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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!

 

 

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

Jerry’s Girls Arrive this Weekend

Don’t miss SBMT’s special production of JERRY’S GIRLS, arriving this Saturday, February 13, and again next Saturday, February 20. Both shows take place at 2:30 pm. Enjoy the music that Jerry Herman wrote for his larger-than-life female characters in shows like “Mame,” “Hello, Dolly!” and “La Cage aux Folles.”

And now you can save $15 using the code JERRY2016. This code is valid for Adult or Senior tickets to either performance. Use the code online at  www.southbaymt.com, or by phone at 408-266-4734

So “Before the Parade Passes By,” make sure you “Put on Your Sunday Clothes” this Saturday, and come out to see JERRY’S GIRLS!

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And the 2016-17 shows are…

cats-out-of-the-bagThe cat’s out of the bag! SBMT has announced their 2016-2017 shows and events. And they are:

  • CITY OF ANGELS (Autumn)
  • ALWAYS … PATSY CLINE* (Concert/Event #1)
  • 1776 (Winter)
  • Brad Handshy’s BROADWAY BY THE DECADE: 1980s (Concert/Event #2)
  • MY FAIR LADY (Summer)
  • CHESS In Concert (Concert/Event #3)

*Imported from Limelight Actors Theatre’s sold-out 2015 production

In addition to our season announcement, the SBMT Board honored the following persons with awards:

Carol Srigley “Heartbeat” Award: Ruthe Stein
Fred Hassett Service Award for 2015: Brad Handshy
Fred Hassett Service Award for 2016: Barbara Heninger
Silver Jacket Awards: Diane Hughes and Janet Miller

Our four Plaids (for “Forever Plaid”), Glenna Murillo (for “Jerry’s Girls”) and Molly Thornton (for “Gypsy”) entertained the audience with delightful songs, accompanied by Bob Sunshine and Michael Johnson at the piano. Delicious desserts were served in the lobby to end the night.

Thanks to all for a memorable evening!

Brad Handshy receives the Fred Hassett Service Award from Board member Walter Mayes

Brad Handshy receives the Fred Hassett Service Award from Board member Walter Mayes

Silver jacket award winners, past and present

Silver jacket award winners, past and present

 

Happy Thanksgiving from our theater family to yours!

Happy Thanksgiving to the members, subscribers, and friends of South Bay Musical Theatre!

We’d like to take a moment to tell you how thankful we are that you support us in our mission to bring high-quality entertainment to our community. We could not do it without each one of you. It is a joy to share the magic of musical theater with you!

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and wish you many happy hours of live theater in the coming year!

–South Bay Musical Theater

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Last chances to see Fiorello!

Our last weekend of FIORELLO! is coming up … and our audiences agree, this is one show you should NOT miss.

Great show, great performance, great production…don’t miss it!

My husband and I were simply thrilled with the production and are recommending it as a GO SEE production on this site for the Bay Area Critics Circle.

Must see. Excellent performance, interesting and informative story, superb cast and orchestra.

It was delightful and the music was great!

With all that praise, tickets for our final performances this THURSDAY, FRIDAY, and SATURDAY are selling out fast. So go to www.southbaymt.com/shows/fiorello.html to get your tickets TODAY!

Floyd (Ron Packard) and Dora (Jen Wheatonfox) find mutual attraction

Floyd (Ron Packard) and Dora (Jen Wheatonfox) find mutual attraction

Thea (Elizabeth McClelland) sings as Fiorello goes off to war

Thea (Elizabeth McClelland) sings as Fiorello goes off to war

Mitzi (Kayvon Kordestani) and her dancers tap up a storm

Mitzi (Kayvon Kordestani) and her dancers tap up a storm

Morris (Michael Cuddy) and Neil (Richard Portune) put up the ire of their boss, Fiorello (Tim Reynolds)

Morris (Michael Cuddy) and Neil (Richard Portune) put up with the ire of their boss, Fiorello (Tim Reynolds)

Ben (Jeffrey Henson) and the political Hacks make fun of the Tammany Hall gang

Ben (Jeffrey Henson) and the political Hacks make fun of the Tammany Hall gang

Marie (Glenna Murillo) and Fiorello (Tim Reynolds) finally realize they care for each other

Marie (Glenna Murillo) and Fiorello (Tim Reynolds) finally realize they care for each other

 

Your last chance to see Kate!

SBMT’s KISS ME, KATE closes tonight, October 18. This is your last chance to watch the backstage antics of Fred/Petruchio, Kate/Lilli, and their acting troupe as they perform a musical version of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. Will Lilli and Fred finally realize their love? Will Bill and Lois ever behave? And what about those threatening gangsters in the wings?. There are still some tickets left – so help us give the show a rousing sendoff! Go to http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/kissmekate.html to buy tickets.

The cast, orchestra, staff, and crew of Kiss Me Kate. Photo by Steve Stubbs.

The cast, orchestra, staff, and crew of Kiss Me Kate. Photo by Steve Stubbs.

 

Kate’s a hit! Keep cool and join us!

Kiss Me, Kate opened September 27 to enthusiastic audiences, with our traditional grand gala. Audiences agree it’s a delightful musical romp through the colorful backstage world of the theatre.

Keep cool in the air-conditioned Saratoga Civic Theater and join us for shows tonight, tomorrow, and for two more weekends through October 18. Sunday shows are almost sold out — so call now! Or, get tickets for a Friday or Saturday night and enjoy a great show! Go to http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/kissmekate.html for tickets and information.

Here are a few photos from our gala opening night, September 27!

Ensemble members Ali Molei and Polly Ellis get ready for opening night!

Ensemble members Ali Molei and Polly Ellis get ready for opening night!

Ensemble member Andrew Stuart gives his wife and fellow ensemble member Stacia Stuart an opening night kiss!

Ensemble member Andrew Stuart gives his wife and fellow ensemble member Stacia Stuart an opening night kiss!

Barbara Reynolds (on left, Lilli Vanessi / Kate) celebrates with Noelle Boero (on right), Hattie, and Mollie Thornton Olivas (center). (Molly's hubby James Olivas in the background.)

Barbara Reynolds (on left, Lilli Vanessi / Kate) celebrates with Noelle Boero (on right), Hattie, and Mollie Thornton Olivas (center).

Morgan Dayley (Lois Lane / Bianca) promises she's "always true" to Andrew Rotchadl.

Morgan Dayley (Lois Lane / Bianca) promises she’s “always true” to Andrew Rotchadl.

Philippe Levesque (Paul) and Gary Stanford, Jr. (Bill Calhoun / Hortensio) celebrate after the show.

Philippe Levesque (Paul) and Gary Stanford, Jr. (Bill Calhoun / Hortensio) celebrate after the show.

Director Kevin Cornelius and producer Walter Mayes after the show.

Director Kevin Cornelius and producer Walter Mayes after the show.

 

 

Kiss Me, Kate preview awards – opens tonight!

The cast of Kiss Me, Kate celebrated its successful preview night September 26 with the traditional South Bay Musical Theatre preview awards. Opening night is tonight, September 27!

For a quick glimpse of final preparations last week, see our video on You Tube.

Go to www.southbaymt.com for your last chance at opening night gala tickets. Use the code KATEGALA for a special discount. It’s another openin’ — don’t miss it!

Choreographer Kayvon Kordestani (left) receives the Producer's Award.

Choreographer Kayvon Kordestani (left) receives the Producer’s Award.

Cast member Michael Johnson (Baptista) wins the technical award. Thank you for all the extra costume sewing and fixing!

Cast member Michael Johnson (Baptista) wins the technical award. Thank you for all the extra costume sewing and fixing!

First trumpeter earns the Orchestra award.

First trumpeter Warren Necoechea earns the Orchestra award.

Ensemble member Michelle Alindogan wins the Newcomer's Award.

Ensemble member Michelle Alindogan wins the Newcomer’s Award.

Ensemble member Jeff Tuttle (center) receives the Gypsy Robe Award from past winner Lea Schweitzer (left).

Ensemble member Jeff Tuttle (center) receives the Gypsy Robe Award from past winner Lea Schweitzer (left).

 

SBMT’s “Scoundrels” Honored with Small Theatre Award

We’re excited to announce that SBMT’s production of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” was recognized as a Standout Comedy Production by the Silicon Valley Small Theatre Awards for the 2013-2014 season. These awards, announced July 28, honor “standout productions” from local small theatres (300 seats or fewer). Productions must have run between July 2013 and July 2014. From the announcement:

So many of the companies are excellent examples of creatively and intelligently weathering the storms and riding the waves of change. … From invention to reinvention there is so much this region is offering in the form of live, small venue theater. Represented [are productions] that the panel felt stood out amongst a vibrant sea of art in the last 12 months.

In addition to recognizing our production, the organization also recognized three members of our production as “artists to watch for next season:” Jocelyn Pickett (Christine), Morgan Dayley (Jolene), and Ruth E. Stein (prop design).

A hearty congratulations to our cast, staff, and crew! Thank you to everyone who contributed to the production in any way. And many thanks to our audiences, for attending, supporting, and laughing out load at our most outrageous comedy!