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Lamplighters Music Theatre is one of the oldest continuously performing theatres in the Bay Area. Since the company's founding in 1952, we have produced the entire Gilbert and Sullivan canon as well as other light opera and musical theatre classics such as The Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus, Of Thee I Sing, My Fair Lady, The Secret Garden, and A Little Night Music. Critically acclaimed artistic successes include honors for Best Production and Best Overseas Society at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Buxton, England, an Emmy for our telecast of Trial by Jury, and many awards from the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle including Best Production and Best Director.
Since its debut in a tiny San Carlos theater, Lamplighters Music Theatre has been dedicated to upholding the tradition of light opera and musical theatre, particularly through the production of the operettas of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan.
From a small band of young Savoy enthusiasts grew an organization that is now recognized as one of the top Gilbert and Sullivan companies in the world. The primary mission of Lamplighters Music Theatre/Opera West Foundation is to present high quality musical theatre productions.
The Lamplighters seek to:
Promote the tradition of classic musical theatre, especially the works of Gilbert and Sullivan;
Provide a showcase for talented performers, directors, designers, musicians, and technicians, assisting in the advancement of professional careers;
Provide training and performance opportunities for professionals and semi-professionals; and,
Present family-oriented entertainment for the widest possible audience.