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La Mesa theater celebrates a big milestone

By David Dixon

Eight decades is a long time for any theatrical organization, but even after that many years, the Lamplighters Community Theatre continues to be a beloved venue for entertainment in La Mesa.

In June, several festivities are taking place in honor of the longstanding theater company. On June 11, the 80th Anniversary Gala is scheduled to take place at the La Mesa Women’s Club, organized by volunteers Barbara Eisele and Pamela Stompoly-Ericson. Hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and a silent auction will be held. And as a special honor to the Lamplighters Theatre’s late longtime member, theater treasurer, former house manager and producer Judy Hughes, “Judy’s Signature Punch” will be served.

Trying to make a relationship work

Posted: May 26th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Theater | No Comments

By David Dixon There is always a sense of excitement in getting to watch good performers return to roles they have played in the past, and it’s always a positive experience if they are able to recapture the power of earlier portrayals. Frank Remiatte and Debbie David starred in “They’re Playing Our Song” in a […]

Peter Pan revives ‘My Fair Lady’

By David Moye

The 90 children currently rehearsing for the Peter Pan Junior Theater’s upcoming production of “My Fair Lady” not only have to learn their lines and choreography, but, in some cases, how to dress themselves.

“Many of today’s fashions don’t use buttons or snaps like they did when the play is set. They need to learn how to use buttons and snaps,” is how the show’s director, Dr. Mark Arapostathis, a teacher at La Mesa Arts Academy (LMAAC) and the mayor of La Mesa, explained it with good-natured exasperation. “We’re teaching them how to tie their own shoes.”

A live Halloween treat

Posted: October 28th, 2016 | Arts & Entertainment, Theater, Top Stories | 1 Comment

By David Dixon

One of the few venues in San Diego County currently providing a Halloween-themed play is Lamplighter’s Community Theatre, where theatregoers can watch a new version of the popular horror drama, “The Bad Seed” through Nov. 20.

Based on the 1954 novel and later adapted into an Academy Award-nominated movie, a homemaker Christine Penmark (Melanie Williams), believes that her daughter, Rhoda (Catherine Singer) is a smart and caring child. After a tragic drowning near Rhoda’s school, Christine starts to realize that her kid is a dangerous murderer.