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South Valley Civic Theater :

Stronger Than Ever


outh Valley Civic Theater ( SVCT ) has emerged from the challenges of the pandemic stronger than ever , presenting a series of successful shows this season and looking ahead to an ambitious 2022-2023 year . Four productions are planned for their Limelight venue in Gilroy and five at the Morgan Hill Community Playhouse .
While 2020 brought excitement as SVCT took over Limelight Theater in Gilroy , Covid lockdowns put a temporary end to that . One and a half years later , SVCT finally opened their first show at Limelight in the fall of 2021 . Limelight ' s loyal followers returned to see Ripcord , then A Nice Family Christmas , and finally Tigers Be Still , resulting in repeatedly sold out performances and reassuring SVCT of the continued demand for high quality theater in Gilroy .
Meanwhile , at the Morgan Hill Playhouse , Cabaret , delayed from March 2020 , and Newsies JR , featuring teens dancing their hearts out and thrilled to be back on stage , also saw enthusiastic audiences . The SVCT season closes in July with an extravagant production of the award winning Disney musical Beauty and the Beast , sure to be a summer highlight for families .
Looking ahead , the 2022-2023 SVCT season will open at the Morgan Hill Playhouse with a children ' s production of Honk JR , based on the story of The Ugly Duckling . It will be followed by A Christmas Story for the holidays , a teen production of the musical The Drowsy
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Chaperone , the Stephen Sondheim musical masterpiece Sweeny Todd , and finally the Tony award winning musical Matda , based on the beloved children ' s book by Roald Dahl .
Meanwhile . Limelight , a more intimate performance venue , will continue to feature the kind of high quality , small cast plays and musicals that LImelight audiences look forward to . The Outsider , a hilarious political satire , will open the season in August . Next will be the classic musical The Fantastiks . The final two Limelight productions , both thoughtful comedies , will be Later Life and Becky ' s New Car .
As SVCT plans its shows for the upcoming season , they would like to remind all theater lovers that you don ' t need to be an actor to get involved with your local , non-profit community theater .
Kimberly Lynch , SVCT Board President says , " We have plenty of volunteer talent that is creative and theater production focused ; we also need people with marketing skills , organization skills , project management skills , and much more ."
Consider the diverse skills required behind the scenes to put on a play . In addition to the creative team – ldirector , choreographer , vocal director , set designer , costume designer , lighting designer , etc ., there is also scheduling , marketing , advertising , building , painting , sewing , publicity , house management , concessions , stage crew , box office , financial management , and a lot of project management . So if you love theater , SVCT invites you to join them in engaging post-pandemic ... not just as audience members but also as volunteers . This is a great time to establish a fun , new , and worthwhile connection with your community . SVCT is an all-volunteer organization and welcomes all volunteers !
To learn more how you can get involved with SVCT , go to https :// www . svct . org / volunteer .
South Valley Civic Theater 2022-2023 Schedule :
At the Morgan Hill Playhouse -
HONK ! Fairytale Quest October 1-22 , 2022
A Christmas Story Holiday Classic November 18-December 10 , 2022
The Drowsy Chaperone Hilarious Musical Farce Teen Production February 24-March 18 , 2023
Sweeney Todd Tony Award-Winning tale of love , murder & revenge April 28-May 20 , 2023
Matilda the Musical Based on Roald Dahl ' s beloved novel June 23-July15 , 2023
At the Limelight Theater Gilroy -
The Outsider Hilarious Political Satire August 26-September18 , 2022
The Fantasticka Romantic Musica Fable October 21-November 12,2022 18-December 10 , 2022
A . R . Gurney ' s Later Life Bittersweet Comedy Teen Production January 20-February11 , 2023
Becky ' s New Car Comedic Joyride May 26-June17 , 2023
Tickets : https :// www . svct . org / tickets /
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