A Christmas Special
Getting Legit

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2022-23 Season


The 2022-23 Season at Lamp-Lite Theatre marks the 50th season the venerable Lamp-Lite Players have brought live theater to East Texas Audiences.


This year's lineup includes two plays by local Lamp-Lite playwrights. Much Ado About Nothing is an adaptation by Pat Harris of the original Shakespeare play, and kicks off our 50th Season.  Getting Legit, an original play written by Ken Untiedt, will be performed in the Spring of 2023. Both will be making their theatrical debut .


Our 50th season will end with a reprise of the long-running Broadway comedy, Mary, Mary, which was the very first play ever performed by the Lamp-Lite Players way back in 1971.

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Mary, Mary
Much Ado About Nothing

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Summer Musical TBA


Each year in July, the Lamp-Lite Players present their annual summer musical.


OPEN AUDITIONS for adults, teens and children for the annual summer musical will be held in May 2023. Watch for notices on www.lamplitetheatre.com and on our Facebook page.

PERFORMANCE DATES:
Two weekends in July 2023. Exact dates to be announced.
AUDIENCE DRESS REHEARSAL: TBA

2022-23 Season Brochure


Welcome Back Home: A Christmas Special


Join our Lamp-Lite Players as they bring the stories, songs, dramatization, and dance of Christmas to the Lamp-Lite Stage.


Directed by Katherine Parrish Whitbeck and Davy Thomas, the variety show will feature veteran and new Lamp-Liters performing Christmas readings, songs, and dances. Missy DeVine serves as the EMCEE for an evening filled with Christmas Spirit and Hot Chocolate.


Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit on Sunday, December 18.


PERFORMANCE DATES:
December 16 & 17, 2022 at 7:30pm | Sunday, December 18, 2022 at 2:00pm

Two One-Act Plays

Lamp-Lite Theatre
Nacogdoches, Texas

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Never Too Late


Never Too Late


This hit comedy by Sumner Arthur Long, revolves around Harry Lambert, played by Lamp-Lite Player Rick Jones, a married man in his fifties, who suddenly learns he’s becoming a father...again.

He and his wife, Edith, played by Charisse Gregory, were looking forward to being grandparents, not new parents. They have a grown daughter, Kate, played by Tiffany Gauntt, and son-in-law, Charlie, played by Nikolaas Van Kley, who hope to soon be  expecting their first child. Up to this point, Harry and Edith had lived a simple life, with Harry firmly in charge of things both at his business and at home.

Suddenly confronting a new and unexpected impending birth, however, Harry’s previously meek little wife begins to lay down the law. Appearing in supporting roles are Jody Ryan, Bill Small, Trae Norman, Michael Ball, and Kasey Jobe.

NEVER TOO LATE ran for two years on Broadway and was presented by the Lamp-Lite Players in 1979. Lamp-Lite Player Ken Untiedt directs this revival of NEVER TOO LATE, which is produced by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com.

PERFORMANCE DATES:
October 21 & 22, 2022 at 7:30pm | Sunday, October 23, 2022 at 2:00pm
October 28 & 29, 2022 at 7:30pm | Sunday, October 30, 2022 at 2:00pm
AUDIENCE DRESS REHEARSAL: Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 7:30pm

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PAST PERFORMANCES AT LAMP-LITE


Click here for a complete list of Previous Performances at Lamp-Lite Theatre from 1971 through 2023.


Mary, Mary


This Jean Kerr play is a hilarious send up of marriage, taxes, weight loss and sex, and was one of the longest-running plays in Broadway history.


Recently divorced Mary and Bob meet at his apartment to try to avoid an audit by the IRS. A snowstorm forces Mary to spend the night, and the following morning, mutual friend and lawyer Oscar, Hollywood heartthrob and neighbor Dirk Winston, and Bob’s considerably younger fiancée Tiffany arrive on the scene.


Mary, Mary  was the very first play ever performed by the Lamp-Lite Players way back in 1971.


PERFORMANCE DATES:
May 5 & 6, 2023 at 7:30pm | Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 2:00pm
May 12 & 13, 2023 at 7:30pm | Sunday, May 14, 2023 at 2:00pm
AUDIENCE DRESS REHEARSAL: Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 7:30pm


Getting Legit


Getting Legit is an original play by Lamp-Lite Theatre’s own Ken Untiedt.


It tells the story of a young woman searching for answers to her past, meeting for the first time a father who doesn’t even know she exists. As he accepts the truth of their relationship, he must also contend with how it affects his wife and children.


This play tests the limits of how we define family and examines how we all must handle the consequences of our actions.


PERFORMANCE DATES:
February 10 & 11, 2023 at 7:30pm | Sunday, February 12, 2023 at 2:00pm
February 17 & 18, 2023 at 7:30pm | Sunday, February 19, 2023 at 2:00pm
AUDIENCE DRESS REHEARSAL: Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 7:30pm


Two One-Act Plays:Trifles and A Question of Sex


Trifles is a one-act play by Susan Glaspell first performed in 1916.


Written during the first wave feminist movement, the play contrasts how women act in public and in private, as well as how they perform in front of other women versus how they perform in front of men. The play is loosely based on the murder of John Hossack, which Glaspell reported on while working as a journalist for the Des Moines Daily News.


A Question of Sex is a one-act play by Arnold Bennett that takes place in London at the turn of the 20th Century.


A baby has been born to George Gower, but an Uncle had promised a significant amount of money if it was a specific sex only, a boy. When George tries to cover up the true sex, he loses out. A funny twist of fate brings financial harmony to all.


PERFORMANCE DATES:
March 24 & 25, 2023 at 7:30pm | Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 2:00pm
March 31 & April 1, 2023 at 7:30pm | Sunday, April 2, 2023 at 2:00pm
AUDIENCE DRESS REHEARSAL: Thursday, March 23, 2023 at 7:30pm


Much Ado About Nothing


Pat Harris’ adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing will lead off the 2022-23 season of Lamp-Lite Theatre.

The play is a unique rendition of one of William Shakespeare’s most popular comedies. The story is timeless, even today: young couple meets, falls in love, and nothing goes according to plan.

A married (in real life) couple plays the two leads, both of whom are determined to NEVER marry. Roz Couch plays Beatrice, while Jamie Couch is Benedick. Portraying the happy young couple who happily plan to marry are Olivia Dean as Hero and Ian Reed as Claudio. Scott Parrish plays Constable Dogberry, who leads the bumbling, comedic watchmen.

Behind the scene, making it all come together, are Pat Harris, Director; Charisse Gregory, Musical Director; Katherine Parrish Whitbeck, Assistant Director; and Tari Dean, Stage Manager.
 
PERFORMANCE DATES:
September 16 & 17 at 7:30pm | September 18 at 2:00pm
September 23 & 24 at 7:30pm | September 25 at 2:00pm
AUDIENCE DRESS REHEARSAL: Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 7:30pm