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Next year’s shows: Tell us what you’d love to see!

As South Bay Musical Theatre starts the selection process for our 2018-1019 season, we want to hear from you, so we have just released a brief survey that we’d love

Love a Matinee? Join Us This Weekend!

There are just three more performances of SBMT’s Theatre Bay Area recommended production of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. And for those of you who love matinees, we want to

Join Us for Week 3 of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY

We hope you’ve purchased your tickets for THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, our Theater Bay Area Recommended production! Performances continue October 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, and 14. You can

BRIDGES is a TBA Recommended Production

South Bay Musical Theatre is proud to announce that our production of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY is a Theatre Bay Area RECOMMENDED production. TBA adjudicators agreed that our production

Congratulations to our BRIDGES winners – Now get your tickets!

Opening weekend of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY was a success! Audiences raved, with comments like “MORE shows like this!” and “buy your tickets right away before the inevitable word

Next year’s shows: Tell us what you’d love to see!

As South Bay Musical Theatre starts the selection process for our 2018-1019 season, we want to hear from you, so we have just released a brief survey that we’d love you to fill out! Here is your chance to let us know your likes and dislikes so we can bring you the kind of shows you will find most entertaining.

Just tell us a little about yourself, and what you prefer. You can suggest some of your favorite shows, or let us know what TYPE of shows you like. We’ve provided several categories for you to choose from in the survey. Maybe you like all of these categories, or maybe you lean emphatically toward one or two. Here are some examples of the categories we are considering:

Family Friendly – Shows like Annie, Beauty and the Beast, Big River, Cinderella, The Wizard of Oz

Mature Themes – Shows like Assassins, Avenue Q, Cabaret, Chicago, La Cage Aux Folles,

Newer Shows – Shows like Big Fish, Legally Blonde, Motown the Musical, The Wedding Singer

Golden Age Classics – Includes well-known shows like Hello Dolly, Mame, The Music Man, The Sound of Music, and West Side Story as well as lesser-known treasures like Finian’s Rainbow, Pal Joey, Silk Stockings

Dance Shows – Shows like 42nd Street, Grand Hotel, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Rock Score – Shows like American Idiot, Jesus Christ Superstar, Rent, The Who’s Tommy

So… what type of shows (or specific shows) get you humming as you leave the theater, inspire you to tell all your friends, and motivate you to come back again? Are they… brand new, or tried-and-true? Edgy theme, or more mainstream? Well-known fare, or something rare? Let us know and we’ll make it worth your while!

Our thank you for your time

As an incentive for your time, at the completion of the survey you will receive a coupon code valid for a $10 per ticket discount to any remaining Adult or Senior price tickets to Peter and The Starcatcher (Winter 2018), and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Spring 2018). Additionally, you will have the opportunity to enter a drawing to win a pair of 2018-19 Season Tickets.

Please click here to take the SBMT “Voice of the Audience” Survey.  This survey should only take 5 minutes, and your voice is very important to us.

Thank you!

Love a Matinee? Join Us This Weekend!

There are just three more performances of SBMT’s Theatre Bay Area recommended production of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. And for those of you who love matinees, we want to remind you that Saturday, October 14 is a MATINEE. That’s right, Saturday’s performance is at 2:30 pm.

So if you thought you missed your chance for a matinee, you haven’t! And if you thought you missed your chance to see BRIDGES … well, you’re getting pretty close. Order tickets today before they – and this production – are gone! Final shows:

  • Thursday, October 12 at 8:00 pm
  • Friday, October 13, at 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 14, at 2:30 pm

And remember to use the code WONDERING for a $10 discount! http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/bridgesmadisoncounty.html

Join Us for Week 3 of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY

We hope you’ve purchased your tickets for THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, our Theater Bay Area Recommended production! Performances continue October 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, and 14. You can even use the discount code, WONDERING, to get a $10 DISCOUNT on your ticket!

Our story revolves around Francesca Johnson, a young woman born in Naples, Italy, who met her American-soldier husband at the end of World War II and came to the US as a ‘war bride.’ Of course, there have been many such war brides over the years. The company of “Bridges” was happy to meet the son of a real war bride from Naples – Francesca Sorvillo Stewart! Sarah Miller (who plays “Carolyn” in our production) met Francesca’s son Richard Stewart at a members meeting of the Italian American federation this summer. One thing led to another, and Richard attended our September 25 Sunday matinee, bringing photos of his mother and father, Clarence “Stefano” Stewart.

Follow this link to read their lovely story: http://madeintoamerica.org/italian-war-bride-francesca-tommasina-niccolino-sorvillo-stewart/

And then … follow this link to buy tickets to OUR lovely story! www.southbaymt.com/shows/bridgesmadisoncounty.html  We hope to see you at the theater very soon!

Photos of a real Francesca, and her American soldier, Clarence “Stefano”

Francesca Sorvillo Stewart

Clarence “Stefano” Stewart

 

BRIDGES is a TBA Recommended Production

South Bay Musical Theatre is proud to announce that our production of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY is a Theatre Bay Area RECOMMENDED production. TBA adjudicators agreed that our production is exceptional.

We’re thrilled that “Bridges” is our first TBA Recommended production. Even more than that, we excited that our audiences are raving about this very special show. “A really exceptional production.” “Thrilled by the music.” “A truly memorable night of theater … kudos to all involved.”

Make sure you see the show that everyone is talking about!
www.southbaymt.com/shows/bridgesmadisoncounty.html

 

Congratulations to our BRIDGES winners – Now get your tickets!

Opening weekend of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY was a success! Audiences raved, with comments like “MORE shows like this!” and “buy your tickets right away before the inevitable word of mouth renders it impossible!”

Opening weekend is also when SBMT honors members of the cast, crew, and staff for their efforts to bring the show to the stage. Receiving honors during our Friday, September 22 preview performance, were:

Our sincerest thanks and appreciation to Kelly, Ruth, and Beverly!

Word-of-mouth is going strong for this show. Get your tickets today at www.southbaymt.com/shows/bridgesmadisoncounty.html

 

Beverly Hansberry receives the Gypsy Robe from director Diane Milo, while producer Janet Miller and members of the cast applaud.

 

Kelly Weber-Barrera and Mike Barrera celebrate a successful show – not only is Kelly our Stage Manager, but Mike is ASM!

 

Alicia Teeter (“Francesca”) and Michael Hirsch (“Bud”) celebrate opening night.

 

Janet Miller (Producer), Diane Milo (Director), and Sara Dean (SBMT Production Manager) at the opening night gala.

Opening night audience raves: SEE THIS SHOW!

Photo credit: Scott McClelland

Our Facebook feed lit up this weekend, following the full house performance at the opening night gala for The Bridges of Madison County. Friends from the theater community (who know a good thing when they see it) had unanimously high praise for the show, the music, the acting, and the production values.

Two season ticket holders in their 70s who come all the way from Hollister stopped SBMT Board Chairperson Barbara Heninger in the lobby during the gala to say, “I want to tell you, you should do MORE shows like this!” They said they particularly enjoyed seeing something new and that they found the both music and story “beautiful.”

Other patrons enthusiastically agreed. Take a look at this sampling of the rave reviews we’ve received, and then go to southbaymt.com to get your tickets before they sell out.

 

OMG! This is one of the best shows ever! It is brilliantly constructed, and exquisitely performed. I came completely unaware of the book, the movie, and the Broadway score, and was immediately drawn into the true life dilemmas which we all meet on this journey we call life, and how we choose which crossroad to travel. We may always have that “if only I had taken the other road”, but that is reality! — Bill Ereneta

 

I was at the opening night performance of The Bridges of Madison County at South Bay Musical Theater last night, and it is a SPECTACULAR production. Alicia Teeter and Chris Janssen are giving amazing performances in the lead roles, supported by a very, very strong cast. Gorgeous lighting and scenic design, as well. This is the first production of the show in the Bay Area, and some theatergoers who won’t see shows they haven’t heard of are staying away. Don’t be that person. Get your tickets now. Support a theater that is committed to producing excellent shows, even (or especially) if it’s new to you. GO. — Mike Rhone

 

Last night I attended the opening night of SBMT’s production of The Bridges of Madison County. Wow! Just wow. I was completely blown away. It is not a happy show, but what a gorgeous production and a beautiful and tear-jerking story. The orchestra lead by Dan Singletary is just stunning. The entire cast is so committed and dedicated to telling this story with an intense level of sincerity and purpose. Alicia Teeter is perfection, plain and simple. She was born to play this part and she takes what is an extremely difficult score and makes it look effortless. Chris Janssen’s Robert is soul achingly beautiful. Ruth E Stein and Michael Johnson are comedic geniuses. There are so many great shows out there, but this one makes you feel all the feels. I felt sad, regret, turmoil, longing, passion, fear, and even uncomfortable watching what is a very intimate story. Most of all I felt the love on that stage and in the show. I loved feeling all of those feelings. I love when art moves me and this is art and the entire audience was moved. There were several numbers where the number would end and the audience collectively paused because they wanted to applaud but they didn’t want the moment to end. Pure and amazing magic. Thank you to the entire company of Bridges, (Diane Milowicki, Janet Miller, Sara Dean, and everyone else) for putting on one of the best shows I have seen in this theater. 3 weekends left. GO SEE THIS SHOW!!!! — Braden Taylor

 

Just returned from opening night of “The Bridges of Madison County” at South Bay Musical Theatre. Oh my! If you live anywhere close enough to Saratoga, GO SEE THIS SHOW. All the elements work so well, and the score is beautiful and glorious. Top-notch performances all around from the entire cast and orchestra. The show runs the next three weekends. — Steve Sammonds

 

Folks, I have no dog in this hunt, so believe me when I tell you that you MUST get a ticket to see The Bridges of Madison County at South Bay Musical Theatre. It is easily one of the best productions this group has ever done and contains performances that rival anything I have seen onstage all year. I am very proud of director Diane Milowicki and everyone involved and I told them so. With uniformly excellent design and execution, this was an extraordinary achievement. Diane’s direction was clear, every intent was realized, and the people of that Iowa town were there on that stage. Special credit to Michael Hirsch who brings great depth to the role of Bud, and to Ruth E Stein & Michael Johnson who offer a master class on how to bring three-dimensional life to supporting comic relief roles. Dan Singletary‘s orchestra was outstanding. And the voices of the cast were incredible. I started crying right around “Wandering” and pretty much didn’t stop except for the rodeo sequence. Alicia Teeter makes very specific and really intimate choices that are a hallmark of her work as an actor, and they pay off amazingly well in her portrayal of Francesca. She sings this role as if it were written for her and exceeds my already high expectations of what I thought she could do with this role. Chris Janssen works his way out of Robert’s shell and fear of connection magnificently; his naked, aching need to connect with Francesca creates the most beautiful and heartbreaking arc, culminating in a devastating “It All Fades Away.” When I saw this show the first time, on tour, I was crying for myself; tonight I was crying for Robert and Francesca. GO👏SEE👏THIS👏SHOW — Walter Mayes

Behind the Scenes in “Madison County!”

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, then stay for our opening night reception. Enjoy champagne and light snacks as you mingle with the cast after the show. There are still a few seats available – order now and use coupon code SBMT2017 to pay just $20 per ticket (a $19 savings!)! http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/bridgesmadisoncountry.html

To whet your appetite for this beautiful show, watch as Director Diane Milo takes you behind the scenes with our actors and musicians:

VIDEO LINK: Behind the scenes of “The Bridges of Madison County”

 

The Bridges of Madison County opens next week!

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).

Faced with this dilemma, what’s a play selection committee to do?

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Two talented newcomers will star in Bridges of Madison County

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!

 

 

Bridges of Madison County to debut this month!

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.

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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.

Helpful tip

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!

How SBMT can profit from your online purchases

Amazon-Smile-logoIt 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:

  1. Go to smile.amazon.com, type “South Bay Musical” in the “Search” dialog box, and hit “Search.”
  2. When the search results are displayed, click “Select” next to “South Bay Musical Theatre.”
  3. In the final dialog, check “Yes I understand that I must always start at smile.amazon.com to support South Bay Musical Theatre.”

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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)

Supporting: South Bay Musical Theatre

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 / SBMT Board and Staff Announcements

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 accounting@southbaymt.com.* 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!

–Barbara Heninger
for the SBMT Board of Directors

*SBMT volunteers who have expenses and receipts to report can submit them to accounting@southbaymt.com or mail them to SBMT at PO Box 700215, San Jose, 95170.

MY FAIR LADY Opens to Applause / CHESS Opens Sunday

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:

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

Erin Reis (Eliza Doolittle) and Dina Jacobson (Mrs. Higgins/Ensemble)

Erin Reis (Eliza Doolittle) and Dina Jacobson (Mrs. Higgins/Ensemble)

Director Morgan Dayley and Co-Producer Walter Mayes

Director Morgan Dayley and Co-Producer Walter Mayes

Ray D'Ambrosio (Henry Higgins) with Elizabeth Lawrence, Vocal Director Rachel Michelberg, and

Ray D’Ambrosio (Henry Higgins) with audience member Elizabeth Lawrence and Vocal Director Rachel Michelberg


 

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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.

Some of the challenging music for CHESS

Some of the challenging music for CHESS

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!

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

 

MY FAIR LADY Opens Saturday – CHESS Follows!

My Fair Lady

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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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