"What we offer is family-friendly entertainment, an experience that families can have together almost any night of the week," said owner Tony Terry Jr., who founded the company 29 years ago.
..."We have all original shows, productions, costumes, lyrics, you name it," said Terry, a savvy producer who knows that you don't have to pay expensive royalties if you write your own shows.
...Comedy veterans such as Chevy Chase and Gilda Radner knew what audiences reacted to, just as Tony Terry Jr., Peter Van Slyke, and scene designer Tom Benson know what works for their theater, Dorr said.
...After leaving the University of Arizona's theater program in 1977, founder Tony Terry Jr. left Tucson to take a job as a tour-bus operator in Skagway, Alaska.
There were hundreds of tourists getting off tour liners and heading into the town, but there weren't a lot of entertainment venues for them, Terry
said.That's when the idea for the Mighty Moose Melodrama Theatre was created.He
called UA theater cohorts Howard Allen and Tom Benson and together they started the company and staged "GOLD Fever! or Danger at Bonanza Creek!" But after a long, cold summer and an unprofitable run, the trio decided to come back to Tucson. Not wanting to give up, Terry
asked his brother Tom Hill to help open The Gaslight Theatre
in an old red barn at Trail Dust Town on Tanque Verde Road.
also owns the Gaslight Print Shop and the Gaslight Costume Rental Shop. The planners Here's a closer look at the movers and shakers behind Tucson's most reliable laugh factory:The impresario Tony Terry Jr.
, 53, likes to show off the silly side of life for multigenerational audiences.That's been the Gaslight's
mission since it opened in 1977. Terry, the theater's founder, owner and producer, heads a staff of about 150 employees, including those who work at Little Anthony's Diner and Grandma Tony's Pizza.Terry
said everyone - artists, actors, waiters, staff and audiences - contributes to the Gaslight's
success. "I want shows that bring families closer together," he
said."I like seeing 3- to-4-year-olds laughing their heads off with their grandparents."
"It's like a jigsaw puzzle, putting everything together," said Gawne, whose dad is Tony Terry Jr.
"I've probably seen every show since I was born."