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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Bridges of Madison County opens next week!

By | 2017-09-16T14:12:19+00:00 September 16th, 2017|Board meetings, Photos|

THE EXCITEMENT OF A NEW SHOW: How SBMT's musicals are selected   At the most recent SBMT membership meeting on August 27, Board member Walter Mayes explained to attendees the philosophy our play selection committee follows when choosing a slate of musicals each year to present to our subscribers. It’s a tricky balancing act, because if you ask people what musicals they want to see, they are likely to suggest the old chestnuts that have been around for half a century (e.g. My Fair Lady)—or at the other end of the spectrum, they may list shows that are still on Broadway [...]

Volunteer Appreciation Event / SBMT Board and Staff Announcements

By | 2017-07-09T13:41:26+00:00 July 9th, 2017|Announcements, Board meetings|

Volunteer Appreciation Event - YOU Are Invited! Summer is here, and South Bay Musical Theatre is already preparing for our exciting 2017-18 season. As part of that, we would like to take a moment to celebrate YOU - our wonderful supporters, members, and volunteers! We will hold our semi-annual membership event on Sunday, August 27 2pm - 5pm 1611 Corte Via, Los Altos (the home of Barbara Heninger, Board Chair) Join us for snacks, conversation, and a quick membership meeting. Chat with our newest Board members, introduce yourself to Production Manager Sara Dean, meet fellow volunteers and SBMT supporters, and contribute [...]

Happy Holidays! See you at the General Meeting

By | 2016-12-23T20:54:06+00:00 December 23rd, 2016|Announcements, Board meetings|

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, 7:00 pm, at the Saratoga Civic Theatre At this meeting we celebrate our members, share SBMT news, and announce the shows lined up for the coming 2017-18 season. Listen to members of the 1776 cast perform an excerpt from the show, and enjoy an informal reception with snacks and desserts afterward!   WANTED: COSTUME COORDINATOR We've installed the software on our dedicated costume management laptop, we've got volunteers willing to help [...]

Save the Date! / Wanted: Production Manager

By | 2016-11-19T17:07:52+00:00 November 19th, 2016|Board meetings, Uncategorized|

Save the Date! It's time to mark your calendars for our January Membership Meeting. At this meeting we celebrate our members, share SBMT news, and announce the shows lined up for the coming 2017-18 season. The event will take place: Thursday, January 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm, at the Saratoga Civic Theatre Come and listen to members of the 1776 cast perform an excerpt from the show, and enjoy an informal reception afterward! Wanted: Production Manager SBMT is hiring a part-time production manager. Could it be YOU? Interested parties should reply by e-mail only (no phone calls) no later than December [...]

Coming up Soon: CITY, PATSY, and SBMT Board Meeting

By | 2016-09-15T22:17:48+00:00 September 15th, 2016|Announcements, Board meetings, Photos|

Lots of activity for SBMT in the next few weeks! Saturday, September 17: CITY OF ANGELS CITY OF ANGELS opens at 8pm on Saturday, Sep. 17 at the Saratoga Civic Theatre. Join us for a gala opening, complete with bubbly champagne and delicious treats! And of course, the terrific cast, orchestra, and crew will dazzle you with this movie-within-the-show. Move from the black-and-white film noir world to the color of Hollywood in the 1940s ... and see what happens when those worlds collide! It's a a hilariously creative combination of film noire detective story and an all-too-real writer’s battle for his [...]

SBMT Members Meet; City of Angels Builds!

By | 2016-08-23T23:28:05+00:00 August 23rd, 2016|Board meetings, Photos|

SBMT Summer Membership Meeting a Success Props Wizard Ruthe Stein and newest Board members Jennifer Young and Ron Bowman staff the costume and lobby booths at the fair. Board CFO Braden Taylor presents his report. The summer SBMT Membership Meeting was a rousing success! On August 14, members sampled delicious tacos while participating in a Volunteer Fair to learn about different ways they can help the organization. Volunteer opportunities include helping with set building, creating a costume and prop database, fund-raising, marketing, accounting, working the lobby, helping to produce shows, and more. If you would like to [...]