SBMT’s production of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY opens this Saturday, September 23, 8:00pm at the Saratoga Civic Theatre. Be sure to join us for an unforgettable night of theater,
THE EXCITEMENT OF A NEW SHOW: How SBMT’s musicals are selected At the most recent SBMT membership meeting on August 27, Board member Walter Mayes explained to attendees the
Community theater groups like SBMT tend to be tightly knit organizations, and it’s common to see the same actors appearing in show after show. Our audiences enjoy following their favorite
South Bay Musical Theatre is hard at work getting ready for the first production of our 2017-2018 season, The Bridges of Madison County. The show opens Saturday, September 23 and
It only takes a few keystrokes on your part, but it can add up to big bucks for SBMT. The amazon.com “Smile” program allows you to designate a favorite non-profit
THE EXCITEMENT OF A NEW SHOW:
How SBMT’s musicals are selected
At the most recent SBMT membership meeting on August 27, Board member Walter Mayes explained to attendees the philosophy our play selection committee follows when choosing a slate of musicals each year to present to our subscribers. It’s a tricky balancing act, because if you ask people what musicals they want to see, they are likely to suggest the old chestnuts that have been around for half a century (e.g. My Fair Lady)—or at the other end of the spectrum, they may list shows that are still on Broadway and have not yet been released for amateur production (e.g. Wicked).
The first titles we consider are the new shows that have been released in the past year, since it’s always exciting when we can be among the first to bring a new work fresh from Broadway. Our first show of the upcoming season, The Bridges of Madison County, is a great example of this, and SBMT jumped at the chance to present such a high-quality (Tony winning) show that gives our subscribers something they haven’t seen before.
Once we lay claim to such an “undiscovered gem” to add spice to the season, we look for an anchor show that is well known and beloved—but hopefully not overexposed here in the Bay Area. Finally, we search for a third show that will help us attract the most talented actors and volunteers. It’s an unfortunate fact of life in community theater that more women turn out for auditions than men, and yet most shows feature primarily male roles (e.g. 1776). So it’s always nice when we can find shows with a fair share of great parts for our wonderfully talented divas who love to perform for you.
Since The Bridges of Madison County opens in just one week, I did a little research to answer some of the frequently asked questions about this remarkable show.
Where are the bridges of Madison County?
Although there are counties named Madison in numerous states, this story takes place in Madison County, Iowa. The movie version, in fact, was partially filmed on location there in the town of Winterset. There are still six covered bridges standing there, which provides the raison d’être that brings the lead characters together.
Is The Bridges of Madison County based on a true story?
No. It’s a moving love story about a National Geographic photographer from Bellingham, Washington on assignment to create a photographic essay showcasing the historic covered bridges of Madison County. He meets a housewife whose husband and children are away on a trip. A romantic relationship blossoms that is never sordid, but rather one of “two soul mates who have met too late.” The novel is presented as a novelization of a true story, but it is in fact entirely fictional.
Why are the bridges of Madison County covered?
The bridges were covered to protect the roadway, because it was cheaper to replace the boards of the roof and walls, than the heavy beams of the actual bridge.
How do I get tickets?
Tickets for the entire season—or for this show only—are on sale now either online or by telephone. Go to southbaymt.com to pick your own seats, or call 408-266-4734. The phone is usually answered between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., but you can leave a voicemail 24 hours a day and we will get back to you promptly.
Seductive and romantic. The palpable chemistry between Robert Kincaid (Chris Janssen) and Francesca Johnson (Alicia Teeter) reaches a fevered pitch in the musical version of The Bridges of Madison County, playing September 23 through October 14 at the Saratoga Civic Theater. Don’t miss this fresh-from-Broadway masterpiece. Call for tickets today: 408-266-4734 or visit our website! See you at the theater.
Community theater groups like SBMT tend to be tightly knit organizations, and it’s common to see the same actors appearing in show after show. Our audiences enjoy following their favorite artists and seeing what roles they will tackle next. Once in a while, however, a show is announced that is an actor’s dream, and it attracts very talented people from outside our pool of perennial performers to our auditions.
That’s exactly what happened with SBMT’s upcoming production of The Bridges of Madison County. Both of our romantic leads, though highly credentialed elsewhere, are making their SBMT mainstage debut with this show, and we are thrilled to welcome them!
Playing the role of Francesca is Alicia Teeter, who comes to us following performances at Tabard, Lyric, Hillbarn, Palo Alto, and Foothill theatres, and the Woodland Opera Company. She has also performed as a soloist for the Las Vegas Master Singers and the Las Vegas Philharmonic. Those of you who attend SBMT’s shorter-run “bonus” shows may have seen her in The Genius of Leonard Bernstein, Jerry’s Girls, or Broadway by the Decade: 1980s. Alicia grew up in Saratoga, and her parents still live here, so she is thrilled to be performing for a home town crowd.
“I was drawn to this production because of the material,” she says. “Jason Robert Brown has written such a lush, gorgeous, and moving score. I can’t believe how lucky I am to get to sing it!
“My experience working with SBMT has been lovely,” she continues. “It is a very warm and welcoming group of people. (Director) Diane Milo and I met years ago performing in a show together, and it is a treat to work with her as director.”
The role of Robert Kincaid will be played by Chris Janssen, who has some funny things to say about how he prepared to tackle this demanding part.(Hint: it has something to do with popsicle sticks! Be sure to read his biography in the program when you get to the theater.) Chris has performed in New York in such shows as The Secret Garden, Pippin, Children of Eden, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Bay Area audiences may have seen him at Palo Alto Players or CMTSJ.
Bottom line? This is a show that captured the Tony Award for its score and orchestration—and we are blessed with some professional-caliber singers to bring it to life. Don’t miss this high-quality, soul-stirring production. Get your tickets today while great seats are still available! Once the show opens, word of mouth typically spreads like wildfire, resulting in sold-out performances.
For more information about the show itself (plot synopsis, performance dates, complete list of cast and crew, online ticket info) visit the SBMT website. Thanks! See you at the theater!
South Bay Musical Theatre is hard at work getting ready for the first production of our 2017-2018 season, The Bridges of Madison County. The show opens Saturday, September 23 and runs through October 14 at the Saratoga Civic Theater.
Most people know the story of Bridges of Madison County because of the best-selling 1992 novel by Robert James Waller or the Oscar-nominated 1995 movie adaptation starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. Two decades later, it was transformed into a musical in 2014 that won a Tony Award for Best Score and Orchestrations and garnered the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical. South Bay Musical Theatre is proud to introduce this soaring work to our Bay Area audience.
For years, SBMT has enjoyed sellout crowds for its Sunday matinee performances. Due to the popularity of the afternoon time slot, we will be adding an extra matinee for the upcoming season, on the final performance of each show. For Bridges, that will be Saturday, October 14. That means, if you act quickly, you have a rare opportunity to reserve some prime seats that are not already allocated to long-time season ticket holders. To subscribe, you can download a subscription order form by clicking here. If you’d like a brochure with more information, please call our box office at 408-266-4734. And if you simply want tickets for Bridges of Madison County, you can buy them online.
For more about the show, refer back to our October 16, 2016 blog post, in which we first announced our acquisition of the performance rights. See you at the theater!
It only takes a few keystrokes on your part, but it can add up to big bucks for SBMT. The amazon.com “Smile” program allows you to designate a favorite non-profit (like us!) to benefit from most everything you buy online—from disposable diapers to a ten-grand TV. Amazon then makes a donation to your designated charity equal to one half percent of your purchase.
Amazon has a detailed description of the program on their site, but it’s not all that complicated. The trick is to make sure you go to smile.amazon.com to start your purchase process. (If you forget or omit the “SMILE” in the web address, there’s no retroactive credit.)
You only need to set up your account once to designate South Bay Musical Theatre as the beneficiary of your buying power. It’s easy as 1-2-3:
- Go to smile.amazon.com, type “South Bay Musical” in the “Search” dialog box, and hit “Search.”
- When the search results are displayed, click “Select” next to “South Bay Musical Theatre.”
- In the final dialog, check “Yes I understand that I must always start at smile.amazon.com to support South Bay Musical Theatre.”
Once you have completed the setup, just bookmark smile.amazon.com and use it to start all your future online transactions. You can search and order the same as always, but now you’ll see an acknowledgement under your search box saying that you are “Supporting South Bay Musical Theatre.” (see photo)
Our fundraising team will be forever grateful, and you will have the satisfaction of knowing your painless philanthropy will help ensure the continued quality of our future endeavors! One half of one percent may sound insignificant, but with everyone participating, it adds up quickly. In fact, we just got a check for $50 from Amazon for our members’ Q2 purchases.
Volunteer Appreciation Event – YOU Are Invited!
Summer is here, and South Bay Musical Theatre is already preparing for our exciting 2017-18 season. As part of that, we would like to take a moment to celebrate YOU – our wonderful supporters, members, and volunteers! We will hold our semi-annual membership event on
Sunday, August 27
2pm – 5pm
1611 Corte Via, Los Altos (the home of Barbara Heninger, Board Chair)
Join us for snacks, conversation, and a quick membership meeting. Chat with our newest Board members, introduce yourself to Production Manager Sara Dean, meet fellow volunteers and SBMT supporters, and contribute your ideas to our plans for 2017-18 and beyond! Mark your calendars now. We’ll send an email invitation to members with maps and more details. We hope to see you there!
SBMT Board and Staff Announcements
Speaking of new Board Members, the SBMT Board election results are in, and the following members were elected/re-elected to 2-year terms on the Board:
- Kimberly Kay (returning)
- Howard Miller (returning)
- Braden Taylor (returning)
- Doug Hughes (joining)
- Steve Sammonds (joining)
- Molly Thornton (joining)
Thank you to our active SBMT membership for their votes! Other members remaining on the Board are: Ron Bowman, Barbara Heninger, Walter Mayes, Jordan Selburn, Dan Singletary, and Jennifer Young.
We thank retiring members Jay Steele, Jeffrey Henson, and Diane Milo for their years of service on the Board! We truly would not be where we are without your tireless efforts. We’re especially glad that Jay will continue his efforts as our Marketing Director, and Jeffrey as our Facilities Director.
In addition to welcoming new members to the Board, we are excited to introduce our new Bookkeeper (formerly called Treasurer), Tammy Foley. Tammy is an experienced professional accountant, licensed and bonded, who is also a strong SBMT supporter. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.* We are very pleased to have her on board!
We also take this time to thank Michael Saenz for his service as our Treasurer during the 2016-2017 season. Thank you, Michael, for your work supporting SBMT!
for the SBMT Board of Directors
*SBMT volunteers who have expenses and receipts to report can submit them to email@example.com or mail them to SBMT at PO Box 700215, San Jose, 95170.
Audience members and local media agree: MY FAIR LADY is terrific!
An absolutely enjoyable, exceptionally well-done show … This production captivates the audience from the moment the curtain rises to the closing scene. — Camille Bounds, Morgan Hill and Gilroy Life
Opening night audiences cheered the entire production, and then enjoyed a sparkling champagne reception by Laura Hager. There are still three more weekends to catch this production, now (May 27) through Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 8:00pm – but hurry, tickets are going fast! Click below to order your tickets now:
Meanwhile, CHESS opens for one of its two concert productions this Sunday evening, May 28. SBMT Performer Matt Blank describes his experience rehearsing the challenging music (and lyrics!) for CHESS in an online article for Broadway World San Francisco.
From Vocal Director Anita Carey:
“Most theatre companies now produce Chess in concert because no one version makes sense. We are definitely doing a hybrid production! This SBMT version pulls from the British, American, and some other score whose origin I don’t know. Music director Asa Stern found the extra sheet music. … One of my contributions is that we are doing both the British and American versions of “You and I,” the number where the married chess master and his mistress express their wrong love for each other. The American version adds in the chess master’s wife, thus layering a gut-wrenching poignancy to an already sad situation. By having both versions, we will show the audience an example of why this show keeps being rewritten as well as why it is so addictive.”
And from Director Walter Mayes:
“It isn’t Chess; it’s Chess in Concert! We have a full orchestra and a gorgeous choral ensemble of 25 voices who will sing all the good songs (we did some editing) from both the UK and US productions, no one person playing any single role, and in full concert style–holding their books and using music stands. We leave out the script except where absolutely necessary and rely on a narration I am writing to sew the story together and poke a little fun at the, as you say, “peculiar animal” it is.”
(Both quotes from the Broadway World SF article by Matt Blank)
To experience this event, get your tickets for Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. or Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY! Find out what this “pious waffle” is all about!
SBMT’s production of MY FAIR LADY opens this Saturday, May 20! Opening night features a complimentary catered champagne reception following the show – don’t miss this chance to mingle with the cast, staff, orchestra, and crew. We’ve got a stellar cast for you, plus a terrific orchestra, beautiful production, and even some surprises — make sure you get there early enough to see our “flower-bots” during the pre-show!
Lerner and Loewe’s score is packed with so many hits that it’s difficult to select the highlights: “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?,” “The Rain in Spain,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.” Join us for this crowd-pleasing classic, and you’re sure to fall in love with My Fair Lady all over again.
Then, on Sunday, May 28 and Saturday, June 3, enjoy CHESS IN CONCERT. The creators of Chess are giants of rock music and rock musicals, and Time Magazine called their collaboration on this dynamic show “one of the best rock scores ever produced.” Here the ancient game becomes a metaphor for romantic rivalries, human competition, power politics, and international intrigue. The pawns in this drama form a love triangle: the loutish American chess star, the earnest Russian champion, and the Hungarian-American female assistant who arrives at the international chess match with the American but falls for the Russian. Presented in concert with orchestra.
South Bay Musical Theatre is proud to announce the cast for its first show of the 2017-18 season, BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. Opening September 23, 2017 and running through October 14, BRIDGES is based on the best-selling novel and captures the lyrical expanse of America’s heartland along with the yearning in the eternal question “What if…?”
Alicia Teeter – Francesca
Chris Janssen – Robert
Michael Hirsch – Bud
RuthE Stein – Marge
Michael Johnson – Charlie
Sarah Miller – Carolyn
Derek DeMarco – Michael
Cami Jackson – Marian/Chiara
Gwyneth Price – State Fair Singer/Ensemble
Barbara Heninger – Ensemble
Rebecca Brownson – Ensemble
Dina Jacobson – Ensemble
Beth Anne Wells – Ensemble
Beverly Hansberry – Ensemble
Mike Cuddy – Ensemble
Jeff Tuttle – Ensemble
Tyler Pardini – Ensemble
Director & Vocal Director: Diane Milo
Music Director: Dan Singletary
Producer: Janet Miller
Congratulations to our cast!
And don’t forget our next shows coming up:
MY FAIR LADY – May 20 to June 10, 2017
CHESS IN CONCERT – May 28 and June 3, 2017 (two performances only)
South Bay Musical Theatre is delighted to announce the cast for our Winter 2017-8 show, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER. Opening in January, 2018, PETER upends the century-old story of how an unhappy orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan).
Boy / Peter – Paul Joseph Estioko
Prentiss – Braden Taylor
Ted – David Mister
Lord Aster – Steven Knight
Molly – Jenni Chapman
Mrs. Bumbrake / Teacher – Chuck Manthe
Capt. Scott – Steve Sammonds
Grempkin / Fighting Prawn / Sanchez – Michael Cuddy
Slank / Hawking Clam – Brett Carlson
Alf – Thomas Times
Black Stache – Michael Champlin
Smee – Derek DeMarco
Mack – Jeff Tuttle
Produced by Howie Miller
Directed by Walter M. Mayes
Choreography by Kayvon Kordestani-Thompson
Music by Bob Sunshine & Bradford Wetmore
Sets by Brett Carlson
Costumes by Michael Johnson
Congratulations to our cast!
And don’t forget … the next SBMT shows open in MAY:
MY FAIR LADY: Opens Saturday, May 20, through Saturday, June 10
CHESS IN CONCERT: Two shows only, Sunday, May 28 and Saturday, June 3
South Bay Musical Theatre is excited to announce our spring 2018 production, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” which will complete our 2017-2018 season. It follows our fall 2017 show, “The Bridges of Madison County,” and winter 2018 show, “Peter and the Star Catcher,” which were previously announced.
Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated film, it features a score by the award-winning team of Alan Menken (music) and Stephen Schwartz (lyrics), and a new book by Peter Parnell. The cast includes a diverse ensemble as well as a full vocal choir, who underscore much of the show.
This exciting new production offers many opportunities for artistic staff, performers, technical staff, and musicians. The SBMT Board of Directors is now accepting applications for producers and directors for this production.
If you’d like to apply to produce or direct, please contact SBMT chairperson Barbara Heninger at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re interested in any of the other technical or artistic positions, please contact production manager Sara Dean at email@example.com.
Besides looking for artistic and technical staff for our final production of 2017-18, we’re also looking for performing talent. Auditions for our first two shows of the season will be held in just two weeks.
All auditions will be held at the SBMT Rehearsal Studio, 761 Mabury Road, San Jose, CA 95133
Peter and the Starcatcher Auditions
- Saturday March 4, 2017 12pm – 4pm
- Sunday March 5, 2017 1pm – 4pm
- Callbacks held on March 11
- SIGN UP: http://tinyurl.com/PeterSBMT
The Bridges of Madison County Auditions
- Sunday March 5, 2017 4:30pm – 7:30pm
- Monday March 6, 2017 6pm – 9pm
- Callbacks held on March 12
- SIGN UP: http://tinyurl.com/BridgesSBMT
SBMT’s 1776 opened on January 28 to raves from our audiences and local critics. From the Talkin’ Broadway review:
There is much to enjoy in South Bay Musical Theatre’s 1776, and there are several lasting memories to be gained from the more serious numbers that are quite outstanding in their direction and implementation.
Reviewer Eddie Reynolds joins our audience members in praise of the complete production: “[Tim] Reynolds’ Adams commands the stage;” Terri Weitze “delightfully portrays” Benjamin Franklin; singing is “outstanding;” and the entire ensemble “create[s] idiosyncratic personalities of the congressional delegates.” We could go on and on, but the best way for you to experience what this reviewer describes is to get your tickets now before our triumphant celebration of the American spirit is sold out! Go to http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/1776.html for tickets and more information.
As is SBMT tradition, on preview night, January 27, we honored members of cast, orchestra, and staff for their contributions:
- Harriette Hill Technical Award: Gwyneth Price (Wig and Hair Design)
- Bobo Reardon Newcomer’s Award: Sasha Motalygo (Abigail)
- Orchestra Award: Madeleine Graham (Cello)
- Producer’s Award: Barbara Heninger (Assistant Director)
- Gypsy Robe Award: Ashley Faus (Leather Apron)
General Meeting Awards
In addition to the awards announced at the 1776 Preview, the Board also honored various members of the South Bay Musical Theatre organization at our General Meeting on January 5. Members cited:
- Silver Jacket Awards: Walter Mayes, David Mister, and Kathy Switky
- Carol Srigley Heartbeat Award: Braden Taylor
- Fred Hassett Award: Diane Milo
- “Golden Earmuffs” Award: Jeffrey Henson
The last was a one-time award given by Board Chair Barbara Heninger to thank Jeffrey for his work in improving the sound-proofing at SBMT’s rehearsal studio. The studio will be under construction during the month of February as Jeffrey installs a sound wall.
Thank you to all of our hard-working volunteers, and congratulations on their achievements!
SBMT’s production of 1776 opens TOMORROW, January 28. There are still a few seats left for our gala opening – and now our SBMT friends can get them for just $20, a $19 discount off the regular price. Use the code 1776GALA for the remaining seats, at www.southbaymt.com or by calling our box office at 408-266-4734.
Come and enjoy our fresh take on this classic show, featuring both men and women as members of the Continental Congress. And enjoy complimentary champagne and snacks at the gala immediately after the performance, as you mingle with SBMT friends from the cast, orchestra, staff, and audience.
South Bay Musical Theatre wishes you and your friends and family a wonderful holiday season! We’re looking forward to seeing members at our General Meeting on
- Thursday, January 5, 2017, 7:00 pm, at the Saratoga Civic Theatre
At this meeting we celebrate our members, share SBMT news, and announce the shows lined up for the coming 2017-18 season. Listen to members of the 1776 cast perform an excerpt from the show, and enjoy an informal reception with snacks and desserts afterward!
WANTED: COSTUME COORDINATOR
We’ve installed the software on our dedicated costume management laptop, we’ve got volunteers willing to help catalog costumes – but we’re still looking for a volunteer costume coordinator. Duties include keeping track of costume inventory as it is rented out and returned, and working with other volunteers to continue cataloging costumes. Interested? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We are delighted to announce the cast of our upcoming event, BROADWAY BY THE DECADE: MUSICALS OF THE 1980s! This ONE NIGHT ONLY event takes place February 12, 2017 at 7:30pm. Tickets are available at http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/broadwaybythedecade.html
Walter M. Mayes
with Ted Kopulos, host
Purchase your tickets now for an event filled with song from musicals such as “Nine,” “Dreamgirls,” “La Cage aux Folles,” “Into the Woods,” “Sunday in the Park with George,” “Phantom of the Opera,” and “Les Miserables.” Buy your tickets now, as our ‘decade’ shows routinely sell out well in advance of the show date!
“1776” is Under Construction!
Members of the cast of 1776 rest during a break while building Independence Hall, Philadelphia — the site of the Second Congressional Congress and of our upcoming musical production. 1776 puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men and women behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, witty, charming, and ultimately noble figures determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation. Note that our production features gender-blind casting, all the better to bring you the best talents from around the Bay Area.
For tickets and information, go to http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/1776.html.
At this generous time of year, South Bay Musical Theatre is excited to share a special opportunity. Two generous donors have offered to match up to $8,000 in donations made from now until December 31, 2016. Donate now, and double the value of your gift!
As you know, ticket prices cover only about 85% of the costs of our quality productions. Your gifts make up the difference. If SBMT has brightened your life with the magic of live theatre, please consider contributing to the magic!
Thank you for being part of the community in our community theatre. Feel like spreading the joy? Share your donation story on our Facebook page. We’ll see you at the next show!*
Chair, South Bay Musical Theatre Board of Directors
*1776, opening January 28, 2017!
On this Thanksgiving Day, 2016, we at South Bay Musical Theatre would like to take a moment to thank YOU.
We thank our tireless volunteers for hours of work producing, directing, rehearsing, and performing in shows. This includes the many hours spent designing and building sets, hanging lights and building light cues, designing and running sound, creating and maintaining costumes and wigs, managing the ‘organized craziness’ behind the curtains, overseeing tickets sales and the front of the house, choreographing dances, rehearsing vocals, performing in orchestras, singing, dancing, acting, and all the countless tasks that go into creating a live theatrical performance. THANK YOU!
We thank our audiences for their enthusiastic support in cheering on these efforts and joining us to create the magic of live theater. THANK YOU!
We thank our donors — volunteers, audience members, foundations, and corporations — for their generous support and belief in South Bay Musical Theatre. THANK YOU!
It takes a village to create theatrical art. We are proud to be part of the South Bay ‘village,’ and hope that you are, too. THANK YOU for your creativity, energy, and commitment.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Chair, South Bay Musical Theatre Board of Directors
Save the Date!
It’s time to mark your calendars for our January Membership Meeting. At this meeting we celebrate our members, share SBMT news, and announce the shows lined up for the coming 2017-18 season. The event will take place:
Thursday, January 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm, at the Saratoga Civic Theatre
Come and listen to members of the 1776 cast perform an excerpt from the show, and enjoy an informal reception afterward!
Wanted: Production Manager
SBMT is hiring a part-time production manager. Could it be YOU? Interested parties should reply by e-mail only (no phone calls) no later than December 5 to email@example.com.
Scope of Responsibility: The Production Manager reports to the Chair of the Board of Directors. He or she is responsible for overseeing productions, managing budgets and contracts, and organizing the activities related to producing shows. The Production Manager hires and oversees technical staff as required by the Board and the show producers, and manages communications between all parties. He or she acts as the “face” of the company to rights licensors, facilities managers, theatrical rental and supplies organizations, and any other professional organizations that South Bay Musical Theatre works with during production.
For more details, see the attached PDF job description: production-manager-wantad
South Bay Musical Theatre is excited to announce our opening show for the 2017-2018 season, “The Bridges of Madison County.” (Book by Marsha Norman. Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. Based on the novel by Robert James Waller). The show runs in September and October 2017.
Based on the best-selling novel, and developed by the Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning creative team of Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade, Songs for a New World) and Marsha Norman, The Bridges of Madison County captures the lyrical expanse of America’s heartland along with the yearning in the eternal question “What if…?” Winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Score and Orchestrations, this sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross will leave audiences breathless.
Francesca Johnson, a beautiful Italian woman who married an American soldier to flee war-ravaged Italy, looks forward to a rare four days alone on her Iowa farm when her family heads to the 1965 State Fair. When ruggedly handsome National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid pulls into her driveway seeking directions, though, what happens in those four days may very well alter the course of Francesca’s life.
With a soaring score and a heartbreaking story, The Bridges of Madison County is a touching and powerful piece of American theatre. The tour de force roles of Francesca and Robert are a dream come true for any actor, while the ensemble is rich with characters who tell their own individual stories and receive plenty of focus on stage.
SBMT will soon be interviewing for producers and directors for this production. If you are interested in these positions, please contact chairperson Barbara Heninger at firstname.lastname@example.org. (The selected producer will be looking to fill other artistic and technical positions in early 2017).
We are thrilled to be presenting this exciting new musical, and will announce the other shows in our season in January.
SBMT extends congratulations to all of the recent nominees for Theatre Bay Area Awards, 2016. The full list of nominees is published on the TBA Awards site. And SBMT is proud to say that one of our own productions, this spring’s GYPSY, was honored with a nomination for “Outstanding Female Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical (Tier III theatre).” We agree that Karen DeHart‘s performance as Tessie Tura, the stripper with the “artistic” bump, was a showstopper! We wish her all the best at the awards announcements on December 5!
Want YOUR chance at performing your own showstopper number? Then make sure you sign up for an audition slot for SBMT’s production of MY FAIR LADY!
Auditions will be held Sunday, November 6 and Monday, November 7 at the SBMT Rehearsal Hall on 761 Mabury Rd in San Jose. Callbacks will be held November 13. MY FAIR LADY runs May 20 to June 10, 2017.
Sign up at: http://sbmt.ivolunteer.com/auditions_mfl
There are still a FEW audition slots available, but they are going fast. Sign up now and join us for something “loverly!”
Lots of activity for SBMT in the next few weeks!
Saturday, September 17: CITY OF ANGELS
CITY OF ANGELS opens at 8pm on Saturday, Sep. 17 at the Saratoga Civic Theatre. Join us for a gala opening, complete with bubbly champagne and delicious treats! And of course, the terrific cast, orchestra, and crew will dazzle you with this movie-within-the-show. Move from the black-and-white film noir world to the color of Hollywood in the 1940s … and see what happens when those worlds collide! It’s a a hilariously creative combination of film noire detective story and an all-too-real writer’s battle for his integrity, both set to Cy Coleman’s sparklingly jazzy score. Got tickets??
Sunday, September 25: ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE
The first of two performances of ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE takes place at 7:30pm Sunday, September 25, at the Saratoga Civic Theatre. It’s a touching, humorous, and insightful tale about an unlikely friendship between the star and her biggest fan. The show is based on a true story about Cline’s relationship with a devotee from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the singer in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her untimely death. This production is imported from Limelight Actors’ Theatre in Gilroy, where it sold out – so get tickets now!
Wednesday, September 21: Board Meeting
Per discussion by the Board in the August meeting, SBMT will post a brief summary of each month’s Board meeting and a reminder of the next meeting in this blog. The next monthly meeting of the SBMT Board takes place next Wednesday evening, September 21, at 7pm. If you are interested in the meeting, contact Board Chair Barbara Heninger by mailing email@example.com.
Summary of August Board Meeting:
- Agreed to purchase wireless in-ear monitor system with four receivers, first use in CITY OF ANGELS.
- Lobby Volunteers will be added to the Active Members list. A system will be created to track different groups of volunteers for the organization.
- Scheduling a separate ‘retreat’ meeting to discuss future plans for the organization.
- Chair will contact potential Board Members to fill the current open position.
- Board reviewing 2017-18 season repertoire provided by Season Selection committee.
What’s even better than a film noir feature with jaded detectives and alluring femme fatales? A double-plotted musical play about a 1940s novelist in Hollywood and his fictional creation! SBMT’s production of “City of Angels” opens this SATURDAY, September 17, 8:00pm at the Saratoga Civic Theatre. With snappy songs in tight harmonies, witty dialog, and two fast-moving stories, this is a production you don’t want to miss!
Get your tickets now at www.southbaymt.com/shows/cityofangels.html
Our opening night events include a sparkling champagne gala, with a chance to mingle with the stars. Join us!
Photographs of the cast in rehearsal at the SBMT Studio:
South Bay Musical Theatre’s concert show, ALWAYS, PATSY CLINE, is coming soon, and tickets are selling fast! You won’t want to miss this re-mounting of the sell-out production by the Limelight Actors Theater in Gilroy. It features two frequent SBMT performers, Diane Milo (as Patsy) and Christine Wait (as Patsy’s friend Louise Seger), in a show based on Louise’s memories of her famous friend. If you missed the show in Gilroy, now is your chance to see it!
SBMT has also added a special extra to their version of the production — those popular fellows from this winter’s FOREVER PLAID are returning as Patsy’s backup singers! That’s right, Derek DeMarco, Matthew Hall, David Murphy, and Will Perez will perform as the Jordanaires.
There are only two performances, on Sunday, September 25, at 7:30pm, and Saturday, October 1, at 2:30pm. Order your tickets now before it’s too late! Go to http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/alwayspatsycline.html to order.
SBMT Summer Membership Meeting a Success
The summer SBMT Membership Meeting was a rousing success! On August 14, members sampled delicious tacos while participating in a Volunteer Fair to learn about different ways they can help the organization. Volunteer opportunities include helping with set building, creating a costume and prop database, fund-raising, marketing, accounting, working the lobby, helping to produce shows, and more. If you would like to know more about any of these opportunities, contact the SBMT Board at firstname.lastname@example.org
After the fair, new Board Chair Barbara Heninger held the meeting. Secretary emeritus Janet Miller and Chief Financial Officer Braden Taylor provided their reports, and Season Selection Committee Chair Walter Mayes discussed the 12 show choices for the 2017-18 season. Barbara Reynolds (soon to be seen in CITY OF ANGELS) won the raffle for two tickets to any opening night of the season. The entire event was hosted by Board members Dan Singletary and Braden Taylor, and a lovely time was had by all. Thanks to all who participated for making the event a success!
City Under Construction for Angels…
Meanwhile, members of the CITY OF ANGELS cast and crew worked hard to build the sets for the two-shows-in-one production. The sets depict both the ‘real’ world of a Los Angeles screenwriter, and that of his alter ego in the ‘reel’ world of a hard-boiled film noir.
Cast members play multiple roles in both worlds, and it all comes to a climax when the screenwriter is confronted by his own creations. Be sure to get your tickets now for the opening night gala on Saturday September 17, 2016 at 8:00pm. Tickets for the entire run are available at www.southbaymt.com/shows/cityofangels.html.
Staff for our Spring Production, MY FAIR LADY, is being assembled. We are happy to announce the following staff leads. If you are interested in joining the production team, please contact producer Walter Mayes.
PRODUCER: Dan Singletary and Walter Mayes
DIRECTOR: Morgan Dayley
MUSIC DIRECTOR: Joe Kelly
VOCAL DIRECTOR: Rachel Michelberg
SET DESIGN: Brett Carlson
COSTUME DESIGN: Sharon Peng
SOUND DESIGN: Dan Singletary
RIGGING HEAD: Rocco Veccellio
MY FAIR LADY will run from May 20 to June 10, 2017. Auditions will be held later this winter – to add yourself to our audition email announcement list, please go to our auditions page. We look forward to a “loverly” spring!