History

Established in 1992, Limelight Theatre is the only year-round community theatre located in St. Augustine, Florida.

Limelight celebrates 27 years during its 2017-18 season!

Co-founded by Anne Kraft and Jean Rahner, the Limelight Theatre staged its first production on August 28, 1992, in the Monson Bayfront Inn. It provided entertainment at this location for almost two years. In 1994, Limelight achieved non-profit status as a 501(c)3 organization, and continued to offer productions for a number of years at a wide variety of local venues, including a small rented building on U.S. 1.

In 2001, through a generous grant from the Joukowsky Family Foundation, the Limelight purchased a 10,000 square foot building at 11 Old Mission Avenue in uptown St. Augustine, and converted it to a 125-seat theater, thus moving into its first permanent home.

The building needed significant improvements, and in 2006, the Limelight applied for and received a Cultural Facilities Grant of $398,000 from the State of Florida. The money was used for capital improvements including a new roof, new air-conditioning, heating, sound and lighting systems, lobby and restroom renovations, and a black box space that seats 75-90, called the Koger-Gamache Studio Theatre.

In addition to staging eight live shows during each season, Limelight offers year-round theatre education for ages 4 to adult.

Staff

Beth Lambert

Executive Director

Matthew Whaley

Box Office Manager

Nancy Grasso

Scenic Charge Artist

Kristin Pidcock

Director of Education

Missy Schmotzer

Education Production Manager

Shelli Long

Properties Supervisor/Music Director

Ryan Walker

Production Manager

Dom Grasso

Scenic Shop Foreman

Limelight Board Members

Limelight Theatre’s Board of Directors

  • Chris MacEwan, CHAIRMAN
  • Donald Jones, VICE CHAIRMAN
  • Scott Pacetti, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
  • Gaye Farris, SECRETARY
  • John O’Brien Prager, GOVERNANCE CHAIR

Scott Bartosch, Barbara Bennett, Christine Chapman, Bill Coleman, Beth Lambert, Lorna MacDonald, Linda Matuza, Linda Meehan, Linda Mignon, Gisella Nieto, Cathy O’Brien, Daniel Pasky, and David Upchurch

Limelight Theatre’s Advisory Board

Limelight co-founders Jean Rahner and Anne Kraft, along with Alice Alger, Jim Conzemius, Jane Mathis, Julie McGuire, Paul McGuire, Wes Scovanner, Karen Selig, Karen Taylor, and Shirley Thompson

Community Partners

Connecting and engaging with the St. Augustine and St. Johns County community is very important to us! In 2014-15, we have formed community partnerships with the Saint Augustine Youth Services, The Arc of St. Johns County, Florida Odyssey of the Mind, and the Girl Scouts of America. Keep an eye out for community events surrounding each of our main stage productions! To stay up-to-date on these events, please follow Limelight’s facebook page: Limelight Theatre

Raintree Restaurant, 102 San Marco Ave., sits near Limelight Theatre in uptown St. Augustine. Raintree is a generous community partner, donating cuisine for Limelight’s Gala each year, and providing fare for the opening show each September. In addition, Raintree owner Lorna MacDonald is on Limelight Theatre’s Board of Directors, giving of her time and talents. Raintree opens at 5 p.m. each evening, offering dinner before each show (performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday at Limelight), and brunch every Sunday before the Limelight matinee, which begins at 2 p.m. For dining reservations, call 904-824-7211 or go to raintreerestaurant.com

Uppity Art, 67 South Dixie, in West Augustine provides original art by various local artists which is exhibited during each production in The Crisp-Ellert Art Gallery at Limelight Theatre, honoring Limelight patron and supporter Dr. Joann Crisp-Ellert, a local artist who passed away in January 2006.

Art Galleries of St. Augustine is an association of the many diverse and eclectic art galleries located in the nation’s oldest city. Our Galleries range from local artist-owned businesses to elegant exhibition halls and museums. These galleries and venues offer outstanding collections of local, regional, national and international artists.

Every month, Art Galleries of St. Augustine brings the art community together for the First Friday Art Walk. On this very special night, gallery owners open their doors and invite you in to meet the Artist’s view their work enjoy a little food, drink, and conversation. The walk winds around the historic downtown area, highlighting the Art Galleries of St. Augustine Member Galleries.

AGOSA has committed to providing a gallery of art that ties in to every show this season at the Limelight Theatre. You will find the works hung around the  seating area of the mainstage.  We are thrilled to have the opportunity to display the talent of our local artists and introduce them to more art lovers. Most of the art is available for sale so if you have any questions, please ask a staff member.  

During the run of An Enemy of the People,  we are displaying work by several artists:

Jan Miller, represented by AGOSA GALLERY, Butterfield Garage. A native of Chicago celebrated in many private and corporate collections worldwide. In 2008 she and her family moved to St. Augustine, bought an old full service filling station on King Street called “Butterfield Garage.” She named the gallery as such and the rest is history. Jan considers herself a realist, favorite subject still life. She brings life to her subjects like no other, encouraging the viewer to notice the details. Jan was a founding AGOSA board member , and is very involved in the St. Augustine Art Community.

Sydney McKenna shows her work at AGOSA GALLERY, Butterfield Garage. She also owns Sydney Mckenna Gallery. She is collected by myriad private collectors and has installations in many corporate collections. Sydney is fascinated by vapor and evaporation. Her fine art has a spiritual element about it as her observation has it that “clouds are the spirit of water.” Sydney is currently nominated in the FOLIO WEEKLY “best of” for best visual artist. Good Luck Sydney!

Martha Ferguson, represented by AGOSA GALLERY, Georgia Nick Gallery. Martha paints in watercolor and oils and can often be seen around the streets of St. Augustine painting Plein Air. She feels greatly influenced by local favorite Emmet Fritz . One of the subjects Martha is known for are her city street scenes, and hopes she encourages the viewer to notice and appreciate the beauty in their surroundings.

Julie Noel Smith, represented by AGOSA GALLERY, P.A.S.T.A. Julie is a fine art photographer who hails from NYC. Julie is known in St. Augustine for her Florida landscapes done in camera with long exposure and in camera manipulation (aka intentional camera movement). She uses no photoshop or post processing to receive her surreal images. She brings her NYC images to Limelight especially for “Enemy of the People.” Her inspiration comes from her love of nature and expressionism. For a sneak peek of one of her images, see below.

Florida School for the Deaf & the Blind The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind is a state-supported boarding school for deaf and blind children established in 1885, in St. Augustine, Florida. Limelight Theatre’s Education Program parters with FSDB’s musical theatre programs, offering theatre and drama instruction.

Limelight Theatre partners with the schools within the St. Johns County School District, offering drama classes which incorporate the Character Counts program.

Donated Tickets

Limelight provides tickets to shows to the following organizations, businesses, nonprofits and events.

WFOY
Florida Heritage Book Festival
Jacksonville Zoo
Couples for Christ
JSL Gala Silent Auction
Council on Aging Gala
St. Francis House
EMMA Guild Opening Night Party
EMMA Concert Association
Learn to Read Rubby Ducky Regatta
Eland Club
St. Augustine Garden Club
Global Jax
St. Gerard Campus
St. Augustine Yacht Club
Orthopedic Association’s Pediatric Fund
VCB Annual Meeting
Fiesta de Aviles
Florida’s Funniest Comedian at Jackie Knight’s Comedy Club
PC Ladies Auxiliary
St. Jude’s/Linda Mignon
St. Augustine Attractions Association
MCWA Evening in Paris
Project SOS
Sons of Italy
CPEEC Silent Auction
Wolfson Children’s Hospital
Erin Mount/Davidson Realty
Amber Payne/Mint Magazine
Give Kids the World
Old Town Trolley
SAFE Pet Rescue
Pedro Menendez High School
Betty Perez
Republican Party
DSAJ
TELC
JSP of Jacksonville
St. Johns County Council on Aging
PC Hadassah
Regatta of Lights
Vision is Priceless
Trinity Orthodox Church- 9th Annual Fashion show
Flagler Hospital North Shore – 5th Annual Oyster Roast
WJCT
RSVP Chocolate & Beyond Gala
MCWA
Limelight Theatre Annual Gala
AAUW
St. Johns Academy
Osceola Elementary