About Us

DSC_1604 Crop.jpg

Santa Barbara High School Theatre has been performed continuously for 109 years, 88 of those years in the same space.  We are a public high school in Santa Barbara, California, and we are dedicated to giving as professional an experience to student actors and technicians as is possible--to that end, we employ professional designers, choreographers, musical directors and guest artists. 



How to.png


How To Succeed In Business was directed by Otto Layman and choreographed by long-time collaborator Christina McCarthy (UCSB Professor of Dance), with Musical Direction by Jon Nathan (UCSB Professor of Music), Vocal Direction by Brent Wilson and Costume Design by Bonnie Thor. Set and Light Design was by Mike Madden (Ensemble Theatre Company) with Technical Direction by David Guy, and the show was Stage Managed by Beau Lettieri. How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying has a book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, based on Shepherd Mead’s satirical self-help book of the same name, and music and lyrics by Frank Loesser.

Following the advice of a book entitled “How to Succeed in Business” a young window-cleaner, J. Pierrepont Finch, begins a meteoric rise from the mail-room to Vice President of Advertising at the World-Wide Wicket Company. Finch’s unorthodox and morally-questionable business practices jeopardize not only his career but also his romance with secretary Rosemary Pilkington. 

J. Pierrepont Finch was played by Aaron Linker, J.B. Biggley by Nick Blondell, Bud Frump by Grant Bower, Rosemary Pilkington by Ciara Tolliver, and Hedy LaRue by Camille Umoff. The rest of the cast featured Drew Janssen, Andrew Gutierrez, Rio Salazar, Sable Layman, Brenna Gerlach, Irving Soto, David Zevallos, Blake Devine, Bradley Devine, Alessio Morello, Dolan Ingraham, Colton Ingraham, Hailey Turner, Grace Perry, Hailey Simmons, Quique Hernandez-Black, Fabrice Tay, Dante Gonzalez, Miranda Valdez, Serafina Crannell, William Blondell, Barron Mainz, Irving Soto, Alessio Morello, Hannah Robinson and Mae Pendergast.

A Look Back at Chicago, Fall 2013



The year was 1924. The place: prohibition era Chicago.

Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner are on trial for murder, Annan for her lover and Gaertner, a cabaret singer, for Walter Law. Both women are acquitted for their crimes, and Chicago Tribune reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins not only got the story but a hit play as well.

Chicago was performed by the talented theatre arts students at Santa Barbara High School beginning November 1.

Chicago features songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb, the same team that were responsible for Cabaret!, which played to sold out houses and rave reviews at SBHS this summer.


Otto Layman, Performing Arts Chair at Santa Barbara High School directs, when beginning his 18th year at the school; Choreography was by UCSB Associate Professor of Dance Christina McCarthy (Spamalot, Cabaret!, The Drowsy Chaperone); Costume Design by Lise Lange (Spamalot, The Glass Menagerie, Cabaret!, God of Carnage and The Drowsy Chaperone in 2012-2013 alone); Musical Direction by John Douglas (Cabaret!, The Drowsy Chaperone); Vocal Direction by Sarah Eglin (Spamalot).  Ingrid Holden’s set design marks her first with SBHS, Mike Madden is the Light Designer and David Guy is the Technical Director along with Beau Lettieri as the Production Stage Manager.

Appearing as Roxie Hart is Sable Layman.  She last appeared on stage as Fraulein Kost in Cabaret. Camille Umoff, in her SBHS debut played the role of Velma Kelly; Mary Cusimano (Lady of the Lake in Spamalot, Frau Schneider in Cabaret!) is cast in the pivotal role of “Mama” Morton, while the lawyer Billy Flynn was played by Grant Bower (Cabaret!). The cast of talented singers and dancers included Ciara Tolliver, Mae Pendergast, Claudia Fanaro, Hailey Turner, Aaron Linker, Spencer Glesby, Andrew Guttierrez, Rio Salazar, Hailey Simmons, Shayne Casso-Cloonan, Libby Sestak, Nolan and Malcolm McCarthy, Bradley Devine, Nitza Garcia, and Dante Gonzalez.


Past Santa Barbara High School Productions