New SBMT Board prepares for upcoming season

By | 2018-08-13T21:58:53+00:00 August 13th, 2018|2018-19 Season, Behind The Scenes, Board meetings|

On August 11, 2018, the South Bay Musical Theatre Board of Directors held a day-long retreat to make plans for the future of the organization and to discuss ways to build on the company's recent successes. Diane Milo (director/vocal director for the upcoming production of Mame) led a team-building exercise and brainstorming session to explore ways of increasing the company's reach into the local community we serve. By the end of the day, the team had filled a white board with a long list of tasks and talents that are required to maintain the affordable quality that we provide. Are YOU [...]

Nightly standing ovations and sold-out performances confirm SBMT commitment to quality

By | 2018-08-24T20:39:27+00:00 June 4th, 2018|Behind The Scenes, Discounts, Meet The Cast|

With just three sold-out performances left before South Bay Musical Theatre's production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame closes, it is abundantly clear that this show is a winner. Audiences raved about the show itself, the music, the orchestra, the choir, the cast, the costumes, the choreography, the set, and more! In fact, in emails received by SBMT (feedback@southbaymt.com), even the props got "props!" Thanks to all who attended—many of you multiple times—and for the enthusiastic response. Every performance has ended with the audience leaping to its feet for a standing ovation. STANDING OVATION AT THE SARATOGA CIVIC THEATER With kudos [...]

Kudos to the many, many hands behind the ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ magic

By | 2018-07-27T07:39:36+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|Behind The Scenes, Photos, Video Link|

Musical theatre offers a tremendous range of entertainment options. Some shows are simple—with a unit set, a small cast, and perhaps a single keyboard accompanist. Others—like SBMT's current production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame—pull out all the stops to create an unforgettable spectacle. When you're working with a team of volunteers, that's a remarkable accomplishment, and now that the show has opened, we wanted to give a well-deserved shout-out to the huge team behind the scenes so you can more fully appreciate what goes into a production this rich. Such a massive production requires many hands to execute, and I [...]

KSAR-TV interviews members of ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ cast and crew

By | 2018-07-27T07:44:13+00:00 May 11th, 2018|Behind The Scenes, Video Link|

On Monday, May 7, Saratoga's community access television station, KSAR, paid a visit to the Saratoga Civic Theater to conduct a lengthy interview with members of the cast and crew of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The show is generating a lot of buzz in the local theatre community, and KSAR wanted to find out how South Bay Musical Theatre attracted such a large and talented team to stage a such a challenging work. The interview aired over cable TV on Thursday, May 10, and is linked below with the permission of the station. Interviewees include David Mister, who plays the [...]

A truly special show with a ‘deep bench’

By | 2018-07-27T07:44:35+00:00 May 8th, 2018|Behind The Scenes|

By Sasha Motalygo When a sports team (like the Golden State Warriors, for example) has star-level talent who are not in the starting lineup but still contribute mightily to the team’s success, they are said to enjoy a “deep bench.” That’s certainly the case for South Bay Musical Theatre’s upcoming production, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, which is blessed with a “deep bench” of extremely talented singers who have happily accepted chorus and ensemble roles. (Most of those in the choir are pictured above.) I interviewed several of them recently to find out why. It is widely known that South Bay [...]

Tale of an underdog: behind the scenes with The Hunchback of Notre Dame

By | 2018-07-27T07:44:58+00:00 April 28th, 2018|Behind The Scenes, Video Link|

The Phantom of the Opera. Beauty and the Beast. Wicked. Hairspray. The Hunchback of Notre Dame. What do all these musicals have in common? Three are set in France. Three are adaptations from movies. Two have been staged in the past by South Bay Musical Theatre. Three were written by Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz or both. All but one earned Tony Awards for best costuming. But the main thing all these critically acclaimed musicals have in common is their central theme of acceptance—as we discover inner beauty in a leading character whose external appearance causes fear, disgust, or ridicule. The phantom, the beast, [...]

"Peter's" Opening Weekend

By | 2018-01-29T22:27:10+00:00 January 29th, 2018|Behind The Scenes, Photos|

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER opened this weekend to cheers and laughter from our audiences. Here are some photos of Friday's "Preview Night" awards, and of our Opening Night gala on Saturday, January 28. Have YOU purchased tickets yet? Get them now: https://www.southbaymt.com/shows/peterstarcatcher.html   Chris Beer, Co-Props Designer and Co-Sound Designer: Harriette Hill Technical Award     Brad Wetmore, percussion: Barbara Weaver Special Merit Award Michael Champlin, "Black Stache:" Bobo Reardon Newcomer Award Mae Haegerty-Matos, costumes: Joan Huff Producers Award (for helping costume designer Michael Johnson) Chuck Manthe, "Mrs. Bumbrake:" the Gypsy Robe [...]

So what is this show, "Peter and the Starcatcher"?

By | 2018-01-14T15:05:00+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Announcements, Behind The Scenes|

Even if you're a musical theater fan, you may not know much about South Bay Musical Theatre's winter production, "Peter and the Starcatcher," playing Jan. 27 through Feb. 17, 2018. So, what exactly is the show about? And why should you see it? "Peter and the Starcatcher" is the prequel to "Peter Pan." It tells the back story of the iconic boy who would not grow up, along with his familiar friends and adversaries who are portrayed so memorably in the classic tale. It’s a sprawling, swashbuckling adventure that will take you from the shores of Victorian England to the deck [...]

On the fifth day till Christmas, I too have gift ideas…

By | 2017-12-20T20:53:29+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Behind The Scenes, Uncategorized|

The countdown to Christmas is now at five short days. If you are still scratching your head trying to think of the perfect gift for that loved one who has everything, consider the gift of entertainment. South Bay Musical Theatre has two more fantastic shows this season that would make great presents for those last-minute stocking stuffers: Peter and the Starcatcher and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. What type of people would most love tickets to these shows? I can think of at least five: Youngsters. Both of these shows are appropriate for all ages, including your kids or grandkids. Peter [...]

Next year’s shows: Tell us what you’d love to see!

By | 2017-10-21T12:18:29+00:00 October 21st, 2017|Announcements, Behind The Scenes|

As South Bay Musical Theatre starts the selection process for our 2018-1019 season, we want to hear from you, so we have just released a brief survey that we’d love you to fill out! Here is your chance to let us know your likes and dislikes so we can bring you the kind of shows you will find most entertaining. Just tell us a little about yourself, and what you prefer. You can suggest some of your favorite shows, or let us know what TYPE of shows you like. We've provided several categories for you to choose from in the survey. [...]

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