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Meet some GYPSIES: Molly, Elmer, and Marc

It’s time once again for … BLOG-ERVIEWS. Here’s your chance to meet some of our talented cast members for GYPSY. After you read these, we’re so sure you’ll want to see these dynamic actors in action that we’re adding the ticket link right here!

http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/gypsy2016.html

Show dates: Saturday, May 21 (opening night gala!) through Saturday, June 11
Venue: Saratoga Civic Theatre, 13777 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga

Got those tickets? Great! Without further ado, meet some Gypsies:


Molly Thornton, Mama Rose

Molly Thornton, "Mama Rose"

Molly Thornton, “Mama Rose”

Why are you excited to be in Gypsy?

I get to play the role of a lifetime with a wonderful theatre company that always does first rate productions which are fun for the cast as well as the audience! This is definitely a bucket list role, and a thrilling challenge that I’m sure many actors dream of being able to tackle. I count myself as so fortunate to be able to do it here and now, with such an amazing staff, cast and company.

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

The cast are all volunteers, doing it for the sheer joy and passion to perform….and we put it together in only 7 weeks of evenings and weekends. Most of us have other full time day jobs, or are students. We squeeze this into our busy lives in our “spare time.”

What attracted you to join an SBMT production? Why do you perform in community theatre?

I have been working with SBMT for over 15 years and can always rely on them to do high quality productions…both from the audience’s standpoint during the performance and from the actor’s standpoint during the process of getting the show on its feet. SBMT pulls in the best talent and staff, which make working with them a sheer pleasure.

I’ve been doing community theatre since I was 7. It is more a part of who I am than anything else.  I love the diversity of people I get to work with and the great and lasting friendships formed in each show.  That, and the joy of working toward a common goal and always meeting that one big deadline on time: Opening Night (being a Project Manager, meeting deliverable deadlines is part of my life). Theatre is something that you can be a part of for your entire life, tackling new and different roles in each phase of your life.

To strip, or not to strip – that IS the question. Would YOU?

At home or in public – and is there a pole involved?

Molly Thornton (Momma Rose) is thrilled and honored to try her hand at this iconic role. Memorable SBMT performances include Velma Von Tussle (Hairspray), Aldonza (Man of La Mancha), Matron Mama Morton (Chicago), and Babe Williams (The Pajama Game). Other favorite area roles include Pennywise in Urinetown (Sunnyvale Community Players); Mrs. Walker in The Who’s Tommy (City Lights); Kate in Kiss Me, Kate (West Valley Light Opera, ERMA Award); and Betty Blake in The Will Rogers Follies (Contra Costa Musical Theatre, Shellie Award). Love to my wonderful husband, James!

Elmer Min, “Yonkers”

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Why are you excited to be in Gypsy?

I am exhilarated to be in this production because we have so many incredible talents – including children – and they will surely “entertain you” with their “versatile” skills. I’m excited to be on stage with the support of the wonderful staff and crew members as well.

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

Everyone’s worked so hard on this show! Not only the cast members and the director but the vocal, musical, and technical director; dance captain; costume, stage, lighting, hair/makeup, sound designers; producers; house, stage, box office managers; and the child wrangler!

What attracted you to join an SBMT production? Why do you perform in community theatre?

As a new resident in the South Bay, I was looking for ways to contribute to the community and get in touch with performing again. SBMT was two birds with one stone! I also love making connections with excellent, talented people.

To strip, or not to strip – that IS the question. Would YOU?

Definitely YES… but don’t tell my girlfriend!!

[Uh oh – we think we just did!]

Elmer Min (Yonkers) is honored to be part of Gypsy with the wonderful company of SBMT! He has previously worked as a conceited Blues singer in Bye Bye Birdie (Conrad Birdie), a borderline snobby father in You Can’t Take it With You (Mr. Kirby), and a jolly Russian singer in Fiddler on the Roof (Sasha). He hopes to see you all again soon as a performer. He also wants to thank his family and his furry friend Tibbers!

Marc Gonzales, “Tulsa”

Marc Gonzales, "Tulsa"

Marc Gonzales, “Tulsa”

Why are you excited to be in Gypsy?

I am excited about being in Gypsy because I have loved this show ever since I saw AMTSJ do it when I was in high school. I was dazzled by the performances, the costumes, the sets, and just about every aspect the show had to offer. I knew that, one day, I wanted to be a part of this show.

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

I think the most important thing audiences should know is that this show is smartly written, and that these characters are based on real people. These are very real characters, and it’s an honor to be cast in a show where I get to depict one of them and aid in telling the story.

What attracted you to join an SBMT production? Why do you perform in community theatre?

I have always enjoyed SBMT as a theatre company, whether as an audience member or performer/choreographer. They embody what it means to be a community theatre while still holding up the highest standards of performance. The casts bond, the staff is supportive, making for an all-around fantastic time at rehearsals and shows.

To strip, or not to strip – that IS the question. Would YOU?

I would TOTALLY strip! But the audience would need to be issued sunglasses so as not to be permanently blinded by my paleness.

Marc is thrilled to be back with SBMT! Previous SBMT credits: 42nd Street (Andy Lee), and choreographer of this season’s Forever Plaid. Other credits include: Kiss Me, Kate (Gremio) with BBBay; Grease (Kenickie) and Oklahoma! (Will Parker) with Playhouse Merced; Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Frank Pontipee) and West Side Story (A-Rab) with Good Company Players; Once Upon A Mattress (Prince Dauntless) with Shoestring Theatre Company; The Wizard Of Oz (Scarecrow) with Bay Area EtC. Marc would like to thank his family and his friends for all their support.

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.

 

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