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Pintello Comedy Theater “The number one comment we hear from the community is that they always know they’ll leave laughing. Whether it’s screwball or cutting-edge thoughtful comedy, there is something for everyone in every show season. We aim to bring levity into the community with entertainment that is touching, but not taxing. “Our musicals are always a huge hit with our patrons. This year we hired a new vocal director, Joe Kelley, who is fabulous. Our summer production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was our fourth musical and we brought the audience right into the action, inviting guests onstage to participate in the spelling bee. It was hilarious.” South Valley Civic Theater If you haven’t been to South Valley Civic Theater (SVCT), you owe it to yourself to go. The 2015-16 season includes Mulan Jr for Disney fans (complete with a performance by local Taiko Drum musicians), Tru for fans of Truman Capote, and Mary Poppins for the whole family. Past season hits included The Producers, Proof, Oliver! and Little Women to name just a few. According to board member Scott Lynch, “Our new season features new productions that will appeal to children, teens and adults. We are particularly proud of the opportunities we provide THEATER If there is a gene that carries the instinct for comedy, the Pintello family has it in spades. Rod and his wife Marian, daughter Whitney and son Simon have been in community theater together since the early 1980s. They were involved with the South Valley Civic Theater until 2003 when Rod and Marian opened their own theater company so they could focus on comedy. “Our parents’ vision has always been to make people feel welcome, like they’re in our living room and not just patrons,” Whitney said. “At every performance, we personally greet people, many of whom are regulars and have become our friends.” Before they choose a new year’s worth of productions, the Pintellos like to do “table reads” where they sit down with a script and read it out loud to see how it sounds live. “It’s not like TV. Theater is so much more personal. We want to get a strong sense of whether people are going to connect with the story and enjoy it.” The Gilroy Grange Hall became their home stage in 2006. A donation from Don and Karen Christopher kicked off a phased renovation of the theater that began in 2011 to upgrade the basics from storage, stairs and lighting to restrooms. The theater offers cabaret style seating, encouraging guests to come in groups and relax with food and beverages from the concession area. “The Grange Hall is a nice partnership for us,” Whitney said. “This summer, we celebrated our 50th show since opening there. The Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee 12 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015