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 [...]

We have a Gentleman’s Guide cast!

By | 2019-05-28T20:49:42+00:00 May 28th, 2019|2019-2020 Season, Announcements, Meet The Cast, Photos|

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, South Bay Musical Theatre's first show of the 2019-2020 season, promises to be one that is unique and memorable. Casting was conducted over the past two weekends and the level of talent that turned out to audition was "off the charts." SBMT audiences will recognize many favorites from past shows, including David Mister, who played the role of Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame last spring, and Michael Hirsch, who played the role of The Duke in Big River this past January. They may also recognize RuthE Stein from her character role in [...]

Announcing our 2019-2020 season!

By | 2019-01-30T00:36:54+00:00 January 29th, 2019|2019-2020 Season, Announcements, Board meetings|

At SBMT's semiannual members' meeting on Jan. 28, 2019, Board Chairman Jay Steele and Executive Director Sara Dean unveiled next year's slate of shows and concerts to an appreciative audience. The shows were revealed in reverse chronological order with characteristic fanfare and showmanship. Seven of SBMT's past performers sang songs from each of the shows as a projection screen showed a summary of the show's plot. The season begins with our fall production of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder in September 2019. This knock-'em-dead, uproarious hit was Broadway's most-nominated show of 2014. With ten Tony nominations and four wins—including Best [...]

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 [...]

SBMT up for seven TBA awards!

By | 2018-09-25T18:25:00+00:00 September 25th, 2018|Announcements, Behind The Scenes, Photos|

Congratulations to South Bay Musical Theatre’s seven finalists competing in the fifth annual Theatre Bay Area (TBA) Awards, which take place November 5, 2018. Theatre Bay Area is the third-largest regional theatre service organization in North America, and the TBA Awards, now in its fourth year, honors the excellence of professionally-oriented theatre in the Bay Area by offering a peer-based adjudication process and awards celebration. This year, more than 400 adjudicators cast approximately 10,000 ballots to evaluate over 300 productions staged by 122 participating Bay Area arts companies. With that much competition, this is indeed a great honor, and SBMT is [...]

Semi-annual Members Meeting generates lively discussion

By | 2018-08-28T01:12:05+00:00 August 28th, 2018|Announcements, Blog-erviews!, Board meetings, Photos|

On Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, the South Bay Musical Theater Board of Directors hosted its semi-annual Members Meeting at the Saratoga Civic Theater. Nine of the 12 board members attended, and a full agenda kept the meeting rolling for 90 minutes—and beyond. The lively discussion then adjourned to the lobby, where complimentary mimosas and light snacks were served. The lobby TV displayed a slideshow demonstrating the new SBMT website. What follows is a brief summary of what took place: Newly elected board chair Jay Steele greeted attendees and introduced new and returning board members. Kevin Brownstein gave a preview of “My [...]

Cast announced for Big River

By | 2018-07-31T20:24:31+00:00 June 23rd, 2018|Announcements|

South Bay Musical Theatre is proud to announce the cast for our winter 2019 production of Big River, by country music legend Roger Miller. The musical is based on Mark Twain's classic American novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and won seven Tony Awards including best musical in 1985. Big River cast: Huck Finn: Ben Hatch Jim: Anthone Jackson King: Walter Mayes Duke: Michael Hirsch Tom Sawyer: Derek DeMarco Pap Finn: Michael Johnson Widow Douglas: Barbara Heninger Miss Watson: Cami Jackson Mary Jane Wilkes: Sarah Thermond Susan Wilkes: Brennah Kemmerly Joanna Wilkes: Clara Takahashi Mark Twain / Doctor: Allen Siverson Simon [...]

Attention, actors: Sign up now to audition for Big River

By | 2018-07-27T21:20:06+00:00 April 7th, 2018|Announcements, Auditions|

South Bay Musical Theatre announces auditions for BIG RIVER on Saturday, June 2 from 1-4 p.m. and Sunday, June 3 from 6-9 p.m. Callbacks will be held (by invitation) on Saturday, June 16, from 1-6 p.m. and Sunday, June 17, from 6-10 p.m. Auditions and callbacks will be at the SBMT Rehearsal Studio, 761 Mabury Road, San Jose 95133. Please sign up for a 30-minute time slot. SIGN UP HERE  What to bring: Headshot and resume, conflict calendar, sheet music in correct key (1-2 minutes in length.) Accompanist provided; no recordings, please. Cold readings from the show will be provided. South Bay Musical Theatre strives [...]

Meet the actors who will convince you in September that "We Need a Little Christmas NOW!"

By | 2018-07-27T21:52:23+00:00 March 27th, 2018|Announcements|

South Bay Musical Theatre is proud to announce the cast of Mame, the first production in our 2018/ 2019 Season. MAME DENNIS: Mary Melnick VERA CHARLES: Karen DeHart AGNES GOOCH: Kama Belloni BEAUREGARD: Chris Moylan DWIGHT BABCOCK: Mike Cuddy YOUNG PATRICK/PETER: Jake Miller OLDER PATRICK: David Ressler LINDSAY WOOLSEY: Steve Sammonds ITO: Donnie Matsuda MOTHER BURNSIDE: Elyse Cook SALLY CATO: Emily Schmeickel-Frank UNCLE JEFF: Jeff Tuttle COUSIN FAN: Karen Sanders MR. UPSON: Steven Knight MRS. UPSON: Barbara Heninger GLORIA UPSON: Galaxy Smith PEGEEN RYAN: Lauren D'Ambrosio JUNIOR BABCOCK: Neil Rushnock ENSEMBLE: Debra Milbourne, Janet Miller, Robin Holbrook, Jackie Tavarez, Heather Gross, [...]

Drum roll, please. Announcing our 2018-2019 season!

By | 2018-01-30T22:51:14+00:00 January 30th, 2018|Announcements|

The puzzle is solved! After five weeks of Facebook teasers and lots of playful guesses by our devoted fans, on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at our semi-annual members’ meeting, South Bay Musical Theatre finally unveiled the shows that will anchor our 2018-2019 season. Without further ado, they are: Mame, Big River, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. All three of these shows are well-known, perennial staples in community theater circles, and consistently attract sell-out crowds when they are performed well. But for those of you who want more details, here’s a quick summary... Mame, which opened on Broadway in 1966 starring Angela Lansbury, with [...]

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