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Established in 1992, Limelight Theatre is the only year-round community theatre located in St. Augustine, Florida.
Co-founded by Anne Kraft and Jean Rahner, the Limelight Theatre staged its first production on August 28, 1992, in the Monson Bayfront Inn. It provided entertainment at this location for almost two years. In 1994, Limelight achieved non-profit status as a 501(c)3 organization, and continued to offer productions for a number of years at a wide variety of local venues, including a small rented building on U.S. 1.
In 2001, through a generous grant from the Joukowsky Family Foundation, the Limelight purchased a 10,000 square foot building at 11 Old Mission Avenue in uptown St. Augustine, and converted it to a 125-seat theater, thus moving into its first permanent home.
The building needed significant improvements, and in 2006, the Limelight applied for and received a Cultural Facilities Grant of $398,000 from the State of Florida. The money was used for capital improvements including a new roof, new air-conditioning, heating, sound and lighting systems, lobby and restroom renovations, and a black box space that seats 75-90, called the Koger-Gamache Studio Theatre.
In addition to staging eight live shows during each season, Limelight offers year-round theatre education for ages 4 to adult.