Lamp-Lite Theatre

Nacogdoches, Texas

The Teahouse of the August MoonOpening night is Friday, February 8, 2019

February begins the Award-winning Broadway hit from the 1950s, The Teahouse of the August Moon. Marlon Brando starred in the film based on the Broadway play. Lamp-Lite presented the show in 1982 and brings it back to usher in the new year.

It's just after World War Two on an island off the coast of Japan. American troops are setting out to teach Western Democracy to the natives, who have their own way of doing things -- they would rather have a Teahouse than a School House!

Take a trip with us into the past — the story takes place in a remote town in Okinawa just after World War Two — with our star-studded cast that features Jon Gauntt, Kevin Helmer, Bill Small, Steve Josephsen, David McClary Norton, Jackie Vose, Trae Norman, Kearsten Clark and a host of Lamp-Lite regulars of all ages.

Feb. 8 & 9, 2019 at 7:30pm | Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 at 2:00pm
Feb. 15 & 16, 2019 at 7:30pm | Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 at 2:00pm
AUDIENCE DRESS REHEARSAL: Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 at 7:30pm


2018-2019 Season

This year at Lamp-Lite Theatre marks our 48th season of bringing live theatre to Nacogdoches and the rest of East Texas. Our theme is "Something Old, Something New" and we will be producing six plays this season, in addition to our annual Summer Musical and a special August Surprise.


Yes, We DeliverOpening night is Friday, November 2, 2018

An original play written by Lamp-Lite actor and SFASU professor Ken Untiedt, this is a story about a young man (played by newcomer Kevin Helmer) who sets out to find his true path in life. Now a college graduate in his late twenties, he is determined NOT to follow in his father's  footsteps, who got rich practicing law for shady clients.

The son is a delivery boy for a pizza parlor working with a diverse and mysterious group of people. The customers he delivers to are even stranger. Each scene contains a new surprise as the plot unfolds.

The cast also includes Katerina Ireland, Lisa Lalumandier, Scott Parrish, David Norton, Lisa Norman and Rick Jones.

Nov. 2 & 3, 2018 at 7:30pm | Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 at 2:00pm
Nov. 9 & 10, 2018 at 7:30pm | Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 at 2:00pm
AUDIENCE DRESS REHEARSAL: Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 at 7:30pm


Talking Pictures — Opening night is Friday, May 10, 2019

Native son Horton Foote’s drama, Talking Pictures, will close out the season.

The story takes place in 1929 and tells the story of Myra, a piano player for the silent movies, who is about to lose her job as "talking pictures" take the country by story. How will she support herself and a young boy? Will she take another chance on love? What will her landlords, the Jacksons, do as they are being forced to move by the railroad system of promotion? "The times, they are a changin'!"

The outstanding cast for this production includes Wanda Schenk, Kent Johnson, Lisa & Trae Norman, Katrina Hawkins, Joshua Hall, Olivia Dean, Hanna Bryant and Joe Ballenger.

May 10 & 11, 2019 at 7:30pm | Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 2:00pm
May 17 & 18, 2019 at 7:30pm | Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 2:00pm
AUDIENCE DRESS REHEARSAL: Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 7:30pm


Matilda The Musical Opening night is Friday, July 12, 2019

This year's Summer Musical will be Roald Dahl's Tony Award-winning Matilda The Musical. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda's extraordinary personality.

The play revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.

July 12 & 13, 2019 at 7:30pm | Sunday, July 14, 2019 at 2:00pm
July 19 & 20, 2019 at 7:30pm | Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 2:00pm
AUDIENCE DRESS REHEARSAL: Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 7:30pm


The Curious Savage — Opening night is Friday, September 21, 2018

Pat Harris leads the parade to open the 2018-19 Lamp-Lite Season with The Curious Savage.

Pat plays Ethel Savage, a woman who "remembers all the foolish things she wanted to do" and now does them: from dying her hair blue to acting onstage. She has just inherited ten million dollars and she's giving most of it away, much to the dismay of her three "evil step-children" who have just checked her into an expensive sanatorium called "The Cloisters," hoping to “bring her to her senses.”

The all-star cast also includes Bill Small, Tina Oswald, Keith Aavolasiti, Katherine Whitbeck, Tim Hogle, Steve Josephsen, Les Balty, Missy Devine, Kearsten Clark and Kelly Daniel.

Sept. 21 & 22, 2018 at 7:30pm | Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 at 2:00pm
Sept. 28 & 29, 2018 at 7:30pm | Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018 at 2:00pm
AUDIENCE DRESS REHEARSAL: Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 at 7:30pm


The Little FoxesOpening night is Friday, April 5, 2019

The Little Foxes is a 1939 "sizzler" by Lillian Hellman that played as a hit last year on Broadway with Cynthia Nixon and Laura Linney in the lead roles. Set in Alabama in 1900, the suspenseful plot revolves around the family's ruthless struggle for money and power ... and has a surprise ending.

Regina Hubbard Giddens and her scheming brothers, Oscar and Ben, plan to get rich from a cotton mill, but first they must tap into the wealth of Regina's sickly husband, Horace Giddens. The trio attempts to marry Regina's daughter Alexandra to Oscar's son, Leo. When that plan fails, their schemes devolve into theft and blackmail, driving an irreparable wedge between family members.

Heading up the cast are Carla Redfield, Kevin Helmer, Amy Maurer, Bill Small, Jon Gauntt and Les Balty, along with Ty Norman and Kailey Higgins.

Apr. 5 & 6, 2019 at 7:30pm | Sunday, Apr. 7, 2019 at 2:00pm
Apr. 12 & 13, 2019 at 7:30pm | Sunday, Apr. 14, 2019 at 2:00pm
AUDIENCE DRESS REHEARSAL: Thursday, Apr. 4, 2019 at 7:30pm


A Doublewide, Texas ChristmasOpening night is Friday, December 7, 2018

Celebrate the holidays with A Doublewide, Texas Christmas, which will be presented the first two weekends in December. In this outrageously funny comedy by authors Jones, Hope and Wooten, it's Christmastime in the newest — and tiniest — town in Texas. And it's beginning to look a lot like trouble in Doublewide.

Not only are the trailer park residents dealing with the stress of the holiday season, they've just discovered that Doublewide is being double-crossed by the County. With their official incorporation papers in jeopardy, this band of eccentric Texans throw themselves into taking on "the big guys."

The star-studded cast includes Lisa Lalumandier, Jon Gauntt, Bill Small, Linda Licht, Jody Ryan, Sally Ellsworth, Rick Jones and Katrina Hawkins.

Dec. 7 & 8, 2018 at 7:30pm | Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018 at 2:00pm
Dec. 14 & 15, 2018 at 7:30pm | Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018 at 2:00pm
AUDIENCE DRESS REHEARSAL: Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 at 7:30pm