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Now Playing “The Velocity of Autumn” “Godspell” Teen Musical By Eric Coble April 19,20,26,27 May 3,4, 10,11 February 22,23 March 1,2,8,9,15,16,22,23 Matinees March 3,10 A wickedly, wonderfully touching discovery of the fragility and ferocity of life. An 80 year old heroine barricades herself in her Brooklyn brownstone surrounded by an assortment of receptacles that have been turned into Molotov cocktails fully intending to take any- one who attempts to forcibly remove her from the premises will be going with her. Enters her unexpected estranged son who awakens her from a mild slumber when he clambers in the window. No sooner are the words "Hi, Mom” uttered than the emotional bombs start detonating. For all its appealingly humor, this gentle play, which sometimes recalls the amiably crowd-pleasing comedies of Neil Simon, explores the family history and the son's grap- pling with the dissatisfactions of his life. “Find a mentor! Find somebody to work side-by-side with you. Enjoy the process and enjoy yourself. The people you work with are also volunteers so make sure to show appreciation and kindness throughout.” Marianne, who so generously provided background from her experience for this article, has had the pleasure of producing nine shows for SVCT: “Twelve Dancing Princesses,” “Shrek the Musical,” “Mulan Jr.,” “Leader of the Pack,” “Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical,” “Foot-loose: The Musical,” “Follies,” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” In the end, it is the conceptual vision of the producer that literally builds a show out from a box of scripts that arrive to be distributed to actors yet to be cast. It is the producer’s job to build a team, build a budget, stay on budget, support the artistic vision of those they have assembled to bring life to a production through, to name but a few, set design, costumes, lighting and the directing of actors and then market it successfully so that the seats are filled. In short, no producer, no production. Limelight Actors Theater 7341 Monterey Street • Gilroy 408.472.3292 limelightactorstheater.com Reservations recommended Friday/Saturday Doors Open 6:30pm, Showtime 8pm Sunday Matinees Doors open 1pm, Showtime 2pm A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables, using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques and hefty doses of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaude- ville is employed as the story of Jesus' life dances across the stage. Dissolving haunt- ingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifi x- ion. Jesus' messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life. Godspell's parade of beloved sons includes "Day By Day,” “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” "Learn Your Lessons Well,” All for the Best,” “All Good Gifts,” “Turn Back, O Man,” and "By My Side.” SVCT 17090 Monterey Road Morgan Hill, CA 95020 (408) 842-7469 svct.org Tickets available at the door or online Friday/Saturday Box Offi ce Opens 7pm, Seating 7:30pm, Showtime 8pm Sunday Box Offi ce Opens at 1:30pm, Showtime 2:30pm “Opening Night” By Norman Foster March 15 through April 6th During the opening night of a new play, the action is all in the audience and backstage. A fun look at theatrical hijinks on and off stage! Starring Bruce Pember, Valerie Valenzuela, April Ouellette, Jeff Patereau, James Swan, James Daniel Pearson, Betsy Molchan, and CJ Patereau. Pintello Comedy Theater 8191 Swanston Lane • Gilroy 408.337.1599 • pintellocomedy.com Reservations recommended Friday/Saturday Doors open 7:30pm, Showtime 8pm Sunday Doors open 1:30pm, Showtime 2pm Article Co-Written by Kimberly Lynch GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN february/march 2019 gmhtoday.com 75