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Staff for My Fair Lady

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Staff for our Spring Production, MY FAIR LADY, is being assembled. We are happy to announce the following staff leads. If you are interested in joining the production team, please contact producer Walter Mayes.

PRODUCER: Dan Singletary and Walter Mayes
DIRECTOR: Morgan Dayley
MUSIC DIRECTOR: Joe Kelly
VOCAL DIRECTOR: Rachel Michelberg
SET DESIGN: Brett Carlson
COSTUME DESIGN: Sharon Peng
SOUND DESIGN: Dan Singletary
RIGGING HEAD: Rocco Veccellio

MY FAIR LADY will run from May 20 to June 10, 2017. Auditions will be held later this winter – to add yourself to our audition email announcement list, please go to our auditions page. We look forward to a “loverly” spring!

 

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

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

The Second Continental Congress

President
John Hancock – Ruthe Stein

New Hampshire
Dr.Josiah Bartlett – Ronnie Misra

Massachusetts
John Adams – Tim Reynolds

Rhode Island
Stephen Hopkins – Allen Siverson

Connecticut
Roger Sherman – Michael Cuddy

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

New Jersey
Rev. John Witherspoon – Leslie Newport

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

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

Maryland
Samuel Chase – Robert Weisman

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

North Carolina
Joseph Hewes – Kelly Lotz

South Carolina
Edward Rutledge – Steve Allhoff

Georgia
Dr. Lyman Hall – Caitlin Papp

Secretary
Charles Thomson – Jeffrey Lampert

Custodian and bell-ringer
Andrew McNair – Gwendolyne Wagner

Abigail Adams – Sasha Motalygo

Martha Jefferson – Samantha Hildebrandt

A Courier – Crystal Liu

A Leather Apron – Ashley Faus

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

Production Staff for 1776

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


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

To order tickets, go to:

1776 Auditions Coming Soon!

...TO AUDITION!

…TO AUDITION!

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

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

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

To audition, please prepare:

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

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

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

General Information

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

All roles are eligible to receive a stipend.

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

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

Production Team

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

Character Information

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

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

Celebrate Independence: Sign up for 1776 Auditions!

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Happy Independence Day! Feeling patriotic? Then sign up for auditions for SBMT’s 2017 production of 1776! 1776 puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men and women behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, witty, charming, and ultimately noble figures determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation. Featuring a funny, insightful, and compelling story along with a striking score,1776 is a triumphant celebration of the American spirit.

Auditions will be held on:

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

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

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

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

To audition, please prepare:

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

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

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

General Information

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

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

All roles are eligible to receive a stipend.

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

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

Production Team

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

Character Information

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

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

 

 

FORBIDDEN BROADWAY Spoofs, GYPSY Soars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Kudos to all involved for a great show.”

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

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

 

GYPSY Earns Top Reviews – And Forbidden Broadway Beckons

Molly Thornton as Mama Rose

Molly Thornton as Mama Rose

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

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

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

Critics rave:

Molly Thornton sparkles in ‘Gypsy’

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

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

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

Gilroy Dispatch

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

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

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

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

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

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

Talkin’ Broadway (Regional)


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

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

Seeking New Board Members!

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

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

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

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

(* indicates member whose term ends in July 2016)

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

Angels found … and Gypsies kick off!

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SBMT is pleased to announce the cast list for this fall’s production, CITY OF ANGELS. Many thanks to all of the talented performers who auditioned!

Stine – Mike Rhone
Stone – Stephane Alwyn
Gabby/Bobbi – Barbara Reynolds
Buddy Fidler/Irwin S. Irving – Ed Sengstack
Donna/Oolie – Glenna Murillo
Avril/Mallory – Cami Jackson
Carla/Alaura – Marlene Berner
Jimmy Powers – Nick Rodrigues
Pancho Vargas/Lt. Muñoz – Dave Leon
The Angel City Four – Christina Bolognini, David Mister, Libby Moore, Will Perez
Mahoney/Del DaCosta – Chris Moylan
Studio Cop/Sonny – Kev Martinez
Werner Krieger/Luther Kingsley – Jeff Tuttle
Gene/Officer Pasco – Steve Sammonds
Jack/Harlan Yamato – Kenny Silberberg
Women of Hollywood/Women of the Film – Polly Ellis, Robin Holbrook, Patti Workover

Producer: Jay Steele
Director: Doug Brook
Musical Director: Dan Singletary
Vocal Director: Diane Milo
Choreographer: Kayvon Kordestani
Stage Manager: Philip Jacke
See http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/cityofangels.html for more


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Meanwhile, the cast of this summer’s show, GYPSY, has begun rehearsals. Final additions to the cast and staff have been made, and we know they’ll all be swell, they’ll be great – and they’ll have the whole world on a plate!

Madame Rose – Molly Thornton
Louise – Marlene Berner
Herbie – Tim Reynolds
Dainty June – Rhona McFadyen
Young Louise – Zoe Wheatonfox
Baby June – Felicia Chang
Tessie Tura – Karen DeHart
Electra/Cratchitt – Barbara Heninger
Mazeppa – Kayvon Kordestani
Georgie/Weber/Angie – Michael Saenz
Uncle Jocko – Steve Sammonds
Goldstone – Jeff Tuttle
Pop – Scott Knazter
Kringelein/Pastey – Mark Blaszcyk
Cigar – Dave Leon
Young News Boys – Skyler Andrews, Nic Garcia, Will Giblin
Tulsa – Marc Gonzalez
L.A. – Michael Cai
Yonkers – Elmer Min
Hollywood Blondes – Alex Cox, Lillian Kautz, Jennifer Kohler, Elizabeth Moore, Valerie Peterson, Amanda Vogel

Producers: Dave Leon & David Murphy
Director/Choreographer: Janie Scott
Musical Director: Mazera Cox-Goulter
Vocal Director: Corey Miller
Stage Manager: Philip Jacke
See www.southbaymt.com/shows/gypsy2016.html for more

Noir is near! Some audition slots still open for CITY OF ANGELS

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Take a walk on the noir side! Some audition slots are still available for SBMT’s Fall production of CITY OF ANGELS this weekend. Auditions will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 20, 2016 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Saratoga Civic Theater, 13777 Fruitvale Avenue (corner of Fruitvale and Allendale), Saratoga,
CA 95070.

Sign up now to audition. Lots of roles, big and small, for all types (see below). Don’t be left out!

Director: Doug Brook
Producer: Jay Steele
Musical Director: Dan Singletary
Vocal Director: Diane Milo
Choreographer: Kayvon Kordestani

Blue = Real-world character  || Black = Reel-world character

Men

Stine – (35-45, baritone, G# to G) A novelist battling Hollywood, trying to stay true to himself. Envies his hero, Stone.
Stone – (35-45, baritone, G# to F) Hero of Stine’s novel and film. A tough ex-cop turned private eye. Irresistible.
Buddy Fidler || Irwin S. Irving – (40-60, baritone, C to Eb) Hollywood director/producer. || Unpleasant movie mogul.
Werner Kriegler || Luther Kingsley – (60-75) A Hollywood actor. || Alaura’s husband, lives in an iron lung.
Gerald Pierce || Peter Kingsley – (20s) A Hollywood actor. || Alaura’s stepson. Good-looking, callow.
Pancho Vargas || Lt. Munoz – (35-50, baritone, D to F#) A jovial actor. || A police detective. Stone’s ex-partner.
Gene || Officer Pasco – (20s-40s) An assistant director. || A policeman.
Gilbert || Dr. Mandril – (30s-50s) A barber. || A religious leader. Mr. Kingsley’s spiritual therapist.
Jimmy Powers – (20s-30s, tenor, C to G) A young crooner. Good-looking, popular, aspiring movie star.
Del Dacosta || Mahoney – (30-50) A songwriter. || A Hollywood reporter.
Jack || Harlan Yamato – (30-60) A Hollywood cinematographer. || An L.A. county coroner.
Shoeshine || Commissioner Gaines – (30-50) A Hollywood studio employee. || Police commissioner.
Angel City Four; baritone (G to G#) & tenor (D# to B) – (any age) Quartet singers similar in style to The Manhattan Transfer; a Greek Chorus in both worlds.
Studio Cop || Big Six – (30s-50s) A Hollywood studio employee. || A thug, a mountain of a man. The muscle.
Studio Cop || Sonny – (30s-40s) A studio employee. || A smaller thug, as menacing as Big Six. The brains.

Women

Gabby || Bobbi – (30s-40s, mezzo, Eb to F) Stine’s wife. Beautiful, wise, suspicious of Stine. || A nightclub singer. Stone’s ex-wife. Troubled past and present.
Donna || Oolie – (30s-40s, mezzo, G to F) Buddy’s wise-cracking secretary. || Stone’s secretary. Perfect girl Friday.
Carla Haywood || Alaura Kingsley – (30s-40s, mezzo, G to E) Buddy’s wife. Beautiful, successful actress. || A femme fatale. The kind of face a man could hang a dream on, a body that made Venus Di Milo look all thumbs.
Avril Raines || Mallory Kingsley – (20s, mezzo, G# to B) A lovely starlet. || Alaura’s stepdaughter. Troubled, sensual, secretive.
Stand-In || Margaret – (20s-50s) A Hollywood studio employee. || A maid at the Kingsley mansion.
Hairdresser || Anna; Margie – (20s-40s) A Hollywood studio employee. || A masseuse; a brothel keeper.
Angel City Four; alto (A to D) & soprano (A to A) – (any age) Quartet singers similar in style to The Manhattan Transfer; a Greek Chorus in both worlds.
Women of Hollywood || Women of the film – (various ages/types) An ensemble of players who play various roles in both worlds.

Where’s Chowsie?

Is YOUR dog as cute as these adorable canines? Can he handle lots of people – both adults and kids? Does she do well with lights, noise, and action? Is your dog a smaller-sized bundle of personality? Then maybe YOUR pooch has what it takes to be a star!

We’re searching for that special canine to play ‘Chowsie’ in our spring production of GYPSY. For more information, contact our producer, Dave Leon!

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Everyone’s mad for PLAID!

Audience members and local critics agree: FOREVER PLAID is terrific!

Regional reviewer Eddie Reynolds of Talkin’ Broadway writes:

This FOREVER PLAID never falters in flow or fun … audiences of this production will walk out humming and smiling.

Sound great? Well, how about this: Discount tickets are available for this Friday 2/12, and Saturday 2/13! Get $10 off (even better than Goldstar!) — just go to southbaymt.com/shows/foreverplaid.html, and enter coupon code GSEQFP16.

A great show, with discount prices. What could be better? According to our audience, nothing! Just listen:

A fantastic show. The voices were all excellent and the songs memorable and nostalgic!

It was the 4th or 5th time I’ve seen the show and it was just as delicious as the first time. Excellent voices, outstanding musicians, and charmingly produced. And at reasonable prices!

The set was fantastic: gigantic juke box (that opened up), curtain of records, and we enjoyed the audience participation.

Absolutely wonderful show!!! Will definitely be telling friends about this show!!

So get your tickets now for FOREVER PLAID!

It’s Opening Night for FOREVER PLAID!

The PLAIDS are ready, and the doors are opening! Don’t miss our grand gala opening night, TONIGHT, at the Saratoga Civic Theatre, 8 PM. There will be champagne, delicious snacks, and most importantly, beautiful four-part harmonies. A few tickets are left, at http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/foreverplaid.html

Here are our PLAIDS getting ready:

Click here to see the video!

Click here to see the video!

The doors open SOON. Join us!

Forever Plaid & Jerry’s Girls – Coming Your Way!

FOREVER PLAID and JERRY’S GIRLS are coming your way soon! Watch this video to find out more about how you can see these two great events.

Click the image or this link to see the video!

Click the image or this link to see the video!

Meet Jerry’s Girls!

Who are “Jerry’s Girls”? They’re the larger-than-life women created by composer Jerry Herman in his many Broadway hits. They’re ladies like the irrepressible Dolly Levi (“Hello, Dolly,”), the incorrigible Auntie Mame (“Mame”), or the inimitable Zaza (“La Cage aux Folles”). And Jerry’s Girls are coming to South Bay Musical Theatre for TWO SHOWS ONLY, February 13 and 20 at 2:30 pm.

Showcasing the master’s songs is a cast of the South Bay’s top female talent (see our flyer below). They’ll treat you to songs like “Put on Your Sunday Clothes,” “If He Walked Into My Life,” “We Need a Little Christmas,” “I Am What I Am,” “Before the Parade Passes By,” and more. If you love musical theater, you’ll want to join us for JERRY’S GIRLS!

Tickets are available at http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/jerrysgirls.html. Be there!

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Remember – SBMT Season Announcement this Tuesday!

SBMT’s 2016-17 season line-up is a secret now … but we’ll share it soon!

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We’ll announce our 2016-2017 Season this Tuesday, January 5. To share in the excitement, join us at 7:30 PM at the Saratoga Civic Theater, 13777 Fruitvale Avenue.

There will be musical performances from our upcoming productions, awards presentations, and the announcement of our next season, plus desserts and drinks to enjoy. Catch up with SBMT friends, and be the first to hear about the season!

 

Casting Announcement for Gypsy

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South Bay Musical Theatre is pleased to announce the cast list for our upcoming production of GYPSY this summer. Thanks to everyone who auditioned!

GYPSY Cast List

Rose – Molly Thornton
Herbie – Tim Reynolds
Gypsy – Marlene Berner
Dainty June – Rhona McFayden
Uncle Jocko – Steve Sammonds
Georgie – Mike Saenz
Baby June – Felicia Chang
Young Louise – Zoe Wheatonfox
Pop – Scott Knaster
Weber – Sven Schultz

Newsboys
Will Giblin, Nic Garcia, Skyler Andrews

Older Newsboys
Tulsa – TBA
LA – Michael Cai
Yonkers – Elmer Min
Angie – Kevin Jasper

Additional Farmboys
Mike Saenz, Sven Schutz

Kringeline – TBA
Goldstone – Jeff Tuttle
Cratchitt – Barbara Heninger

Hollywood Blondes
Agnes – Rosanna Weigant
Jennifer Kohler
Alexis Maiwald
Elizabeth Moore
Angelique Shepard
Lillian Kautz

Cigar – Dave Leon
Pastey – TBA

Tessie Tura/kids’ mother – Karen DeHart
Mazeppa/kids’ mother – Kayvon Kordestani
Electra – Barbara Heninger

Renee (maid) – Alexis Maiwald
Press Agent (Phil) – Jeff Tuttle
Photographer – Steve Sammonds

Auditions for GYPSY open – sign up now!

Auditions!

Auditions are open for our summer 2016 show, GYPSY! Auditions will be held December 5 and 6. Audition location will be posted by October 31. Be a part of the theatre magic – sign up to audition today: Gypsy audition sign-ups

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Production Staff

PRODUCERS: Dave Leon & David Murphy
DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER: Janie Scott
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Michael Glenn Muñoz
SET DESIGNER: Richard Cartwright
WIG DESIGNER: Christine Ormseth
STAGE MANAGER: Philip Jacke
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER: Emily Pye
CHILD WRANGLER: Elizabeth Claire Lawrence
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Rocco Vecellio
SET CONSTRUCTION HEAD: Richard Cartwright
BOX OFFICE MANAGER: Dan Singletary
HOUSE MANAGER: Diane Hughes

Casts for FOREVER PLAID and JERRY’S GIRLS Announced

SBMT is happy to announce the casts of FOREVER PLAID and JERRY’S GIRLS. FOREVER PLAID is our Winter show, playing weekends from January 30 through February 21, 2016. JERRY’S GIRLS is a special two-performance production, playing Saturday afternoons February 13 and 20, 2016.

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FOREVER PLAID CAST
Smudge: David Murphy
Sparky: Will Perez
Francis: Derek DeMarco
Jinx: Matthew Hall

Producers: Jennifer Kohler, Walter M. Mayes
Director: Mark Drumm
Musical Director: Bob Sunshine
Vocal Director: Diane Milo
Choreographer: Marc Gonzalez

Tickets and information: http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/foreverplaid.html

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CAST
Christina Bolognini
Christina Fortune
Emily Anne Goes
Carly Honfi
Cami Jackson
Dina Jacobson
Kayvon Kordestani
Diane Milo
Glenna Murillo
Raegena Raymond-Brunker
Minna Rogers
Deborah Roth
Katherine Stein
Stacia Stuart
Alicia Teeter

Producer: Walter M. Mayes
Director: Nancy McClymont
Music Director: Matthew Mattei
Choreographer: Kayvon Kordestani

Tickets and information: http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/jerrysgirls.html

Meet some Fiorello cast members — and get tickets for Opening Night!

Opening Night for SBMT’s FIORELLO is only a few days away – we open on Saturday, September 19! The cast and crew are looking forward to sharing this wonderful show with you. The tune-filled story about New York’s Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia as he fights political corruption — and finds love along the way — will surprise you with its humor, its energy, and above all its big heart.

And our opening night gala will delight you with delicious hot and cold treats and a champagne celebration following the show. Make sure you get your tickets now for this special event! Go to http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/fiorello.html for show times and to order tickets.

Want to know a little more about the show? A few of the cast members share their insights below.


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Role: Dora

Why are you excited about being in Fiorello?

I love that there are several really meaty roles for women in this show. That doesn’t happen often. My character, Dora, is very animated and (hopefully!) comedic, but I’m also finding so much joy in discovering her more poignant moments throughout the story. The show is a brilliantly-crafted piece of work.

I also feel like it’s such an asset that most people have never seen this show, so the actors get to really create their own interpretations of the lives of the characters, without the audience having many pre-conceived notions.

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

I think it will be much more interesting for people to know a little about Fiorello La Guardia before they come see the show. For a start, he was a real person, and the play is actually based on real events in his life. He was a NYC mayor, who, throughout his life, felt compelled to actually take action to correct what he perceived as the ills of society. He was sort of like a real-life Superhero for the underdog, in a quirky little 5′ 2″ package.

The cast is super-talented and magically delicious. Everywhere I turn, someone is either saying something in a new or even funnier way, reacting spontaneously, singing a gorgeous song, or fleshing out the role in which they’ve been cast so perfectly.

Why do you perform in community theater?

I get bored with myself, so I enjoy transforming into a different person for a couple of hours a day.

What can we all learn from Fiorello’s story?

The story, for the most part, is uplifting. La Guardia, to me, represents the hope (and the reality, in Fiorello’s case) that one person can make a difference in the world. I think it’s it’s important to remember, exactly 100 years after this story begins, on this eve of an election year, that the struggle for integrity, truth, and equality is worth the fight.

Steve Sammonds
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Role: Political Hack

Why are you excited about being in Fiorello?

Fiorello is a show most people have not seen or perhaps are even aware exists.  So we have an opportunity to give audiences a show which is both old and new. I was not familiar at all with this show and quickly grew to love the music, especially “‘Til Tomorrow” and, of course, the three numbers by the Hacks.

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

It is difficult to just pick one thing as the most important. It is one of only eight musicals to receive the coveted Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and won the Tony for Best Musical in 1960 in a tie with The Sound of Music. So you have a musical that was regarded at the time as highly as The Sound of Music and won the Pulitzer in a year that included the plays “The Miracle Worker” and “A Raisin in the Sun.” This truly is one of the best shows many have never seen.

Why do you perform in community theater?

I did some plays and one musical in high and college. Most of my hobby time as an adult, however, has been with the Barbershop Harmony Society. But theater has always been something I have wanted to get back into.  This is my fourth show in two years. Community theater has now become my primary creative outlet. I love to perform, but I also love the creative process during rehearsals, collaborating with fellow actors and the creative team, and making a whole new circle of friends. The theater is exhilarating and fun, but the “community” part of it is just as important.

What can we all learn from Fiorello’s story?

This is the story of Fiorello LaGuardia during the years before he became one of New York City’s most famous mayors. What we can learn is the other important thing audiences should know about this show, which is that one individual can make a difference. Though the story starts about a century ago, it really is amazing how much of LaGuardia’s story still resonates today. It is always interesting and informative to reflect on a slice of our history. Hopefully some people will leave the show wanting to learn more about this man’s fascinating life.

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Role: Mrs. Pomerantz

Why are you excited about being in Fiorello?

It’s so much fun to be in a show. So different from my work existence and a great creative outlet.

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

Audiences do not need to know anything before seeing the show. The show give a great high level view into the life of a great man. He championed the “little guy” and loved his city. They will be happily surprised to learn of a time when Republicans could be moderate.

Why do you perform in community theater?

Community theatre is very different from my “real” job. It provides a great outlet & release. There’s nothing more fun than performing and connecting with similar people who love to perform. Community theatre truly is for the joy.

Broadway by the Decade Cast – Get Tickets Now!

South Bay Musical Theatre is pleased to announce the cast (below) of “Broadway by the Decade: The Musicals of the 1930s.” This ONE-NIGHT-ONLY concert takes place on Sunday, September 27, at 7:30pm at the Saratoga Civic Theatre. Get your tickets now – this show ALWAYS sells out!

Go to http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/broadwaybythedecade.html for more!

Musical Direction and Accompaniment by Brad Handshy

Nicholas Adams
Stephane Alwyn
Afton Bolz
Kevin Cornelius
James Creer
Morgan Daley
Karen DeHart
Adrien Gleason
Carly Honfi
Corey Liggans
Walter Mayes
Elizabeth McClelland
Rachel Michelberg
Diane Milo
David Mister
Glenna Murillo
Nick Nakashima
Brian Palac
Jocelyn Pickett
Barbara Reynolds
Tim Reynolds
Mike Rhone
Sheila Savage
Gary Stanford
Katherine Stein
Molly Thornton
Christine Wait
Paula Warren
Rebecca Lipon Weekly

with Jay Steele, host

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.

Cast for FIORELLO! Announced

SBMT is happy to announce the cast for our Fall show, FIORELLO! Playing Sep. 19 through Oct. 10, 2015, the show is the first of our 2015-16 season. Producer is Jay Steele, and Director is C. Michael Traw. Order your season tickets now for the best seats to all our shows this season! Go to http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/nextseason.html or call 408-266-4734.

THE “FIORELLO!” CAST

Fiorello LaGuardia – Tim Reynolds
Marie – Glenna Murillo
Thea – Elizabeth McClelland
Morris Cohen – Michael Cuddy
Neil – Richard Portune
Dora – Jen Wheatonfox
Floyd – Ron Packard
Ben Marino – Jeffrey Henson
Mitzi Travers – Kayvon Kordestani
Mrs. Pomerantz – Dina Jacobson

Ben’s Hacks
David Bohn
Danny Burns
Rob Hodges
Mike Hugill
Steve Sammonds
Thomas Times

Mitzi’s Dancers
Kristen Ivers-Williams
Collette O’Bannion
Alexis Taylor Maiwald

Male Ensemble
Michael Brothers
Bill Ereñeta
Ronnie Grigsby
Kevin Nickelson
Zé Spencer
Jeff Tuttle

Female Ensemble
Becky Brownson
Me’shell Gomez
Sarah Kane
Michelle  Krzaszczak
Deborah Roth
Karen Marie Squires Sanders

 

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.

Directors announced for “Fiorello” and “Gypsy”

South Bay Musical Theatre is pleased to announce the directors for two of our 2015-16 shows, FIORELLO! (Fall ’15) and GYPSY (Spring ’16).

 

Long-time SBMT member, Board member, and director C. Michael Traw will helm our fall production, “Fiorello.” The musical depicts the original ‘man of the people,’ Fiorello LaGuardia, who bested the corrupt Tammany Hall political bosses and became Mayor of New York City. With a book and score by the team that wrote “Fiddler on the Roof,” the show won not only the Tony for Best Musical but also the Pulitzer Prize for drama. Mr. Traw notes he has a soft spot for this musical, one of the first he ever attended. He looks forward to bringing this larger-than-life character to the stage, along with the two women who loved him. “It is really a love story,” says Traw.

Contact Producer Jay Steele if interested in a staff position, or view Fiorello staff information on the web.

This summer, Broadway veteran and San José State University faculty member Janie Scott will bring “Gypsy” to life. During her career as a performer, Ms. Scott has had the opportunity to work with theatre greats such as Harold Prince, Stephen Sondheim, Trevor Nunn, and Michael Bennett, performing in shows such as Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along on Broadway, Nunn’s Cats in Los Angeles, and in the original touring companies of Bennett’s A Chorus Line. She teaches musical theatre and dance history and performance, as well as music theory and jazz dance at SJSU. Ms. Scott is also the Artistic Director of SJSU’s Company One musical theatre performing ensemble.

Contact Producer David Murphy if interested in a staff position, or see Gypsy staff information on the web.

Cast for SBMT’s “The Genius of Leonard Bernstein”

South Bay Musical Theatre is pleased to announce the list of performers for “The Genius of Leonard Bernstein.” This special event will take place one night only, Sunday, June 7, at 7:30 pm. The concert features many of Bernstein’s best-known songs from hit shows like “West Side Story,” “On the Town,” and “Candide,” along with seldom-performed vocal works. Experience the brilliance of Leonard Bernstein – right here in Saratoga!

Tickets are on sale now, at http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/leonardbernstein.html. Order now, before it’s sold out!

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Director: Walter M. Mayes
Producer: Nancy McClymont
Musical Director and Accompanist: Samuel Cisneros

Featuring:

Dee Baily
Chrissy Brooks
Brett Carlson
Jennieke Cohen
Joe Colletti
James Creer
Bonnie Crocker
Brigitte Doss-Johnson
Nik Roy Garcia
Em Goes
Shawna Gonzales
Juanita Harris
Jeffrey Henson
Kimberly Kay
Dave Leon
Walter M. Mayes
Natasha Medeiros
Mary Melnick
Janet Miller
David Mister
Dana Morgan
Julie Moylan
Glenna Murillo
David Murphy
Ewa Nowicka
Leandra Ramm
Mike Rhone
Karyn Rondeau
Braden Taylor
Alicia Teeter
Carmello Tringali