Los Gatos Youth Theatre staging ‘Sound of Music,’ ‘Freaky

Just after kicking off its summer months period with the tale of the young children of Disney’s most perfectly-recognised heroes and villains, Los Gatos Youth Theatre will stage a typical musical that grew to become a beloved film and a clearly show based on a traditional movie that grew to become a musical.

“Descendants,” which experienced performances June 23-24, featured about 50 7- to 14-yr-olds who used a few months rehearsing through the LGYT day camp. For the first time this yr, the theater team expanded the age range for its summertime day camp.

These college students perform “The Seem of Music” July 14-17, and the program’s superior university learners will stage “Freaky Friday” July 21-24.

Director Patrick Gamman, a sophomore at Santa Clara University, begun performing in the quite system he is now directing back when he was in center faculty. He also labored as a phase supervisor and assistant director in preceding productions.

“I believe one particular of the most significant items is the feeling of community you get, for the reason that every person — no matter how huge or smaller their purpose is — is important to the show,” Gamman said. “If just one ensemble member is lacking, it throws off all the things. No issue if you have strains or not, you are an crucial portion. This matter is a puzzle piece that is related to every little thing, and I feel it seriously forms a bond with most people that definitely lasts a life span.”

Right after tackling the purpose of Curtis in SCU’s generation of “Sister Act,” Gamman reported he’s taking into consideration majoring in theater and pursuing a vocation in the field.

“Going by means of a plan like this actually prepares you,” he extra. “I imagined I was going to be completely out of my depth due to the fact I’d by no means accomplished faculty theater, but I assume having accomplished so lots of exhibits, realizing how it operates, obtaining the nerves out for auditions … acquiring actually knowledgeable that, I believe it properly prepared me for college and undertaking theater in a extra higher division.”

Quite a few LGYT alumni have arrive again to the program to enable with every little thing from choreography to phase directing, inventive director Heather Stokes mentioned.

“What I seriously like to do as artistic director is to arrive at out to that kind of college or university-age team and come across new expertise, and give people younger grown ups the option to have their 1st position in theater,” Stokes claimed. “It provides them an opportunity to start off that process, and then they also have it on their resume.”

Stokes is a previous Broadway performer and starred in the 1994 revival of “Grease” along with Rosie O’Donnell, Megan Mullally and Sutton Foster.

The theater group has navigated the challenges of the pandemic by generating a video clip compilation of pupils singing Broadway hits alternatively of hosting a stay general performance, and past calendar year staging an outside effectiveness of “All Shook Up.”

Stokes claimed the pandemic caused a large amount of theater experts to leave the marketplace or leave the point out because of to deficiency of function and the significant expense of residing. Now that productions are up and operating all over again, need for lighting and audio tech professionals is skyrocketing.

“We would like to be a complete-circle theater organization, wherever not only do we have performers and instruct the young ones how to execute and be on phase, but we are venturing in running a theater tech plan.”

Stokes envisions programming for every little thing from costume advancement to scenic and lights style.

With the exhibit ideal close to the corner, the learners reported they are psyched about the approaching productions.

“It’s seriously about seeking to determine out who you are by oneself, due to the fact you can determine it out by actively playing various roles and looking at how different matters in good shape you,” Kora Olivo said.

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