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Workshops 2020-01-16T06:55:47+00:00

“You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught!”

South Bay Musical Theatre offers an ongoing enrichment program for adult performers (18 and over), in which stars and staff of our recent shows coach small groups of performers on the fundamentals of musical theatre. The program began summer 2019 with a series of 1-hour classes that ran from 3-6 weeks. Due to the popularity of the first round of courses, they were offered again in the fall, and we are expanding our course catalog even further this spring.

SBMT Workshop Series

The workshops provide guidance for actors, singers, and dancers. Pick from an ever-expanding number of workshops, each tailored to your abilities and needs. Unless otherwise noted, all classes will convene at the SBMT Rehearsal Studio and Costume Shop at 761 Mabury Rd, Unit 20, in San Jose, CA 95133. See map.

IMPORTANT: Due to limited space and to facilitate planning, preregistration is required. Thank you.


SUMMARY of dates, times, prices

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COMING UP

An Introduction to Directing (click for details)
Saturday
, Feb. 15, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
One three-hour session, maximum 15 participants
Cost: $70
Instructor: Diane Milo

Directing – the Art of Storytelling and Problem Solving (click for details)
Sundays: Feb. 16, 23; Mar. 1, 10:00 a.m.-noon; and Saturday, Mar. 21, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Three two-hour sessions plus one three-hour session, maximum 10 participants
Cost: $190
Instructor: Diane Milo

Acting Through Song (click for details)
Sundays: Feb. 16, 23; Mar. 1, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Three 90-minute sessions, maximum 8 participants
Cost: $105
Instructor: Diane Milo, with accompanist Michael Johnson

Acting for Beginners (click for details)
Saturdays: Feb. 29; Mar. 7, 14, 21, and 28; Apr. 4; 9:30 a.m. – noon
Six 2.5-hour sessions, maximum 8 participants
Location: WVLO studio, 500 E. McGlincey Ave, Campbell
Cost: $345
Instructor: Michael Hirsch

Acting for Actors (click for details)
Sundays: Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; 9:30 a.m. – noon at WVLO studio
PLUS Sunday Apr. 5; 9:30 a.m. – noon at SBMT studio
Six 2.5-hour sessions, maximum 8 participants
Location: Sessions 1-5 at WVLO studio, 500 E. McGlincey Ave, Campbell; Session 6 at SBMT studio at 761 Mabury Rd, Unit 20, in San Jose
Cost: $345
Instructor: Michael Hirsch

Music Reading for Singers: How to practice and perfect your part for rehearsal (click for details)
Saturdays: Feb. 29; Mar. 7 and 14, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Three 90-minute sessions; no cap on enrollment
Cost: $105
Instructor: Michael Stahl

Musical Theatre Dance (click for details)
Saturdays: Feb. 29, Mar. 7 and 14, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Three one-hour sessions, maximum 10 participants
Cost: $70
Instructor: Kayvon Kordestani

Beginning Tap Dancing (click for details)
Wednesdays: Feb. 26, Mar. 4, 11, and 18, 7:30-8:30 p.m
Four one-hour sessions, maximum 13 participants
Cost: $90
Instructor: Francesca Cipponeri

Saturdays: Audition Preparation (click for details)
Saturdays, April 4, 11, 18, and 25; 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Four 90-minute sessions, maximum 12 participants
Cost: $130
Instructor: Walter Mayes, with accompanist Michael Johnson

Sundays: Glitz Dance Fitness (click for details)
Sundays, Feb. 16 and 23; Mar. 1; 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Three one-hour sessions, no cap on enrollment
Cost: $70
Instructor: Sara K. Dean

CURRENTLY UNDERWAY

All classes are currently on break. They will resume in early 2020.

RECENTLY COMPLETED

Saturdays: Shakespeare Monologue Workshop
Dec. 7, 14, and 21: Three-class series for $70
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m
Instructors: Angie Higgins, Larry Barrott, and Doll Piccotto

Sundays: Adult Musical Theatre Jazz Dancing Workshop
Dec. 8, 15, and 22: Three-class series for $54
10:30 to 11:30 a.m
Instructor: Michael Saenz

Saturdays: Intro to Voice
October 12, 19, and 26, Three-class series for $70
10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.:
Instructor: Michael Stahl



WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

Introduction to Directing

An Introduction to Directing

taught by Diane Milo

Diane MiloAre you at the point in your theatrical endeavors where you think you’d like to try your hand at directing a play or a musical? Are you curious about what it’s like to be on the other side of the table? Have you been in a show and thought, “What’s so hard about directing? I can do the job better than this person!” 🙂

If you nodded your head “yes” to any of those statements, then this workshop is meant for you! In this overview of directing, you will learn about the entire process of putting a show together, including choosing a project, creating a vision for the story you want to tell, building and communicating with your creative team, holding auditions and casting, planning your rehearsal process, running productive rehearsals, working with actors to build characters and scenes, and putting the finishing touches on your show through tech week. This workshop will take the mystery out of the process for you, and help you to determine if this is a challenge you want to explore further.

Saturday, Feb. 15, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
One three-hour session, maximum 15 participants
Cost: $70

Diane Milo has sung professionally for decades, and has been active in the Bay Area theatre community for the past 25 years. In addition to performing with many local companies, she has served as the Director and/or Vocal Director for well over 50 musical productions, ranging in styles from rock operas to Golden Age classics to jazzy contemporary scores and everything in between. Directorial highlights include Follies, Crowns, and the all-female production of 1776 at Tabard; City of Angels, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at Sunnyvale Community Players; Wonderful Town and Plaid Tidings at West Valley Light Opera; and TBA-nominated The Last Five Years at Limelight Actors Theatre. Diane and SBMT have a rich and longstanding relationship. She served as a member of the company’s Board of Directors for two and a half years, and has been directly involved in 16 SBMT shows, most notably as Director/Vocal Director for recent productions of The Bridges of Madison County and Mame, and as Vocal Director for Big River and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, for which she received another TBA Award nomination. Diane holds a BA and an MBA, and has completed coursework and student teaching requirements for the California State Teaching Credential. She worked as a classroom instructor and private tutor for many years, and is excited to be part of SBMT’s Musical Theatre Workshop Series.

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Directing-Storytelling

Directing – the Art of Storytelling and Problem Solving

taught by Diane Milo

Diane MiloThis four-session course is designed to help you refine your approach and hone your skills as you take on the challenge of directing. Throughout these sessions, we will focus on what’s involved in directing a musical, and achieving the end goal of telling a compelling story through the combination of creative vision, achieving excellence in performance, and building team rapport and collaboration among the many people you will be working with to mount your production. There will be an optional 4th session practical in which you can direct a scene and receive feedback on your interaction with your actors, the effectiveness of your blocking, and your ability to establish the emotional arc of the scene and help your actors create and portray their characters.

Sundays, Feb. 16, 23; Mar. 1, 10:00 a.m.-noon; and Saturday, Mar. 21, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Three two-hour sessions plus one three-hour session, maximum 10 participants
Cost: $190

Diane Milo has sung professionally for decades, and has been active in the Bay Area theatre community for the past 25 years. In addition to performing with many local companies, she has served as the Director and/or Vocal Director for well over 50 musical productions, ranging in styles from rock operas to Golden Age classics to jazzy contemporary scores and everything in between. Directorial highlights include Follies, Crowns, and the all-female production of 1776 at Tabard; City of Angels, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at Sunnyvale Community Players; Wonderful Town and Plaid Tidings at West Valley Light Opera; and TBA-nominated The Last Five Years at Limelight Actors Theatre. Diane and SBMT have a rich and longstanding relationship. She served as a member of the company’s Board of Directors for two and a half years, and has been directly involved in 16 SBMT shows, most notably as Director/Vocal Director for recent productions of The Bridges of Madison County and Mame, and as Vocal Director for Big River and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, for which she received another TBA Award nomination. Diane holds a BA and an MBA, and has completed coursework and student teaching requirements for the California State Teaching Credential. She worked as a classroom instructor and private tutor for many years, and is excited to be part of SBMT’s Musical Theatre Workshop Series.

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Acting Through Song

Acting through Song

taught by Diane Milo, with accompaniment by Michael Johnson

Diane Milo

This master class is designed to help you become more effective in creating a compelling character and telling an interesting story as you sing a song. Whether you are singing for an audition and hoping to land that dream role, or building a cabaret-type show, or desire to deliver a knock-out performance in the musical you have just booked, these sessions can help you to become a more effective storyteller through song. You will learn about sustaining a character while you are singing, breaking down the text of a song, lyrical interpretation, and understanding the musical structure of a song and using it to help you create a truthful and memorable performance. Please come prepared with two contrasting songs that you will work on and perform throughout the three sessions.

Sundays, Feb. 16, 23; Mar. 1, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Three 90-minute sessions, maximum 8 participants
Cost: $105

Diane Milo has sung professionally for decades, and has been active in the Bay Area theatre community for the past 25 years. In addition to performing with many local companies, she has served as the Director and/or Vocal Director for well over 50 musical productions, ranging in styles from rock operas to Golden Age classics to jazzy contemporary scores and everything in between. Directorial highlights include Follies, Crowns, and the all-female production of 1776 at Tabard; City of Angels, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at Sunnyvale Community Players; Wonderful Town and Plaid Tidings at West Valley Light Opera; and TBA-nominated The Last Five Years at Limelight Actors Theatre. Diane and SBMT have a rich and longstanding relationship. She served as a member of the company’s Board of Directors for two and a half years, and has been directly involved in 16 SBMT shows, most notably as Director/Vocal Director for recent productions of The Bridges of Madison County and Mame, and as Vocal Director for Big River and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, for which she received another TBA Award nomination. Diane holds a BA and an MBA, and has completed coursework and student teaching requirements for the California State Teaching Credential. She worked as a classroom instructor and private tutor for many years, and is excited to be part of SBMT’s Musical Theatre Workshop Series.

Michael Johnson has been involved for many years with SBMT doing costumes (Gentleman’s Guide, Peter and the Starcatcher, Man of La Mancha), vocals and/or Music Direction (Man of La Mancha, And The World Goes ’Round, The Goodbye Girl), or performing (She Loves Me, Big River, Guys and Dolls, Gypsy, Fiddler on the Roof, 1776, The Sound of Music). He also has performed locally with WVLO, CLTC, and TW. Recently retired from Oncology Nursing, Michael now has more time to dedicate to his favorite pastime of theatre…and all its various parts.

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Acting for Beginners

Acting for Beginners

taught by Michael Hirsch
 
Michael HirschThis studio course provides aspiring actors with methods and exercises useful not only for developing characters for the stage but in everyday life. Acting for Beginners will give you an opportunity to learn, practice and hone essential skills used in the craft of acting, applicable for performing on stage and off. Sessions will include various acting techniques, breathing, movement, energy and imagination exercises used in producing truthful and unique characters and growing your confidence and skills as a performer.
 
Saturdays, Feb. 29; Mar. 7, 14, 21, and 28; Apr. 4; 9:30 a.m. – noon
Six 2.5-hour sessions, maximum 8 participants
Location: WVLO studio, 500 E. McGlincey Ave, Campbell
Cost: $345

Michael Hirsch has performed in almost 100 professional, educational and community theatrical productions and taught acting classes to beginners and theatre majors at Michigan State University. He studied studio art in college, acting at graduate school, earned a black belt in kendo and works as Product Owner at Shutterfly.

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Acting For Actors

Acting for Actors

taught by Michael Hirsch
 
Michael HirschThis studio course provides actors with methods and exercises useful in developing characters for the stage. As an actor with some experience, Acting for Actors will give you an opportunity to practice and hone essential skills used in the craft of acting, applicable for performing on stage and off. Sessions will include various acting techniques, breathing, movement, energy and imagination exercises used in producing truthful and unique characters.
 
Sundays, Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29; 9:30 a.m. – noon at WVLO studio
PLUS Sunday Apr. 5; 9:30 a.m. – noon at SBMT studio
Six 2.5-hour sessions, maximum 8 participants
Location: Sessions 1-5 at WVLO studio, 500 E. McGlincey Ave, Campbell; Session 6 at SBMT studio at 761 Mabury Rd, Unit 20, in San Jose
Cost: $345

Michael Hirsch has performed in almost 100 professional, educational and community theatrical productions and taught acting classes to beginners and theatre majors at Michigan State University. He studied studio art in college, acting at graduate school, earned a black belt in kendo and works as Product Owner at Shutterfly.

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Music Reading for Singers

Music Reading for Singers: How to practice and perfect your part for rehearsal

taught by Michael Stahl

Michael Stahl

Vocal rehearsals can be either a breath of fresh air, or a nightmare. The ability to read sheet music and practice efficiently can save you time and frustration — not just in early rehearsals, but all the way to opening. This class will cover: how to practice solo and ensemble music at home, how to be more efficient during rehearsal, tools for beginners, and methods of memorization. Hone your music reading skills and earn how to practice and perfect your part at home before you get to rehearsal. Everyone can learn something and improve in this workshop, but no experience is needed.

Saturdays, Feb. 29; Mar. 7 and 14, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Three 90-minute sessions, no cap on enrollment
Cost: $105

Michael Stahl has taught voice and choir all around the South Bay, including Ragazzi Boys Chorus, Los Altos High School, Sunnyvale Music School, and Silicon Valley Boychoir. He recently performed with SBMT in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Big River, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Bridges of Madison County, and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. He has also performed with Cabrillo Stage (Into the Woods), and Lyric Theatre (Wizard of Oz, Yeomen, Gondoliers, Patience). Michael’s love of singing and music is elevated by all of the wonderful people he’s met along the way who share this enthusiasm.

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Musical Theatre Dance Basics and Terminology

Musical Theatre Dance Basics and Terminology

taught by Kayvon Kordestani

Kayvon KordestaniNever fear a dance call again.  In these two three-week classes, learn the names and how to do the basic dance steps that appear in most musicals.  Each week we will cover several steps and at the end of each class learn a short combination using the steps taught that day. The level-one “Basics” class is appropriate for people with little or no dance training or those that want to solidify their familiarity with basic musical theater dance movement and vocabulary.  (Note: We will not be working on  the same dance as the July workshop). The level-two class is appropriate for musical theater performers who consider themselves “movers” but who want more practice and experience with musical theater dance and vocabulary.  Attendees will receive a printout of all dance terms.  Feel free to bring a video camera or use your phone to record each class.

Saturdays, Feb. 29, Mar. 7 and 14, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Three one-hour sessions, maximum 10 participants
Cost: $70

Kayvon Kordestani is a graduate of the University of the Pacific, where she earned a quadruple-teaching credential in Music, English, Elementary and Pre-School Education. She also studied at the Theatre Artist’s Institute of San Jose. Kayvon has performed, choreographed, directed or vocal directed over 75 shows for various local theater groups. She served as the Artistic Manager for the Children’s Musical Theater of San Jose and was the Dance Director for the San Francisco Children’s Musical Theater and the Gilroy Children’s Musical Theater. She has choreographed and taught for Starting Arts and is the Bay Area Producer for Flash Mob America and The Mob Squad. Career highlights for Kayvon were working on a Francis Ford Coppola original score at American Zoetrope, and winning a Bay Area Theater Critic’s Circle award for Best Choreography for the San Francisco Follies.

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Beginning Tap Dancing

Beginning Tap Dancing

taught by Francesca Cipponeri

Francesca CipponeriTap into your inner Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and jump into basic Beginning Level Tap! This four week class is designed for aspiring dancers who have never tapped before, or have not tapped since they were children. This class will go over absolute basic vocabulary such as shuffles,flaps, and cramp rolls. Tap shoes required. (Note: Level Two class not offered during this quarter.)

Wednesdays: Feb. 26, Mar. 4, 11, and 18, 7:30-8:30 p.m
Four one-hour sessions, limited to 13 participants maximum
Cost: $90

Francesca Cipponeri, in addition to recent SBMT roles in Thoroughly Modern Millie and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, has appeared in such shows as Little Women (Clarissa) and Addams Family (Saloon Girl) with Chanticleers Theatre in Castro Valley, Cirque de Oops! (Education) under the direction of Casey Lee Thorne, and performing as an entertainer for California’s Great America. Other dance credits include performing in Radical Flux with Mills College Repertory Company, choreographing Your Mouth is Holy with the Faces of Freedom Gallery in Kansas City, MO, and currently serving as a teaching artist with Transform Artist Residency. She holds a BA in dance from SJSU and an MFA degree in choreography from Mills College.

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Audition Preparation Workshop

Audition Preparation Workshop

taught by Walter M. Mayes, with accompaniment by Michael Johnson

Walter Mayes and Michael JohnsonWhether you have been auditioning for years or have never attended an audition before, director Walter M. Mayes and accompanist Michael Johnson will take you through the process from start to finish, giving you insight into how shows are cast, what directors and staff are looking at when you audition, and the truth about what goes on before and after you leave the audition room. Learn what always to do, what never to do, what you can control, and what you must let go of.

Three weeks, 90 minutes each. Bring your audition book (and if you don’t have one, we will give you ideas on how to create one), a prepared and memorized monologue, your willingness to risk, and any questions you may have. Week One will focus on the rules and behind the scenes information. Week Two will have you up on your feet in a mock audition but with the bonus of feedback. Week Three will put you behind the table as you must take everything you have learned and be the ones who critique your fellow classmates as they audition.

Saturdays, April 4, 11, 18, and 25; 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Four 90-minute sessions, maximum 10 participants
Cost: $130

Walter M. Mayes has been an SBMT mainstay since his return to the stage (after a 20-year absence) in the title role of 2008’s Man of La Mancha. He directed The Producers; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Promises, Promises; Hairspray; The Genius of Leonard Bernstein; 1776; Chess in Concert; Peter & the Starcatcher, and produced Finian’s Rainbow; Anything Goes; Kiss Me, Kate; My Fair Lady; and Mame. He was seen most recently as The King in Big River and the despicable M. Thénardier in Les Misérables. Walter has also worked with Lyric Theatre and SCP as a director; and City Lights, Palo Alto Players, Cabrillo Stage, Silicon Valley Shakespeare, Broadway by the Bay, Foothill Music Theatre; and the Redwood Symphony as an actor. A past member of SBMT’s Board of Directors, Walter is the librarian at The Girls’ Middle School in Palo Alto.

Michael Johnson has been involved for many years with SBMT doing costumes (Gentleman’s Guide, Peter and the Starcatcher, Man of La Mancha), vocals and/or Music Direction (Man of La Mancha, And The World Goes ’Round, The Goodbye Girl), or performing (She Loves Me, Big River, Guys and Dolls, Gypsy, Fiddler on the Roof, 1776, The Sound of Music). He also has performed locally with WVLO, CLTC, and TW. Recently retired from Oncology Nursing, Michael now has more time to dedicate to his favorite pastime of theatre…and all its various parts.

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Glitz Dance Fitness

Glitz Dance Fitness

taught by Sara K. Dean

Sara K. DeanGlitz Dance brings Broadway to the world of exercise! This is an upbeat, jazz-based dance fitness class that will leave you feeling uplifted, powerful and energized. The music in Glitz showcases a wide variety of styles from stage and screen to disco and swing. Participants love Glitz because it makes them laugh, smile and sweat! Excellent for all levels of movers & dancers. 

Sundays, Feb. 16 and 23; Mar. 1; 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Three one-hour sessions, no cap on enrollment
Cost: $70

Sara K. Dean has been AFAA-certified fitness instructor for 10 years.  The creator of Glitz Dance Fitness, a certified fitness program from ACE & AFAA, Sara also holds fitness certificates in Pilates, TRX, Schwinn Cycling, Concept2 Rowing and Barre.  She holds a BFA in theatre and has trained in multiple styles of dance at New York University and Dance Arts Center in San Mateo, CA. In her spare time, she is the Executive Director for South Bay Musical Theatre, providing noteworthy entertainment to the bay area.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

For specific questions about classes, please email classes@southbaymt.com. To be added to our mailing list to receive updates about classes and dates as soon as they are available, please email auditions@southbaymt.com.