On Golden Pond  — Opening night is Friday, March 23, 2018 at 7:30pm

This heartwarming comedy by Ernest Thompson centers on aging couple Ethel and Norman Thayer (played by Jody Ryan and Bill Small), who spend each summer at their home on a lake called Golden Pond. During the year the story takes place, they are visited by daughter, Chelsea (played by Jessie Licht), and her fiancé, Bill Ray (played by Jon Gauntt), and his son, Billy Ray Jr. (played by Jack "Ty" Norman).  Scott Parrish plays Chelsea's old boyfriend.

The play explores the often-turbulent relationship the young woman shared with her father growing up, and the difficulties faced by a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage. The 1981 movie starred Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn and Jane Fonda and earned Fonda his only Oscar for Best Actor.

Mar. 23 & 24, 2018 at 7:30pm | Sunday, Mar. 25, 2018 at 2:00pm
Mar. 30 & 31, 2018 at 7:30pm | Sunday, Apr. 1, 2018 at 2:00pm
AUDIENCE DRESS REHEARSAL: Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 at 7:30pm


Finding ChristmasOpening night is Friday, December 8, 2017 at 7:30pm

Pat Harris writes and directs a new Christmas show for Lamp-Lite this year! Getting ready for the holidays is beginning to wear down everyone in town — and is definitely hurting the spirits of Santa's elves, who are trying to get things ready in time. Then, when a homeless family strays into the workshop, Christmas might be delayed even more. AUDITIONS for new roles, including elves, will be held on Saturday, October 28, at 10am at Lamp-Lite Theatre. WATCH for further information ... and practice that holiday spirit!  ONE WEEKEND ONLY.

Dec. 8 & 9, 2017 at 7:30pm | Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017 at 2:00pm
CHILDREN-ONLY PERFORMANCES: Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 at 10am & 12pm


Summer Performances

Nunsense — Opening night is Friday, September 29, 2017 at 7:30pm

Back by popular demand, the 2017–18 season kicks off with this lighthearted musical comedy by Dan Goggin about a fundraiser put on by the Little Sisters of Hoboken to raise money to bury sisters accidentally poisoned by the convent cook, Sister Julia (Child of God). Jackie Vose, Nita Hudson, Karrie Watts, Katherine Whitbeck and Deborah Dalton will be reprising their roles.

The original off-Broadway production opened December 12, 1985 and ran for 3,672 performances, becoming the second-longest-running Off-Broadway show in history. In its review, The New York Times called it "A hail of fun and frolic! Wacky and outrageous, with a hysterical anything-goes sense of fun!" MUSICAL PERFORMANCES ARE TYPICALLY SOLD OUT, SO BE SURE TO GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY.

Sept. 29 & 30, 2017 at 7:30pm | Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 at 2:00pm
Oct. 6 & 7, 2017 at 7:30pm | Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017 at 2:00pm
AUDIENCE DRESS REHEARSAL: Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 at 7:30pm


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Arsenic and Old Lace  — Opening night is Friday, November 3, 2017 at 7:30pm

This farcical dark comedy by Joseph Kesselring centers around the Brewster family and two charming and innocent spinster aunts (played by Jackie Vose and Missy Devine) who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously "acceptable" roomers; the antics of their brother who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt and thinks the dead bodies are men who died from malaria while working on the Panama Canal; and the activities of the other brother, a murderer who received plastic surgery (Bill Small plays the crazy doctor) to hide his identity.

Justin Hughes plays Mortimer Brewster, the role made famous by Cary Grant in the motion picture directed by Frank Capra. Also included among the all star cast are Les Balty, David McClary Norton and Trae Norman. The play opened on Broadway in 1941 and ran for 1,444 performances.

Nov. 3 & 4, 2017 at 7:30pm | Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 at 2:00pm
Nov. 10 & 11, 2017 at 7:30pm | Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 at 2:00pm
AUDIENCE DRESS REHEARSAL: Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 at 7:30pm

2017-2018 Season

This year at Lamp-Lite Theatre, we offer “A Season of Laughter” celebrating the many faces of comedy — musical comedy, farce, romantic, heartwarming and kooky. These are some of the most popular comedies ever produced and continue to delight audiences of all ages.

We will be producing six plays this season, in addition to the Summer Musical and our August Special Surprise Performance.


The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild — Opening night is Friday, May 4, 2018 at 7:30pm

This kooky comedy by Paul Zindel takes place in the tiny living quarters behind the Greenwich Village candy store which Mildred (played by Pat Harris) operates with her husband (played by Trae Norman). Whenever the outside world intrudes, be it her husband, his meddling sister (played by Lisa Norman), their hard-boiled landlady (played by Wanda Schenk), the mincing butcher from next door (played by Tim Hogle), or the foreman of the wrecking crew sent to tear down the building, Mildred meets each crisis with a hilarious fantasy-scene drawn from her precious collection of over 3,000 oId movies.

As the action moves swiftly ahead to its delightfully unpredictable climax, Mildred's life is further complicated by such unlikely visitors as a bulldozer, a nun (played by Tina Oswald), King Kong (played by Steve Josephsen), and a super-efficient TV camera crew (played by Katarina Ireland and David Norton), all adding to the merriment and, ultimately, to the poignancy which infuses the play and the touching, funny escapades of its kooky, lovable and totally enchanting heroine. Also appearing in this madcap comedy Cynthia Hughes.

May 4 & 5, 2018 at 7:30pm | Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 2:00pm
May 11 & 12, 2018 at 7:30pm | Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 2:00pm
AUDIENCE DRESS REHEARSAL: Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 7:30pm


Seussical JR — Opening night is Friday, July 13, 2018 at 7:30pm

The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McGuzz, JoJo, Mayzie, Sour Kangaroo and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

The cast in this ALL-KID musical includes Olivia Dean as The Cat in the Hat, Daniel Wilder as Horton the Elephant, Kara Hudson as JoJo, Shelby Toner as Gertrude, Katy Jacks as Mazie, and Tyana Duffield as the Sour Kangaroo. Zan Leyva and Melissa Watts portray Mr. & Mrs. Mayor.

The show is under the expert direction of Nita Hudson and Jennifer Weems. The fast-paced contemporary musical pairs perfectly with Jessica Williams' colorful storybook set.

ALL PERFORMANCES for for our Summer Musicals WILL TYPICALLY SELL OUT  and, because of the high demand for tickets, ALL SEATING for this musical performance WILL BE RESERVED. Be sure to get your tickets early and don't wait until the last minute! Tickets will go on sale at our three ticket outlets beginning  June 22, 2018.

July 13 & 14, 2018 at 7:30pm | Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 2:00pm
July 20 & 21, 2018 at 7:30pm | Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 2:00pm
AUDIENCE DRESS REHEARSAL: Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 7:30pm


Music by Stephen Flaherty, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens; Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty; Co-Conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Eric Idle; Based on the works of Dr. Seuss; Music Supervised, Adapted and Produced by Bryan Louiselle; Presented by special arrangements with MTI's Broadway Junior Collection


Talking With ... — Opening night is Friday, August 10, 2018 at 7:30pm.

Written in 1982 by Jane Martin, Talking With ... is composed of eleven 10-minute monologues, each featuring a different woman who talks about her life. It includes the pieces: Fifteen Minutes, Scraps, Clear Glass Marbles, Audition, Rodeo, Twirler, Lamps, Handler, Dragons, French Fries, and Marks. It premiered at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York in 1982 and has been performed around the world.

The play deals with the personal ordeals of each of the female characters, many of which are very touching; a few are even intensely emotional. However, there is also the very comical, but even the funny ones have an underlying depth to them that gives a sensitive insight into each of the characters involved. The ladies cover a wide spectrum of life and age, from the fading rodeo star in Rodeo to the young aspiring actress in Audition.

Tickets will go on sale on July 20, 2018 at our three ticket outlets — Glass Castles, Kline's Wrap-It-Up, and the Nacogdoches Visitors Center — or by calling the Lamp-Lite answering service at (936) 564-8300. ONE WEEKEND ONLY.


Aug. 10 & 11, 2018 at 7:30pm | Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018 at 2:00pm
AUDIENCE DRESS REHEARSAL: Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018 at 7:30pm


Barefoot in the Park — Opening night is Friday, February 9, 2018 at 7:30pm

Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park is a romantic comedy focusing on a pair of newlyweds, Corie (played by Tiffany Gauntt) and Paul (played by Justin Hughes), as they begin married life in a tiny, 5th-floor walk-up apartment in a Manhattan brownstone. Paul is a strait-laced attorney, while Corie has a far more spontaneous, free spirit.

 As the young couple contend with a lack of heat, a skylight that leaks snow, several long flights of stairs, oddball neighbor Victor Velasco (played by Tim Hogle), and Corie's well-meaning mother (played by Pat Harris), they must also reconcile their own personal differences in how they approach life's challenges. Adjusting to married life isn't so easy! Frank McCuller will reprise his role as the delivery man.

Feb. 9 & 10, 2018 at 7:30pm | Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 at 2:00pm
Feb. 16 & 17, 2018 at 7:30pm | Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 at 2:00pm
AUDIENCE DRESS REHEARSAL: Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 at 7:30pm