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Spotlight on: Anita Carey, Vocal Director for Gentleman’s Guide

By | 2019-09-19T16:47:58+00:00 September 19th, 2019|2018-19 Season|

What's the difference between "legit" and "belted" voices? How can you make the tedious task of vocal warm-ups fun? What's your favorite song in Gentleman's Guide? And why should people come to see the show? Vocal Director Anita Carey answers these questions and more in the latest interview in our continuing series examining "The Art of Theatre." Watch the six-minute video below, or read the transcript. What’s the difference between a Vocal Director and a Music Director? My name is Anita Carey, and I am the vocal director of A Gentleman’s Guide To Love & Murder. The person who teaches the [...]

Spotlight on: Lobby designer Karyn Rondeau

By | 2019-09-14T20:57:14+00:00 September 14th, 2019|2019-2020 Season, Behind The Scenes, Video Link|

At South Bay Musical Theatre, the immersive entertainment experience begins as soon as you enter the lobby. In this interview, Karyn Rondeau talks briefly about the decor she is creating to harmonize with the set design for A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder. The show runs Sept. 28 - Oct. 19, 2019 at the Saratoga Theater in Saratoga CA. Tickets are available by calling 408-266-4734 or by going to southbaymt.com/shows/ticket-sales/gentlemans-guide/. Watch the 80-second video below, or read the transcript that follows. https://youtu.be/9ykDTf1Ug-s TRANSCRIPT Hi. So, I’m Karen Rondeau and I am doing the lobby display for A Gentleman’s Guide [...]

Cast of She Loves Me brings familiar and new faces

By | 2019-09-16T18:51:52+00:00 September 9th, 2019|2019-2020 Season, Announcements, Meet The Cast|

SBMT is thrilled to announce the cast for our winter production of She Loves Me. Ben Hatch, who played Huckleberry Finn last season in Big River, returns as leading man Georg, a perfume shop employee who feuds with new saleswoman Amalia, played by Marie Putko. As fate would have it, the bickering colleagues respond to one another's "lonely hearts" ads in the newspaper and develop feelings for their anonymous-yet-amorous personas. If the plot sounds familiar, you may be thinking of the 1998 movie, You've Got Mail, with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan—or the classic film The Shop Around The Corner. Take [...]

Spotlight on: Props Designer Patricia Bilello

By | 2019-09-04T19:08:33+00:00 September 4th, 2019|2018-19 Season|

We continue our series of video interviews with the creative staff behind A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder with this look at the 200 props being assembled or built for the show. Props designer Patricia Bilello talks about where she finds props for a show that is set in the early 1900s, and gives a few sneak peeks at the ones currently in use at rehearsals. Watch the video below, or read the transcript. https://youtu.be/ruNdA8fowZA   TRANSCRIPT What’s your role in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder? My name is Patricia Bilello, and I am the props designer [...]

Spotlight on: Hair & Makeup Designer Gwyneth Price Panos

By | 2019-08-27T20:50:19+00:00 August 27th, 2019|2019-2020 Season, Behind The Scenes, Video Link|

Fun fact: Did you know that in Edwardian times, hair styles were big and "poofy"? So much so, in fact, that people collected discarded hair (from brushes, etc.) and stuffed it under their own hair to make it appear fuller? In this new video, Gwyneth Price Panos tells us what to expect with the hair and wigs in A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, how she finds her inspiration, the differences between men's and women's hair styling, and why this is going to be such a don't-miss-it production. Listen to the interview in the embedded YouTube link, or read the transcript [...]

Spotlight on: Costumer Michael Johnson

By | 2019-08-27T20:20:28+00:00 August 27th, 2019|2018-19 Season|

Our "Art of Theatre" video series continues with a look at the elaborate costumes for A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder. Lead costume designer Michael Johnson, last seen as Pap Finn in Big River, tells us about the 120 costume pieces for the 15 actors in this fast-paced show filled with challenging quick changes. Watch the video interview by clicking on the embedded YouTube link, or simply read the transcript below. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A8Dqq344sw INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT My name is Michael Johnson. We are now in charge of approximately 120 costume pieces that we need to either create or purchase. A [...]

Spotlight on: Executive Director Sara K. Dean

By | 2019-08-20T19:40:27+00:00 August 20th, 2019|2019-2020 Season, Behind The Scenes, Video Link|

Executive Director Sara K. Dean takes a turn in the interview hot seat, fielding five questions about the relevance of A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, the challenge of mounting such a complex show, the artistic vision behind it, how it fits into the overall 2019-2020 season, and the new and familiar faces who will be bringing it to life come September 28. Get your tickets now at this link or by calling 408-266-4734. This is the fourth video in a series of behind the scenes looks at "The Art of Theatre" as practiced here at South Bay Musical Theatre. [...]

Spotlight On: Gentleman’s Guide director, Walter M. Mayes

By | 2019-07-29T22:57:57+00:00 July 29th, 2019|2019-2020 Season, Behind The Scenes, Video Link|

The director of A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, Walter M. Mayes, sat down with us for an interview describing the show's creative evolution since winning the 2014 "Best Musical" Tony on Broadway and how South Bay Musical Theatre is giving it an Edwardian rather than Victorian look. Watch the video in two parts below, or read the transcript. https://youtu.be/uSwF2ajHq7o How do you describe this musical to your friends and family? A man finds out that he is eighth in line for a title in England in the 1910s and accidentally stumbles into a plot where he figures out how [...]

Spotlight On: Set Designer Heather Kenyon

By | 2019-07-29T22:41:23+00:00 July 29th, 2019|2018-19 Season|

As SBMT looks excitedly toward its 2019-2020 season, we wanted to give you a sneak peek at the artists who work behind the scenes to make the magic happen. To that end, we have created a series of video interviews with the design team for our first show of the season, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder. In this first installment, Heather Kenyon shows off a scale model of the set she has designed. Watch the video below (or read the transcript). https://youtu.be/W9XVrbFVQaw Who are you, and what is your role in this production? Hi. I am Heather Kenyon. [...]

What’s the secret sauce for selecting a successful season?

By | 2019-07-01T17:08:34+00:00 July 1st, 2019|2019-2020 Season, Announcements, Behind The Scenes, Board meetings, Video Link|

For community theatre companies like South Bay Musical Theatre, the annual exercise of selecting which shows to stage is a critical decision, and many competing factors come into play. Do you snap up that hot new show the moment it’s released, or lock down a perennial favorite? Do you stretch yourselves with a serious story, or stoop to silly slapstick? Do you pick a challenging title that will attract the best actors, or stick with a Broadway blockbuster that your patrons may prefer? Do you foray into adult fare, or favor the family friendly? Unfortunately, there is no universally correct answer—and [...]