LamplightersTheatre.org is a website dedicated to the theater in particular and the fine arts in general. The name Lamplighters Theatre is inspired by the selfless public servants who historically lit street lights in the times of yore. Just like they brought light to the darkened roads, so we at Lamplighters Theatre strive to shed light upon subjects such as theater plays, community theater and more. Theater plays include drama plays and comedy plays, as well as other genres. It is safe to say that comedy and drama were invented by the Greeks and perfected by William Shakespeare. The latter, in particular, wrote some of the most famous plays in history, including Hamlet, Macbeth, Richard III, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, The Merchant of Venice, and many more, about which you can learn here at Lamplighters Theatre.
Writing the play, however, is only half the job. The other half is producing it and staging it, which involves theatre tickets, casting, advertising, but most of all, a venue. Famous theaters include La Comédie-Française in Paris, and the Hammersmith Apollo in London. A great number of theater plays are also staged in the West End in London, and on Broadway in the United States. Prominent past and present shows on Broadway include Death of a Salesman, The Iceman Cometh, The Homecoming, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Crucible, Amadeus, Equus, A Doll’s House, Hedda Gabler, The Night of the Iguana, among others.
Lamplighters Theatre is not just about the pros, though. At lamplighterstheatre.org you may also find information about community theater. Community theater may refer to professionally staged plays in geographical region without a theater tradition, or to the efforts of a community itself to produce a show for several reasons. One goal of this type of theater is to instill a love of the arts among the youth, and also to provide them with a productive activity that may or may not lead to a more serious career.
As an open minded website, Lamplighters Theatre also encourages visitors to explore other types of theater genres, such as the Japanese Noh and Kabuki theaters. Noh is a classical musical drama that dates back to the 14th century. This art involves four different classes of performers, they are the Shite, who may appear as a human, a ghost, a warrior or in a female role depending on the play category; the Waki, or counterpart to the Shite; the Kyōgen, who act in comical interludes between Noh plays; and the Hayashi, instrument players who provide music. Kabuki theater on the other hand, is characterized by drama stylization and complex make up. This is just a brief overview of the information you can find at Lamplighters Theatre, stay here on LamplightersTheatre.org for more.