Archive for March 2014

Auditions for KISS ME, KATE and CURTAINS

Auditions!

SBMT is excited to announce AUDITIONS for the first two productions of our 2014-15 season. Auditions will be held May 3 & 4 for Kiss Me, Kate and June 7 & 8 for Curtains. (details follow).

KISS ME, KATE

Performing September 27th to October 18th, 2014.

Combining Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” with Cole Porter’s brilliant music and lyrics, KISS ME, KATE is an irresistible classic that has been delighting audiences for over 60 years, running over 1,000 performances on Broadway and winning Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Score. It’s a play-within-a-play where each cast member’s onstage life is complicated by what is happening off stage. And that’s especially true of the large-than-life stars, Fred Graham and Lilli Vanessi, whose tempestuous romance has more tumbles and turnabouts than even Shakespeare could have foreseen. Packed with enduring hit songs like “Another Op’nin’, Another Show”; “So in Love”; “Too Darn Hot”; “Wunderbar”; and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare,” KISS ME, KATE is funny, melodious, and sophisticated musical comedy entertainment.

Producer: Walter M. Mayes
Director: Kevin Cornelius
Musical Director: D. Asa Stern
Choreographer: Kayvon Kordestani
Vocal Director: Diane Milo
Stage Manager: Philip Jacke

Audition Dates: Saturday May 3rd and Sunday May 4th (see link for time slots)
Audition Information and Sign-Up: http://sbmt.ivolunteer.com/kissmekate_auditions

CURTAINS

Performing January 24th to February 14th, 2015

From the writing team of John Kander and Fred Ebb (“Cabaret,” “Chicago”), CURTAINS is a hilarious musical send-up of backstage murder mystery plots. Set in 1959 Boston, it chronicles the fallout when the supremely untalented star of “Robbin’ Hood of the Old West” is murdered during her opening night curtain call. Everyone in the cast and crew is a suspect, and it’s up to Lt. Frank Cioffi, a police detective who moonlights as a musical theatre fan, to save the production, solve the case, and maybe even find love before the show reopens—all without getting killed himself. This bright, brassy comedy has plot twists and revelations worthy of the cleverest whodunits, along with plenty of memorable musical numbers from one of Broadway’s most talented songwriting duos. Can you solve this musical mystery before the detective does?

Producer: Dan Singletary
Director: Doug Brook
Musical Director: Brian Haslanger
Choreographer: Esther Selk
Vocal Director: Diane Milo
Stage Manager: Philip Jacke

Audition Dates: Saturday June 7th and Sunday June 8th (see link for time slots)
Audition Information and Sign-Up: http://sbmt.ivolunteer.com/curtains_auditions

A toast to our Scoundrels!

Scoundrels at work! Here’s a toast to our Dirty Rotten Scoundrels leads, to remind you that it’s time to order tickets to our show, opening in May.

Those dirty, rotten scoundrels Lawrence (Bob Visini, left) and Freddy (Brian Palac, right) set their sights on the assets of heiress Christine Colgate (Jocelyn Pickett).

Those dirty, rotten scoundrels Lawrence (Bob Visini, left) and Freddy (Brian Palac, right) set their sights on the assets of heiress Christine Colgate (Jocelyn Pickett).
Photo: Chris Copeland

Scoundrels under construction

The Dirty Rotten Scoundrels set is under construction, and SBMT volunteers chatted during lunch this Saturday at the set shop (below). Join us! Go to http://sbmt.ivolunteer.com to sign up to help with set construction, or volunteer in the lobby during the show.

Pictured: Richard Cartwright, Lucy Haab, Andrew Stuart, Brian Palac, Barbara Heninger, Karl Schweitzer, Lea Schweitzer. Taken by Jay Steele.

Pictured: Richard Cartwright, Lucy Haab, Andrew Stuart, Brian Palac, Barbara Heninger, Karl Schweitzer, Lea Schweitzer. Taken by Jay Steele.

Scoundrels Celebrate Pi Day

Members of the “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” cast rehearsed on March 14 — also known as “Pi Day” (3.14). So of course, they had to take a break for pi(e)!

Jeff Tuttle, Jennifer Young (left) and David Murphy (right) thank Brian Palac (center) for bringing pie on Pi Day (3.14)!

Jeff Tuttle, Jennifer Young (left) and David Murphy (right) thank Brian Palac (center) for bringing pie on Pi Day.


Hannah Smith, Breanna Van Gastel, Chris Cruz, Sara Razavi, Clifford Samoranos, and Jennifer Young just say "yes" to Pi(e).

Hannah Smith, Breanna Van Gastel, Chris Cruz, Sara Razavi, Clifford Samoranos, and Jennifer Young just say “yes” to Pi(e).


Cast members enjoyed apple, chocolate cream, and banana cream pie.

Cast members enjoyed apple, chocolate cream, and banana cream pie.


Sara Razavi, Jennifer Young, Janet Miller, David Murphy, Richard Portune, Clifford Samoranos, and Jeff Tuttle crowd the rehearsal hall lobby for pie.

Sara Razavi, Jennifer Young, Janet Miller, David Murphy, Richard Portune, Clifford Samoranos, and Jeff Tuttle crowd the rehearsal hall lobby for pie.

Volunteer for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels!

Online volunteer sign-ups for our upcoming production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels have just been opened, at http://sbmt.ivolunteer.com/scoundrels_lobby.

You can also contact the box office at 408-266-4734 to sign up via phone.

Lobby volunteers help seat customers, sell concessions, and assist the house manager. It’s a great way to help SBMT and see a show (if not sold out). Sign up today!

Board Announces Two Directors for 2014-15

The SBMT Board of Directors recently announced directors for two of its 2014-15 season shows.

Director Kevin Cornelius

Director Kevin Cornelius

Kevin Cornelius will direct “Kiss Me Kate,” the Cole Porter musical about a group of actors putting on Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew.” Mr. Cornelius’s most recent directorial outing for SBMT was the toe-tapping “42nd Street” in 2011. And of course he recently starred as Gus Esmond in the just-finished production of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” as well as playing Eddie Ryan in last season’s “Funny Girl.” Mr. Cornelius also directs the Roberta Jones Junior Theatre in Santa Clara, currently producing “Peter Pan.”

Doug Brook will direct “Curtains,” by Kander and Ebb (of “Chicago” and “Cabaret” fame). Like “Kate,” “Curtains” is a show-within-the-show, but it is also a classic whodunit murder mystery. Mr. Brook previously directed “Finian’s Rainbow” for SBMT in 2011, which won a Silicon Valley Small Theatre Award for outstanding musical. He is currently directing SBMT’s May/June production of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” See his website for more about his work as director, actor, and playwright.

Director Doug Brook

Director Doug Brook