Native Pacifican Takes the Stage in Saratoga’s Community Theater Production ‘On the Town’ | New


Pacific native Ethan Glasman will be part of the ensemble of “On the Town”, the current production of the South Bay Musical Theatre.

“On the Town” features music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. The production is set in Saratoga and will be directed and co-choreographed by Janie Scott.

“On The Town” is an energetic World War II musical about three sailors taking 24 hours of shore leave in New York City in 1943 before being deployed overseas. It’s an American classic renowned for its timeless exuberance. Production is all about making the most of your time on the town and on the planet. It features upbeat numbers like “I Can Cook, Too,” the beautiful “Lonely Town,” and the classic “New York, New York.”

Glasman reflected on his childhood in Pacifica and how it led him to his current theatrical work.

“Pacifica was a great place to grow up thanks to the supportive community and I especially thank Ocean Shore School for the values ​​they instilled in me from a young age,” Glasman said.

Glasman performed in theater productions at Terra Nova High School his final two years from 2013 to 2015 with drama teacher Scot Schneider along with Brendan Clark, a director for his senior year. He was in two musicals, “Little Shop of Horrors” and “The Wizard of Oz”. He also played soccer on the Terra Nova High School team.

“There are a lot of good things about Pacifica,” he said. “It’s the perfect size and it’s close to a major city. People are the best ever.

After Terra Nova, he went to the University of California, Berkeley, with a double major in Applied Mathematics and Cognitive Science. He now works for Google as a technical writer supporting Google Cloud.

“It’s a good job,” he said.

At Berkeley, he was active in the student theater company called BareStage Productions. He acted and directed in several theater productions from 2015 to 2019. Five of his friends from BareStage are in “On the Town”.

He now lives in South Bay and has participated in three community theater productions.

“I spend my free time doing community theatre. I like it a lot,” he said. “I do it for fun.”

Glasman recommends “On the Town.”

“It’s a fun show to watch for singing and dancing,” he said. “I think the show is really high quality. If you haven’t been to the theater in a while, this is a great show to come back to.”

“We hope audiences will escape into this timeless tale of love and adventure,” South Bay Musical Theater Executive Artistic Director Sara K. Dean wrote in a press release. “The show has it all – glorious music, stunning dance numbers, a taxi, a dinosaur, the subway, a trip to Coney Island and extremely talented company.”

“If you love high-energy, feel-good, goofy musicals, you’ll love ‘On the Town,'” director Janie Scott wrote in a press release.


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