Archive for January 2015

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.”