Welcome back everyone, to another spectacular season at one of the nation’s premiere showcase for the best in high school musical theatre. With the tremendous input from a creative team comprised of UCSB Director of Music Dr. Jon Nathan, UCSB Dance teacher and choreographer extrordinaire Christina McCarthy, resident Costume Designer Bonnie Thor, long time lighting designer Mike Madden and the technical expertise of Jonathan Mitchell, SBHS has garnered a national reputation for innovative approaches to the genre and the artistry and professionalism of their set and light designs.
I am so happy to announce our 2017-2018 season at Santa Barbara High School, leading off November 3, 2017 with CRY BABY, the “prequel” to HAIRSPRAY set in 1950’s Baltimore. That will be followed in late January, 2018,18th with the presentation of the student produced and directed Broadway revue MUSIC OF THE NIGHT. In the Spring SBHS is delighted to announce the production of GUYS AND DOLLS, the Frank Loesser/Abe Burrows masterpiece of musical theatre based on the stories of Damon Runyon. Noted critic Brooks Atkinson stated, "we might as well admit that Guys and Dolls is a work of art. It is spontaneous and has form, style, and spirit." while John Chapman wrote of it, "In all departments, Guys and Dolls is a perfect musical comedy”.
Featuring a star-studded cast of talented high school students, including Ben Kreitzer (Wade Walker/Cry-Baby), Miranda Ortega (Allison Williams), Pepper Walker (Bella Holland), Drewes McFarling (Baldwin Blandish), Penny O’Mahoney (Mrs. Williams), Lily Linz (Wanda Woodward), and Leah Martin (Mona Malnorowski), Tyler Dahneke, Daniel Sabraw, and Carter Beaudette (Whiffles), Logan Fleming (Lenora), Josie Gillingham, Liliana Johnston, Grace Gibbs (Teardrops), Zoë Padilla (Dupree), Jake Walker (Judge Stone), Jackson Olbrish (Father Officer O'Brien) and the ensemble of Vivian Shay, Angela Zevallos, Isaiah Myers, Jake Erickson, Nik Velasquez, Fabian De la Cruz, Brandon Holland, Gianna Gonzalez, Adelia Hubbard, Chloe Buckley, Camina Pipkin, Maggie McCourt and Anna Martin. Cry-Baby is where Baltimore of the 1950’s meets the electrifying talent of Santa Barbara High School.
Terry Teachout in the Wall Street Journal wrote that "the new John Waters musical, is campy, cynical, totally insincere and fabulously well crafted. And funny. Madly, outrageously funny.”
So get ready for another rollicking, outrageous and bold ride with Santa Barbara High School Theatre—let’s do this!