The 50th PURE GOLD Season of Lamp-Lite Theatre continues with its third production, WELCOME BACK HOME: A CHRISTMAS SPECIAL, Friday & Saturday, December 16th & 17th, 7:30 pm, and Sunday, December 18th, 2:00 pm, at Lamp-Lite Theatre. Katherine Parrish Whitbeck and Davy Thomas direct the Variety Show and Missy DeVine serves as the emcee welcoming Lamp-Lite Players and audience members back to our Lamp-Lite HOME for the Christmas Holidays.
The Variety Show will feature Veteran and New Lamp-Liters performing Christmas Readings, Songs, and Dances. Performers sharing their talents include Carrie Swann, Samantha Whitbeck, Grant Howarth, Pat Harris, LaChanda Maxie, Veronica York, Jack Luke York, Isabella Serna-Villanueva, Benjamin Serna-Villanuevea, Jacqui Murguia, Lori Serna, Sofi Serna, and Carrel King. Davy Thomas will accompany on the piano and Jody Ryan will provide the rhythm and percussion accompaniment. Director Katherine Whitbeck will have the opportunity to sing in a trio with Swann and Maxie. In addition to the Lamp-Lite Players, the Rhythm Rocker Cloggers, under the direction of Donna J. Oliver, will perform as part of the show during every performance. On opening night, Lamp-Lite will experience for the first time the newly-formed Nacogdoches High School Dragon Step Team, under the direction of Jo Anna Shaffer. “We are excited that these dance groups are collaborating with Lamp-Lite at Christmas time to showcase their talent and art form in the Nacogdoches community,” stated Whitbeck. Music and Readings for the evening include “The Christmas Song,” “The Night Before Christmas,” “Santa Baby, “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” “The Gift of the Magi,” “I’ll be Home for Christmas,” various children’s poems and letters, and a passage from the Book of Luke in The Bible. To remember Lamp-Lite Theatre Founder and Artistic/Managing Director Sarah McMullan, who passed away November 15, 2022, Pat Harris will recite “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost, the poem Sarah recited in her final performance at Lamp-Lite in 2020.
The audience will join the Players in a Sing-Along of Christmas carols and songs and join the rest of the Lamp-Lite family in enjoying hot chocolate and cookies provided by House Manager Judy Moore and her elves after the performances. Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit after the Sunday performance.
Stone House Kitchen will provide one more gift for audience members. Anyone who purchases a ticket for WELCOME BACK HOME: A CHRISTMAS SPECIAL can present their ticket or ticket stub one time at Stone House Kitchen when they purchase a coffee during the month of December and receive a FREE pastry with their coffee.
Tickets for WELCOME BACK HOME: A CHRISTMAS SPECIAL are on sale at Kline’s/Wrap-It-Up and the CVB. The tickets are also on sale 45 minutes prior to all performances at Lamp-Lite Theatre. Prices are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 60+ years old, and $8 for students. All seats are general seating. Benefactors may reserve their seats by calling 936-564-8300 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about Lamp-Lite’s 50th PURE GOLD SEASON may be found at www.lamplitetheatre.com or on Facebook. Season Tickets are also available at Ticket Outlets until December 17th and at the Lamp-Lite Box Office until December 18th.
The Lamp-Lite Players returns December 2, 2022, to perform A CHRISTMAS CAROL during the MILLARD’S CROSSING OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS. Tickets for the event are $10 at Millard’s Crossing and include Lamp-Lite’s performances at 6:00 pm, 7:00 pm, & 8:00 pm, as well as other activities.