Limelight provides a unique theater experience for our audiences. We present a variety of quality shows in an intimate cabaret-style space. Our “Bring Your Own Dinner & Wine” offer encourages friends and to-be-friends to mingle and enjoy the ambience and camaraderie of the environment. All performances are at the Gilroy Center for the Arts, 7341 Monterey Road, at the corner of 7th and Monterey Streets, in downtown Gilroy.


Effective January 1, 2020, South Valley Civic Theatre (SVCT) has assumed management of Limelight. The opportunity to produce small shows in an intimate performance setting wonderfully complements SVCT’s traditional five show season at the larger Morgan Hill Community Playhouse.

Gilroy Center for the Arts, 7341 Monterey Road

Upcoming Shows



With the “Shelter In Place” mandate from Santa Clara County, we have cancelled this production, originally scheduled to open in August, 2020. Stay tuned for specifics! We appreciate your continued support for local theater!


Irritable and sarcastic Abby Binder has a room to herself for four years at the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility. When bubbly, bright, and unbearably cheerful Marilyn Dunne is placed in her room, Abby tries to get rid of her, but fails to scare her away. As this odd couple embarks upon increasingly emotionally and physically dangerous tricks in order to break each other, secrets are revealed, lives are jeopardized, and peach cobbler is enjoyed.



A Nice Family Christmas

November 23 – December 20, 2020 (tentative)

It’s Christmas Eve, and a young newspaper reporter on the brink of being fired has been assigned a last-chance story about a typical family Christmas – his family’s Christmas. He goes home to his anything-but-typical family… who provide no shortage of material. The question is, will the magic of Christmas bring this family back together?



Tigers Be Still

With the “Shelter In Place” mandate from Santa Clara County, we have moved the performance dates of Tigers Be Still from March 2020 to January 2021 or later.  Stay tuned for specifics! We appreciate your continued support for local theater.


Sherry Wickman recently  earned her master’s degree in art therapy only to find herself moving back home with her family. Unemployed and overwhelmed, Sherry retreats to her childhood bed and remains there until an unexpected employment opportunity gives her a renewed sense of purpose and hope.



Your Hosts

Robin is thrilled to carry on the tradition of quality dinner theater entertainment that Kevin Heath and Alan Obata began 9 years ago.  Robin is a seasoned theater producer for South Valley Civic Theatre (SVCT), has served on SVCT’s Board of Directors, and has participated in dozens of productions (working  with costumes, props, set design, house management and more ) throughout the years.  Her focus for Limelight is to continue to provide a relaxed atmosphere and entertaining shows for both the ever-faithful patrons and new audiences.  By day Robin is an award winning South County Realtor with RE/MAX in Morgan Hill. Her hope is that Limelight will continue to delight patrons for many more years to come.

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Robin Bezanson, Limelight Managing Director

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Peter Mandel, Limelight Executive Director

Peter has been involved in local theater for many years, as an actor and designer in productions throughout the Bay Area (including Limelight). He is a leader within SVCT,  having served  on SVCT’s Board for many years, including 4 years as President.  Peter will act as the Limelight liaison to the SVCT Board. He has enjoyed Limelight productions for many years and was dismayed to learn that Kevin and Alan decided to end the operation.  Peter led the effort within SVCT to explore assuming management of Limelight so to not lose this source of wonderful entertainment for our community.  He is confident that Limelight’s best years are yet to come.