Prairie Lights

  • Book by Susan Lieberman
  • Lyrics by David Rush
  • Music by Rosalie Gerut
  • Produced by Peggy Schneider
  • Directed by Deb Zimmer

Prairie Lights tells the story of a Jewish brother and sister who journey west on an Orphan Train in 1905. Arriving with other homeless youths in a tiny Nebraska town just before the holidays, Benjamin and Rose are adopted by Wellspring’s only Jewish couple. Devout 12-year-old Benjamin clashes with Abe, a successful shopkeeper who has abandoned his religion. Meanwhile, 15-year-old Rose falls secretly in love with a fellow orphan, thus upsetting Sophie’s marriage plans for the girl. Townsfolk are further divided by the fearful banker, Maxwell Ryder, who wants to send all of the orphans back to New York. As the town prepares for Christmas and Hanukkah approaches, Benjamin finds himself enlisting the young people—orphans and local kids alike—on a quest to reunite Wellspring. This family friendly, holiday themed musical is sure to delight all who attend!

This is a Patio Playhouse Youth Production

December 2-18 Fridays & Saturdays, 7pm; Sundays 2pm
Patio Playhouse Theater, 116 S Kalmia, Escondido, CA 92025