Inside The Grill: Set & Projection Design

By |2022-12-20T10:18:46-08:00December 8th, 2022|2022-2023 Season, Behind The Scenes, Photos|

The Spitfire Grill takes us to a small diner in Wisconsin, 1985.  Gilead is a fictional town, yet grounded in reality. When approaching the initial design work, a few elements were clear — an openness to the set and somehow, a way to bring the powerful impact of Wisconsin nature indoors.  The theme of nature as a healing resource is woven throughout the story. References in song titles, from “This Wide Woods” to “Ring Around the Moon,” and “Colors of Paradise” all hint to the way nature restores and revitalizes. We needed to feature mighty trees, with roots deeply planted, [...]

Cast of Shout announced

By |2021-07-29T21:44:29-07:00June 25th, 2021|2021-2022 Season, Announcements, Meet The Cast, Photos|

South Bay Musical Theatre is proud to announce the cast for SHOUT! The Mod Musical, which will be presented at the Saratoga Civic Theater from September 25 through October 16, 2021. Red Girl... Melissa Momboisse Orange Girl... Christina Bolognini Yellow Girl... Jamie Gussman Blue Girl... Heather Mae Steffen Green Girl... Amanda Le Nguyen The Voice: Walter M. Mayes Red Girl understudy... Natalie To Gwendolyn Holmes & Orange Girl understudy... Kimberly Kay Yellow & Green Girl understudy... Mylissa Malley Blue Girl understudy: Jessica Whittemore Staff Listing: Director & Choreographer: Lee Ann Payne Musical & Vocal Director:  Debra Lambert Production Manager: Patti [...]

Award winners announced at State of SBMT meeting

By |2021-06-14T20:58:51-07:00May 28th, 2021|2020-2021 Season, Awards, Photos|

On May 18, 2021, the SBMT Board of Directors hosted a virtual meeting to discuss the “State of SBMT.” They recapped the past year during the pandemic, announced the upcoming 2021-2022 season, and announced this year’s winners of the group’s special recognition awards. Those honored include the following. Kama Belloni won the Howard Miller Bless Your Heart Award, given to the “individual who fosters a sense of love and family in our organization.” Over the past several years, Kama has volunteered as SBMT’s Communications Assistant.  She has been invaluable in providing administrative support to Sara & the Development team.  This [...]

Cast for The Revolutionists announced

By |2021-04-30T01:50:48-07:00April 21st, 2021|2020-2021 Season, Meet The Cast, Photos|

South Bay Musical Theatre is proud to announce the cast and staff for The Revolutionists, a play by Lauren Gunderson, as part of SBMT’s eStudio Readers’ Theatre. Cast: Olympe De Gouges – Mary Melnick Charlotte Corday – Sarah Thermond Marianne Angelle – Anna Marie Sharpe Marie Antoinette – Laura Domingo Narrator/Swing – Kristin Hall Staff: Director: Diane Milo Stage Manager: Megan Reed Props: Patricia Bilello Costumes: Christina Bertani Designs: Brett Carlson Sound Effects: Dan Singletary Producer: Sara Dean Casting Director: Vinh G. Nguyen Auditions Coordinator: Dallas Carter About The Revolutionists:  Four very real women who lived boldly in France during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror.  Playwright Olympe [...]

Cast announced for Pride & Prejudice

By |2021-01-31T20:25:57-08:00January 31st, 2021|2020-2021 Season, Announcements, Meet The Cast, Photos|

South Bay Musical Theatre and Silicon Valley Shakespeare are proud to announce the cast for their upcoming co-production of Pride & Prejudice, which will stream on February 13 and 14. Thanks to all who auditioned! Doy Charnsupharindr...Col. Forster; understudy for Mr. Bennet Kyle Dayrit...Darcy Laura Domingo...Miss Bingley Stephanie Ann Foster...Elizabeth Barbara Heninger...Lady Lucas; understudy for Mrs. Bennet & Lady Catherine Lauren Doyle...Hill; understudy for Charlotte Michael Paul Hirsch...Mr. Bennet Drew Jones...Bingley Celeste Kamiya...Lydia Alyssa Kirsch...Martha; understudy for Lydia & Miss Bingley Cynthia Lagodzinski...Mrs. Bennet André Leben...Col. Fitzwilliam; understudy for Wickham Uma Paranjpe...Jane Doll Piccotto...Lady Catherine Skyler Riordan...Denny; Martin; understudy for [...]

Sustaining art… while staying apart

By |2020-04-28T23:26:54-07:00April 28th, 2020|2019-2020 Season, Behind The Scenes, Photos, Video Link|

How I would love a time-travel machine To return us to life before COVID-19. As we wait for a treatment or proven vaccine, How I cherish the freedoms that once seemed routine! If there’s a silver lining to the current health and economic crises gripping California and the rest of the U.S., perhaps it’s a renewed appreciation for the fundamental ideals spelled out in our Declaration of Independence—life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We are fighting for all three. At South Bay Musical Theatre, we gratefully acknowledge the medical and scientific community as they work to save lives. We likewise [...]

Spotlight on: Daniel Hughes, Vocal Director for She Loves Me

By |2020-01-31T21:18:09-08:00January 31st, 2020|2019-2020 Season, Behind The Scenes, Meet The Cast, Photos, Video Link|

Vocal Director Daniel Hughes is interviewed for the latest installment in SBMT's series on "The Art of Theatre." He discusses his involvement with the musical SHE LOVES ME, answering questions about the composers and their music, specific songs from the show, the use of harmony, and the role of a Vocal Director. He says he loves this production because of the talented cast, the transformational stories, the clever lyrics, and the satisfying escape it provides from the harsh realities of today's world. SHE LOVES ME continues its run at the Saratoga Civic Theater, 13777 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga, CA now through Saturday, [...]

Spotlight on: Joe Kelly, Music Director for SHE LOVES ME

By |2020-01-23T06:33:37-08:00January 23rd, 2020|2019-2020 Season, Behind The Scenes, Photos, Video Link|

Joseph Kelly, whose past work as Music Director for South Bay Musical Theatre has twice been nominated as a Theatre Bay Area finalist, tackles another tuneful score with the show SHE LOVES ME, running January 25 through February 15, 2020 at the Saratoga Civic Theater. In this interview, Joe shares his thoughts on the show's composers, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (better known for Fiddler on the Roof). He reveals his favorite song from the show (which may surprise you!) and talks not only about the show's journey to Broadway but also his own journey from French horn player to Music [...]

Martín Rojas Dietrich, director of SHE LOVES ME

By |2020-01-13T23:49:59-08:00January 13th, 2020|2019-2020 Season, Behind The Scenes, Photos, Video Link|

Martín Rojas Dietrich joins South Bay Musical Theatre for the first time, as director of the classic romantic comedy SHE LOVES ME, by the author of Cabaret and the composers of Fiddler on the Roof. In this video interview, he gives some background on how the 1937 play Parfumerie evolved into three movies and a Broadway musical that has seen two award-winning revivals. He describes the plot: two people who quarrel at work unwittingly fall in love as anonymous pen pals. He also talks about how the music elevates the show beyond the play or movie versions, and cites subtle similarities [...]

Gwyneth talks wigs for She Loves Me

By |2019-12-16T22:40:04-08:00December 16th, 2019|2019-2020 Season, Behind The Scenes, Meet The Cast, Photos, Video Link|

We interview Gwyneth Price Panos, Hair & Makeup Designer for South Bay Musical Theatre's upcoming production of She Loves Me. What hairstyles are apropos for a show set in the 1930s? Do cast members like wearing wigs or prefer styling their own hair? How do you determine what color hair should be matched with each character? Learn all this and more in this 2-minute video. Credit: David Simon, MidPen Media Center. Watch the video here, or read the transcript below.   GWYNETH PRICE PANOS: "Modern day audiences do have a certain expectation when watching period shows. You want to [...]

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