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"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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Approved by task force members Larry Cochran, Scott Pendleton, Bill Jensen, Julie Skye, Patti Mullen.
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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
Ted Reeds, President
Eric Miller, Vice President
Shirley Gilmore, Secretary
Brian Bailey
Ken Busby
Priscilla Mayfield
Julie Minor
Bob Roberts
Leslie Shelton
Pete Walterscheid
Keith Weldon

Joe Sears, Artistic Director of The Drunkard
Shirley Gilmore, Director of the Children's Theatre
Jere Uncapher, Office Manager

$12.00 for children under 13.
$17.00 for seniors (62+)
$20.00 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 918-587-5030


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.

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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 & Military $17, Adults $20.

Reservations are essential.
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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.

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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.


The Board of Directors for the Tulsa Spotlighters, Inc., and the Riverview Neighborhood Association announce a partnership to enhance the celebration of the Folds of Honor FreedomFest 2016 on Monday, July 4th.

"The Spotlight has had an annual event for many years, but this was devoted more to the volunteers and members of the Theatre," says Spotlight boardmember Larry Cochran. "This year, we decided to open it up to our neighbors and the public in several ways."

The Riverview Neighborhood Association will place a large tent on theatre grounds. Inside will be opportunities to sign up for the Association and the Tulsa Spotlight Theatre, as well as homemade ice cream, beer from Marshall Brewery in Tulsa, and souvenir items for sale from both organizations.

Volunteers and members from both organizations will be treated to an inside potluck dinner, bingo, and a very special "thank you" for their service with live jazz music and dance by Scott McQuade, Dean Demerritt, and Wade Robertson.

Cochran said, "We hope to have many more collaborations in the future, after all, we are neighbors that support riverfront development."

Festivities will be from 6:00-10:00 p.m. on the grounds of the Tulsa Spotlight Theatre. There is no admission charge to the tent. Indoor activities are for members and volunteers only.

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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