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“Peter’s” Opening Weekend

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER opened this weekend to cheers and laughter from our audiences. Here are some photos of Friday’s “Preview Night” awards, and of our Opening Night gala on Saturday, January 28.

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Chris Beer, Co-Props Designer and Co-Sound Designer: Harriette Hill Technical Award



Brad Wetmore, percussion: Barbara Weaver Special Merit Award

Michael Champlin, “Black Stache:” Bobo Reardon Newcomer Award

Mae Haegerty-Matos, costumes: Joan Huff Producers Award (for helping costume designer Michael Johnson)

Chuck Manthe, “Mrs. Bumbrake:” the Gypsy Robe Award, presented by previous winner Beverly Hansberry

Cast member Steve Sammonds celebrates with Production Manager Sara Dean

Michael Champlin, “Stache,” with a little stache!

Jenni Chapman, “Molly”, celebrates after the show

So what is this show, “Peter and the Starcatcher”?

Even if you’re a musical theater fan, you may not know much about South Bay Musical Theatre’s winter production, “Peter and the Starcatcher,” playing Jan. 27 through Feb. 17, 2018.

So, what exactly is the show about? And why should you see it?

“Peter and the Starcatcher” is the prequel to “Peter Pan.” It tells the back story of the iconic boy who would not grow up, along with his familiar friends and adversaries who are portrayed so memorably in the classic tale. It’s a sprawling, swashbuckling adventure that will take you from the shores of Victorian England to the deck of a speeding pirate ship to an exotic desert island. The story is funny, fast-paced, song-filled, and wildly creative.

But the creativity goes well beyond the inventive script. In this show, scenes change in an instant, and a small troupe of actors transform from character to character and leap from locale to locate. Surprises, enchantment, and delightful twists or wait at every turn.

And although there is much silliness and revelry, the story has a heart and the characters a real soul. You’ll find yourself rooting for the heroes, hissing the villains, and perhaps a shedding a tear at a tender parting of ways – we hope to make you feel like the kid you were when you first experienced “Peter Pan.”

The New York Times said, “With grown-up theatrical savvy and a child’s wonder at what it can achieve, ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ floats right through the ceiling of the physical limits imposed by a three-dimensional stage.”

Please don’t miss this unique, clever, tuneful, rollicking, masterpiece of stagecraft. It’s a theatrical experience you will treasure for years to come. And if that doesn’t convince you: come and see it just to find out why Peter Pan can fly!

Peter and the Starcatcher is a play by Rick Elice, with music by Wayne Barker, and based on the novel by Dave Barry (yes, THAT Dave Barry) and Ridley Pearson. Buy your tickets now; great seats are still available!

On the fifth day till Christmas, I too have gift ideas…

The countdown to Christmas is now at five short days. If you are still scratching your head trying to think of the perfect gift for that loved one who has everything, consider the gift of entertainment. South Bay Musical Theatre has two more fantastic shows this season that would make great presents for those last-minute stocking stuffers: Peter and the Starcatcher and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

What type of people would most love tickets to these shows? I can think of at least five:

  1. Youngsters. Both of these shows are appropriate for all ages, including your kids or grandkids. Peter and the Starcatcher tells us the prequel of the Peter Pan story we all know and love, while The Hunchback of Notre Dame offers a message of acceptance and redemption for those of us who don’t “fit in.”
  2. Disney fans. If you know someone who is a fan of all things Disney, they won’t want to miss the opportunity to see how The Hunchback of Notre Dame was expanded and adapted for the Broadway stage from the acclaimed animated film. Peter and the Starcatcher was also developed by Disney Theatrical.
  3. Stephen Schwartz and Alan Menken fans. The Hunchback of Notre Dame was written by these great legends of musical theater. You probably know and love many of their other works, including Wicked, Godspell, Pippin, and Children of Eden (Schwartz) and Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, and Little Shop of Horrors (Menken).
  4. Dave Barry fans. Best-selling humorist Dave Barry (who used to write a syndicated newspaper column and a long list of both fiction and non-fiction books) co-wrote the children’s book on which Peter and the Starcatcher is based.
  5. New works fans. Both of these shows are relatively new to the community theater circuit, fresh from their limited runs on Broadway. Unless your loved ones travel to New York regularly, chances are these are undiscovered gems they have not yet had the opportunity to enjoy.

If you want to buy tickets in time for Christmas, just go to our website and you can buy them online, pick your own seat, and print them right at home. Keep in mind that your recipients can exchange the tickets for a different date if they have a conflict on the date you choose for them. All they need to do is to call our box office between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. at 408-266-4734, and our friendly volunteers will be happy to assist.

May your holidays be filled with music, love, and laughter!

—Your friends at South Bay Musical Theatre


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!