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 firstname.lastname@example.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.