WE’VE GOT THE BEAT! HEAD OVER HEELS, FEATURING THE MUSIC OF THE GO GO’S, OPENS 2019-2020 BLOCKBUSTER SEASON AT SBHS THEATRE!

DATES: NOVEMBER 8, 9, 15, 16, AND 17

DIRECTED BY OTTO LAYMAN CHOREOGRAPHED BY GIANNA BURRIGHT

MUSICAL AND VOCAL DIRECTION BY SIO TEPPER

LIGHT DESIGN BY MIKE MADDEN SET DESIGNED BY OTTO LAYMAN

COSTUME DESIGN BY ELIANA MULLINS

HEAD OVER HEELS, Conceived and original book by jeff whitty, adapted by james magruder, is A jukebox musical featuring the songs of The Go-Go’s and based on Philip Sidney’s  The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia ,  Head Over Heels  is the story of what happens when the royal court of Arcadia is threatened by the mystical Oracle of Delphi with the loss of its “Beat,” the divine power that ensures the kingdom’s prosperity. King Basilius, whose own title is at stake, forces the members of the royal family and court on a journey to the woods in an attempt to escape the Oracle’s seemingly unavoidable prophecies. Through a plot containing usurped kingship, unlikely lovers, and gender-fluid disguises,  Head Over Heels  preaches unconditional love and acceptance of yourself and everyone you know, no matter their gender or sexual identity, and uses some of the greatest pop rock hits of the late 20th century.                                                              Non-Binary Pronoun ‘They’ Added to Merriam-Webster Dictionary    Jseptember 17,2020—Julia Arciga   , reporter, the daily beast.    The  non-binary pronoun  “they” was added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary on Tuesday. Se[ptember 17.   new dictionary entry , listed as the fourth definition of the word “they,” says the word is “used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is non-binary.” The dictionary used this example of the word in a sentence: “I knew certain things about... the person I was interviewing... They had adopted their gender-neutral name a few years ago, when they began to consciously identify as nonbinary—that is, neither male nor female. They were in their late 20s, working as an event planner, applying to graduate school.”  Survey data indicated that 35 percent of those born after 1996 said they  personally know someone who uses non-binary pronouns  like “they,” compared to only 25 percent of millennials. The pronoun is just one of the 533 words added to the dictionary this month—including “colorism,” “inclusive,” and “deep state.”

HEAD OVER HEELS, Conceived and original book by jeff whitty, adapted by james magruder, is A jukebox musical featuring the songs of The Go-Go’s and based on Philip Sidney’s The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia, Head Over Heels is the story of what happens when the royal court of Arcadia is threatened by the mystical Oracle of Delphi with the loss of its “Beat,” the divine power that ensures the kingdom’s prosperity. King Basilius, whose own title is at stake, forces the members of the royal family and court on a journey to the woods in an attempt to escape the Oracle’s seemingly unavoidable prophecies. Through a plot containing usurped kingship, unlikely lovers, and gender-fluid disguises, Head Over Heels preaches unconditional love and acceptance of yourself and everyone you know, no matter their gender or sexual identity, and uses some of the greatest pop rock hits of the late 20th century.

Non-Binary Pronoun ‘They’ Added to Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Jseptember 17,2020—Julia Arciga, reporter, the daily beast.

The non-binary pronoun “they” was added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary on Tuesday. Se[ptember 17. new dictionary entry, listed as the fourth definition of the word “they,” says the word is “used to refer to a single person whose gender identity is non-binary.” The dictionary used this example of the word in a sentence: “I knew certain things about... the person I was interviewing... They had adopted their gender-neutral name a few years ago, when they began to consciously identify as nonbinary—that is, neither male nor female. They were in their late 20s, working as an event planner, applying to graduate school.”

Survey data indicated that 35 percent of those born after 1996 said they personally know someone who uses non-binary pronouns like “they,” compared to only 25 percent of millennials. The pronoun is just one of the 533 words added to the dictionary this month—including “colorism,” “inclusive,” and “deep state.”




WE GOT THE BEAT!

WE GOT THE BEAT!


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A final look at MATILDA, the MUSICAL! Spring, 2019

Final Performances were May 10,11, and 12, 2019

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MATILDA, the MUSICAL National High School Premiere, May 3rd - 12th

Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, the Tony Award-winning Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical is the captivating masterpiece from the Royal Shakespeare Company that revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda has won 47 international awards and continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages around the world.

Matilda is a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. She's unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the highly loveable Miss Honey. Over the course of her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other's lives, as Miss Honey begins not only to recognize but also appreciate Matilda's extraordinary personality. Matilda's school life isn't completely smooth sailing, however – the school's mean headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, hates children and just loves thinking up new punishments for those who don't abide by her rules. But Matilda has courage and cleverness in equal amounts, and could be the school pupils' saving grace!




MATILDA, the Musical May 3 through May 12, 2019

Photos Courtesy of Lia Elena Wiegand


THE BEST MUSICAL THEATRE IN
SANTA BARBARA RETURNS
WELCOME TO OUR 2019-2020 SEASON

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Welcome to the 2010-2020 Season at Santa Barbara High School, and my 24th year as the head of the Theatre Department, where we continue our quest to be THE Musical Theatre destination for students, designers, and audiences alike…starting in 2012 when we produced Into the Woods, beginning a string of 17 consecutive musical productions, and an evolution in our program that led to a partnership with Dr. Jon Nathan and the UCSB Jazz Ensemble program.  Most schools have a traditional approach to theatre education and performance, producing a play in the Fall and a musical in the Spring.  Here at SBHS, we do things a little differently, and this year I think we have again upped our game—for the first time we will be doing three full-scale musicals—Head Over Heels (with music by the Gogo’s); THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, and the first ever student-produced full scale musical in late January 2020 (Directed and produced by Seniors Logan Fleming, Josie Gillingham, and Carter Beaudette).  In addition, we are making a radical change to our ticket pricing structure and ticket purchasing, offering a season subscription to both mainstage productions at a bargain price, and throwing in the student showcase to boot!  You can go to the Ticket Sales tab on the website to see details, but I think this change will generate more audience able to see incredible work at an extremely affordable price, especially for students, and parents who return night after night to support the actors and technicians in their families.  Our goal, after all, is not to profit, but to be seen and heard.


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