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The Mikado



A Song to Sing, O!

The Mikado
Stage Director: Ellen Brooks • Music Director/Conductor: Baker Peeples
Costume Designer: Miriam Lewis

In a time when flirting was a capital offense, a handsome wandering minstrel has fallen in love with the beautiful fiancée to the recently appointed Lord High Executioner. Chaos, desperation, and comical mayhem ensue in classic Gilbert & Sullivan style, with impromptu marriages, substitute executionees, forged death certificates, and the revelation of a prince in disguise.

The comic satire of this brilliant work, ever relevant, is aimed at the timeless and universal frailties of our shared human nature, as told through Gilbert and Sullivan's hilarious plot line, ingenious dialogue, memorable characters, and gorgeous music. This new production will be moved from the traditional setting of a fictitious Japanese village to a re-imagined Renaissance Italy, the home of rapid cultural exchange, scientific advancement and artistic creativity, the tradition of commedia dell’arte, and the favored setting for many of Shakespeare’s greatest creations. The production will be changed visually to reflect our new setting, and a minimal number of necessary edits will be made to the names and dialogue, but this classic masterpiece will otherwise remain intact. We are excited about our new production of The Mikado and hope you will be too!

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Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek

Mountain View Performing Arts Center, Mountain View

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

Bankhead Theater, Livermore
Tickets: 925-373-6800 or

Saturday August 27, 8pm
Sunday August 28, 2pm

Runtime: approx. 2 hours 45 minutes including intermission

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(Subject to change)



F. Lawrence Ewing (8/20 2pm & 8pm, 8/28)
Samuel Rabinowitz (8/19, 8/21, 8/27)



Erin O'Meally (8/19, 8/21, 8/27)
Patricia Westley (8/20 2pm & 8pm, 8/28)



Mason Gates (8/20 2pm & 8pm, 8/28)
Patrick Hagen (8/19, 8/21, 8/27)



Sonia Gariaeff (8/20 2pm & 8pm, 8/28)
Anne Hubble (8/19, 8/21, 8/27)

The Ducato


Ben Brady (8/19, 8/21, 8/27)
Charles Martin (8/20 2pm & 8pm, 8/28)



Charles Martin (8/19, 8/21, 8/27)
Wm. H. Neil (8/20 2pm & 8pm, 8/28)

Piccia Tuccia


William Neely (8/20 2pm & 8pm, 8/28)
Michael Orlinsky (8/19, 8/21, 8/27)



Elana Cowen (8/19, 8/21, 8/27)
Michele Schroeder (8/20 2pm & 8pm, 8/28)



Autumn Allee (8/20 2pm & 8pm, 8/28)
Allison Spencer (8/19, 8/21, 8/27)


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Our Annual Champagne Gala and Auction

Stage Director: Phil Lowery • Music Directors: Monroe Kanouse and Baker Peeples

An original satire set (mostly) to the music of Arthur Sullivan, every Lamplighters Gala is a unique event –– more fun-raiser than fundraiser –– with up-to-the-minute side-splittingly hilarious, award-winning parodies lampooning current events, crazes, fashions and fads. Our creative Gala writers are right now creating a new addition to this quintessential Lamplighter Art Form, to join the long series of previous Galas including Return of the Deadeye - The Farce Awakens, Upside-Downton Abbey, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern’s Excellent Adventure, Major General Hospital; and The Phantom of the Operetta.

This year we bring you A Night at the Mint, or, The Great Heist Caper Affair... Thing. An unlikely crew of misfit criminal specialists plan to steal the one-of-a-kind Bazillion Dollar Coin from the Museum of Money at San Francisco’s Old Mint. And security guard Penny Lincoln thought she had enough on her hands already, with a horde of nerdy coin-collecting enthusiasts in for an all-night event. With the help of some strange exhibits that come to life after dark, can Penny protect the coin –– and the economic future of the nation –– from disaster?

Mountain View Performing Arts Center, Mountain View
Tickets: 650-903-6000 or

Sunday November 6, 4pm

Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
Tickets: 415-392-4400 or

Sunday November 13, 4pm

Gilbert & Sullivan's Patience

Stage Director: Barbara Heroux • Music Director/Conductor: David Möschler
Costume Designer: Miriam Lewis

Come revel in the comic stylings of that aesthete-to-end-all-aesthetes, Reginald Bunthorne, as he pursues the winsome and simple milkmaid Patience while simultaneously enjoying the worshipful adoration of his 20 love-sick groupies; the uproarious confusion of a hapless corps of jilted Dragoon Guard as they struggle to become aesthetic initiates in order to win back their old girlfriends; and the hilarity that ensues with the sudden unexpected appearance of the handsome aesthetic poet Archibald Grosvenor, who proves a rival for the affections of everyone else on stage!

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
Tickets: 415-978-2787 or

Friday February 3, 8pm
Saturday February 4, 2pm & 8pm
Sunday February 5, 2pm

Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek
Tickets: 925-943-7469 or

Friday February 10, 8pm
Saturday February 11, 2pm
Sunday February 12, 2pm

Mountain View Performing Arts Center, Mountain View
Tickets: 650-903-6000 or

Saturday February 18, 8pm
Sunday February 19, 2pm

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A Song to Sing, O! The Gilbert & Sullivan Story
Stage Director: Barbara Heroux • Music Director/Conductor: Baker Peeples

The fascinating story of the artistic collaboration of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan as told in their own words through their letters and diaries, with musical highlights from all 13 of their comic operas. Conceived, written and directed by Artistic Director Emeritus, Barbara Heroux, this Lamplighters Original will feature a salon orchestra conducted by Baker Peeples, and a cast of familiar and well-loved Lamplighter performers. Longtime fans will learn something new, and it’s a great way to introduce new friends to the world of Gilbert & Sullivan.

Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
Tickets: 415-392-4400 or

Saturday April 22, 8pm
Sunday April 23, 2pm

Napa Valley Opera House, Napa
Tickets on sale September 1st

Sunday April 30, 2 PM

Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek
Tickets: 925-943-7469 or

Thursday May 4, 8pm

Menlo-Atherton Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets: 415-227-4797 or

Sunday May 14, 3PM

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