Shedding a bit of light on

Hit the Lights! Theater Co:

Hit the Lights! Theater Co. is an award winning company created out of an artistic agreement to tell simple stories well, through unconventional ways. Using found materials, flashlights, and cardboard, HTL! specializes in the transformation of the ordinary into the extraordinary. HTL! also focuses on the interplay between darkness and light, utilizing shadow puppetry as the lifeblood of their storytelling. The company is comprised of six experienced multidisciplinary artists: puppeteers, actors, musicians, artisans, and everything in between.  


Original works include DUNGEON (Audience Pick of the Fringe at the Cincinnati Fringe and Editors Pick at the Minnesota Fringe), WHALES (nominated for three Innovative Theater Awards including Outstanding Innovative Design, Outstanding Original Music and Outstanding Premiere Production of a Play) and a world premiere immersive theater experience THE OTHER RHINE (Know Theatre of Cincinnati). HTL!’s Off-Broadway credits include their original performance of HORSETALE at Ars Nova’s 2017 ANT Fest, La MaMa ETC Puppet Slam and most recently DUNGEON at Ars Nova One Night Stand.  

meet the team:

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Samantha Blain 

Star Wars Princess

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Kristopher Dean

Ebay Harpoon Buyer

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Claron Hayden

Baron of Snark 

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Casey Scott Leach

Captain Exacto Blade

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Carli Rhoades 

Rainbow Unicorn Rebel

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Mikayla Stanley 

Queen of Cats