music and tied with one of Gilbert’s most fanciful libretti. Within this joyful opera Gilbert ingeniously skewers issues of social equality and the class system with his usual brilliant wit and groundbreaking lyrics alongside Sullivan’s lovely, lilting score.

a hilarious island of sunshine” – The Mercury News

Lamplighters Music Theatre, The Gondoliers

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
Tickets: 415-978-2787 •

February 2, 2018 at 8pm
February 3, 2018 at 2pm and 8pm
February 4, 2018 at 2pm, 2018

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

February 9, 2018 at 8pm
February 10, 2018 at 2pm
February 11, 2018 at 2pm, 2018

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets: 650-903-6000 •

February 17, 2018 at 8pm
February 18, 2018 at 2pm

Lamplighters Music Theatre's Iolanthe Singalong
Music Director/Conductor: Baker Peeples

Gilbert & Sullivan’s subversive political satire on how a government SHOULD be run.

Featuring a shepherdess the lords all want to marry, her fiancé who is half man, half fairy, the tour de force “Nightmare Song” and a band of feisty fairies doing battle with a dim-witted Parliament, Iolanthe already promises a lot of fun, only this time we get a little boisterous and you get to sing along. Lamplighter principals will perform the work in its entirety, bringing the orchestra on stage to join the party. With everything included but the scenery, audience participation is encouraged as all are invited to become the chorus and to feel free to sing any and all parts!

Costumes are also encouraged (particularly half man, half fairy costumes!) and a brief contest with prizes will take place at intermission. This is the Lamplighters’ first ever Iolanthe Singalong, and we are indebted to Erin, a three-year-old audience member, for the idea.

Iolanthe — what's not to love?” - Opera News

Lamplighters Music Theatre, Iolanthe

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

Saturday March 24, 2018 at 7.30pm

Taube Atrium Theater, Veterans Building, San Francisco
Tickets: 415-227-4797 •

Sunday March 25, 2018 at 2pm

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets: 650-903-6000 •

Sunday April 8, 2018 at 2pm