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Roonie Meek is back to reprise his 2005 roles as Don Quixote in Lamplighter's Theatre Company's production of "Man of LaMancha." (Photo submitted)

Lamplighter's Theatre Company's season, aptly dubbed "A Journey of Discovery," launches in medieval Spain, walks up 39 steps, stops off in Merry Old England, and catches the last train for the little town of Nibroc before arriving at its final destination in the rural South.

Starting in Spain, the theater starts its season with "Man of LaMancha," which was also its very first major musical in 2005.

The show met with enthusiastic applause, prompting one theater-goer to respond, "The impossible dream is seeing community theatre this good."

Seven years later, Lamplighter's Theatre Company opens its "A Journey of Discovery" season with the return of the beloved musical.

Roonie Meek and Nathan Owen are back to reprise their 2005 roles as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza respectively, and veteran director Greg Wilson is back to helm the production once more.  

"In 2005 our audience was only starting to discover Lamplighter's Theatre," Wilson said. "Those who were there are delighted at the prospect of seeing Man of LaMancha again. Some of the most moving and powerful music ever written for the American stage combines with the timeless wit and inspiration of the story of Don Quixote to create an unforgettable evening at the theatre."

"Man of LaMancha" runs Friday, Sept. 7, through Sunday, Sept. 16, in Smyrna.

This show contains mature themes revolving around the excesses of the Spanish Inquisition. Parents may wish to consider whether young children should attend.

The season continues with "The 39 Steps," which has been described as what would happen if you took a classical Alfred Hitchcock thriller mystery and turned it over to "Monty Python."

"The 39 Steps" was wildly successful on Broadway and is sure to be in Smyrna as well.

The play runs Friday, Oct. 26, through Sunday, Nov. 4.

The season continues into December with Charles Dickens' classic Christmas ghost story, "A Christmas Carol."

Some consider it the perfect story, filled with ghosts, time travel, invisibility, love, life, death and redemption all wrapped around the Christmas season.

Told in the classic Dickens' style, this year's production is guaranteed to add joy, warmth and meaning to your Christmas observance. Performances of "A Christmas Carol" begin Friday, Dec. 7.

Following the Christmas season, Lamplighter's stages "The Last Train to Nibroc" in February 2013.

Perfect for the Valentine's season, "The Last Train to Nibroc" is playwright Arlene Hutton's loving retelling of the remarkably humorous and touching manner in which her parents met.

To round out the season, Lamplighter's Theatre Company take you to the rural South, in the depths of the Great Depression, where you can shake hands with Atticus Finch, Scout, Tom Robinson and Boo Radley – characters that are familiar to generations of readers, and with good reason.

"To Kill a Mockingbird" has often been cited as second only to the Bible for its impact and importance to American culture. The season ending production of Harper Lee's enduring classic is presented in April 2013.  

Lamplighter's Theatre is located on the campus of Springhouse Worship & Arts Center at 14119 Old Nashville Highway in Smyrna.

Tickets are available at ticketsnashville.com.

For more information contact Lamplighters Theatre Company at 615-852-8499, or visit www.Lamplighterstheatre.com.

Tagged under  Arts, Entertainment, History, Lamplighters Theatre Company, Musical, Smyrna

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