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: 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: 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: 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. [...]

Awards bestowed on Millie cast and crew

By | 2019-05-22T23:01:16+00:00 May 22nd, 2019|2018-19 Season, Awards, Behind The Scenes, Photos|

Following SBMT’s Preview Night performance for Thoroughly Modern Millie on May 18, 2019, Executive Director Sara Dean invited the audience to stay for a few extra minutes as the staff conferred special awards to outstanding members of the cast, crew, and orchestra. The Gypsy Robe was renamed the Legacy Robe, following the adoption of that name by Actors Equity. Traditionally, the robe is presented by the previous recipient, but Big River winner Libby Moore Schroeder was unable to attend because she had just given birth to a new baby! (Audiences may remember her as visibly pregnant in last January’s production.) Filling [...]

Are stereotypes acceptable in today’s theatrical productions?

By | 2019-05-15T00:06:03+00:00 May 15th, 2019|2018-19 Season, Behind The Scenes, Blog-erviews!|

Justin Fan, Karyn Rondeau, and Edmond Kwong play the villains. Photo by Steve Stubbs. In the irreverent musical Avenue Q, one of the songs purports that “Everybody’s a little bit racist,” as it skewers contemporary attitudes regarding race, religion, political correctness, and humor based on exaggerated stereotypes. The point hits home, because as much as we hate to admit it, we all have biases. Those of us in the theatre community are forced to confront these issues whenever we dip into the well of past Broadway productions to pick a slate of shows to revive. The stereotypical characters and [...]

The cast of Big River brings a classic back to life

By | 2019-01-02T06:46:18+00:00 January 2nd, 2019|2018-19 Season, Behind The Scenes, Meet The Cast, Photos|

Big River is a 1985 musical based on Mark Twain’s beloved 1884 novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This is the first time SBMT has staged the show, and the cast and staff have turned it into a passion project that is shaping up to be another in a long list of outstanding productions. The show took Broadway by storm in 1985, winning Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score. In a period dominated by British imports, this was a uniquely American story, and it ran for more than 1,000 performances, featuring catchy bluegrass and country music by [...]

Millie Cast Announced

By | 2018-11-26T22:42:18+00:00 November 26th, 2018|2018-19 Season, Announcements, Meet The Cast|

South Bay Musical Theatre is proud to announce the cast for our spring 2019 production of Thoroughly Modern Millie. The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie was the 2002 season’s most awarded new show on Broadway, and is a fun show to watch—or to perform in! Our production staff reports that we had a wonderful turnout of very talented actors, making casting decisions very difficult. We appreciate all who auditioned, and hope you will turn out again for next season's shows, which promise to be equally exciting. Thoroughly Modern Millie Cast Millie:  Jessica Maxey Jimmy:  James Jones Dorothy: Felicia [...]

Audiences rave: SBMT has another winner!

By | 2018-10-02T02:38:20+00:00 October 2nd, 2018|2018-19 Season, Blog-erviews!, Video Link|

Audiences for South Bay Musical Theatre's first show of the 2018-19 season, Mame, continue to send positive feedback about their experiences. We have compiled highlights of their comments in the video and text below. If you are sitting on the fence, we encourage you to act quickly to get your tickets for one of the remaining performances of this Broadway classic from the sixties that Life magazine called, "America's Best Musical." Call our box office at 408-266-4734 or pick your tickets on this website. https://youtu.be/xiIFWceU_9M “We have been going to your performances for quite some time now, and we rank [...]

Toasting the terrific cast of Mame

By | 2018-08-22T22:27:08+00:00 August 22nd, 2018|2018-19 Season, Meet The Cast, Photos|

The musical Mame traces its origins back to 1955 when Patrick Dennis published the novel Auntie Mame. The book became a Broadway play the next year, a movie two years after that, and by 1966 it was given a wonderful score by Broadway legend Jerry Herman (Hello Dolly, Mack and Mabel, and later, La Cage Aux Folles) and was back on Broadway again. The musical won Tony Awards for Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur—setting them both on the path to long, illustrious careers—and then went on to run for more than 1,500 performances over four years on the Great White Way. Over [...]

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