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collaboration of many people, build self-esteem, learn to work side by side with adults, and even overcome stage fright.” Each production runs for about a month, with eight to twelve performances. The spring 2013 teen musical, Legally Blonde, played to sell-out crowds. Local high school students served in acting and singing roles and as stage crew members who helped with sound, lighting, sets, props and staging. “The kids had a great time and got a lot of valuable experience from participating in the musical,” Mandel said. “The teen cast and crew were very talented. They learned significant acting and dance skills, and experienced how to commit and deliver on a goal while working alongside other teens from varied backgrounds.” The Magic Behind the Scenes For its main stage productions, SVCT licenses the rights to perform popular plays and musicals from the theatre organizations that own them. Licensing generally includes access to scripts; orchestration, choreography, set design and staging information; templates for promotional materials; and the many other details that go into making an authentic, high quality production. Highlights of the SVCT 2014-2015 Season City of Angels, May 23 - June14 Adult thriller/contemporary jazz musical Oliver!, August 1 - 23 Family musical performance of the Charles Dickens classic, Oliver Twist) Proof, September/October (drama) Little Women, November/December Holiday musical performance based on Louisa May Alcott’s book by the same name Shrek, February/March 2015 Teen Musical Seussical, April/May 2015 Children’s musical performance of a Broadway production based on selected books of Dr. Seuss The Producers, July/August 2015 Based on Mel Brooks’ Tony award-winning Broadway musical-comedy of the same name “BIG” Teen Musical, 2013 Photos provided by South Valley Civic Theatre SVCT’s play selection committee is made up of people from diverse backgrounds and theatre experience. After months of reading scripts and researching plays and musicals, they narrow down their list of choices and present those to the SVCT Board for a final vote. “We attract talented amateur actors, dancers and musicians from all over,” Mandel said. “It takes about six to eight weeks to put together a large, complex musical. These people are very committed to their craft and devote many hours to be in a production. They do it for the love of theatre.” SVCT has access to a large warehouse not far from the Playhouse. It is here that volunteers meet to design and construct sets, hold auditions, conduct rehearsals, and work out all the stage, sound and lighting direction for the production. “We typically move into the Playhouse about two weeks before opening night,” Mandel said. “We transport all the sets and equipment from the warehouse and focus one week on all the technical aspects of staging, rigging, and other details. The second week focuses on production preparation and dress rehearsals.” An upcoming production not to miss, City of Angels, will be performed from May 23 through June 14. This adult musical comedy/thriller portrays the misadventures of a novelist attempting to write a screenplay. The audience is in effect watching the making of a movie within the framework of the play. The actors transition from characters in the play to characters in the movie, and back again. The setting is 1940s Hollywood, complete with a private eye, homicide and a few femme fatales, with contemporary jazz music as a backdrop. “Theatre is a very special art form,” Mandel said. “As a live performance, it offers a close connection between the actors and the audience that is not possible with movies or television. I invite those who have not been to a performance at our beautiful playhouse to come, experience, and enjoy it for themselves.” S P R I N G 2 0 1 4 M O R G A N H I L L T O D A Y 53