Archive for December 2017

On the fifth day till Christmas, I too have gift ideas…

The countdown to Christmas is now at five short days. If you are still scratching your head trying to think of the perfect gift for that loved one who has everything, consider the gift of entertainment. South Bay Musical Theatre has two more fantastic shows this season that would make great presents for those last-minute stocking stuffers: Peter and the Starcatcher and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

What type of people would most love tickets to these shows? I can think of at least five:

  1. Youngsters. Both of these shows are appropriate for all ages, including your kids or grandkids. Peter and the Starcatcher tells us the prequel of the Peter Pan story we all know and love, while The Hunchback of Notre Dame offers a message of acceptance and redemption for those of us who don’t “fit in.”
  2. Disney fans. If you know someone who is a fan of all things Disney, they won’t want to miss the opportunity to see how The Hunchback of Notre Dame was expanded and adapted for the Broadway stage from the acclaimed animated film. Peter and the Starcatcher was also developed by Disney Theatrical.
  3. Stephen Schwartz and Alan Menken fans. The Hunchback of Notre Dame was written by these great legends of musical theater. You probably know and love many of their other works, including Wicked, Godspell, Pippin, and Children of Eden (Schwartz) and Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, and Little Shop of Horrors (Menken).
  4. Dave Barry fans. Best-selling humorist Dave Barry (who used to write a syndicated newspaper column and a long list of both fiction and non-fiction books) co-wrote the children’s book on which Peter and the Starcatcher is based.
  5. New works fans. Both of these shows are relatively new to the community theater circuit, fresh from their limited runs on Broadway. Unless your loved ones travel to New York regularly, chances are these are undiscovered gems they have not yet had the opportunity to enjoy.

If you want to buy tickets in time for Christmas, just go to our website and you can buy them online, pick your own seat, and print them right at home. Keep in mind that your recipients can exchange the tickets for a different date if they have a conflict on the date you choose for them. All they need to do is to call our box office between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. at 408-266-4734, and our friendly volunteers will be happy to assist.

May your holidays be filled with music, love, and laughter!

—Your friends at South Bay Musical Theatre


Broadway by the Decade: 1920s — Cast announced

Broadway by the Decade - 1920sOne of SBMT’s most popular enduring traditions is Brad Handshy’s always-entertaining, fun-filled “Broadway by the Decade” series. Each show covers a ten-year period in American Musical Theater history as some of our most talented (and popular) performers turn out for a one-night-only production that invariably sells out.

This year’s show reaches w-a-a-ay back to the early beginnings of Broadway as it turns our spotlight on the fabulous Roaring 20s. During the 1920s, the popularity of Broadway’s music reigned supreme—a decade of songwriters such as the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Irving Berlin, and Jerome Kern. The concert will be packed with hit songs from the shows of the ‘20s, as well as some “undiscovered gems” you’ve probably never heard (but may well love!).

Need a last-minute stocking stuffer?

To get your tickets now, please visit our website and order online or call our box office between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. at 408-266-4734.

Need more convincing? Take a look at this list of talented SBMT regulars who will bring this year’s production to life:

Nicholas Adams
Steve Allhoff
Stephane Alwyn
Beverly Blount
Afton Bolz
Jason Brittsan
James Creer
Adrien Gleason
Matthew Hall
Barbara Heninger
Carly Honfi
Walter M. Mayes
Elizabeth McClelland
Corey Miller
Shawn Miller
Diane Milo
David Mister
Nick Nakashima
Ron Packard
Erin Reis
Barbara Reynolds
Tim Reynolds
Michael Rhone
Minna Rogers
Kereli Sengstack
Katherine Stein
Alicia Teeter
Molly Thornton
Marisol Urbano
Rebecca Lipon Weekly

Jay Steele, host
Brad Handshy, pianist and musical direction

SBMT announces cast of The Hunchback of Notre Dame

SBMT is proud to announce the cast for its upcoming production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This show not only has a wide variety of characters but also a full choir to give voice to the beautiful, soaring score and lyrics by Broadway legends Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz.

With a cast this large and a story this beloved, the demand for tickets is sure to be high. Reserve your seats now by going to


Quasimodo: Seph Ariel
Frollo: Jay Steele
Esmeralda: Jen Maggio
Phoebus: Steve Alhoff
Clopin: Alea Selburn

Sarah Bylsma
Francesca Cipponeri
Daniel Dominguez
Jessica Ellithorpe
Cami Jackson
David Murphy
Christine Ormseth
Smita Patibanda
Will Perez
Michael Rhone
Steve Roma
Michael Stahl
Tori Stamm
Braden Taylor

The Choir:

Vanessa Alvarez
Jennifer Medeiros
Janet Miller
Barbara Reynolds
Jennifer Seguin
Christy Wait
Jaime Walker

Barbara Heninger
Natasha Medeiros
Mary Melnick
Libby Moore
Jennifer Packard
Megan Pittman
Molly Thornton

Daniel Burns
Derek DeMarco
Andy Gipson
Johnny Moniz
Chris Nasser
TJ Paganini
Kaeo Tiwanak

Dallas Carter
Jason Herrera
Michael Johnson
Walter Mayes
Ron Packard
Keith Pennings
Steve Sammonds

Choir Alternates:
Puukani Tiwanak
Diane Milo


Director: Dave Leon
Assistant Director: Sasha Motalygo
Musical Director: Joe Kelly
Vocal Director: Diane Milo
Choreographer: Libby Cox
Producers: Howie Miller and Jen Young
Stage Management: Carla McCreight, Kim Beals, and Shelby Kahn
Sound Designer: Dan Singletary
Lighting Designer: Mike Munoz
Set Designer: Stephen Wathen