2023-2024 Season

Family Giving Tree is designated charity for Mary Poppins

By |2024-05-08T16:21:12-07:00May 6th, 2024|2023-2024 Season, Announcements, Fundraising|

SBMT is excited to partner with Family Giving Tree (FGT) as our designated charity for Mary Poppins by sponsoring a backpack and back-to-school supply drive. Nearly half (46%) of households in the Bay Area struggle to meet all of their needs and many students go to school without the basic tools and supplies they need to learn and be successful. FGT, with community support from sponsors like SBMT, brings equity to the classroom and offers hope through backpacks filled with school supplies. While many are already looking forward to summer vacation, FGT is already busy ramping up to find enough school supplies and backpacks so [...]

SBMT enhances sound experience with Saratoga Rotary grant

By |2024-03-17T21:47:58-07:00March 16th, 2024|2023-2024 Season, Behind The Scenes|

Musical theatre is a rich tapestry of storytelling, emotion, and artistry woven together by performers and musicians alike. For South Bay Musical Theatre (SBMT), bringing this American art form to the community is not just a mission but a passion. Now, thanks to a generous grant from the Saratoga Rotary Club Charitable Foundation, SBMT is poised to elevate its performances to new heights with state-of-the-art sound equipment at the Saratoga Civic Theater. At the heart of SBMT's mission lies the desire to share the magic of live musical theatre with the community. Central to achieving this goal is the live [...]

Announcing the cast of Mary Poppins

By |2024-04-04T21:25:35-07:00February 14th, 2024|2023-2024 Season, Announcements|

South Bay Musical Theatre is proud to announce the talented cast of our Spring production, Disney & Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins. MARY POPPINS: Clara Walker BERT: Lex Rosenberg GEORGE BANKS: Ben Hatch WINIFRED BANKS: Whitney Moore JANE BANKS / NELEUS: Mariah Jade Taylor & Ciara McCarthy MICHAEL BANKS: Roisin McCarthy KATIE NANNA / BEAR: Katy Darrow POLICEMAN / NORTHBROOK: Tim Huang ADMIRAL BOOM / PARK KEEPER / VON HUSSLER: Steve Sammonds MRS. BRILL: Angela Konigsberg MISS LARK: Barbara Heninger ROBERTSON AY / TOY SOLDIER: Stanford Stickney DIANA / TOY SOLDIER: Anita Popescu CHAIRMAN / VALENTINE: Gregg Zigler MISS SMYTHE: Gabby [...]

Mary Poppins auditions Jan 7 and 13

By |2023-12-08T12:24:23-08:00December 7th, 2023|2023-2024 Season, Announcements, Auditions|

South Bay Musical Theatre announces auditions for MARY POPPINS Music & Lyrics by Richard M. & Robert B. Sherman Book by Julian Fellowes Directed by Scott Ludwig Music & Vocal Direction by David Herberg Choreography by Noelle Wilder Location: Auditions will be held at 761 Mabury Rd, Suite 20, in San Jose. Sign up: Link to sign up: https://sbmt.ivolunteer.com/sbmt_alnm_002 Dates: Auditions are on Sunday, January 7, from noon to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 13, from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. Please schedule a vocal audition slot. Then, plan on attending the dance call at the end of the hour of your appointment. Callbacks by invitation [...]

Interview with Rent’s co-directors

By |2023-09-22T12:24:35-07:00September 22nd, 2023|2023-2024 Season, Behind The Scenes|

The following interview with Jennifer Cuevas and Nicole Tung will appear in the program for SBMT's upcoming production of RENT. Because it's a little longer than the typical "Welcome" letter, we are reprinting it here so that patrons can read it before they come to the theater. Jen and Nicole are the co-directors and co-choreographers for the show. What is your personal history with RENT? Nicole: The first time that I saw RENT was on Broadway. I had sung along with the soundtrack so many times with my roommates in college and felt like I knew and related to these [...]

Cast announced for A Little Night Music

By |2023-09-21T16:27:36-07:00August 16th, 2023|2023-2024 Season, Announcements, Meet The Cast|

SBMT is pleased to announce the cast of A Little Night Music, the Tony® Award-winning masterpiece by the late Stephen Sondheim. The musical runs January 27 through February 17, 2024 at the Saratoga Civic Theater, directed by Walter M. Mayes. There was an enthusiastic and very talented turnout for auditions, and we thank all who took part. Here is the cast of characters: Désirée Armfeldt - Jennifer Cuevas Fredrik Egerman - Michael Rhone Anne Egerman - Julien Gussman Henrik Egerman - Ryan Liu Madame Armfeldt - Judith Miller Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm - Nick Mandracchia Countess Charlotte Malcolm - Dana Cordelia [...]

Join the staff of Mary Poppins

By |2023-08-04T15:41:31-07:00August 4th, 2023|2023-2024 Season, Announcements|

South Bay Musical Theatre is now accepting resumes for staff positions for Mary Poppins, the final production of our 61st season. We will begin rehearsals in March and open for a four-week run on May 18, 2024. We are actively seeking resume submissions for the positions of... Director Music Director Vocal Director Choreographer Stage Manager Set Designer Costume Designer Hair & Makeup Designer Lighting Designer Properties Designer All positions are paid, either as Independent Contractor (fees range from $800 - $2,200) or Employee (all hourly employees are paid $18 an hour), in accordance with California's AB5 law. (Compensation depends on [...]

Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musicals

By |2023-07-30T13:06:05-07:00July 30th, 2023|2018-19 Season, 2023-2024 Season, Behind The Scenes, Blog-erviews!, Opinion|

Timeless Tales of Artistic Triumph: Comparing Rent with other Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musicals In the 105 years since the first Pulitzer Prize for Drama was awarded in 1918, only 10 Broadway Musicals have won that honor. SBMT’s upcoming production of Jonathan Larson’s RENT will be the fifth Pulitzer-winning musical to be staged by the company. In this blog post, we will attempt to examine some of the reasons RENT was so honored, and compare it to other musicals in the same elite group.   From the political satire Of Thee I Sing years ago, to last year’s winner, A Strange Loop, [...]

How Rent remains relevant today

By |2023-08-14T16:47:38-07:00July 12th, 2023|2023-2024 Season, Opinion|

27 years after its Broadway run, Rent remains relevant More than a quarter century since its Broadway debut, the Pulitzer Prize winning musical Rent by Jonathan Larson has retained its significance while recently regaining its relevance. Here in the Bay Area, homelessness and access to affordable housing have only grown worse in the past few decades, and a newly ignited culture war on LGBTQ+ individuals threatens hard-earned progress made toward acceptance and inclusion. Here are a few of the ways that the show's message remains as important today as it was in 1996. Countering the backlash against diversity Rent shines [...]

Auditions for A Little Night Music

By |2023-07-05T11:42:34-07:00July 5th, 2023|2023-2024 Season, Announcements, Auditions|

South Bay Musical Theatre announces auditions for  A Little Night Music Music & Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM Book by HUGH WHEELER Directed by Walter M. Mayes Music Direction by Ruiran Xun Vocal Direction by Anita Hsuing Carey Choreography by Francesca Cipponeri Produced by Walter M. Mayes Auditions will be held at 761 Mabury Rd, Suite 20 in San Jose. Link to sign up: https://sbmt.ivolunteer.com/sbmt_alnm_001 Saturday, August 5 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday, August 6 from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Please schedule a vocal audition slot.  Callbacks by invitation only will be held on Saturday, August 12 starting [...]

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