1. There was no live theater in downtown Gilroy, so the theater had to launch there. It began at the Interim Center for the Arts. The mission...bring people out in the heart of the City, help support the Gilroy Arts Alliance and the revitalization of downtown.
2. There had to be wine. Our area is known for wine and theater goers love a glass at a show. There weren't any theaters in south county that offered that until we came along. LAT is proud to have started the trend!
3. It must be "Theater with a Twist". The "twist" being high quality, variety for patrons, and challenging roles for actors. Something new for Gilroy.
4. Create a partnership with other theaters to promote each other. Limelight has since partnered with South Valley Civic Theater and San Benito Stage Company in marketing shows.
LAT offers four to five shows a year. A little comedy, a little drama, staged readings, cabaret performances, musical reviews, one act series, premiere plays never before presented in Gilroy (or the Bay Area) and traditional two act shows. They created a stylish theater experience audiences in the area were craving. Local Directors and Actors showcase their talents in a smaller, more intimate and upscale cabaret theater style.
There is always an art exhibit to enjoy at each performance. In addition, an Artisan's Corner Gift Shop is always open before the show, at intermission, and after the show. Unique gifts and art made by local artists are available for purchase.
Limelight Actors Theater opened in January 2011 and has been described as "the brainchild" of popular local actor Kevin Heath. LAT is Gilroy's newest and only downtown theater. It is also the only theater in the Bay Area that offers "Bring Your Own" Dinner and Wine.
The journey started late November 2010 when a local restaurant owner asked Kevin to bring a play to the restaurant's banquet room in 2011. He was then asked to bring theater to the brand new Gilroy Interim Center for the Arts. Opening a theater wasn't in the "5 year plan" of life, but he could see fate was intervening. Kevin convinced local Realtor/Broker Alan Obata to join in on the project and Limelight Actors Theater was born January 21, 2011.
Limelight has been voted Best Theater in South County by Out & About Magazine Best of poll every year since they opened. In June 2014, they were voted Best Theater In Gilroy, in the very first year Gilroy Dispatch added the category.
Kevin Heath and Alan Obata
We are located inside the Gilroy Center for the Arts, 7341 Monterey Street, in Gilroy. (Corner of 7th and Monterey)
Limelight donates all concession sales and corkage fees for every performance to Gilroy Arts Alliance, the nonprofit that operates the beautiful Gilroy Center for the Arts.
For more information on the Center, you can see their website here.