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December show round-up

December is a lighter month in terms of scheduled shows, but that just makes it easier to attend them all!
These are the shows Metblogs plans to attend and review this month:


Backwards in High Heels
The San Jose Repertory Company
November 24 – December 19
The remarkable life of the legendary actress Ginger Rogers comes to life onstage!
This intimate musical dances its way through Ginger’s life with unforgettable music, show-stopping dance numbers and a captivating story that chronicles her journey from hometown to Hollywood and from one love affair to another. Best known as Fred Astaire’s dance partner, Ginger defied her overly-protective mother to become one of Hollywood’s biggest stars and one of the industry’s first women to demand equal pay. Funny, moving and a visual feast, Backwards In High Heels is a toe-tapping, swirling, gliding account of her ambitious public and private life.

A Wonderful Life (Musical)

A Wonderful Life (MUSICAL)
Hillbarn Theatre
December 2 – 19
Frank Capra’s film classic has been brought to vibrant theatrical life through the remarkable collaboration of Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner Sheldon Harnick and Grammy and Emmy Award-winner Joe Raposo. The story of George Bailey and his wonderful life in Bedford Falls remains a timeless fable of dreams, disillusionment and the power of love. An uplifting chronicle of the extraordinary lives of ordinary folk, A Wonderful Life exhilarates the mind and heart as it celebrates the innate goodness in us all.  Memorable songs include One of the Lucky Ones, In a State and Christmas Gifts.


San Jose Short Film Festival
Camera 3 Cinemas
December 9, 11, 12
If you can’t wait for Cinequest 21 to begin (March 1) here is a great festival that will feed your film hunger: Presented by Emerging Artist Productions, the Second Annual San Jose Short Film Festival is dedicated to honoring and promoting short films while providing an outlet where local and national filmmakers, scriptwriters and all-around movie mongers can showcase their creative talent.

Nutcracker
Ballet San Jose
December 11 – 26
I don’t believe we will be attending this show, but no Holiday show list is complete without mentioning our own beautiful Nutcracker ballet.   This triumphant tale of Maria and her beloved nutcracker will delight audiences, young and old alike.  The theater itself is a wonderland of surprises, replete with lavish lobby decorations, a boutique of ballet and holiday treasures, choirs singing carols, the “Pocket Lady” passing out free toys, and characters from the show posing for photos and patrons.  A Not-to-be-Missed Treasure of the Season, and a Gift for the Holidays!

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October show round-up

Metblogs has a very busy month of shows ahead and we hope you will join us!  These are some of the shows we are hoping to review for you this month.  If you’re looking for some fun nights out before the busy holidays arrive, or if Halloween parties just aren’t your thing, take a look at just four of the great shows headed our way this month:

Secret Order

San Jose Repertory Company
Secret Order
Corporate greed and the politics of science collide in this biomedical thriller.
When Dr. Shumway, a relatively obscure and naive cancer researcher, is thrust into the high stakes world of science, the notion of noble “truth-seeking” is dissected with a scalpel’s precision. Shumway is in over his head when he and a young student researcher get swept up in the dangerous world of political maneuvering, corporate loyalty and scientific ethics. But it’s Dr. Brock, the chief administrator at a famous research institute, who will stop at nothing in his pursuit to find a cure for cancer. Responsible science hangs in the balance in the race to be first to trial, first to publish and first to find a cure in this brilliant exploration of the business of science.
October 14 – November 7
Tickets

Dial M for Murder

Hillbarn Theatre
Dial M for Murder
Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason.  He arranges the perfect murder; he blackmails a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her for a fee of one thousand pounds, and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself.  But who murders whom and does the real villain come to justice?
October 21 – November 7
Tickets


Giselle protects Albrecht

Ballet San Jose
Giselle
The tale of a peasant girl named Giselle who falls in love with Albrecht, a nobleman from a neighboring land who disguises himself as a villager to win her heart – and the betrayal that leads to her death.  Driven by his own guilt to mourn at Giselle’s graveside, Albrecht encounters the Wilis – beautiful, but deadly spirits who force men to dance to their deaths.  Only Giselle can protect him… if she can find it in her heart to forgive him.
October 22 – October 24
Tickets


Photo credit: Joan Marcus

Broadway San Jose
Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles
FROM ED SULLIVAN TO ABBEY ROAD! – They look like them and they sound just like them! All the music and vocals are performed totally live! RAIN covers the Fab Four from the earliest beginnings through the psychedelic late 60s and their long-haired hippie, hard-rocking rooftop days. A multi-media, multi-dimensional experience…a fusion of historical footage and hilarious television commercials from the 1960s lights up video screens and live cameras zoom in for close-ups.
October 26 – October 31
Tickets

Participate in the Nutcracker ballet, no dance experience required!

Ballet San Jose is looking for men ages 21 and up to be Supernumeraries (non-dancing positions) in this season’s winter story ballet, The Nutcracker.  No previous dance experience required.  If you can count music, are able to run to a beat and jump on cue, then you would be perfect for the ranks of the Super Men.

Ballet San Jose

Interested men should meet the following physical requirements:

Chest Size: no larger than 44″
Height: no taller than 6’3″
Shoe Size: no larger than size 13
Must be physically able to run and jump

Audition Information
Date: Saturday, October 2, 2010
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Location: Ballet San Jose Studios
40 North First Street
San Jose, CA 95113
What to Wear: Sneakers or Running Shoes, Clothing that is comfortable to move in

Questions: Contact Les Reinhardt (408) 288-2820 ext 235 or email LReinhardt@balletsj.org
Please RSVP to Les Reinhardt no later than Friday, October 1st at 5pm if you plan to attend.

You will be taught the movement for Red Russian Guards, White Russian Guards and Spanish Guards. You will be notified no later than Tuesday, October 5, if you have been chosen as a Supernumerary for The Nutcracker. The first rehearsal will be Saturday, October 9, 2010 from 2pm to 4pm at the Ballet SJ studios.

Everyone who auditions will have an opportunity to participate in the production. If you are not chosen to perform a Guard Role, you can be a part of the “Banner” during the performance.  Also you may have other opportunities to be a part of the “Nutcracker Experience” at the San Jose CPA.  Provided you fit the costume requirements, you can be Nutty the Nutcracker, the Mouse King, or a character wrangler before performances.

There are also openings for special appearances in the San Jose Holiday Parade which will be carried by NBC Channel 11 TV.

Ladies can also play a part in the “Nutcracker Experience” by dressing up as Mama Tannenbaum (who gives free toys to children) or as a character wrangler. Also, anyone can help decorate the San Jose CPA lobby for the holiday season during our technical rehearsal period.

If you are only interested in being part of the “Nutcracker Experience,” please contact Les Reinhardt at LReinhardt@balletsj.org.
Don’t miss out on this super fun holiday experience!!!

A time for new growth, love and dance at Ballet San Jose

Maykel Solas with Junna Ige in Salut d'Amour. Photo by Robert Shomler

Ballet San Jose was started in 1985 (known then as the San Jose Cleveland Ballet) and throughout 25 years of financial ups and downs it has not only survived, but is currently thriving.  Metblogs was invited by Ballet San Jose to attend the opening night of Spring Repertory 1, and we had a lovely time.  I usually attend their Holiday shows, but it has been many years since I last attended a non-Christmas ballet.  I was surprised and thrilled to see an almost full Center for Performing Arts when I arrived last night.  Although it was opening night, it was also a Thursday evening, so I was truly delighted to note that San Jose is supporting its renowned dance company.

Spring Repertory 1 is divided into three dances with intermission in between each.  The first is Moments, set to Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 49.  It is a joyful ballet choreographed by artistic director Dennis Nahat to showcase the talents of each dancer.   With the dancers grouped by color (green, blue, lavender, rose) I could not help but think I was watching a garden in Spring, with new growth, butterflies, birds, and one beautiful rose dancing on and off the stage.  Moments can be anything you like of course, but for me it was a happy welcome to Spring.

Karen Gabay and Maykel Solas in Dennis Nahat's MOMENTS. Photo by Robert Shomler.

The second section is Salut d’Amour.  Three couples dressed in white dance to piano and violin music by Sir Edward Elgar.  Spring is a time of love, and this ballet is beautiful and romantic, leaving the audience with a lovely and satisfied feeling when it is over.

The third section is George Balanchine’s Square Dance, and the strings and piano were on stage with a square dance caller chanting along with the colorfully dressed dancers.  This ballet not only injected a little bit of humor with the caller’s lyrics, but also had the most amazing and technically challenging footwork for the dancers.  The audience was both mesmerized by the dancers and chuckling along with the caller, but everyone left happy and ready for Spring when this ballet was over.

In short this is a perfect introduction to Spring for San Jose.  It encapsulates everything we have to look forward to in the coming months:  the beautiful Spring flowers and growth popping up everywhere we look, new love and awakenings, and the Summer barbecues and dances to come.

Square Dance, photo by Robert Shomler.

This show only runs through Sunday so rush to get your tickets now.  Performances are at the Center for Performing Arts downtown and tickets run from $35 – $85.  For this ballet any seat in the house will allow a perfect viewing experience.  Visit BalletSJ.org for more information and have a lovely time celebrating Spring and ballet this weekend!

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