Lamplighters Community Theatre

THEATERS IN THE TIME OF COVID

 
By David L. Coddon
 
Photo:  House of Joy, a virtual production of San Diego Repertory Theatre, courtesy of San Diego Repertory Theatre via Zoom productions.
 
July 30, 2020 (San Diego) - Lamplighters Community Theatre in La Mesa has been producing for 82 seasons, but no season presented the artistic and financial challenges of its proposed 83rd.
 
Photo, right:  Beethoven, a Zoom production by San Diego Repertory Theatre, courtesy of San Diego Repertory Theatre via Zoom productions
“We’re just trying to figure out what to do,” said Paul Ericson, president of Lamplighters’ board of directors. “It’s very difficult to plan anything.”

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LAMPLIGHTERS CHRISTMAS PAST REVIEW: TWO FOR ONE

By Kathy Carpenter

December 2, 2019 (La Mesa) - I'm a traditionalist. I want each holiday to have its time. Thus, I refused to watch Christmas movies until after Thanksgiving. Plays...well sometimes, I have to go earlier; I usually need to go in the first couple days to review them and give them adequate time for people to read. In this case, Black Friday was my induction into the Christmas season.


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AND MISS REARDON DRINKS A LITTLE: LAMPLIGHTERS SHOW CELEBRATES IDIOSYNCRACIES

Review By Kathy Carpenter

Photos by Adriana Zuniga Williams

September 8, 2019 (La Mesa) - Life would be dull without the eccentricities that make us who we are. Pulitzer winner Paul Zindel presents us with the delightfully complex characters of three sisters in “And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little,” now playing at Lamplighters Theatre in La Mesa through September 22.  The story takes place on an October evening in the apartment of Catherine and Anna Reardon.


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THE SUNSHINE BOYS REVIEW: BREAKUPS ARE NEVER EASY

By Kathy Carpenter

July 19, 2019 (La Mesa) - Lamplighters Community theatre Presents The Sunshine Boys--a comfortable feud, with laughter at the stuff you can totally agree with.

Directed by Steve Murdock, The Sunshine Boys is about two old vaudeville partners. One day out of the blue, Al Lewis announces he is retiring. Willie Clark is so mad he does not speak to him for eleven years. Clark is not ready to retire.


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NINE THE MUSICAL: A DREAM COMES TRUE ONSTAGE AT LAMPLIGHTERS THEATRE IN LA MESA APRIL 19 - MAY 19

 

 

Review by Kathy Carpenter

April 25, (La Mesa) - Everyone has a dream. Most of us do not get the opportunity to realize the dream. For George Bailey, director of Nine, at least one of his dreams came true. Many years ago he would go to the downtown library and check out albums from different musicals. One day he checked out the album for Nine and went home to listen on his parents’ stereo. He loved the score and identified with the story. A fleeting thought crossed his mind. If he was a director he would direct Nine. The thought was forgotten until Lamplighters brought his dream to life.


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10 OUT OF 12 REVIEW - TO BE OR NOT TO BE - LAMPLIGHTERS MARCH 1-31

 

 

By Kathy Carpenter

March 6, 2019 (La Mesa) - Ever want to see what happens before the show goes on? You 've probably heard of a dress rehearsal. That''s for the actors to run through a play exactly how the show will go. The day before the dress they have what is called a tech rehearsal, which is what the play 10 out of 12 is about.  A tech rehearsal is for the crew and director to know where the director wants the lights to be for every scene, with the stage hands marking where each piece of furniture will go. There are last minute changes, for sound, props and what have you. The cast does have to be there and it is a long day having to repeat everything again and again until all is perfect.


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LAMPLIGHTERS PRESENTS “AND THEN THERE WERE NONE” JAN.11 - FEB. 10

 

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January 6, 2019 (La Mesa) -- Lamplighters Theatre in La Mesa presents “And Then There Were None,” based on Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery novel.  The play will be presented Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from January 11th through February 10th.


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PETER AND THE STARCATCHER REVIEW - ADVENTURE ON THE HIGH SEA APRIL 20 - MAY 13

 

By Kathy Carpenter

April 26, 2018 La Mesa) - Pirates, fairies, mermaids. starcatchers, and the little boy who never wanted to grow up: Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson do a great job explaining how Peter Pan, and the elements from the original story came about in a new novel. Rick Elice turned the novel into a play. Raylene J. Wall directed the Lamplighters version and brought the play to life. Fun, silly and well-acted, Peter and the Starcatcher makes you smile.


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LAMPLIGHTERS PRESENTS “PETER AND THE STARCATCHER” APRIL 20-MAY 13

 

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April 6, 2018 (La Mesa) - Lamplighters Community Theatre ends its historic 80th season with fun for the whole family in a presentation of Peter and the Starcatcher. Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan).


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‘NIGHT, MOTHER ON STAGE AT LAMPLIGHTERS LA MESA MARCH 2-25

 

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February 27, 2018 (La Mesa) – Lamplighters Theatre in La Mesa will present ‘Night, Mother March 2-25. 'Night, Mother, Marsha Norman's explosive 1983 play, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Play.


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LAMPLIGHTERS BRINGS US AGATHA CHRISTIE'S MOUSETRAP - THROUGH FEBRUARY 4

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate Reviewer sdtheatrereviews.com

Freelance Writer Splash Magazine

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January 19, 2018 (La Mesa) - If you are wondering whether you have seen this play as a movie, you have not. Mousetrap opened at the Ambassadors Theater in London on November 25, 1952 and never closed. The show has run over 65 years and 27,000 performances.


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DADDY'S DYIN', WHO'S GOT THE WILL? LAMPLIGHTERS REVIEW - TEXAS-SIZED FUN THRU SEPTEMBER 17

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Freelance Writer www.splashmags.com

September 2, 2017  (La Mesa) -- Magnetic. Daddy's Dyin' Who's Got The Will, by Del Shores, master of Texas comedies, draws you in like sweet potato pie at Thanksgiving. This Lamplighters Theatre production has lots of rich characters--sweet and naughty.


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LAMPLIGHTERS WOMEN IN JEOPARDY: A LAUGH OUT LOUD COMEDY

 

 

Review by Kathy Carpenter, Associate Reviewer sdtheatrereviews.com, Freelance writer Splash Magazine

July 19, 2017 (La Mesa) - Laughter is the best medicine and makes for great plays. George Bailey, president of the board at Lamplighters says they are not out to wow the critics, but entertain their audience. As such, they are pretty much crushing it. If a play at Lamplighters sounds like you would enjoy it, you probably will.

Women in Jeopardy is a laugh out loud comedy that gives you a couple hours of complete escape and entertainment. With that name you might think it's something entirely different. Don't let the name fool you. It's comedy pure and simple. Totally entertaining.


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LAMPLIGHTERS THEATRE PRESENTS WOMEN IN JEOPARDY! JULY 7-30

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 21, 2017 (La Mesa) -- Lamplighters Community Theatre presents Women in Jeopardy! This new comedy by Wendy MacLeod, directed by Rob Conway, will run July 7-30 at Lamplighters Theatre in La Mesa.


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LAMPLIGHTERS 80TH ANNIVERSARY GALA JUNE 11

 

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May 26, 2017 (La Mesa) - Lamplighters has been entertaining La Mesa and its surrounding communities since 1937.  On Sunday, June 11, they're inviting you to celebrate their 80th anniversary with a gala from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the La Mesa Women's Club.


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LAMPLIGHTERS PRESENTS THE DRESSER MARCH 17 - APRIL 16

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate Reviewer www,sdtheatrereviews.com

Journalist www.sandiegosplash.com

March 24, 2017 (La Mesa) - The Dresser is riveting, with powerful acting, giving the audience a knock-out performance.  This play within a play focuses on a group of thespians performing and trying to keep their troop going in the midst of World War II air raids.


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JOIN LA MESA CHAMBER IN CELEBRATING 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF LAMPLIGHTERS THEATRE JUNE 21ST

 

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March 9, 2017 (La Mesa) – On Wednesday, June 21st, the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and Lamplighters Community Theatre will welcome members, local businesses and guests to the Lamplighters Community Theatre’s 80th Anniversary celebration.


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WHAT THE BUTLER SAW: JAN. 20-FEB. 19 IN LA MESA

 

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December 27, 2016 (La Mesa) - Lamplighters Theatre in La Mesa will present “What the Butler Saw," a classic British farce opening January 20th and running through Feb. 19th

When a psychiatrist tries to seduce an aspiring secretary, his botched efforts lead to comic bedlam involving his insatiable wife, a randy bellhop, a befuddled police officer and Sir Winston Churchill. Psychiatry, religion, marriage, government, definitions of gender and even language are all targets of British playwright Orton's poison pen. His sly jokes and hilarious shenanigans will have you shaking with laughter from start to finish.


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LAMPLIGHTERS PRESENTS RENTED CHRISTMAS THE MUSICAL: THREE SHOWS LEFT DECEMBER 16 - 18, 2016

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate/Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

December 14, 2016 (La Mesa) - A hallmark movie come to life, filled with everything you need for Christmas: music, family, kids, humor, drama, love, carols, and that touch of magic that comes with the season.


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GIRLS NIGHT OUT - THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB JULY 8 - AUGUST 7, 2016 AT LAMPLIGHTERS

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate/Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatreereviews.com

July 27, 2016 (La Mesa) - Remember the good times you've enjoyed with your girlfriends over the years? The Dixie Swim Club is the story of five friends who won a championship swim meet together in college. They bonded together and meet every year on the Outer Banks off the coast of North Carolina at the same rental beach cottage. Best friends stay together no matter what.


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LAMPLIGHTERS PRESENTS NEIL SIMON’S “CHAPTER TWO” MAY 13 - JUNE 12

 

Review by Kathy Carpenter, Associate/Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

May 26, 2016 (La Mesa) - Do you believe in second chances? Neil Simon’s plays are semi- biographical; for Simon, perfect love happened twice. In Chapter Two, it happens for George Schneider, who loses his wife an early death and Jennie Malone who married the wrong man.


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MACK AND MABEL TAKES AUDIENCES BACK IN TIME TO WHEN "MOVIES WERE MOVIES"

 

By Liz Alper

Saturday, March 12, 2016 (La Mesa) - On Saturday night, I saw the Lamplighters Community Theatre’s production of Mack and Mabel.


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LAMPLIGHTERS COMMUNITY THEATRE ANNOUNCES PERFORMANCE OF THE TONY AWARD MUSICAL NOMINEE "MACK AND MABEL"

 

Source:  Lamplighters Community Theatre press release

February 23, 2016 (La Mesa) – Lamplighters Community Theatre (LCT) is proud to present performances of the Tony Award Nominee “Mack and Mabel” at the new Lamplighters Community Theatre located at 5915 Severin Drive, La Mesa, Ca running  March 11 through April 10.


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STAGE FRIGHT: A CHILLING DELIGHT

 

Lamplighters Community Theatre, La Mesa, Oct. 9-Nov. 8

By Miriam Raftery

October 11, 2015 (La Mesa)--When a caustic critic is lured to an old theatre under the pretext of a documentary about Lincoln assassin/actor John Wilkes Booth,  he swiftly finds himself drugged,  trussed up and tormented by an actress he’s savaged in reviews. The stage is set for mayhem and potentially, murder.

Devi Noel  portrays first the prim and proper Miss Leamington, who soon sheds her disguise to be revealed as the wickedly scheming actress, Mitzi Crenshaw.  Donning multiple costumes to portray notable roles in between extracting tortuous confessions from her captive critic,  F.F. Charnick, Noel clearly relishes the role and keeps the audience on edge throughout Lamplighters’ production of Stage Fright, a play by Charles Marowitz of Ventura.


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LA MESA - MT. HELIX OCTOBER ACTIVITIES

By Kristin Kjaero

October 1, 2015 (La Mesa) – Fall is in the air. Residents have a wealth of options this month with two large festivals, the annual Oktoberfest in the Village, and a new FalFest at Grossmont Center, as well as the annual Intergenerational Games. Local churches are offering a Blessing of Animals and a Fair Trade Gift Fair to sooth the soul, and entertainment opportunities include Halloween activities at Grossmont Center, a school vacation art camp at Mt. Helix, a new mystery at Lamplighters Community, and many clubs at the La Mesa Library. Let’s not overlook the opportunity to give back to our wonderful hometown at the annual Park Appreciation Day and the Human Advisory Commission’s Food Drive!


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LA MESA - MT. HELIX SEPTEMBER ACTIVITIES

By Kristin Kjaero

September 1, 2015 (La Mesa) – The delights of the summer are concluding to be supplanted by a rich selection of community offerings for fall. The final performances of the theater and concert season are joined by a variety of classes for every interest, a health fair, a craft fair, e-waste recycling, and outdoor nature and recreation activities galore.


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SUPPORTING CAST: A TALENTED TEAM IN LAMPLIGHTER’S PRODUCTION

The Supporting Cast runs August 14 - September 13

By Kathy Carpenter, www.sdtheatrereviews.com Associate and Youth Reviewer

August 19, 2015 (La Mesa) - The Supporting Cast, is not a title of a play that grabs me and says “Hey, you need to see me.” However, the play it turns out is aptly named. The title is the name of a book the lead actor in the play wrote. The book is about people who are all married to famous people - thus the supporting cast. These are the heroes behind the celebrities who would not be who they are without the support of their loved one standing behind them. The wonderful support of the entire cast makes the play a hit.


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LA MESA - MT. HELIX AUGUST ACTIVITIES

By Kristin Kjaero

August 1, 2015 (La Mesa) – What a vibrant community we live in! August boasts five free concerts, three free movie screenings, two theater productions, the annual Helix High All Class Picnic, and the annual heART of Mt. Helix. There are free clubs for every age and interest at the La Mesa Library, a broad range of activities at the La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center, and a number of classes at the La Mesa Community Center start in August. For those who love nature there are a number of activities as Mission Trails Regional Park and the Water Conservation Garden, and for the fitness oriented there are several walking groups, aquatics, and even a boot camp. Get out and find your bliss, and while you’re at it meet your neighbors.


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LAMPLIGHTERS COMMUNITY THEATRE PRESENTS THE SUPPORTING CAST AUG. 14 - SEPT. 13

 

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July 27, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Lamplighters Community Theatre continues its 78th season with “The Supporting Cast,” a comedy to be staged August 14 through September 13, when Ellen, the wife of a successful author, writes a sizzling novel her friends are thrilled — until she invites them to her Malibu beach house and reveals that they are the characters!


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LAMPLIGHTERS COMMUNITY THEATRE PRESENTS LAST CHANCE ROMANCE

May 4, 2015 (La Mesa) -- Myra Witzer, a strong willed woman in her late thirties, is determined to get married at any cost and Leonard Shank, an unassuming man in his early forties, is the guy she goes after and gets, much against his will. After several months of married life, Myra realizes that the chase excited her more than the capture and wants out. On the other hand, Leonard, who at the beginning wanted no part of the marriage, now wants to stay married to her more than anything. Now that he's fallen for her, will Leonard be able to convince her that he's her prince charming?


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