2021-2022 Season at Limelight

Limelight provides a unique theater experience for our audiences. We present a variety of quality shows in an intimate cabaret-style space. New for the 2021-2022 season, our “thrust stage” layout brings the audience even closer to the action, with seating just two tables deep, on three sides of the stage. We also are proud of our state of the art lighting system, thanks to a generous 2020 grant from the Gilroy Foundation.


Our “Bring Your Own Dinner & Wine” (or have it catered) offer encourages friends and to-be-friends to mingle and enjoy the ambience and camaraderie of the environment. And, new with the 2021-2022 season, we are offering an expanded selection of beers, wines and cocktails to enjoy with dinner or during the performance. All performances are at the Gilroy Center for the Arts, 7341 Monterey Road, at the corner of 7th and Monterey Streets, in downtown Gilroy. To accommodate eating or drinking before the show, our box office opens 1 1/4 hours before curtain.


An intimate dinner theater environment

Covid-19 Statement


At the Morgan Hill Community Playhouse and Limelight in Gilroy, South Valley Civic Theatre (SVCT) is taking precautions against Covid-19. We take the health of our cast, staff and patrons very seriously. All involved must remain healthy for the show to go on. Thank you for your consideration!
Vaccinations are highly recommended but not required. However, the Playhouse and Limelight are public indoor spaces with patrons in close proximity to one another. SVCT requires, regardless of vaccination status, that all patrons must wear a mask inside the theater and theater lobby areas unless actively drinking or eating.


We count on our audience members to self-monitor. If you experience Covid-19 symptoms or receive a positive Covid-19 test, please alert our Box Office volunteers at boxoffice@SVCT.org and/or call 408-842-7469 at least three (3) hours before curtain so we can exchange your tickets.


SVCT will review its Covid-19 Statement for each of its shows to align with the State of California and Santa Clara County mandates and recommendations.

2021 – 2022 Shows


September 10 – October 2, 2021


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.



November 26 – December 18, 2021

A Nice Family Christmas

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?



May 6 – May 28, 2022

Tigers Be Still

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 established and provided for 9 years.  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 acts as the Limelight liaison to the SVCT Board. 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.