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keepin' the light on

There’s a new theater company in town: Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble, which plans on staging large musical theater productions and plays in East Contra Costa County as well as small musical reviews in various Delta venues.

For many years Jack and Betty Gaughan have run the Brentwood Theatre Company, but the hard-working thespians have decided it’s time to take it easy. “Knowing that Jack and Betty’s retirement was on the horizon, several of us got together to think about what we would like to do to fill the void,” said Ghostlight Vice-President and Artistic Director Helen Moore Dixon...
By Sally Hogarty
Ramping Up New Theatrical Opportunities - Brentwood Press, 04/18/18
A new theater company in town is dedicated to keeping the light on East County performing arts, and auditions for its next show will run this weekend.

Named for the bare lightbulbs traditionally kept lit in theater houses to ward off evil spirits, the Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble board has hit the ground running to help keep theater alive and well in East County. The newly formed nonprofit also has a youth program under its umbrella – Performing Arts Youth Academy (PAYA)...
By Aly Brown
Ghostlight premiere - Brentwood Press, 06/05/18
Photo: Aly Brown
Photo: Chris Finetti
Photo: Chris Finetti
Keepin' the light on local performing arts - Brentwood Press, 03/30/18
By Ruth Roberts
Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble is an East Contra Costa group dedicated to the performing arts and the magic of live theater. 

Its mission is to entertain, educate and enrich the circle of local communities by offering diverse and quality theatrical experiences...
Curtain Calls - East Bay Times, 03/18/18
Photo: Jennifer Finetti
A Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble’s Summer Showcase & Tasting was the theater company’s first show and first fundraiser.

The event was held on June 3 in the tasting room of Petersen Vineyards in Knightsen. Attendees enjoyed top local talent performing songs from favorite Broadway musicals, accompanied by wine tasting and an appetizer buffet.
Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble is pleased to present its inaugural main stage production of “Man of La Mancha,” directed by Helen Dixon. 

Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ epic 17th-century masterpiece “Don Quixote,” with a book by Dale Wasserman and music and lyrics by Mitch Leigh and Joe Darian, “Man of La Mancha” is one of the most successful musicals in Broadway history. Powerful, brutal, hilarious and heartbreaking, “Man of La Mancha” celebrates the perseverance of a dying old man who refuses to relinquish his ideals or passion. The celebrated score includes “The Impossible Dream,” “I, Don Quixote,” “Dulcinea,” “I Really Like Him,” “Little Bird..."
Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble will present its inaugural main stage production, Man of La Mancha, directed by Helen Dixon. Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ epic 17th-century masterpiece Don Quixote, with a book by Dale Wasserman and music and lyrics by Mitch Leigh and Joe Darian, Man of La Mancha is one of the most successful musicals in Broadway history...
Photo: Chris Finetti
Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble is pleased to present its inaugural main stage production of Man of La Mancha, directed by Helen Dixon. Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ epic 17th-century masterpiece Don Quixote, with a book by Dale Wasserman and music and lyrics by Mitch Leigh and Joe Darian, Man of La Mancha is one of the most successful musicals in Broadway history. Powerful, brutal, hilarious, and heartbreaking, Man of La Mancha celebrates the perseverance of a dying old man who refuses to relinquish his ideals or his passion. The celebrated score includes The Impossible Dream, I, Don Quixote, Dulcinea, I Really Like Him, Little Bird, and To Each His Dulcinea...
Photo: Helen Dixon
Man of La Mancha debuts in Brentwood - EastCountyToday.net, 07/07/18
Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ epic 17th-century masterpiece, “Don Quixote,” is one of the most successful musicals in Broadway history: “Man of la Mancha.” 

Powerful, brutal, hilarious and heartbreaking, “Man of la Mancha” celebrates the perseverance of a dying old man who refuses to relinquish his ideals or passion. Set in the context of the Spanish Inquisition, “Man of la Mancha” is presented as a play within a play. This show has mature themes, and is recommended for ages 14 and up...
Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble's inaugural production of Man of La Mancha opened this past weekend, receiving rave reviews and standing ovations for each curtain call. 

“Audience feedback is always helpful, but in particular, since this was our first production, we really wanted to gather input," said Jennifer Finetti, a Board Member and Media Coordinator for Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble. "While we were pretty sure we had a good show, we of course didn't..."
Photo: Jennifer Finetti
Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble is pleased to announce its nominees for the 40th Annual Shellie Awards! The Shellie Awards will be held at the Dean Lesher Center for the Arts on January 12, 2019. For this season, both Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble and Brentwood Theater Company (BTC) produced eligible shows, Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble essentially arose from BTC following the retirement of Jack and Betty Gaughan. As such, BTC's Calendar Girls is Shellie-eligible in the play categories, and Ghostlight's Man of La Mancha is eligible in the musical categories. The nominees are...
Photo: Lesher Center of the Arts