theater

A half-century on stage

Susan Rife

Lover of arts & books; ukulele learner; therapeutic knitter; long-distance runner. Former Arts and Books Editor at Herald-Tribune.
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It’s anyone’s guess which is more numerous along the crowded sidewalks of Manhattan, actor/performers or tourists. But earlier this summer, one group arrived in New York City checking both boxes. They numbered about 30, all from Gilroy, Morgan Hill or the surrounding area [...]

Forty years of tradition

Kimberly Ewertz

Kimberly Ewertz is a freelance writer for South Valley magazine and Gilroy Dispatch.
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For Sampad Kachuck, theater director for Mount Madonna School, 1982 was a year of beginnings with the marriage to his wife Iris and the start of his long standing career at MMS. This year is equally special for Kachuck, as it is for everyone associated with MMS, as it marks the [...]

Luck be a lady tonight

Susan Rife

Lover of arts & books; ukulele learner; therapeutic knitter; long-distance runner. Former Arts and Books Editor at Herald-Tribune.
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South Valley Civic Theatre wraps up its 49th season with a return to the first musical it presented in 1970 (as Gilroy Community Theatre): Frank Loesser’s hit musical “Guys and Dolls.” “This is probably the quintessential American musical,” said producer Adrianne [...]

On easy street

Susan Rife

Lover of arts & books; ukulele learner; therapeutic knitter; long-distance runner. Former Arts and Books Editor at Herald-Tribune.
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The musical Annie, based on the Little Orphan Annie comic strip of Depression-era fame, has been inspiring little girls to audition for the title role for more than 40 years, since it won the Tony Award for best musical in 1977. A shortened youth version, Annie Jr., likewise [...]

A hard-knock life

Susan Rife

Lover of arts & books; ukulele learner; therapeutic knitter; long-distance runner. Former Arts and Books Editor at Herald-Tribune.
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The cast of the South Valley Civic Theatre’s production of the musical “Annie Jr.” is made up entirely of young people—and two dogs. Golden retrievers Bailey, 6, and Mason, 5, will share the crucial role of the title character’s canine companion Sandy. At a rehearsal [...]

Double fantasy

Wallace Baine

Wallace Baine is a staff writer for New SV Media with extensive experience covering community arts in the region.
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Each day, after working 9 to 5, Rachelle Abbey has to turn around and then work “9 to 5.” Sure, it sounds like some exhausting and perverse “Groundhog Day” feedback loop, but it’s really nothing like that. It’s more like the glamorous double life of a secret [...]

A knack for theater

Susan Rife

Lover of arts & books; ukulele learner; therapeutic knitter; long-distance runner. Former Arts and Books Editor at Herald-Tribune.
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Community theaters, and theatrical troupes of all stripes, pride themselves on creating strong, family-like bonds among cast and crew and especially of developing new generations of talent. South Valley Civic Theatre, which presents a children’s show, a teen show and at least [...]

Mismatched pairs

Susan Rife

Lover of arts & books; ukulele learner; therapeutic knitter; long-distance runner. Former Arts and Books Editor at Herald-Tribune.
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From the opening languorous procession of Broadway showgirls in stupendous headdresses and a boatload of sequins and rhinestones, through the finale and final bows of the cast, be prepared to be dazzled by South Valley Civic Theatre’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s [...]

Stars of the show

Debra Eskinazi

Debra Eskinazi is the editor of South Valley magazine.
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When a group of past performers discover their beloved, but crumbling, Broadway theater is scheduled for demolition, they gather for one last hurrah in their old haunt. Based on the famous Ziegfeld Follies of Broadway, stars of the theatrical revue “Weismann’s Follies” [...]

Chocolate with a twist

Susan Rife

Lover of arts & books; ukulele learner; therapeutic knitter; long-distance runner. Former Arts and Books Editor at Herald-Tribune.
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It’s hard to imagine a more perfect show for community theater groups than Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, with a cast that can be expanded to accommodate any number of aspiring and experienced actors, and of all ages from little kids to grandparents. And imagination is the key [...]
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