Lyric Theatre of San Jose

Founded: 
1972
Active status: 
Producing opera
Company Type: 
Community
About Us: 

Lyric Theatre is a performing group of over 150 dedicated volunteers who have committed themselves to the art of stagecraft. For over 30 years, we have brought quality family entertainment to San Jose, California and the surrounding South Bay. Community members, students and professional quality performers grace our stage, play in our orchestra, and work behind the scenes, giving their talents in sharing our love of musical theater and especially operetta As members of the non-profit Gilbert & Sullivan Society, the light operas of William S. Gilbert and Arthur S. Sullivan are a cornerstone of our repertoire. We also stage works by other compsosers including Victor Herbert, Jacques Offenbach, and many more. Lyric Theatre is a member of Theatre Bay Area and the Silicon Valley Arts Coalition Our activities encompass: Helping to educate children to the joys of music and theater by staging special daytime presentations of our shows for school groups. Providing talented individuals with scholarships for higher education in stagecraft. Creatively and innovatively staging productions with full chorus, orchestra, elaborate sets, lights and costumes. Publishing a membership newsletter with interesting articles about our productions and our many Outreach activities. Maintaining an online store for the purchase of operetta-related items and tickets for the convenience of our audience. After each performance our cast fills the lobby to greet the audience that has come to love the Bay Area's cornerstone in light operetta, Lyric Theatre. We look forward to seeing you at our next performance!!

History: 

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of San Jose (GSSSJ) was founded in 1972 as a result of a notice placed in the local newspapers by John P. Healy, Jr. He called for a meeting of persons interested in works of the Victorian music era while still in his early 20s. At the tender age of 17 years he founded San Jose Children's Musical Theater. A small but enthusiastic turnout decided that we wanted to be a producing company and a board of directors was elected. Michel Stein was elected as the president. The first production was "The Pirates of Penzance." Assembled cast was a mixed bag, some of the cast members were adults and other were drawn from the San Jose Children's Musical Theater, of which John Healy was director. The leading role of the aged comic Major General Stanley was portrayed by a talented 14-year old who aged half a century with makeup and 12-year old policeman arrested a 55-year old pirate. Ruth Stein, Michel's wife and a life-long Gilbert and Sullivan buff, sang in the chorus. She has been from the beginning a prominent member and visionary for GSSSJ. During the first five years, GSSSJ grew from a small, but passionate group of about forty talented volunteer doctors, engineers and housewives to a close-knit theatrical company, playing to sold-out houses. By the end of this period we were now mounting two to three productions per year, had money in the bank, sets, lights, costumes, props, a technical crew, directors, musicians, designers, and a loyal audience. Jan Musson, who started Musson Theatrical out of her garage and grew it into a thriving theatrical supply business, has been an important supporter for us. She and her husband, Wick, have been incredibly generous to Lyric Theatre, right from the beginning.

Contact: 
408-986-9090
Address: 
PO Box 6741
San Jose, CA 95150
United States