Lamplight Theatre brings back ‘Just Dream’ ’60s musical

Published 2:07 pm Thursday, February 10, 2022

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Do you ever wonder “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” Do you miss doing the “Peppermint Twist” and “The Stroll?” Were you inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King’s monumental, “I Have a Dream” speech? If so, you will want to make your way to historic downtown Kingsport to Lamplight Theatre for their brand new musical drama “Just Dream.”
“Just Dream” focuses on the struggle a young interracial teen couple faces when their romance goes against the norms of both their family and society. Michael Franklin, a young white high school student, has been friends with Mary Lou Bellamy, a young bi-racial high school student, since they were kids. Their love deepens despite Michael’s mother, Allison, and her racist views. After the tragic death of Dr. Martin Luther King, the two students petition for the newly integrated school to allow the spring dance to be integrated as well. While many support this radical new idea, there are still those that oppose it, like school bully, Bruce, and his father, Rudy Bates, who is also the owner of the town diner.
Springdale residents are compelled to listen to reason when Mary Lou’s mother, Peggy Bellamy, stands up for what is right and demands the town to “think” about what they are doing to their children. When the integrated dance is approved, it gains national attention. Because of this, the dance receives special radio coverage and celebrity entertainment for the evening. Will this momentous occasion be a magical night of dreams come true, or will there be “Trouble in Paradise?”
The public is invited to re-experience the 1960’s in “Just Dream.” Performances will begin February 11 and will run each weekend through February 27. Shows will run Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. with additional matinees on Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Doors will open one hour prior to the performances. Admission is a suggested donation of $15 Adults, $13 Seniors or Students, Free for Children 5 & under.
The Valentines Weekend Special includes a Sweetheart Dinner Theatre option available for $35 a person ($60 a couple) on Saturday, February 12. This includes the Valentine’s banquet, a portrait by a professional photographer, and tickets to the show that day.
A Special Valentine’s Day Package for $45 per couple includes: two tickets, a rose, chocolates, a stuffed animal, and sparkling juice/cider, which will be available for pre-purchase for February 11-13.
For reservations and information, contact the LampLight box office at (423) 343-1766, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online at

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