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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

1776 is a Hit! Awards List

SBMT’s 1776 opened on January 28 to raves from our audiences and local critics. From the Talkin’ Broadway review: There is much to enjoy in South Bay Musical Theatre’s 1776,

1776 Opens January 28

SBMT’s production of 1776 opens TOMORROW, January 28. There are still a few seats left for our gala opening – and now our SBMT friends can get them for just

Happy Holidays! See you at the General Meeting

South Bay Musical Theatre wishes you and your friends and family a wonderful holiday season! We’re looking forward to seeing members at our General Meeting on Thursday, January 5, 2017,

Broadway By the Decade Cast / 1776 Coming Soon

We are delighted to announce the cast of our upcoming event, BROADWAY BY THE DECADE: MUSICALS OF THE 1980s! This ONE NIGHT ONLY event takes place February 12, 2017 at

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!

Click the image or this link to see the video!

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!

Click the thumbnail or this video link!

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.

Click the picture or this video link!

CLICK HERE for a video!

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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Auditions for GYPSY open – sign up now!

Auditions!

Auditions are open for our summer 2016 show, GYPSY! Auditions will be held December 5 and 6. Audition location will be posted by October 31. Be a part of the theatre magic – sign up to audition today: Gypsy audition sign-ups

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Production Staff

PRODUCERS: Dave Leon & David Murphy
DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER: Janie Scott
LIGHTING DESIGNER: Michael Glenn Muñoz
SET DESIGNER: Richard Cartwright
WIG DESIGNER: Christine Ormseth
STAGE MANAGER: Philip Jacke
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER: Emily Pye
CHILD WRANGLER: Elizabeth Claire Lawrence
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: Rocco Vecellio
SET CONSTRUCTION HEAD: Richard Cartwright
BOX OFFICE MANAGER: Dan Singletary
HOUSE MANAGER: Diane Hughes

Casts for FOREVER PLAID and JERRY’S GIRLS Announced

SBMT is happy to announce the casts of FOREVER PLAID and JERRY’S GIRLS. FOREVER PLAID is our Winter show, playing weekends from January 30 through February 21, 2016. JERRY’S GIRLS is a special two-performance production, playing Saturday afternoons February 13 and 20, 2016.

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FOREVER PLAID CAST
Smudge: David Murphy
Sparky: Will Perez
Francis: Derek DeMarco
Jinx: Matthew Hall

Producers: Jennifer Kohler, Walter M. Mayes
Director: Mark Drumm
Musical Director: Bob Sunshine
Vocal Director: Diane Milo
Choreographer: Marc Gonzalez

Tickets and information: http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/foreverplaid.html

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CAST
Christina Bolognini
Christina Fortune
Emily Anne Goes
Carly Honfi
Cami Jackson
Dina Jacobson
Kayvon Kordestani
Diane Milo
Glenna Murillo
Raegena Raymond-Brunker
Minna Rogers
Deborah Roth
Katherine Stein
Stacia Stuart
Alicia Teeter

Producer: Walter M. Mayes
Director: Nancy McClymont
Music Director: Matthew Mattei
Choreographer: Kayvon Kordestani

Tickets and information: http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/jerrysgirls.html

Last chances to see Fiorello!

Our last weekend of FIORELLO! is coming up … and our audiences agree, this is one show you should NOT miss.

Great show, great performance, great production…don’t miss it!

My husband and I were simply thrilled with the production and are recommending it as a GO SEE production on this site for the Bay Area Critics Circle.

Must see. Excellent performance, interesting and informative story, superb cast and orchestra.

It was delightful and the music was great!

With all that praise, tickets for our final performances this THURSDAY, FRIDAY, and SATURDAY are selling out fast. So go to www.southbaymt.com/shows/fiorello.html to get your tickets TODAY!

Floyd (Ron Packard) and Dora (Jen Wheatonfox) find mutual attraction

Floyd (Ron Packard) and Dora (Jen Wheatonfox) find mutual attraction

Thea (Elizabeth McClelland) sings as Fiorello goes off to war

Thea (Elizabeth McClelland) sings as Fiorello goes off to war

Mitzi (Kayvon Kordestani) and her dancers tap up a storm

Mitzi (Kayvon Kordestani) and her dancers tap up a storm

Morris (Michael Cuddy) and Neil (Richard Portune) put up the ire of their boss, Fiorello (Tim Reynolds)

Morris (Michael Cuddy) and Neil (Richard Portune) put up with the ire of their boss, Fiorello (Tim Reynolds)

Ben (Jeffrey Henson) and the political Hacks make fun of the Tammany Hall gang

Ben (Jeffrey Henson) and the political Hacks make fun of the Tammany Hall gang

Marie (Glenna Murillo) and Fiorello (Tim Reynolds) finally realize they care for each other

Marie (Glenna Murillo) and Fiorello (Tim Reynolds) finally realize they care for each other

 

Audiences agree: See FIORELLO!

SBMT’s FIORELLO got off to a grand start last weekend. Audience members had this to tell us about the show:

A wealth of talent that seems to go on and on.

Tim Reynolds and Glenna Murillo created excellently crafted and believable characters, with a wide-range of emotional nuance. … Michael Cuddy, who always has impeccable comedic timing, walked away with every scene he was in. Jen Wheatonfox is amazing!

My wife and I are very pleased to have discovered SBMT. We enjoyed your production of Fiorello very much.

Find out what they’re talking about! Go to http://www.southbaymt.com/shows/fiorello.html for tickets and show times. Don’t miss out!


FIORELLO NEWS

Preview night on September 18 was time for producer Jay Steele to announce cast and staff awards, including the Director’s Technical Award from C. Michael Traw to Ginny Koester, the Bobo Reardon Newcomer Award to Camille Leach, and the Gypsy Robe Award to Mike Hugill (photos below). Also, Laura Shea-Clark received the Orchestra Award, and Barbara Heninger the Producer’s Award.

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The opening night party on September 19 saw cast and audience members dressed up and enjoying delicious treats on the plaza after the show.

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