Really Rosie! Starting May 13

Book and lyrics by Maurice Sendak! Music by Carole King! Bring the family to the latest production of the Spotlight Children's Theatre.


Governor Recognizes 62 Years of Community Service by Tulsa Spotlighters

Sue Wiedemann, a Spotlighter since 1973, received the award on our organization's behalf at the Dec. 2 ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda.

Official Press Release

PreservationOK adds Tulsa Spotlight Theatre
to its 2015 list of most endangered places

Yes, people have noticed that our nearly 90-year-old jewel on the Arkansas needs some spiffing up. Here's our plan...


Spotlight alumna Victoria Hannath
This adventurous 21-year-old starred in The Drunkard and in numerous productions of the Spotlight Children's Theatre. Now the former Spotlighter is a busy actress in Los Angeles.


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Accessible parking, seating, and bathrooms are available at the Tulsa Spotlight Theatre. Please make your need known when making reservations.

"I am 60 years old and have lived in the area all my life and now I wonder why I didn't come sooner! Took my family and had a great time. I will be back and will bring friends."
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"I can't think of anything that I would change. The food was good and the service was great."
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"I thought it was terrific and I can't wait to take my two sons to see it too. I have one son that is interested in acting. Do you have anything available for kids in this situation?"
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"It may be fun to volunteer and I'll definitely tell others about the Theater. What are the plans for renovation?"
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"We will definitely be back! Do you all have an email list?
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"You guys run a fantastic production that is enjoyable and special every time."
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"My husband and I enjoyed ourselves tremendously, the play was exceptional, definitely a Tulsa gem!"
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"We absolutely loved the evening at the Spotlight Theater. We will definitely tell our friends about it and will be back soon to enjoy another show."
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"I had not heard of the show, but the sorority ladies had set it up and said we would enjoy the play. Boy, I got into the drama and had a great time with the actors and M C. Would come to town to see it again."
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"The place was packed to full capacity, so the show was very lively and entertaining. I have already posted on FB how much fun we had and recommended that everyone must see the show. Thank you for a lovely evening!"
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"Although I've lived in the Tulsa area for almost 60 years, and have heard about The Drunkard on many occasions, this past weekend we decided to "take the plunge" and attend the performance. WE LOVED IT! It's been a long time since I've been able to be totally uninhibited. I screamed, I shouted, I sang, I kissed my wife, (it was Valentine's day) and thoroughly made a fool of myself."
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"I really enjoyed all the interaction between the audience and the performers. It made the atmosphere even more welcoming!"
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"We thoroughly enjoyed the show. It was a family celebration and very fun."
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"My friends and I had a good time. It truly felt like everyone was family and dedicated to the project."
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"We really enjoyed it. It was a Valentines Surprise from my husband who found it while looking through a magazine. He talked to some people he knew that lived in the Tulsa area and they recommended it, so we came. It was a fun evening."
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"My first visit to The Tulsa Spotlight Theater was very enjoyable! The Drunkard was terrific & the tomato toss was a great touch; just like the Tim Conway/Harvey Korman skits on the Carol Burnett Show, the unexpected, unscripted, laughter-filled moments were the most memorable."
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"Our group of 15 had a great time. We thoroughly enjoyed the show."
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"Everyone in your organization very professional and extremely nice!"
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Spotlighters acknowledge the opportunities we enjoy, and recognize our responsibility to pursue excellence, on stage and off. We owe this to our audiences, our children, the heritage with which we are charged, and to each other.
In a spirit of festive collaboration, we volunteer to
We provide the historic stage on which generations of Tulsans live their dreams.
Core Values
Approved by task force members Larry Cochran, Scott Pendleton, Bill Jensen, Julie Skye, Patti Mullen.
Oct. 21, 2014 ×
The Drunkard and the Olio, the Spotlight Children's Theatre, and the Tulsa Spotlight Theatre/Riverside Studio are functions of Tulsa Spotlighters, Inc., a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization recognized by the IRS in September 1957 and incorporated in Oklahoma on May 7, 1962.

Directors & Officers
Ashley Webb, President
Larry Cochran, VP Programs
Ted Reeds, VP Facilities
Scott Pendleton, Secretary
Nancy Chambers, Treasurer
Leslie Shelton
Ken Busby
Priscilla Mayfield

Joe Sears, Artistic Director of The Drunkard
Rebecca Ungerman, Director of the Children's Theatre
Jere Uncapher, Office Manager
Christina Bonds, Director of Communications

$12.00 for children under 13.
$15.00 for seniors (62+)
$18.00 for adults (13+)
Groups of 10+ adults save $3/ticket.

Seating is cafe-style. A table will be arranged for your group. Therefore, advance reservations are essential!

Press or click to dial... 918-587-5030

...Or... Fill out a reservation request

We couldn't have thrived for 60+ years without the more than 3,000 Tulsans who participated as cast or crew along the way!

Perhaps after seeing our show, you might want to be part of the fun! Our all-volunteer organization has plenty of opportunities. Auditions for The Drunkard are held the first Wednesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. at the theatre. Olio auditions are held occasionally when announced.

In order to hear about auditions for our children's plays or the Olio, please subscribe to our e-mail announcements.

Eager to get involved? Call Christina Bonds. 918-327-1473


It began on Nov. 14, 1953 and has never stopped! That's how The Drunkard became America's longest-running play. More than 3,000 Tuslans have participated on or offstage. More than a quarter-million have seen the show, making it a laughter-filled Tulsa tradition in which temperance triumphs and evildoers receive their merited fates. There are even tomatoes to throw at the villain!

The director is Tony-nominated writer-actor Joe Sears of Greater Tuna fame! "Today the play is performed in historical form as it was in the early days but with added salt and pepper fun for modern audiences to enjoy," Mr. Sears says.

Doors open at 7 p.m. A singalong of old-time popular songs begins at 7:15. The show starts at 7:30 with the Olio: dancers, musicians, jugglers, magicians, or comedians. The play begins at 8 p.m. and concludes around 10 p.m. with the audience and cast singing God Bless America


The auditorium is set up like a beer garden. Audience members are seated at private tables, which is why reservations are so important. During intermissions our serving crew will bring your order of made-to-order sandwiches, chips, beer, wine, coffee, and soft drinks.

How about an exclusive special performance for your workplace, club, or organization? Specials can be arranged for any night except Sunday.
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Fast Facts

On Saturday nights the Tulsa Spotlight Theatre stages The Drunkard, a hilarious melodrama. The family-friendly evening includes a variety show called the Olio and an audience sing-along of old-time tunes.

Seating is cafe-style. Food and beverages may be ordered and will be served to your private table.

Doors open at 7 p.m. The show ends around 10 p.m.

Kids $12, Seniors $15, Adults $18.

Reservations are essential.
Press or click to dial 918-587-5030
Fill out a reservation request Map to 1381 Riverside Drive
Tulsa Spotlight Theatre
1381 Riverside Drive
Tulsa, OK 74127

Business hours are 1 - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. At other times please leave a message.

Press or click to dial... 918-587-5030

Press or click to email... spotlight­@spotlight­

TGIF Jazz is now at the Tulsa Spotlight Theatre! Friday, August 14th at 6:00p.m. the Tulsa Jazz Society and present Tulsa's finest jazz musicians and vocalists.

Come experience the incredible talents of the Mike Cameron Collective, Sandy Garner, Chuck Gardner, Bill Crosby, Tony Yohee, Pam Crosby and Larry Cochran. Then stay for a jam after the show and participate if you are so inclined!

Ticket charge is ten dollars for everyone.

Food and adult libations available for an extra charge.

For more information, call 918-587-5030.

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Your event can happen here! Let the Spotlight host your wedding, music recital, CD release party, homeschool graduation, photoshoot and more! Film crews have made movies here.

Having a fundraiser? For a tax-deductible donation, we will provide the building and entertainers for your charity fundraiser. You will sell the tickets and keep the proceeds. ×
Emma and Scott Pendleton with Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett

Starting with Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett on April 12, 2014 the Tulsa Spotlight Theatre began featuring "Surprise Celebrities" -- individuals of note who will perform as the opening act of our Olio. Many such acts are scheduled for various Saturdays, but we won't tell ahead of time if there is one nor who it is! Come and be surprised. And if YOU are a big name in Tulsa -- talented or otherwise -- contact us for you chance to be part of the series. We can even help you come up with an act!

Surprise Celebrity Honor Roll
04-12-2014Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett
04-19-2014Tulsa County Commissioner Ron Peters
04-26-2014Tulsa University Professor Joseph Rivers
05-03-2014Writer/Author Connie Cronley
05-10-2014Pianist Dorothy McFadden
05-17-2014"First Lady of Country Fiddle" Jana Jae
05-24-2014KTUL Meteorologist Jennifer Zeppelin
05-31-2014KWGS Station Manager Rich Fisher
06-07-2014All Souls Choir Director Rick Fortner
06-14-2014South Lakewood Baptist Church Minister Donald Morrow
06-28-2014KOTV Channel 6 Personality LeAnne Taylor
07-12-2014Flamenco Guitarist Lon De Ada
08-09-2014Zoo lady Terrie Correll & friends
08-16-2014Guitarist Joesf Glaude
08-23-2014Vocalist Janet Rutland
09-20-2014Philbrook's Rand Suffolk
11-15-2014Actor/Math Teacher Jeff Gaffen
11-22-2014Bama Companies CEO Paula Marshall
11-29-2014Oklahoma Aquarium COO Teri Bowers
1-24-2015Vocalist Cynthia Simmons
2-14-2015Vocalist Emily Chappell
5-16-2015Vocalist Angie Cockrell