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MY FAIR LADY Opens to Applause / CHESS Opens Sunday

Audience members and local media agree: MY FAIR LADY is terrific! An absolutely enjoyable, exceptionally well-done show … This production captivates the audience from the moment the curtain rises to

MY FAIR LADY Opens Saturday – CHESS Follows!

SBMT’s production of MY FAIR LADY opens this Saturday, May 20! Opening night features a complimentary catered champagne reception following the show – don’t miss this chance to mingle with

BRIDGES Cast Announced

South Bay Musical Theatre is proud to announce the cast for its first show of the 2017-18 season, BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY. Opening September 23, 2017 and running through October

Cast for PETER and the STARCATCHER

South Bay Musical Theatre is delighted to announce the cast for our Winter 2017-8 show, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER. Opening in January, 2018, PETER upends the century-old story of how

Get Involved – with “Hunchback” and More!

South Bay Musical Theatre is excited to announce our spring 2018 production, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” which will complete our 2017-2018 season. It follows our fall 2017 show, “The

More Gypsies, a Video – and $10 Off!

GYPSY opens in only FOUR DAYS! We’re so excited to entertain you, we can barely wait. (See what we did there?) In fact, we have a SPECIAL DISCOUNT for those who buy tickets NOW.

  1. Go to www.southbaymt.com/shows/gypsy2016.html
  2. Use code ENTERTAIN for $10 off any tickets purchased by Wednesday, MAY 18!

That’s right, this special offer lasts only until Wednesday at midnight. So buy NOW!

Meanwhile, our cast has more to share with you.

First, Zoe Wheatonfox, “Young Louise,” provides a kid’s-eye view of the show in backstage interviews with the youngest members of our cast:

Kid's-eye View of GYPSY!

Kid’s-eye View of GYPSY!
Video link

Second, we have two more “blog-erviews” for you. Meet Felicia Chang and Scott Knaster!


Felicia Chang, “Baby June”

Felicia Chang as "Baby June," with Zoe Wheatonfox ("Young Louise")

Felicia Chang as “Baby June,” with Zoe Wheatonfox (“Young Louise”)

Why are you excited to be in Gypsy?

I am excited to be in Gypsy to play a role that is young and naive, a girl that is supposed to be around seven years of age. It will be a big challenge for me while I am a junior high school student. Not only do I need to sing like a young kid, but I also need to dance and act like one. It will be super fun and interesting.

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

I think the most important thing the audiences should know about the show is that everyone in the cast worked very hard and put a lot of effort in a show we hope you enjoy.

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

I really like performing in the musical especially in the community theatre. By working with professional directors and actors, I can learn a lot from them in acting and singing. Besides, I can experience different cultures in different theatre companies and meet with new people. SBMT is very kind to cast children in Gypsy, and Elizabeth [our 'child wrangler'] is also super nice to the kids. I really appreciate SBMT offering me this opportunity to be in the show.

Madam Rose’s favorite food is Chinese take-out. What’s YOURS, and why?

My favorite food is mac and cheese. I like to eat all different kinds of mac and cheese and will never be tired of it. The best one is Beecher’s Handmade Cheese in Seattle Pike Place Market. It’s very creamy and smells very good. Although I already drank a cup of Starbucks coffee and ate a big bowl of clam chowder, I still ate a super big bowl of  mac and cheese there. It’s really good.

Felicia Chang (Baby June) is so proud to be a part of the Gypsy cast at SBMT! Her past shows were Young Fiona in Shrek (Starstruck) Jane Banks in Mary Poppins (Woodminister), Belle in Beauty and the Beast (Stage 1), and Amaryllis in The Music Man (PCRT). Her hobbies are doing gymnastics and singing. She wants to thank her parents, especially her sister, Vivienne, for supporting her and encouraging her through hard times.

Scott Knaster, “Pop”

Scott Knaster (Pops) celebrates a fellow cast-member's birthday

Scott Knaster (Pop) celebrates a fellow cast-member’s birthday during Tech Weekend

Why are you excited to be in Gypsy?

It’s my first community theatre show ever! I’ve been doing family theatre for a couple of years, but this is all new to me, so I’m enjoying all the learning and the new experiences.

Like all great shows, it’s about basic human events and emotions. Gypsy seems to be about the woman who became Gypsy Rose Lee, and it is, but to me it’s really about mothers and daughters, and the complicated relationships that change over many years.

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

I didn’t perform in theatre in high school or as a young adult. I’ve long sat in audiences thinking “That looks like fun. I wonder if I could…”. With Gypsy, I finally left the audience to get up on stage, and it’s been even more fun than I imagined.

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

No. You’re welcome.

Scott Knaster (Pop) is thrilled to be in his first SBMT show! Scott is a relative newbie to performing who recently went from I’d-like-to-try-that to wow-this-is-awesome, getting his start at Playful People Productions. Scott has appeared in Guys & Dolls (Benny Southstreet), Peter Pan (Chief Tiger Bamboo), and the original mashups Twister (Oz gatekeeper), Arabian Nights (Genie), and Alice in La La Land (Wilshire Cat). Scott thanks Janie and the amazing company of Gypsy; Barb, Katie, and Carey for the addiction; Devi for inspiration; and Barbara for absolutely everything.

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!

Meet More Gypsies: Michael and Oscar!

A few Gypsy cast, staff, and crew with SBMT volunteers at load-in on April 30

A few Gypsy cast, staff, and crew with SBMT volunteers at load-in on April 30

The GYPSY cast and crew has moved into the Saratoga Civic Theatre. It’s only two weeks until OPENING NIGHT on May 21, so order your tickets now!

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

Meanwhile, meet two more of the Gypsy clan in our continuing blog-erviews!


Oscar: Chowsie

Oscar plays Chowsie, Mama Rose's dog

Oscar plays Chowsie, Madam Rose’s dog

Why are you excited to be in Gypsy?

Oscar is overly excited to be in his first production ever!

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

No animals are ever harmed in this show. Oscar enjoys his time on stage.

What attracted you to join an SBMT production?

Oscar is happy to be in a show next to his mom (Alex Cox) and many new friends!

Madam Rose’s favorite food is Chinese take-out. What’s YOURS?

Oscar’s favorite take out is Panda Express Orange Chicken.

Oscar was born about 3 years ago on the streets of San Jose, until the day he met his forever family with Alex Cox, who sings and dances as one of the “Hollywood Blondes” in Gypsy.

Michael Saenz: Georgie/Weber/Angie

Michael Saenz helps out at move-in.

Michael Saenz helps out at move-in.

Why are you excited to be in Gypsy?

I’m excited because this is my first SBMT show, though not my first Janie Scott show.  What I love about Janie as a director is that she has a way of challenging people to do the unexpected.  Are you primarily a singer who moves well? Great!  You’re going to dance now; she challenges you to stretch beyond your comfort zone.  I’m also excited to be in Gypsy because it’s such an iconic show with larger than life characters; I knew I had to be involved. Here’s a fun game for you to try while watching the show.  Try and guess which character I am when I’m on stage!

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

Hmm… the MOST important? I’d say that the most important thing is that we have a wonderful cast/crew/production staff that have put together something pretty spectacular. Also, don’t be so quick to dismiss Rose as a two dimensional character.  There are several moments that give us some insight as to what makes her tick.

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

This is my first SBMT show!  What attracted me to this production at SBMT are some wonderful people on the production staff who I knew would put together a great show.  (Wait, did I mention this already? It’s true!) There are several seasoned performers as well (who’ve done SBMT shows) that have really made me feel welcomed.  That’s definitely an attraction — especially when you’re spending most of your evenings in rehearsals with these folks! #loveyoumeanit!  As for why I perform in community theatre, I enjoy telling a story.  Musical theatre isn’t that much different from dance.  Both tell a story in a compelling way — when you simply cannot say it with just words, you have to take it to the next level with song and/or dance.

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

Sure, why not! The only question is… which stripper would be my muse? Miss Mazeppa? Tessie Tura? Electra? Or Magic Mike?

Michael is excited to be a part of Gypsy as his first production with SBMT. He has danced professionally with sjDANCEco and has enjoyed several featured solos/roles in José Limón’s masterworks. Recent/favorite theatre credits include: Mary Poppins (Neleus) and Guys and Dolls (Featured Dancer/Gypsy Robe recipient) with Cabrillo Stage; Chicago (Featured Dancer/Dance Captain), Addams Family (Ancestor/Dance Captain) and Miss Saigon (Dance Captain) with Palo Alto Players; and A Chorus Line (Paul) with Sunnyvale Community Players.

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

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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Jerry’s Girls Arrive this Weekend

Don’t miss SBMT’s special production of JERRY’S GIRLS, arriving this Saturday, February 13, and again next Saturday, February 20. Both shows take place at 2:30 pm. Enjoy the music that Jerry Herman wrote for his larger-than-life female characters in shows like “Mame,” “Hello, Dolly!” and “La Cage aux Folles.”

And now you can save $15 using the code JERRY2016. This code is valid for Adult or Senior tickets to either performance. Use the code online at  www.southbaymt.com, or by phone at 408-266-4734

So “Before the Parade Passes By,” make sure you “Put on Your Sunday Clothes” this Saturday, and come out to see JERRY’S GIRLS!

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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!

Countdown to PLAID …. 3, 2, 1

It’s almost here! We’re counting the days until we can share FOREVER PLAID with you. We guarantee you’ll have a great time listening to some fantastic harmonies. And you may even sing along with the four Plaids!

Join us for our opening night gala, January 30. Tickets at www.southbaymt.com/shows/foreverplaid.html. The show runs through February 21. Get PLAID!

And now, just a few photos from our dress rehearsals. Looking sharp, men! But in tune, of course…

Derek DeMarco (Frankie), Matt Hall (Jinx), Will Perez (Sparky), and David Murphy (Smudge)

Derek DeMarco (Frankie), Matt Hall (Jinx), Will Perez (Sparky), and David Murphy (Smudge)

 

And now they're PLAID!  (Matt, Will, Derek, and David)

And now they’re PLAID!
(Matt, Will, Derek, and David)

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!

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The Plaids – Cue to Cue

The four Plaids ran through cue-to-cue this weekend. We’re getting close to opening weekend on January 30. Grab your tickets NOW at www.southbaymt.com/shows/foreverplaid.html !

Then check out our cue-to-cue video … It’s cue-to-CUTE!

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Click the thumbnail or this video link!

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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The PLAIDs are ready … are YOU?

Look, it’s the Plaids… helping to build our set for FOREVER PLAID.

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That’s right, our Plaids are getting ready for the show. We open in just TWO WEEKS, on January 30. Want to help the Plaids yourself? Sign-ups are open now for lobby volunteers and ushers. Go to http://sbmt.ivolunteer.com/forever_plaid_lobby for more details and to sign up.

And there’s no time like the present to get your tickets to what promises to be a delightful evening of music and song. Order now at http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/foreverplaid.html.

The Plaids are ready — are you?

And the 2016-17 shows are…

cats-out-of-the-bagThe cat’s out of the bag! SBMT has announced their 2016-2017 shows and events. And they are:

  • CITY OF ANGELS (Autumn)
  • ALWAYS … PATSY CLINE* (Concert/Event #1)
  • 1776 (Winter)
  • Brad Handshy’s BROADWAY BY THE DECADE: 1980s (Concert/Event #2)
  • MY FAIR LADY (Summer)
  • CHESS In Concert (Concert/Event #3)

*Imported from Limelight Actors Theatre’s sold-out 2015 production

In addition to our season announcement, the SBMT Board honored the following persons with awards:

Carol Srigley “Heartbeat” Award: Ruthe Stein
Fred Hassett Service Award for 2015: Brad Handshy
Fred Hassett Service Award for 2016: Barbara Heninger
Silver Jacket Awards: Diane Hughes and Janet Miller

Our four Plaids (for “Forever Plaid”), Glenna Murillo (for “Jerry’s Girls”) and Molly Thornton (for “Gypsy”) entertained the audience with delightful songs, accompanied by Bob Sunshine and Michael Johnson at the piano. Delicious desserts were served in the lobby to end the night.

Thanks to all for a memorable evening!

Brad Handshy receives the Fred Hassett Service Award from Board member Walter Mayes

Brad Handshy receives the Fred Hassett Service Award from Board member Walter Mayes

Silver jacket award winners, past and present

Silver jacket award winners, past and present

 

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!

 

Meet the Plaids! Week Four: Smudge

New Year’s Eve is around the corner – and that means our next show, FOREVER PLAID, is around the corner as well. Make sure you get your tickets now for this hilarious nostalgic romp through songs of the 1950s. Go to http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/foreverplaid.html for tickets and information.

Meanwhile, let’s meet the fourth member of the PLAIDS!

David Murphy: “Smudge”

David Murphy as Smudge

David Murphy as Smudge

Why are you excited to be in Forever Plaid?

It’s a super-challenging show, first off. The harmonies are tricky enough, and the fact that you have to learn so much material (and dancing, and lines, and movement, and…) just makes it even tougher. Plaid is definitely one of the hardest shows I’ve ever done, and that’s what excited me about it—the whirlwind aspect of it all. That, and I do like the style a lot, though I can’t say I own a ton of plaid clothing. Or, well, any plaid clothing.

What do you love most about portraying your character?

Smudge is constantly nervous, which is pretty much going to be method acting for me once we start running the show.

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

I really enjoy the collaboration — working with other incredibly talented people to create incredible moments on stage (or behind-the-scenes, I suppose).

What do you think audiences will be most excited to see in this production?

Lady of Spain, which will likely be my least favorite song to do in the entire show since I haven’t been keeping up with my cardio lately. Oof.

David Murphy (Smudge) is excited to make his debut as a Plaid. Other favorite roles include Lurch (The Addams Family, PAP); Karl the Giant (Big Fish, PAP, regional premiere); Jud Fry (Oklahoma!, WVLO), where he won an ERMA award for Best Character Actor; Caiaphas (Jesus Christ Superstar, WVLO); Dr. Fogg (Sweeney Todd, Redwood Symphony); and Olin Britt (The Music Man, BBB). David is a member of South Bay Musical Theatre’s Board of Directors and is the Production Manager at Palo Alto Players. You can next catch him in Berkeley Playhouse’s spring production of The Addams Family (mruhuughughghh). In his copious amount of free time—around 17–20 minutes each day—he hangs out with his cat, Colbert.

 

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

Meet the Plaids! Week Three: Jinx

It’s beginning to look a lot like … FOREVER PLAID time! If you’re looking for holiday gifts, remember that a stocking filled with tickets to PLAID will make your loved ones happy! Shop online at http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/foreverplaid.html.

Want to help out behind the scenes? Sign ups are now open for lobby ushering and concessions. Go to http://sbmt.ivolunteer.com/forever_plaid_lobby for more details and to sign up.

And now, it’s time to meet the third member of our quartet:

Matthew Hall: “Jinx”

Matthew Hall as Jinx

Matthew Hall as Jinx

Why are you excited to be in Forever Plaid?

I’m excited for the chance to step into my biggest role yet and to belt out some seriously fun songs with three enormously talented guys.

What do you love most about portraying your character?

I can channel my own nervousness into Jinx’s nervousness, which really helps me make the character come alive. I also get to sing melody most of the time ;)

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

I was mostly attracted to this show because of the great songs and because I already had the haircut. I perform in community theatre because it’s a safe place for weird people to be weird together.

What do you think audiences will be most excited to see in this production?

It’s a toss-up between “Crazy ‘Bout You Baby” and “Lady of Spain.”

Matt Hall is excited to perform in his first SBMT show! His favorite roles include “Rev. Parris” in The Crucible, “‘All aboard!’ guy” in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and “Frightened Inmate #2″ in New Warden. In addition to theater, he enjoys craft beer, properly-cooked scrambled eggs, and being a husband and dad. He would like to thank his beautiful, kind, and (very) patient wife for supporting him in his theatrical endeavours.

Meet the Plaids! Week Two: Frankie

Have you got your tickets yet for FOREVER PLAID? Our opening night on January 30 will be extra special — with food, champagne, and fun! Order now and surprise someone with a PLAID ticket for Christmas! http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/foreverplaid.html

And now it’s that time again – time to meet another of our four Plaids!

Derek DeMarco: “Frankie”

Derek DeMarco as Francis (Frankie)

Derek DeMarco as Francis (Frankie)

Why are you excited to be in Forever Plaid?

I am so excited to be a part of this Production of Forever Plaid! Since moving to California a couple of years ago, it has been a slow process of finding new groups to replace former theater families. This production has been a delight – from the cast, to the crew, and the membership at large, everyone has been warm and welcoming. The show itself is one of my favorites! It has been an amazing experience to sing with my talented cast mates, and I can’t wait to hear what we sound like come performance time!

What do you love most about portraying your character?

“Nothing feels as good as being inside a nice tight chord!” This line sums up Frankie’s unabashed love of music, and his delight at creating the perfect sound with his band of merry men. I have always loved music, and it such a treat to be playing someone who revels in it as well. I also have always wished that I had my own vocal group to perform with, so this show is a way to, even if only temporarily, realize that dream!

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

I have been doing community theater since I was seven years old. I originally got involved because an aunt of mine performed on a regular basis, and I just never looked back. Sharing experiences with people create bonds that last lifetimes, and theater, specifically musical theater, is where my heart is happiest. This is the first time I have worked with SBMT, and the chance to be a part of this production was what brought me to the group. The talent and professionalism of all the members has convinced me that I will need to come back!

What do you think audiences will be most excited to see in this production?

My hope is when audiences are watching us, they will be excited each time a song starts that they know and love – that they settle in for the show and get swept up in the innocent delight of the characters so before they know it, the closing number is getting started. I hope that people who have fond memories of the songs we sing will be taken back to the times when those memories were made, and that for a little while at least, we can leave the present behind.

Derek has been in various theatrical productions since he was very young. Some of his favorite roles have included Lumiere in Beauty & the Beast, Pilate and Peter in two different productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Enjolras in Les Miserables, and Lloyd in Noises Off.

Meet the Plaids! Week One: Sparky

Thinking about a unique gift to get that special someone? How about tickets to SBMT’s next show, FOREVER PLAID? It’s a tuneful tribute to music of the 1950s, sung by a terrific men’s quartet, the “Plaids.” The show plays January 30 to February 21, 2016, and we guarantee a toe-tapping time for all. Tickets make great stocking stuffers! Go to http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/foreverplaid.html to order yours now.

And while you’re thinking about how many tickets to order, why not meet one of our cast members? For the next four weeks we’ll feature each of our charming gents. Today – meet Will Perez!

Will Perez: “Sparky”

Will Perez as "Sparky"

Will Perez as “Sparky”

Why are you excited to be in Forever Plaid?

This is my third go at “Forever Plaid” and I’m excited to say I now have had the opportunity to do three roles ( Frankie, Jinx and now Sparky). I love singing four-part harmony but what really made me decide to audition for Plaid was simply the music. Growing up I had older parents so listening to this type of music in my household was the norm. With both my mom and dad now gone from this earth, this music really hits home for me even more.

What do you love most about portraying your character?

Playing Sparky so far has been fun. I get to, so call, “let loose” a little more on stage … Be somewhat of a clown … Off stage I kinda do the same at times, so Sparky has been fun so far…

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

I have performed in over 8 productions with SBMT. I’ve become acquainted with staff and have made MANY theater friends. During the day I consider my “real job” a “real job,” so when I do theater I get a chance to “play” on stage, become someone different for a few hours, and to forget about my real life for just a while. Although there is a lot of time and dedication and work involved in putting up a show, I still consider it something fun I like to do as an outlet in life.

What do you think audiences will be most excited to see in this production?

This production, both for young [audiences] but especially for our older generation, will, I feel, really bring them back to a time when life was a lot simpler. To see how four-guy groups back then were a lot more humble and how they looked at life back then. To give the audience a bit of a laugh, a cry, and some emotion with this type of music is what I consider Real music, and what music was all about.

Will Perez is pleased to be back on one of his favorite stages in the Bay Area: SBMT! He has made several appearances with SMBT over the years but his most recent was in CURTAINS. By day he is a Clinical Manager in the field of Laser Vision Correction in his hometown of San Jose. Will’s favorite roles and shows include, Eric (Death Takes a Holiday), Victor (Smokey Joe’s Café), Frankie and Jinx (Forever Plaid) and The Del Tones (Breaking Up Is Hard to Do); Young Joe Hardy (Damn Yankees), and many more ! He would like to “Plaidly” thank his Family and friends for their support and is excited to be back with SBMT!

Happy Thanksgiving from our theater family to yours!

Happy Thanksgiving to the members, subscribers, and friends of South Bay Musical Theatre!

We’d like to take a moment to tell you how thankful we are that you support us in our mission to bring high-quality entertainment to our community. We could not do it without each one of you. It is a joy to share the magic of musical theater with you!

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and wish you many happy hours of live theater in the coming year!

–South Bay Musical Theater

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