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Stepping Out

Pacific Ballet's 'Nutcracker' opens Friday in downtown Mtn. View

The Pacific Ballet Academy is back with its 24th annual production of “The Nutcracker,” scheduled this weekend in downtown Mountain View.

The story follows young Clara as she falls into a dream where her beloved nutcracker becomes the daring prince and snowflakes dance in a land of snow.

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'Fox on the Fairway' swings into Los Altos; Ludwig comedy runs through Dec. 14

The Los Altos Stage Company production of the Ken Ludwig comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” is scheduled to run through Dec. 14 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

A tribute to the English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, “Fox” takes audiences on a romp that pulls the rug out from under the stuffy denizens of two competing golf country clubs. The play is filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors and over-the-top romantic shenanigans.

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ECYS opens season Sunday


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The El Camino Youth Symphony rehearses for Sunday’s concert, above.

The El Camino Youth Symphony – under new conductor Jindong Cai – is scheduled to perform its season-opening concert 4 p.m. Sunday at Flint Center in Cupertino.

The concert will feature Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 “Titan,” Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” and Edward Elgar’s “Cello Concerto in E Minor, Mvt. IV,” with soloist Cassandra Chum.

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LA Stage Company opens 'Fairway'

The Los Altos Stage Company production of Ken Ludwig’s new comedy “The Fox on the Fairway” is slated to run Thursday through Dec. 14 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

A tribute to the English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, “Fox” is a romp that pulls the rug out from under the stuffy denizens of two competing golf country clubs. The fast-paced comedy is filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors and over-the-top romantic shenanigans.

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LAYT’s ‘Sleepy Hollow’ closes Sunday

This is the last weekend to catch Los Altos Youth Theatre’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a musical version of the Washington Irving story.

Remaining performances are scheduled 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

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'Shooter' closes this Sunday in Los Altos Hills


Courtesy of Foothill College
“First-Person Shooter” is staged in the Lohman Theatre.

The Foothill College Theatre Arts Department presents the ripped-from-the-headlines drama “First-Person Shooter” through Sunday in the Lohman Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Audiences will meet the proprietors of a successful Silicon Valley video-game company who are under siege in the media and court of public opinion after the perpetrator of a racially charged school shooting identifies their game as inspiration for his rampage.

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Final cuts for ‘Sweeney’ this weekend in MV

TheatreWorks’ production of the Broadway musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” is slated to run through Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The eight-time Tony Award-winning play – featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler – tells the dark tale of a 19th-century barber’s bloody vengeance. With help from Mrs. Lovett, the devious purveyor of “the worst pies in London,” the cruelly wronged Mr. Todd exacts grisly revenge on the residents of London.

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Peninsula Symphony performs at Stanford twice this weekend

The Los Altos-based Peninsula Symphony joins forces with the Stanford Symphonic Choir for a pair of holiday concerts this weekend.

Performances are slated 7:30 p.m. Friday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall on the Stanford University campus.

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'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn



Los Altos Youth Theatre’s production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a musical based on Washington Irving’s classic story, is set to run through Nov. 2 at Bus Barn Theater. The cast comprises 27 young actors, directed by Cindy Powell. Courtesy of LAYT

Los Altos Youth Theatre presents “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a new musical version of the classic Washington Irving story, through Nov. 2 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Set on Halloween night, three trick-or-treating children cross a bridge and find themselves transported to Sleepy Hollow in 1790. The residents tell them tales of a headless horseman sometimes seen in the Hollow. Will they meet this scary creature?

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'Oklahoma!' opens in downtown MV


Courtesy of Peninsula Youth Theatre
The cast of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Oklahoma!” includes, from left, Matthew Powers (of Los Gatos), Freya Forstall (Los Altos) and Kaizen Betts-La Croix (Belmont).

The Peninsula Youth Theatre production of “Oklahoma!” is scheduled to run Saturday through Nov. 23 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical – featuring dancing and singing cowboys and farmers – is about farm girl Laurey and cowboy Curly, who are on the brink of falling in love. The score features familiar numbers such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin.’”

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'Sweeney Todd' continues in MV


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
David Studwell and Tory Ross star in the TheatreWorks production of Sweeney Todd.”

TheatreWorks’ production of the Broadway musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” is slated to run through Nov. 2 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The eight-time Tony Award-winning play – featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler – tells the dark tale of a 19th-century barber’s bloody vengeance. With help from Mrs. Lovett, the devious purveyor of “the worst pies in London,” the cruelly wronged Mr. Todd exacts grisly revenge on the residents of London.

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California Pops launches season with 'Gatsby'-era hits

The California Pops Orchestra is slated to kick off its 2014-2015 season with a program of “Music of the Great Gatsby Era” 3 p.m. Sunday at Foothill College’s Smithwick Theatre, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

With conductor Kim Venaas at the helm and two special guests – pianist Frederick Hodges and singer Ann Gibson – the 65-piece orchestra will transport guests to the music of the 1920s and ’30s – from flappers to bootleggers, Art Deco and “The Great Gatsby.” Selections include the music of Cole Porter, “The Charleston,” “Toot Toot Tootsie,” “Doin’ the Uptown Lowdown,” “Blue Skies” and “Boogie Woogie.”

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'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto


Courtesy of José Luis Moscovich
West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” is slated to open Friday night in Palo Alto and run through Oct. 26.

West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” (“The Troubadour”) is scheduled to open this weekend in Palo Alto.

Performances are slated 8 p.m. Friday and Oct. 25 and 2 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 26 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road.

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Foothill's 'First-Person Shooter' runs through Nov. 23 in Lohman Theatre

The Foothill College Theatre Arts Department presents the ripped-from-the-headlines drama “First-Person Shooter” through Nov. 23 in the Lohman Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

The play centers on the proprietors of a successful Silicon Valley video game company who are under siege in the media and court of public opinion after the perpetrator of a racially charged school shooting identifies their game as inspiration for his rampage.

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A scare from the barber chair


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
David Studwell plays the title role in the TheatreWorks production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

TheatreWorks’ production of the Broadway musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” opened last week and is scheduled to run through Nov. 2 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The eight-time Tony Award-winning play – featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler – tells the dark tale of a 19th-century barber’s bloody vengeance. With help from Mrs. Lovett, the devious purveyor of “the worst pies in London,” the cruelly wronged Mr. Todd exacts grisly revenge on the residents of London.

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Palo Alto Players pulls ‘Harvey’ out of its hat


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
Evan Michael Schumacher stars as Elwood in “Harvey.”

The Palo Alto Players production of the comedy “Harvey” is slated to preview Friday, open Saturday and run through Nov. 23 at Lucie Stern Theatre.

Mary Chase’s play premiered on Broadway in 1944 and won the Pulitzer Prize a year later.

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Albany Consort performs Saturday at LA's Immanuel Lutheran Church

The Albany Consort celebrates the start of its 40th year with a concert scheduled 7-9 p.m. Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1715 Grant Road, Los Altos.

The performance is a micro-orchestra program for recorder, oboe, violin, bassoon, cello and harpsichord that features “Winter” from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.”

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'First-Person Shooter' opens Friday at Foothill


courtesy of Foothill College
Foothill College’s “First-Person Shooter” runs through Nov. 23 in the Lohman Theatre.

The Foothill College Theatre Arts Department presents the ripped-from-the-headlines drama “First-Person Shooter” Friday through Nov. 23 in the Lohman Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Audiences will meet the proprietors of a successful Silicon Valley video game company who are under siege in the media and court of public opinion after the perpetrator of a racially charged school shooting identifies their game as inspiration for his rampage.

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Close shave in Mountain View


Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
David Studwell and Tory Ross star in TheatreWorks’ “Sweeney Todd” in Mountain View.

TheatreWorks’ production of the Broadway musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” is scheduled to open this week and run through Nov. 2 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Previews are slated 8 p.m. today through Friday; Saturday’s 8 p.m. show is opening night.

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Pop Ups to surface in Palo Alto Sunday for afternoon performance

The Brooklyn-based kids band The Pop Ups are slated to perform an interactive musical experience 4 p.m. Sunday at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

The show, titled “Appetite for Construction,” takes young audiences through do-it-yourself craft projects they can make at home and features high-energy dance numbers, puppets and indie-pop beats.

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West Bay Opera production of 'Il Trovatore' previews Thursday; opens Oct. 17 in PA

West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” (“The Troubadour”) is set to preview Thursday and open next week in Palo Alto.

The preview with piano is slated 8 p.m. at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St. Regular performances are set for 8 p.m. Oct. 17 and 25, and 2 p.m. Oct. 19 and 26 at Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road.

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