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WELCOME

Welcome to the website for Nite Lite Theatre of Gibson County, TN! We are a local theatre group that has been creating entertainment for our community for over 35 years! Take a look around and read about the history of Nite Lite Theatre, see what we are up to, and buy tickets for upcoming productions! If you have any questions, or are interesting in sponsoring the theatre, please feel free to contact us at office@nite-lite.org

HISTORY OF NITE LITE THEATRE

Nite Lite Theatre is a non-profit community theater organization chartered in June of 1980 that is composed of an ever changing group of people throughout Gibson County; with members all of the surrounding counties.  It is a meld of people from all walks of life, professions, interests, and areas of the country – with no consideration of race, sex, creed, age or social standing. Their one common interest is love of live theater and the fine arts.

Nite Lite’s purpose is to produce plays and other works associated with the performing arts, to promote interest in theatre and the performing arts while providing educational and cultural opportunities for people of all ages.

Nite Lite's home theatre is the Peabody Little Theatre in Trenton although Nite Lite does perform in other theaters upon request. As a truly integral part of the community, Nite Lite has participated in the Teapot Festival, Paris Landing, Jackson Parks and Recreation Dept., provided workshops in theater, elocution, mime, makeup and sponsors two Children's Theater workshops and shows every summer at Milan Middle School. Nite Lite then presents three plays at Peabody Little Theatre each season for their patrons.   Nite Lite Theater also awards a $500 annual scholarship available to any Gibson County high school graduate who plans to major in one of the fine arts. The theatre’s contribution to the community was highlighted in the February, 1989 report to the Gibson County Court from the TVA Business Development consultant, which stated: "The county business leaders should promote the potential of the Nite Lite theatre in Trenton".

Nite Lite had its start in 1980 when a small group called on friends and acquaintances who shared this love. From that nucleus the formal organization was formed, bylaws were drawn up, and the first play was planned. The public demonstrated their enthusiasm for the new venture opening night, July 11, 1980.  As the house lights dimmed, the curtain opened and the first actor stepped on stage, the audience rose as one and gave a standing ovation to welcome the coming of live theater to the area!

Nite Lite is run by a board of directors and officers comprised of fifteen individuals from around the county and surrounding area. Anyone can be a member of the theatre with payment of small annual dues, presently $15.00 for a single membership and $25 for a family membership.

Creating a play is an intricate project that involves a large group of people. The 'Director' is artistic king, who is closely watched by his exchequer - the 'Producer' who holds the purse strings. Then there is the assistant director, music director, choreographer, technical director, stage manager, house manager, artists, musicians, publicity director, costumer, makeup specialist, set designer, set crew, sound and lighting technicians and prop crew.  These are the unsung heroes of live theater.  For two months or more, cast and crew give (no recompense) of their time, talent and energies while creating the magic. As they memorize lines, paint sets, vocalize, adjust the sound system, practice a dance step, put up posters, fit costumes, sell tickets, round up furniture, block the action, beg to borrow one more prop, try the scene one more time; they become a family. The intensity of the work and rehearsal schedule seems to compact a lifetime into a space of a few weeks. And then after the frenzy of sound, color and energy - it is finally here -   opening night! CURTAIN!

The cost of a show is tremendous. Royalties can range upwards of $3500, as well as sets, director fees, props, publicity, tickets, costumes, makeup, lights, etc. Ticket sales do not cover these expenses. For many years Nite Lite has received a Rural Arts Project Grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission that helps cover some of the administrative costs of running the organization, as well as a grant from Arts Builds Communities from the Northwest Tennessee Development District.  The bulk of financial backing necessary to produce the productions comes from the donations of Sponsors, and Donors. These civic minded 'angels' form the backbone of the organization and are awarded membership and tickets to the three main shows of each season.

Since 1980, Nite Lite Theatre has produced around 150 shows, including such classics as "Guys & Dolls," "Steel Magnolias," "You Can't Take it With You," "Annie," "Willy Wonka," "Arsenic & Old Lace," "Barefoot in the Park," "The Odd Couple," "Fiddler on the Roof," and "Oklahoma!" With the dedication of the staff and performers and your support, we are able to continue producing works year after year in order to preserve an appreciation for community theatre in West Tennessee.

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Guys and Dolls Jr will be presented July 26 and 27 at 7:00 pm and July 28 at 2:00 pm.

.All PRODUCTIONS WILL BE AT MILAN MIDDLE SCHOOL

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Nite Lite Boxer Trot Run

 

 

Nite Lite Theatre’s 4th annual Boxer Trot 5K Run is scheduled for Saturday, October 12. 2019 at 8:00 a.m.  It will begin at the Pedestrian Park in downtown Trenton.  The cost is $25.00. Download our Registration form here and the release form here and email it to; nitelitetheatre@gmail.com. You can pay online under the tickets tab,  however, you can come and register prior to the race at 7:30 a.m. for a fee of $30.00. Late registers will not be guaranteed their T-shirt size.  We will also have a contest with prizes for the “most creative” and the “funniest” boxer costume.  Preregistration ends October 2nd.. The run should be lots of fun!  Come join us!

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2018-19 Season Nite Lite Acting Awards Winners

Best Actor:

Dayton Gay ( Jeremy) Two Witches No Waiting

Best Supporting Actor:

 Ed Wheeler, (Jeb) Two Witches No Waiting

Best Actress:

 Tiffany Tallent (Missy ) The Marvelous Wonderettes

Best Supporting Actress:

 Jennifer Petty (Arlene) Two Witches No Waiting

Best Teen Actor:

 Jacob Beals (Albert Peterson) Bye Bye Birdie

 Best Supporting Teen Actor:

 Brad Powell-Riddick (Conrad Birdie) Bye Bye Birdie 

Best Teen Actress:

Hayleigh Powell-Riddick (Kim) Bye Bye Birdie

Best Supporting Teen Actress

Maicy Warwick (Mae Peterson) Bye Bye Birdie

Shinning Stars for Jack and the Beanstalk Warner Boals (Old Man Tucke) and Lynnley Hunt (Strum Along Cassidy)

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About

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Are you planning on majoring in any of the fine arts? Are you a Gibson or crockett county resident or have been active been an active participant in Nite Lite Theatre? If you are we invite you to apply for our Nite lite Scholarship. 

METHOD:  The applicant must completely fill out the below link (or copy of) official Nite Lite Theatre Arts scholarship form (print neatly).  It must then be signed and dated by both the applicant and parent/guardian if applicant is a minor.  In addition, please furnish a statement of experiences, accomplishments, and career goals in the arts, including a descriptive statement of future plans and fields of study.  All materials must be received by June 15 2019.  

Applications can be mailed to: Nite Lite Theatre P.O. Box 319 Trenton, TN  38382 or emailed to: nitelitetheatre@gmail.com 

RECOMMENDATIONS REQUIRED:  (3 letters total)-A letter from a person who has or is currently instructing the applicant (teachers of fine arts). Two letters of character endorsement from responsible persons who are NOT related to the applicant.  These letters must be signed, dated, and include the phone number and the address of the author. 

PERSONAL INTERVIEW:  Applicant may be contacted by the Scholarship Committee for a personal interview. 

AWARDS:The recipient of the $500.00 scholarship will be announced and notified by June 15, 2019.The money will be awarded upon proof of entry in school in the fall showing the designated field of study.The scholarship will be forfeited if the proof of entry and designated field of study is not received by Nite Lite by October 1st 2016, or the recipient changes his/her major from the arts to another field before that date.

To download the application click here

 

 
 
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Each year Nite Lite Theatre offers a scholarship to an individual graduating from High School or is already enrolled in a college or university majoring in the Arts.  Nite Lite is very proud to announce that Kizer Brown is the 2019 recipient. Kizer graduated from South Gibson County High.  He began his musical career on his great grandfather’s trombone in the 6th grade.  He is a 3rd generation music education student – both his grandfather Tony Burriss, and his mother, Emily Brown are band directors in the West Tennessee area.  Kizer has been an All-West participant for 5 years and was an All-State member in 2017. He has been principal Trombone of the SCCHS for 4 years and was Drum Major his senior year.  Kizer attended Governor’s School for the Arts in 2018.  Kizer plans to attend University of Alabama to study Music Education this fall.