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BRIDGES Cast Announced

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

Cast for PETER and the STARCATCHER

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

Get Involved – with “Hunchback” and More!

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

1776 is a Hit! Awards List

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,

1776 Opens January 28

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

BRIDGES Cast Announced

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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)

Cast for PETER and the STARCATCHER

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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:

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MY FAIR LADY:  Opens Saturday, May 20, through Saturday, June 10

Tickets: http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/myfairlady.html

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CHESS IN CONCERT: Two shows only, Sunday, May 28 and Saturday, June 3

Tickets: http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/chess.html

Get Involved – with “Hunchback” and More!

000479_heroSouth 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 barbara@southbaymt.com. If you’re interested in any of the other technical or artistic positions, please contact production manager Sara Dean at sdean@southbaymt.com.

Get Involved!

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

 

 

 

1776 is a Hit! Awards List

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.

Sasha Motalygo (Abigail Adams), Samantha Hildebrandt (Martha Jefferson) celebrate on opening night with Director Walter Mayes and Producer Dave Leon.

Sasha Motalygo (Abigail Adams), Samantha Hildebrandt (Martha Jefferson) celebrate on opening night with Director Walter Mayes and Producer Dave Leon.

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)
David Mister (Richard Henry Lee) and the 1776 cast congratulate Ashley Faus (Leather Apron) for winning the Gypsy Robe Award.

David Mister (Richard Henry Lee) and the 1776 cast congratulate Ashley Faus (Leather Apron) for winning the Gypsy Robe Award.

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!

1776 Opens January 28

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.

David Murphy (Thomas Jefferson), Benjamin Franklin (Terri Weitze), and John Adams (Tim Reynolds) hope America will burst forth from its shell

Thomas Jefferson (David Murphy), Benjamin Franklin (Terri Weitze), and John Adams (Tim Reynolds) hope America will burst forth from its shell. (Photo by Steve Stubbs)

Members of the Continental Congress debate the contents of the Declaration of Independence.

Members of the Continental Congress debate the contents of the Declaration of Independence. (Photo by Barbara Heninger)

Sasha Motalygo as Abigail Adams. (Photo by Steve Stubbs)

Sasha Motalygo as Abigail Adams. (Photo by Steve Stubbs)

John Adams (Tim Reynolds) and Ben Franklin (Terri Weitze) meet Martha Jefferson (Samantha Hildebrandt). (Photo by Steve Stubbs)

John Adams (Tim Reynolds) and Ben Franklin (Terri Weitze) meet Martha Jefferson (Samantha Hildebrandt). (Photo by Steve Stubbs)

The Cool, Considerate men deliberate. (Photo by Steve Stubbs)

The Cool, Considerate men deliberate. (Photo by Steve Stubbs)

John Adams (Tim Reynolds) watches as Caesar Rodney (Tim Harris) signs the Declaration, with help from John Hancock (Olivia Haas).

John Adams (Tim Reynolds) watches as Caesar Rodney (Tim Harris) signs the Declaration, with help from John Hancock (Olivia Haas). (Photo by Barbara Heninger)

The full cast takes a bow. (Photo by Steve Stubbs)

The full cast takes a bow. (Photo by Steve Stubbs)

Happy Holidays! See you at the General Meeting

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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 barbara@southbaymt.com for more information.

Broadway By the Decade Cast / 1776 Coming Soon

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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 

Nicholas Adams
Stephane Alwyn
Afton Bolz
Jason Brittsan
James Creer
Morgan Dayley
Karen DeHart
Adrien Gleason
Matthew Hall
Carly Honfi
Walter M. Mayes
Mary Melnick
Corey Miller
Shawn Miller
Diane Milo
Glenna Murillo
Nick Nakashima
Brian Palac
Barbara Reynolds
Tim Reynolds
Michael Rhone
Minna Rogers
Sheila Savage
Kereli Sengstack
Katherine Stein
Alicia Teeter
Molly Thornton
Marisol Urbano
Christine Wait
Paula Warren

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!

Back row, from left: Grady Sanders, Tim Harris, Stephen Wathen, Kelly Lotz, Bev Hansberry. Front row, from left: Gwendolyne Wagner,  Ashley Faus, Terri Weitz

Back row, from left: Grady Sanders (crew), Tim Harris (Caesar Rodney), Stephen Wathen (Set Designer), Kelly Lotz (Joseph Hewes), Bev Hansberry (Thomas McKean). Front row, from left: Gwendolyne Wagner (Andrew McNair), Ashley Faus (Leather Apron), Terri Weitz (Benjamin Franklin)

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.

Doubled in December!

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!

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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!*

–Barbara Heninger
Chair, South Bay Musical Theatre Board of Directors

*1776, opening January 28, 2017!

 

Our thanks to YOU!

On this Thanksgiving Day, 2016, we at South Bay Musical Theatre would like to take a moment to thank YOU.

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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!

Barbara Heninger
Chair, South Bay Musical Theatre Board of Directors

Save the Date! / Wanted: Production Manager

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 barbara@southbaymt.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

SBMT Announces: The Bridges of Madison County

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.

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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 chairperson@southbaymt.com. (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.

-Jay Steele,
 Marketing Director,
 South Bay Musical Theatre

Our TBA Nominee, and Your Next Audition!

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!

Kayvon Kordestani as Miss Mazeppa, left, watches Karen DeHart perform as Tessie Tura in SBMT' Gypsy, May-June 2016

Karen DeHart (right) performs as Tessie Tura in SBMT’s Gypsy, while Kayvon Kordestani (left) as Miss Mazeppa looks on. Photo by Steve Stubbs.

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!”

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Coming up Soon: CITY, PATSY, and SBMT Board Meeting

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??

Stephane Alwyn as Detective Stone and Molly Thornton as femme fatale Alaura Kingsley. (Marlene Berner is also playing Alaura Kingsley; the two will alternate in the role.)

Stephane Alwyn as Detective Stone and Molly Thornton as femme fatale Alaura Kingsley in CITY OF ANGELS. (Marlene Berner is also playing Alaura Kingsley; the two will alternate in the role.)

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 barbara@southbaymt.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.

CITY OF ANGELS opens this Saturday!

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:

Mike Rhone as mystery writer Stine

Mike Rhone as mystery writer Stine

Stephane Alwyn (right) as Detective Stone rehearses his right cross with Mark Blaszczyk

Stephane Alwyn (right) as Detective Stone rehearses his right cross with Mark Blaszczyk

Three of the Angel City Four quartet: Will Perez, David Mister, and Libby Moore.

Three of the Angel City Four quartet: Will Perez, David Mister, and Libby Moore.

Cami Jackson as runaway rich girl Mallory Kingsley

Cami Jackson as runaway rich girl Mallory Kingsley

Barbara Reynolds as nightclub singer bobbi

Barbara Reynolds as nightclub singer bobbi

Glenna Murillo as detective Stone's secretary Oolie

Glenna Murillo as detective Stone’s secretary Oolie

Keenan Flagg as Peter Kingsley with Marlene Berner as Alaura Kingsley

Keenan Flagg as Peter Kingsley with Marlene Berner as Alaura Kingsley

 

Tickets for “Always, Patsy Cline” selling out fast!

Christine Wait as Louise and Diane Milo as Patsy perform in the original Limelight Actors Theatre production in Gilroy.

Christine Wait as Louise and Diane Milo as Patsy perform in the original Limelight Actors Theatre production in Gilroy.

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.

Diane Milo as Patsy Cline.

Diane Milo as Patsy Cline.

 

SBMT Members Meet; City of Angels Builds!

SBMT Summer Membership Meeting a Success

Props Wizard Ruthe Stein and newest Board members Jennifer Young and Ron Bowman man the costume and lobby booths at the fair.

Props Wizard Ruthe Stein and newest Board members Jennifer Young and Ron Bowman staff the costume and lobby booths at the fair.

Board CFO Braden Taylor presents his report.

Board CFO Braden Taylor presents his report.

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 chairperson@southbaymt.com

Former Board Chair Jay Steele relishes his new role as Marketing Chair, with Fundraising Chair Jordan Selburn looking on.

Former Board Chair Jay Steele relishes his new role as Marketing Chair, with Fundraising Chair Jordan Selburn looking on.

Lobby volunteers enjoy tacos at the event.

Lobby volunteers enjoy tacos at the event.

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!

Walter Mayes discusses season selection with members Mike Rhone and Michael Saenz.

Walter Mayes discusses season selection with members Mike Rhone and Michael Saenz.

Historian Dave Leon is ready to give out stickers for the ticket raffle.

Historian Dave Leon is ready to give out stickers for the ticket raffle.


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.

Set models for the 'real' (color) and 'reel' (black and white) worlds.

Set models for the ‘real’ (color) and ‘reel’ (black and white) worlds.

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.

Cast member Libby Moore helps producer Jay Steele construct a set piece.

Cast member Libby Moore helps producer Jay Steele construct a set piece.

Cast members Karl Schweitzer and Jeff Tuttle at work.

Cast members Karl Schweitzer and Jeff Tuttle at work.

Staff for My Fair Lady

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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!

 

1776 Cast Announced; City of Angels and Always, Patsy Cline in Production

South Bay Musical Theatre is pleased to announce the cast for its Winter, 2017 production of 1776.

The Second Continental Congress

President
John Hancock - Ruthe Stein

New Hampshire
Dr.Josiah Bartlett - Ronnie Misra

Massachusetts
John Adams - Tim Reynolds

Rhode Island
Stephen Hopkins - Allen Siverson

Connecticut
Roger Sherman - Michael Cuddy

New York
Lewis Morris - Gregory Spear
Robert Livingston - Gwyneth Price

New Jersey
Rev. John Witherspoon - Leslie Newport

Pennsylvania
Benjamin Franklin - Terri Weitze
John Dickinson - Andy Cooperfauss
James Wilson - Brett Carlson

Delaware
Caesar Rodney - Tim Harris
Col. Thomas McKean - Beverly Hansberry
George Read - Alea Selburn

Maryland
Samuel Chase - Robert Weisman

Virginia
Richard Henry Lee - David Mister
Thomas Jefferson - David Murphy

North Carolina
Joseph Hewes - Kelly Lotz

South Carolina
Edward Rutledge - Steve Allhoff

Georgia
Dr. Lyman Hall - Caitlin Papp

Secretary
Charles Thomson - Jeffrey Lampert

Custodian and bell-ringer
Andrew McNair - Gwendolyne Wagner

Abigail Adams - Sasha Motalygo

Martha Jefferson - Samantha Hildebrandt

A Courier - Crystal Liu

A Leather Apron - Ashley Faus

Congratulations to all, and many thanks to all those who participated in auditions. We were delighted at the response, and know that this will be a wonderful show.

Production Staff for 1776

Producer: Dave Leon
Director & Vocal Director: Walter Mayes
Music Director: Joseph Kelly
Stage Manager: Emily Pye
Assistant Director: Barbara Heninger


Meanwhile, rehearsals for CITY OF ANGELS have begun and the production of ALWAYS, PATSY is preparing its transformation from Limelight Actors Theater of Gilroy to the City of Saratoga stage. Make sure you reserve tickets NOW for these events – tickets will go fast for these popular shows!

To order tickets, go to:

1776 Auditions Coming Soon!

...TO AUDITION!

…TO AUDITION!

Auditions for SBMT’s January/February 2017 production of 1776 are just around the corner. Auditions will be held on:

Please note: Auditions will be held at different locations. Keep this in mind when selecting your audition date and time.

Callbacks will be held July 23 and 24 at the Saratoga Civic Theater. Callback times will be provided after auditions.

To audition, please prepare:

  • A short (16-32 bars) audition song excerpt that shows off your singing abilities and vocal range.
  • Sheet music in your key (no recordings or a cappella, please). An accompanist will be provided.
  • A head shot and resume. If you do not have a resume, a form will be available to provide us with the information we will need. A simple headshot can be taken at the audition.

Go to http://sbmt.ivolunteer.com/1776_auditions to sign up.

South Bay Musical Theatre encourages actors of all ethnicities to audition for our productions.

General Information

Rehearsals will begin in late November, 2016.Rehearsals will be held Sunday through Thursday evenings. Not all actors will be called for all rehearsals. Please be aware that conflicts with the rehearsal schedule will greatly affect casting.

All roles are eligible to receive a stipend.

Performances take place Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from January 28, 2017 to February 18, 2017. There is one Thursday performance on February 16.

If you have any questions, please contact Dave Leon at daveleon1974@gmail.com

Production Team

Director: Walter M. Mayes
Producer: Dave Leon
Musical Director: Joe Kelly
Vocal Director: Walter M. Mayes
Stage Manager: Emily Pye

Character Information

Roles are open to both men and women unless noted. Actors of color are strongly encouraged to audition. The production will feature period dress and all roles will be played as written, regardless of the sex or ethnicity of the actor.

Because these are historical characters, the ages of each is known and is listed in the full character breakdown posted on the Sign-Up Genius site.

Celebrate Independence: Sign up for 1776 Auditions!

1776

Happy Independence Day! Feeling patriotic? Then sign up for auditions for SBMT’s 2017 production of 1776! 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. Featuring a funny, insightful, and compelling story along with a striking score,1776 is a triumphant celebration of the American spirit.

Auditions will be held on:

Saturday, July 16, 2016 - SBMT rehearsal space, 761 Mabury Road #20, San Jose

Monday, July 18, 2016 - Saratoga Civic Theater, 13777 Fruitvale Avenue, Saratoga

Please note: Auditions will be held at different locations. Keep this in mind when selecting your audition date and time.

Callbacks will be held July 23 and 24 at the Saratoga Civic Theater. Callback times will be provided after auditions.

To audition, please prepare:

  • A short (16-32 bars) audition song excerpt that shows off your singing abilities and vocal range.
  • Sheet music in your key (no recordings or a cappella, please). An accompanist will be provided.
  • A head shot and/or resume. If you do not have a resume, a form will be available to provide us with the information we will need. A simple headshot can be taken at the audition.

Go to http://sbmt.ivolunteer.com/1776_auditions to sign up.

South Bay Musical Theatre encourages actors of all ethnicities to audition for our productions.

General Information

Rehearsals will begin in late November, 2016.Rehearsals will be held Sunday through Thursday evenings. Not all actors will be called for all rehearsals.

Please be aware that conflicts with the rehearsal schedule will greatly affect casting.

All roles are eligible to receive a stipend.

Performances take place Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from January 28, 2017 to February 18, 2017. There is one Thursday performance on February 16.

If you have any questions, please contact Dave Leon at daveleon1974@gmail.com

Production Team

Director: Walter M. Mayes
Producer: Dave Leon
Musical Director: Joe Kelly
Vocal Director: Walter M. Mayes
Stage Manager: Emily Pye

Character Information

Roles are open to both men and women unless noted. Actors of color are strongly encouraged to audition. The production will feature period dress and all roles will be played as written, regardless of the sex or ethnicity of the actor.

Because these are historical characters, the ages of each is known and is listed in the full character breakdown posted on the Sign-Up Genius site.

 

 

FORBIDDEN BROADWAY Spoofs, GYPSY Soars

Beat this weekend’s heat, and keep cool at the modern, air-conditioned Saratoga Civic Theater with two of the South Bay’s hottest shows!

FORBIDDEN BROADWAY’s show last Sunday was a huge laugh-fest! Don’t miss this cabaret revue sharply spoofing show tunes, characters and plots of contemporary Broadway musicals. Only one more performance, on Saturday, June 4, at 2:30 pm. The hilarious send-up of all-things Broadway features some of your SBMT favorites parodying some of your favorite Broadway performers.

MEN: Brett Carlson, Dave Leon, David Mister, Michael Reed, Braden Taylor

WOMEN: Kayvon Kordestani, Jennifer Medeiros, Mary Melnick, Diane Milo, Molly Olivas, Christine Rose, Karen Sanders, Ruth E. Stein, Terri Weitze

Tickets available NOW at http://southbaymt.com/shows/forbiddenbroadway.html

The kids of GYPSY encourage you to join them this weekend! Front row: Zoe Wheatonfox, Felicia Chang; Second row: Nic Garcia, Will Giblin, Skyler Andrews; Back row: Child wrangler Elizabeth Claire Lawrence

The kids of GYPSY encourage you to join them this weekend! Front row: Zoe Wheatonfox, Felicia Chang; Second row: Nic Garcia, Will Giblin, Skyler Andrews; Back row: Child wrangler Elizabeth Claire Lawrence

Meanwhile, SBMT’s GYPSY continues to impress local theatergoers and critics alike. Audience members raved after last weekend’s performances:

“Absolutely one of the best shows I’ve seen in recent memory and well worth the effort. An outstanding cast, funny and moving direction, great vocals and musical direction.”

“So many good things about SBMT’s Gypsy! I want to go again but I can’t so someone go in my place!”

“Kudos to all involved for a great show.”

“See the show everyone’s talking about: SBMT’s Gypsy!”

Make sure you get your tickets before it’s gone! Only 6 more performances, June 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, and 11. Tickets are available at http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/gypsy2016.html.

 

GYPSY Earns Top Reviews – And Forbidden Broadway Beckons

Molly Thornton as Mama Rose

Molly Thornton as Mama Rose

Audiences and critics agree, SBMT’s production of GYPSY is a hit! Take a break from your Memorial Day festivities to see the show this weekend, May 27 through 30, or join us for shows in June (3, 4, 5, 9, 10, or 11). Tickets available NOW at http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/gypsy2016.html.

Marlene Berner (Louise), Molly Thornton (Mama Rose), and Tim Reynolds (Herbie) perform "Together"

Marlene Berner (Louise), Molly Thornton (Mama Rose), and Tim Reynolds (Herbie) perform “Together”

Critics rave:

Molly Thornton sparkles in ‘Gypsy’

“I have seen Gypsy four times, once on Broadway with Merman and three other productions throughout the years and Molly Thornton’s Rose in this production is as close to Merman as you will get in this lifetime. …

“Marlene Berner as Louise sheds her dumpy awkward persona by accident with a push from Rose to become the sleek, clever, grand, Gypsy Rose Lee. …

“South Bay Musical Theatre gives a heartfelt production of Gypsy. Molly Thornton scintillates; her performance is an experience theatre lovers should not miss.”

Gilroy Dispatch

This Gypsy is headlined by a Rose who will once again knock the socks off her audience

“I am here to say that not only does South Bay Musical Theatre’s Molly Thornton join a long line of Roses, she takes her place with full acting gusto and vocal bravado. …

“Tim Reynolds brings a fully pleasing voice in song and a charming, endearing demeanor with twinkles in his eyes for Rose’s daughters and resignation in his shoulders for Rose’s delayed “yes” to his ongoing proposals for marriage. …

“As Louise, Marlene Berner … has her own diva moment in various stages of elegant dress and undress as she finally leaves timid, no-talent Louise behind to bring a full, mature, and invigorating voice to “Let Me Entertain You.”

“In this large cast of over twenty-five, every actor brings pizzazz and personality as well as voices that sell their songs and roles. … much applause is due this fine cast and its starring, stunning Rose. …

South Bay Musical Theatre has brought to its local audience a Gypsy well worth seeing and one that will leave big smiles, humming voices, and a full heart with every exiting patron. “

Talkin’ Broadway (Regional)


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Meanwhile – FORBIDDEN BROADWAY opens this weekend! Don’t miss this special event, poking lovingly playful fun at Broadway’s biggest shows, stars, and composers. TWO SHOWS ONLY Sunday, May 29 at 7:30pm, and Saturday, June 4, at 2:30pm. Tickets at http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/forbiddenbroadway.html.

Don’t miss your favorite SBMT stars – including our own Mama Rose – in this irreverent send-up of all things Broadway!

GYPSY Opens May 21 – 57 Years After the Original!

Marlene Berner as Gypsy Rose Lee

Marlene Berner as Gypsy Rose Lee

On May 21, 1959, a new show opened on Broadway with Ethel Merman in the starring role of Mama Rose: GYPSY! And tonight, May 21, 2016, SBMT is proud to open our production of GYPSY! Starring Molly Thornton as Mama Rose, Marlene Berner as Louise (the future Gypsy Rose Lee), Tim Reynolds as Herbie, and Rhona McFadyen as June, we guarantee this is one show you will not want to miss.

Tickets are available for the run, May 21 through June 11, at http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/gypsy.html

Molly Thornton knocks it out of the park as Mama Rose

Molly Thornton knocks it out of the park as Mama Rose

At last night’s preview, the staff gave out their thank you awards to cast and crew members who went above and beyond. Following are a few photos from the event. Congratulations to all — and have a marvelous opening night. Break a leg!

Newcomers’ Award: Michael Cai
Technical Award: Emily Pye
Orchestra Award: Joe Kelly
Producers’ Award: Marlene Berner
Gypsy Robe Award: Alex Cox and Oscar

Michael Cai won the Newcomers' Award.

Michael Cai (Ensemble) won the Newcomers’ Award.

Marlene Berner won the Producers' Award.

Marlene Berner (Louise) won the Producers’ Award.

Alex Cox and Oscar won the Gypsy Robe.

Alex Cox (Ensemble) and Oscar (Chowsie) won the Gypsy Robe.

More Gypsies, a Video – and $10 Off!

GYPSY opens in only FOUR DAYS! We’re so excited to entertain you, we can barely wait. (See what we did there?) In fact, we have a SPECIAL DISCOUNT for those who buy tickets NOW.

  1. Go to www.southbaymt.com/shows/gypsy2016.html
  2. Use code ENTERTAIN for $10 off any tickets purchased by Wednesday, MAY 18!

That’s right, this special offer lasts only until Wednesday at midnight. So buy NOW!

Meanwhile, our cast has more to share with you.

First, Zoe Wheatonfox, “Young Louise,” provides a kid’s-eye view of the show in backstage interviews with the youngest members of our cast:

Kid's-eye View of GYPSY!

Kid’s-eye View of GYPSY!
Video link

Second, we have two more “blog-erviews” for you. Meet Felicia Chang and Scott Knaster!


Felicia Chang, “Baby June”

Felicia Chang as "Baby June," with Zoe Wheatonfox ("Young Louise")

Felicia Chang as “Baby June,” with Zoe Wheatonfox (“Young Louise”)

Why are you excited to be in Gypsy?

I am excited to be in Gypsy to play a role that is young and naive, a girl that is supposed to be around seven years of age. It will be a big challenge for me while I am a junior high school student. Not only do I need to sing like a young kid, but I also need to dance and act like one. It will be super fun and interesting.

What’s the most important thing you think audiences should know about the show?

I think the most important thing the audiences should know about the show is that everyone in the cast worked very hard and put a lot of effort in a show we hope you enjoy.

What attracted you to join an SBMT production? Why do you perform in community theatre?

I really like performing in the musical especially in the community theatre. By working with professional directors and actors, I can learn a lot from them in acting and singing. Besides, I can experience different cultures in different theatre companies and meet with new people. SBMT is very kind to cast children in Gypsy, and Elizabeth [our 'child wrangler'] is also super nice to the kids. I really appreciate SBMT offering me this opportunity to be in the show.

Madam Rose’s favorite food is Chinese take-out. What’s YOURS, and why?

My favorite food is mac and cheese. I like to eat all different kinds of mac and cheese and will never be tired of it. The best one is Beecher’s Handmade Cheese in Seattle Pike Place Market. It’s very creamy and smells very good. Although I already drank a cup of Starbucks coffee and ate a big bowl of clam chowder, I still ate a super big bowl of  mac and cheese there. It’s really good.

Felicia Chang (Baby June) is so proud to be a part of the Gypsy cast at SBMT! Her past shows were Young Fiona in Shrek (Starstruck) Jane Banks in Mary Poppins (Woodminister), Belle in Beauty and the Beast (Stage 1), and Amaryllis in The Music Man (PCRT). Her hobbies are doing gymnastics and singing. She wants to thank her parents, especially her sister, Vivienne, for supporting her and encouraging her through hard times.

Scott Knaster, “Pop”

Scott Knaster (Pops) celebrates a fellow cast-member's birthday

Scott Knaster (Pop) celebrates a fellow cast-member’s birthday during Tech Weekend

Why are you excited to be in Gypsy?

It’s my first community theatre show ever! I’ve been doing family theatre for a couple of years, but this is all new to me, so I’m enjoying all the learning and the new experiences.

Like all great shows, it’s about basic human events and emotions. Gypsy seems to be about the woman who became Gypsy Rose Lee, and it is, but to me it’s really about mothers and daughters, and the complicated relationships that change over many years.

What attracted you to join an SBMT production? Why do you perform in community theatre?

I didn’t perform in theatre in high school or as a young adult. I’ve long sat in audiences thinking “That looks like fun. I wonder if I could…”. With Gypsy, I finally left the audience to get up on stage, and it’s been even more fun than I imagined.

To strip, or not to strip – that IS the question. Would YOU?

No. You’re welcome.

Scott Knaster (Pop) is thrilled to be in his first SBMT show! Scott is a relative newbie to performing who recently went from I’d-like-to-try-that to wow-this-is-awesome, getting his start at Playful People Productions. Scott has appeared in Guys & Dolls (Benny Southstreet), Peter Pan (Chief Tiger Bamboo), and the original mashups Twister (Oz gatekeeper), Arabian Nights (Genie), and Alice in La La Land (Wilshire Cat). Scott thanks Janie and the amazing company of Gypsy; Barb, Katie, and Carey for the addiction; Devi for inspiration; and Barbara for absolutely everything.

Seeking New Board Members!

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South Bay Musical Theatre is seeking candidates for the positions of the six board members whose terms end this summer. Each position will have a two-year term, from July 2016 through June of 2018.

If you are interested or would like more information about board membership, we’d love to hear from you!

Please email current Board President Jay Steele at jay@southbaymt.com by May 27, and you will receive more information about board membership requirements and expectations, as well as our board of directors application. You are also welcome to get more information by discussing the opportunity with any of our current board members:

Kevin Cornelius*
Barbara Heninger*
Jeffrey Henson
Walter M. Mayes*
Howard L. Miller
Janet Miller*
Diane Milo
David Murphy
Jordan Selburn*
Jay Steele
Braden Taylor
C. Michael Traw*

(* indicates member whose term ends in July 2016)

We look forward to hearing from interested candidates! Join us!