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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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.

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.

Dare to Enter the FORBIDDEN Zone!

Shh! It's Forbidden! Terri Weitze (above) and Karen Sanders (below) caution us about entering the Forbidden Broadway door...

Shh! It’s Forbidden! Terri Weitze (above) and Karen Sanders (below) guard the Forbidden Broadway door…

FORBIDDEN BROADWAY is coming to Saratoga! Yes, that irreverent spoof of popular Broadway musicals is making its appearance for TWO PERFORMANCES ONLY, Sunday May 29th at 7:30pm and Saturday June 4 at 2:30pm at the Saratoga Civic Theatre. Don’t miss this hilarious send-up of your favorite Broadway songs!

Order tickets today at http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/forbiddenbroadway.html

Our terrific cast members are waiting for you to join them beyond the FORBIDDEN door!

Featuring:
Brett Carlson
Kayvon Kordestani
Dave Leon
Jennifer Medeiros
Mary Melnick
Diane Milo
David Mister
Molly Olivas
Michael Reed
Christine Rose
Karen Sanders
Ruth E. Stein
Braden Taylor
Terri Weitze

Gypsies in Rehearsal – Get tickets today!

Our Gypsy cast is well into rehearsals, with opening night coming soon on May 21. Make sure you get your tickets now, at http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/gypsy2016.html. Our gala opening night features champagne, snacks, and a chance to schmooze with the stars after the show.

Wonder what it takes to put on a show like Gypsy? A lot of hard work! Take a peek behind the scenes at our cast in rehearsal at SBMT’s studio. Then buy your tickets today!

Molly Thornton as "Mama Rose."

Molly Thornton as “Mama Rose.”

Director/choreographer Janie Scott (left) watches as Marc Gonzalez ("Tulsa") dips assistant choreographer Michael Saenz, while Marlene Brenner looks on as "Louise."

Director/choreographer Janie Scott (left) watches as Marc Gonzalez (“Tulsa”) dips assistant choreographer Michael Saenz, while Marlene Berner looks on as “Louise.”

Marlene Berner ("Louise") and Rhona McFadyen ("June") rehearse "If Momma Was Married."

Marlene Berner (“Louise”) and Rhona McFadyen (“June”) rehearse “If Momma Was Married.”

Members of the cast salute "Mr. Goldstone." From left: Marc Gonzalez ("Tulsa"), Tim Reynolds ("Herbie"), Rhona McFadyen ("June"), Jeff Tuttle ("Mr. Goldstone"), Molly Thornton ("Rose"), Michael Cai ("L.A."), and assistant choreographer Michael Saenz.

Members of the cast salute “Mr. Goldstone.” From left: Marc Gonzalez (“Tulsa”), Tim Reynolds (“Herbie”), Rhona McFadyen (“June”), Jeff Tuttle (“Mr. Goldstone”), Molly Thornton (“Rose”), Elmer Min (“Yonkers”), and assistant choreographer Michael Saenz.

Felicia Chang as "Baby June."

Felicia Chang as “Baby June.”

Assistant choreographer Michael Saenz works with the "newsboys."

Assistant choreographer Michael Saenz works with the “newsboys.”

Oscar, or "Chowsie," is content to wait for his cue.

Oscar, or “Chowsie,” is content to wait for his cue.

 

Countdown to PLAID …. 3, 2, 1

It’s almost here! We’re counting the days until we can share FOREVER PLAID with you. We guarantee you’ll have a great time listening to some fantastic harmonies. And you may even sing along with the four Plaids!

Join us for our opening night gala, January 30. Tickets at www.southbaymt.com/shows/foreverplaid.html. The show runs through February 21. Get PLAID!

And now, just a few photos from our dress rehearsals. Looking sharp, men! But in tune, of course…

Derek DeMarco (Frankie), Matt Hall (Jinx), Will Perez (Sparky), and David Murphy (Smudge)

Derek DeMarco (Frankie), Matt Hall (Jinx), Will Perez (Sparky), and David Murphy (Smudge)

 

And now they're PLAID!  (Matt, Will, Derek, and David)

And now they’re PLAID!
(Matt, Will, Derek, and David)

Audiences agree: See FIORELLO!

SBMT’s FIORELLO got off to a grand start last weekend. Audience members had this to tell us about the show:

A wealth of talent that seems to go on and on.

Tim Reynolds and Glenna Murillo created excellently crafted and believable characters, with a wide-range of emotional nuance. … Michael Cuddy, who always has impeccable comedic timing, walked away with every scene he was in. Jen Wheatonfox is amazing!

My wife and I are very pleased to have discovered SBMT. We enjoyed your production of Fiorello very much.

Find out what they’re talking about! Go to http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/fiorello.html for tickets and show times. Don’t miss out!


FIORELLO NEWS

Preview night on September 18 was time for producer Jay Steele to announce cast and staff awards, including the Director’s Technical Award from C. Michael Traw to Ginny Koester, the Bobo Reardon Newcomer Award to Camille Leach, and the Gypsy Robe Award to Mike Hugill (photos below). Also, Laura Shea-Clark received the Orchestra Award, and Barbara Heninger the Producer’s Award.

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The opening night party on September 19 saw cast and audience members dressed up and enjoying delicious treats on the plaza after the show.

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Fiorello cast begins rehearsals

Members of the cast of SBMT’s upcoming “Fiorello!” met for orientation on July 19. There was lots to learn, including some tidbits, truths, and a few fibs about the real Fiorello LaGuardia from producer Jay Steele. (Did Fiorello ever beat up a horse? Or did he fight his adversaries while standing on a chair? Answer below!)

The show opens September 19 at the Saratoga Civic Theatre and runs through October 10. Buy tickets now for the fabulous opening night gala! http://www.southbaymt.com/contact/tickets.html

Members of the Fiorello! cast goof it up at their orientation meeting on July 19.

Members of the Fiorello! cast goof it up at their orientation meeting on July 19.

Answer: No, LaGuardia never fought a horse. But the feisty, 5’2″ Fiorello did demand that someone bring a chair to the school yard so he could stand on it to take on his classmates.

Hairspray is a hit — get a special one-night discount!

HAIRSPRAY opened on May 30 to raves from sold-out audiences. Marisol Urbano as energetic teen Tracy Turnblad and Kevin Cornelius as Tracy’s irrepressible mom Edna had audiences jumping out of their seats to dance by the end of the show! Following are a few photos from our opening weekend — but before that, we’ve got a special deal for our friends.

That’s right, although tickets are going fast, YOU can get a special discount for tickets to the Friday, May 29 show! This discount is good for $10 off remaining Adult-price tickets. Use code TGIF online at www.southbaymt.com or by phone at 408-266-4734. The discount is valid for newly-purchased tickets from remaining inventory only. The price after discount is $23/ticket.

So get your tickets now – you won’t want to miss this high-energy show!

And now for those photos:

Marisol Urbano (Tracy Turnblad) and Jessica LaFever (Amber VonTussle) are pals behind the scenes and at opening night!

Marisol Urbano (Tracy Turnblad) and Jessica LaFever (Amber VonTussle) are pals behind the scenes and at opening night!

Paula Warren (Motormouth Maybelle) celebrates at opening night

Paula Warren (Motormouth Maybelle) celebrates at opening night

Ensemble member Shawn Miller receives the Gypsy Robe award from producer Jay Steele on Preview night

Ensemble member Shawn Miller receives the Gypsy Robe award from producer Jay Steele at the preview show

Kevin Cornelius as Edna Turnblad greets Karyn Rondeau and Scott Harline after the preview show

Kevin Cornelius as Edna Turnblad greets Karyn Rondeau and Scott Harline after the preview show

Cast members surround choreographer Lee Anne Payne before Sunday's show.

Cast members surround choreographer Lee Anne Payne before Sunday’s show.

Meet the cast of Hairspray #3: Anthony and April

It’s time for another pair of “blog-erviews” with our HAIRSPRAY cast and crew members. Meet Anthony Stephens and April Valenzuela! We move into the theatre this weekend … so don’t forget to order your tickets at http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/hairspray.html.


Anthony Stephens – Sketch

Anthony Stephens

Anthony Stephens

Why are you excited about being in Hairspray?

Although I’ve performed in many musicals, dance is still something that I am not entirely well-versed in. The intricate dance numbers in this show are very challenging to me and sometimes out of my element. Having to remember harmonies while dancing all around the stage is challenging, but incredibly valuable. The show is really pushing me physically and vocally and taking me out of my comfort zone. As an actor, I want to stretch myself as much as I can and gain knowledge during every show I’m in, and I’m certainly learning a lot from Hairspray! And of course, the music for this show is just wonderful to listen to and I think it’s a real crowd pleaser.

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

I think it’s a common misconception that this show is full of fluff with no real substance. While it’s a fun and silly show with a lot of hilarious moments, there are some strong themes and messages in it that resonate with the world today. A lot of parallels can be drawn between 1962 and 2015. That being said, it isn’t a show that you should have to think too much about either! It’s really a fun night of theatre where you can relax and enjoy what you’re seeing.

Why do you perform in community theater?

My passion is theatre and I just can’t imagine doing anything else. I always want to be in a show or be involved in a production in some way. I’ve met so many terrific people and established a lot of strong friendships through performing. I am transferring to university in a couple years and majoring in theatre and I think the skills I am currently learning in community theatre here in the area will follow me for the rest of my life. I hope to do theatre for a living.

Welcome to the 60s! What says “1962” most to you?

The hip swivels.

Anthony is thrilled to be in his first show at SBMT. He performed in various productions in high school, with memorable roles such as Rum Tum Tugger in Cats and Eddie in Love Awkwardly. He was recently in “Kimberly Akimbo” at The Pear Avenue Theatre and understudied in Foothill Music Theatre’s production of Sunday in the Park With George. He is a student at Foothill College and is majoring in theatre. Enjoy the show!


April Valenzuela – Assistant Choreographer

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April Valenzuela

Why are you excited about being in Hairspray?

Hairspray is all about dance–you don’t have time to sit, eat, drink , breathe…so what’s not to love!  This is my first time working behind the scenes with our choreographer Lee Ann and I love the fun and joy in her pieces.

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

Tracy is a strong female lead who isn’t in her role because of her legs, chest, or ability to look like arm candy next to a more important male lead. She stands out of her own accord and you can’t stop the beat when she’s onstage. She earns our respect for her belief in love, justice and equality.

Why do you perform in community theater?

Dance is better than therapy!  And where else can you find community exercise and adult-dress up in one place?

Welcome to the 60s! What says “1962” most to you?

Mod-fashion: those hats (oh how I love hats), long leather boots, color-blocking dresses…it was so much fun.  The revolution in the fabric of society splashed across the everyday threads of American garb.

April Valenzuela is ecstatic to participate as one of the dancing staff at SBMT.  She debuted with SBMT in 42nd Street, followed by Funny Girl, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and most recently in Kiss Me Kate.  April teaches dance to little ballerinas in Santa Clara and gross motor skills at a Spanish Immersion preschool  in Campbell.

 

Meet the cast of Hairspray #2: Matt and Jennifer

Here’s round two of our posts about the cast and staff of HAIRSPRAY. Meet Matt Busbee (IQ) and Jennifer Medeiros (Pit Singer)! And don’t forget to buy tickets at  http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/hairspray.html


Matt Busbee: IQ

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Matt Busbee

Why are you excited about being in Hairspray?

Hairspray has been on my “must do” list of shows since I started doing theatre, and now that the time has come, I couldn’t be more ecstatic! I have loved the music since the moment I heard it, and I’m so excited to be a part of such a joyful musical! Also, the dancing is a great workout! 😉

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

Although I know that our audience will be delighted by the catchy songs and super crazy dance numbers, sometimes we have to stop and think about what this show is really about. I have always loved Hairspray’s overall message of accepting others and embracing what makes us special. I hope audiences will leave the theater feeling better about themselves and the world around us!

Why do you perform in community theater?

I have met some of the best friends I could ever ask for through doing shows. The sense of connection that I feel with my cast mates is what makes community theater so addicting. Also, after months of hard work and rehearsal, the feeling when I finally get to see an audience having a good time is the best feeling ever!

Welcome to the 60s! What says “1962” most to you?

The choreography, of course! The dances that Lee Ann has worked incredibly hard to put together paint a picture that I think beautifully represents this time of change and progress in the United States. Also, the hairdos help tremendously!

Matt Busbee is very excited to cross this amazing show off his bucket list! This is Matt’s first show with SBMT, and he is very proud to be a part of such a phenomenal cast. Favorite roles include A-Rab in West Side Story (Stage 1), Boy in Headband in “A Chorus Line” (PCRT), and one of the Three Pigs in “Shrek” (TVRT). Shoutout to Arrah Ibale for being a wonderful, supportive friend and always seeing his shows! Enjoy the show, and “Welcome to the 60s!”


Jennifer Medeiros: Pit Singer

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Why are you excited about being in Hairspray?

I am excited to get to sing this music every night. The harmonies are awesome. The music is GREAT! I have really enjoyed our vocal rehearsals and working on this music.

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

This show has some important messages about acceptance in it. We should all love ourselves for who we are and what we have been given and accept other people’s differences.

Why do you perform in community theater?

For the GLORY… and it’s good for my social life. Doing theatre is a great way to meet people and make new friends. I have many amazing friends I have met while doing community theatre, people that are now life-long friends.

Welcome to the 60s! What says “1962” most to you?

Helmet hair.

Jennifer Noel Medeiros is excited that all she has to do is sing for this show. This is Jennifer’s second show with SBMT, she last appeared with SBMT as part of the Greek Chorus in Promises, Promises. Favorite roles include: Delilah Strict (Zombie Prom), Joy (Cinderella), Scent-of-Lilies (The Rose of Persia), Phoebe (The Quaker Girl), Celia (Iolanthe), Vittoria (The Gondoliers), Edith (Pirates of Penzance), Susan (Company), Marie Dindon (La Cage aux folles), Cousin Hebe (H.M.S. Pinafore), Annina (La Traviata), and a Pick-A-Little Lady (Music Man). http://jennifernoelmedeiros.weebly.com

Meet the cast of Hairspray, #1: Kevin and Rachelle

For the next few weeks, as we prepare HAIRPSRAY for our May 23 opening night, our SBMT blog will introduce members of the cast, staff, or crew. Up first: Kevin Cornelius, playing Edna Turnblad, and Rachelle Abbey, playing Penny Pingleton. (Buy Hairspray tickets at http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/hairspray.html!)


Kevin Cornelius: Edna Turnblad

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Kevin Cornelius tries on one of Edna’s housedresses

Why are you excited about being in Hairspray?

I’m excited to have the chance to play such a wonderful role, Edna Turnblad, in a show that I love. I’ve been a fan of Hairspray since the original John Waters film, and when it was adapted into a musical, I fell in love all over again. I think “Welcome to the 60’s” is one of my all-time favorite musical theatre moments. I feel so happy to have such a wonderful opportunity to play a dream role in a production with a fantastic group of people.

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

Come ready to join the party and have a fabulous time!

Why do you perform in community theater?

I’m impressed by all of the amazingly talented people who participate in South Bay Musical Theatre. I enjoy getting the chance to act, sing, and dance in high-quality productions of classic and new musicals. I love our audiences, and I enjoy the connection we all share at the Saratoga Civic Theatre. There is nothing like live theatre, and it’s a privilege to be a part of it.

Welcome to the 60s! What says “1962” most to you?

The music and dancing. “Hairspray” has such a delightful score, and the dances in this show will take you back in time and lift your spirits to the stars.

SBMT audiences may remember Kevin as Albin in “La Cage aux Folles,” Gus in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” Eddie in “Funny Girl,” Father in “Ragtime,” and Cornelius Hackl in “Hello, Dolly!” He directed our “Kiss Me, Kate,” “42nd Street,” and “The Will Rogers Follies,” and has served on our Board of Directors for over eight years. A San Jose native, Kevin has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from San Jose State University. For the last fourteen years, Kevin has worked as the Director of Roberta Jones Junior Theatre in Santa Clara.


Rachelle Abbey: Penny Pingleton

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Rachelle Abbey

Why are you excited about being in Hairspray?

I am excited about being in Hairspray because it is one of my favorite musicals! I have wanted to be in this show since I first saw it 10 years ago. The music is so much fun you can’t help but dance and sing along.

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

The most important thing audiences should know about Hairspray is that even though it is a super fun dance and high-energy show, the more subtle and poignant plot points are really important and make us appreciate the past and how far we have come.

Why do you perform in community theater?

Because it allows me to meet the most amazing people and it fulfills my passion to be on stage.

Welcome to the 60s! What says “1962” most to you?

The thing that says “1962” most to me is the hairstyles since they are so iconic.

Rachelle Abbey is thrilled to be making her debut at SBMT in a dream role! Favorite roles include “Maisie” in The Boyfriend (WVLO), “Val” in A Chorus Line (SCP), “Angel City 4” in City of Angels (SVCT) and “Audrey” in Little Shop of Horrors (SCP). When not on stage she enjoys forms of social dancing such as lindy hop and ballroom as well as tennis, choir and soaking up the sun. She currently works in the Wyss-Coray lab at Stanford investigating rejuvenation in the brain.

“Hairspray” is underway! Find out how you can help

Cast, crew, and staff of SBMT’s HAIRSPRAY met on Sunday, March 8 to kick off the first rehearsal for our Spring show. Cast members visited both the set shop and the rehearsal studio, while staff introduced themselves at a gathering that featured authentic treats from the city of Baltimore.

Rehearsals are now underway for this BIG-haired, BIG-hearted, and just plain BIG show! Want to help out behind the scenes of “The Corny Collins Show”? Go to http://sbmt.ivolunteer.com/ to sign up, and help make some theatre magic!

Hairspray Director Walter Mayes talks to the cast.

Hairspray Director Walter Mayes talks to the cast.

Rachelle Abbey (Penny Pingleton) listens with other cast members.

Rachelle Abbey (Penny Pingleton) listens with other cast members.

Producer Jay Steele introduces the staff and cast.

Producer Jay Steele introduces the staff and cast.

Cans of "Ultra Clutch" hairspray decorated the studio ... along with some 1960s snacks.

Cans of “Ultra Clutch” hairspray decorated the studio … along with some 1960s snacks.

SBMT General Meeting – awards & next season announced

The SBMT Board of Directors announced its 2015-16 season line-up at the organization’s General Meeting on January 27. The events and shows include:

2015-2016 Season Shows

  • Fall: Fiorello, produced by Jay Steele (assistant producer Barbara Heninger)
  • Winter: Forever Plaid, produced by Walter Mayes and Jennifer Kohler
  • Spring: Gypsy, produced by David Murphy and Dave Leon

Events

  • Fall: “Broadway by the Decade: Musicals of the 1930s,” directed by Brad Handshy
  • Winter: Jerry’s Girls
  • Spring: A one-night musical revue (probably Gershwin)

Those interested in participating on the staff of any show should contact the producers by clicking one of the email links above.

Members of the organization were honored with the following awards:

  • Carol Srigley “Heartbeat Award” – Laura Carlsen
  • Silver Jacket Awards:
    • Kathy Smith
    • Jeff Tuttle
    • Bob Sunshine
    • Phil Jacke

In addition, the members discussed and approved a number of changes and updates to the organization’s by-laws. Many thanks to the members of the By-Laws Committee for their work, and to the general membership for their input and amendments to the document. Committee members included Jay Steele, Jeffrey Henson, David Murphy, Kathy Switky, and Brian Haslanger.

As a result of the changes, which discontinued the ‘alternate’ Board roles, the membership voted in six new full officers to the Board:

  • Jeffrey Henson
  • Howard Miller
  • Diane Milo
  • David Murphy
  • Jay Steele
  • Braden Taylor

For full minutes of the meeting or a copy of the SBMT by-laws, please contact SBMT’s Board Recording Secretary, Janet Miller.

Congratulations again to all our honorees!

Laura Carlsen receives the Carol Srigley "Heartbeat" Award from Jay Steele and Kevin Cornelius.

Laura Carlsen receives the Carol Srigley “Heartbeat” Award from Jay Steele and Kevin Cornelius.

Kathy Smith receives a silver SBMT jacket.

Kathy Smith receives a silver SBMT jacket.

Jeff Tuttle dons his silver SBMT jacket.

Jeff Tuttle dons his silver SBMT jacket.

Bob Sunshine tries on his silver SBMT jacket.

Bob Sunshine tries on his silver SBMT jacket.

Phil Jacke accepts his silver SMBT jacket.

Phil Jacke accepts his silver SMBT jacket.

Past silver jacket winners joined the new winners on stage.

Past silver jacket winners joined the new winners on stage.

 

 

 

 

Sold-out house enjoys Curtains opening night

On January 24, SBMT’s production of CURTAINS celebrated a sold-out opening night! Our mailbox is already filling with positive comments, and one reviewer writes: “South Bay Musical Theatre has a winner with this production.”

The previous night’s preview was a hit as well, as staff honored members of the cast and orchestra for their outstanding work to support the show. The honorees:

Sarah Haas, Bobo Reardon Newcomer Award
Haley Henson, Producer’s Award
Ralph Zazula, Orchestra Award
Jennifer Young, Gypsy Robe Award

Following are just a few photos from preview and opening night. Have YOU purchased your tickets yet? Get them soon! www.southbaymt.com/shows/curtains.html

Sarah Haas is excited to win the Bobo Reardon Newcomer Award.

Sarah Haas is excited to win the Bobo Reardon Newcomer Award.

Haley Henson receives the Producer's Award for her work to help build and paint sets.

Haley Henson receives the Producer’s Award for her work to help build and paint sets.

Percussionist xxxxx receives the Orchestra Award from Music Director Brian Haslanger.

Percussionist Ralph Zazula receives the Orchestra Award from Music Director Brian Haslanger.

Gypsy Robe Award winner Jennifer Young, with assistant producer Walter Mayes.

Gypsy Robe Award winner Jennifer Young, with assistant producer Walter Mayes.

 

Mike Rhone (Lt. Cioffi) and Jessica Ellithorpe (Nikki Harris) glam it up at the gala.

Mike Rhone (Lt. Cioffi) and Jessica Ellithorpe (Nikki Harris) glam it up at the gala.

Choreographer Esther Selk celebrates with husband Andy.

Choreographer Esther Selk celebrates with husband Andy.

 

 

 

Curtains – Behind the Set!

It takes a theater village to put on a show. Watch our video as the cast and crew load in and assemble our set pieces. Hear interviews with Scenic Designer Stephen Wathen and Construction Head Jeffrey Henson about the Curtains set. And get a glimpse of the cast dancing and singing “Thataway” with Mary Melnick as Georgia Hendricks and Braden Taylor as Bobby Pepper.

Video: http://youtu.be/Jg_kjVD7icU

Curtains runs from January 24 through February 14. C’mon ‘thisaway’ and get your tickets at http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/curtains.html!

Cast and crew listen to Jeffrey Henson describe the set.

Cast and crew listen to Jeffrey Henson describe the set.

Dave Leon and Jennifer Young pause during construction.

Dave Leon and Jennifer Young pause during construction.

 

$10 Preview tickets available for Curtains

Do you want to be one of the first to see SBMT’s production of “Curtains?” How about if that opportunity also comes at the LOW COST of only $10 (less than half the full ticket price)? Tickets for our preview night show on January 23 are now on sale for only $10 per person!

Go to http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/curtains.html and click Buy Tickets to get your preview night seats.

Meanwhile, we’re hard at work getting ready for our audiences. Cast members recently tried out their costumes in the theater, as shown in these photos by Steve Stubbs. It’s going to be a great show – get your tickets NOW!

Ruthe Stein (Carmen Bernstein) and the ensemble pose in costume for the closing note of "It's a Business."

Ruthe Stein (Carmen Bernstein) and the ensemble pose in costume for the closing note of “It’s a Business.”

Director Doug Brook, choreographer Esther Selk, and costume designer Mae Heagerty-Matos watch the ensemble during the "costume parade."

Director Doug Brook, choreographer Esther Selk, and costume designer Mae Heagerty-Matos watch the ensemble during the “costume parade.”

David Mister (Christopher Belling), Mary Melnick (Georgia Hendricks), Bob Visini (Oscar Shapiro), and Dave Leon (Aaron Fox) in their finery for the 'opening night' of the show-within-the-show, "Robbin' Hood."

David Mister (Christopher Belling), Mary Melnick (Georgia Hendricks), Bob Visini (Oscar Shapiro), and Dave Leon (Aaron Fox) in their finery for the ‘opening night’ of the show-within-the-show, “Robbin’ Hood.”

Ensemble members Sarah Haas and Ali Molaei try out their dance moves in costume!

Ensemble members Sarah Haas and Ali Molaei try out their dance moves in costume!

“Curtains” Rings in the New Year at the Saratoga Theatre

It’s a new year, and the staff, cast, and crew of SBMT’s “Curtains” kicked 2015 off in style by moving the production into the Saratoga Civic Theatre on January 3. Opening night (Jan. 24) is only three weeks away, and we’re getting the sets, costumes, staging, lights, and music ready! But are YOU ready? Get your tickets now — time’s running out!

Go to www.southbaymt.com for show times, ticket prices, and more. You’ll want to know “who done it?” in this old-fashioned, backstage murder mystery within a classic musical comedy. Make sure you don’t miss it!

A few photos from the move-in:

Cast and crew of "Curtains" along with other SBMT volunteers moved the show into the Saratoga Civic Theatre on January 3.

Cast and crew of “Curtains” along with other SBMT volunteers moved the show into the Saratoga Civic Theatre on January 3.

David Mister (Christopher Belling) and Bob Visini (Oscar Shapiro) work on the set.

David Mister (Christopher Belling) and Bob Visini (Oscar Shapiro) work on the set.

Jennifer Young, Jennifer Wheatonfox, Hannah Smith, Emily MacAgy, and Declan Brennan take a quick break between building sets.

Jennifer Young, Jennifer Wheatonfox, Hannah Smith, Emily MacAgy, and Declan Brennan take a quick break between building sets.

And here’s a peek at the cast during rehearsals at the SBMT Studio in December (photos by Steven Stubbs):

Will Perez (Randy Dexter), Braden Taylor (Bobby Pepper), Mary Melnick (Georgia Hendricks) and Ali Molaei (Harv Fremont) rehearse "Thataway" at the SBMT Studio.

Will Perez (Randy Dexter), Braden Taylor (Bobby Pepper), Mary Melnick (Georgia Hendricks) and Ali Molaei (Harv Fremont) rehearse “Thataway” at the SBMT Studio.

Mike Rhone (Lieutenant Cioffi), Shawn Bender (Sidney Bernstein), and Jessica Ellithorpe (Niki Harris) listen to Chuck Manthe as critic Darryl Grady.

Mike Rhone (Lieutenant Cioffi), Shawn Bender (Sidney Bernstein), and Jessica Ellithorpe (Niki Harris) listen to Chuck Manthe as Boston Globe critic Darryl Grady.

The ensemble sings about "Show People."

The ensemble sings “Show People.”