Sat04192014

Stepping Out

TheatreWorks reveals new season, features world premiere


TheatreWorks this month announced the lineup for its 45th season, scheduled to begin in July and run through June 2015.

Performances are set to take place at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., and the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

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'Princess' plays in Sunnyvale

The Sunnyvale Community Players production of “A Little Princess” is scheduled through March 16 at the Sunnyvale Theatre, 550 E. Remington Ave.

The play, adapted from Francis Hodgson Burnett’s novel, follows Sara Crewe, who is sent to a London boarding school after being separated from her father and the open-hearted Africans who helped raise her.

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PA Philharmonic performs Saturday at First Congregational Church

The Palo Alto Philharmonic has scheduled its third concert of the season 8 p.m. Saturday at First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, 1985 Louis Road.

The event will feature solo organist Joe Guthrie and violin soloist Jennifer Tzeng. Guthrie is the church organist and assistant music director and pianist for Beach Blanket Babylon Productions. Guthrie will play works by Francis Poulenc and Camille Saint-Saëns; Tzeng will play “Chaccone” by Tomaso Antonio Vitali.

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'Little Shop' opens at Foothill


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Adrienne Walters is Audrey in “Little Shop of Horrors.”

Foothill Music Theatre presents the musical comedy “Little Shop of Horrors” Thursday through March 9 in the Lohman Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

Featuring music by Alan Menken and book and lyrics by Howard Ashman, “Horrors” is about a down-and-out floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving.

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'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' sizzles in Los Altos


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Robert Sean Campbell and Patricia Pitpitan star in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

The Los Altos Stage Company actors and staff acquit themselves admirably in the stage production of “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” scheduled to run through Feb. 16 at Bus Barn Theater.

Many of us remember the movie version of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which starred Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman. The script for the movie was toned down to conform to the moral standards of the time. The play has since been updated and acknowledges its homosexual themes.

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West Bay production closes Sunday

West Bay Opera’s “L’elisir d’amore” is slated to close Sunday at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Sung in Italian with English titles, “L’elisir d’amore” (“The Elixir of Love”) is a new production of Gaetano Donizetti’s comic opera. It is the story of a country bumpkin who falls in love with a beautiful and inaccessible landowner, whom he wins over with the help of an Italian-style snake-oil salesman.

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West Bay previews opera Thursday in PA

West Bay Opera has scheduled a free preview of “L’elisir d’amore” 8 p.m. Thursday at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.

Sung in Italian with English titles, “L’elisir d’amore” (“The Elixir of Love”) is a new production of Gaetano Donizetti’s comic opera.

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Cal Pops Orchestra to perform Sunday at Smithwick Theatre

The California Pops Orchestra has scheduled its “Broadway Musical Hits” concert 3 p.m. Sunday at Foothill College’s Smithwick Theatre.

The program includes music from “The King & I,” “Funny Girl,” “Les Miserables,” “Candide,” “West Side Story,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “The Sound of Music” and “Sweeney Todd.”

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'Silent Sky' to close Sunday in Mtn. View

TheatreWorks’ regional premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s “Silent Sky” is scheduled to close Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

A blend of science, history and romance, the bio-drama tells the story of Henrietta Leavitt, an early 20th-century woman who made startling discoveries in the man’s world of astronomy.

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West Bay Opera production opens Friday at Lucie Stern


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Maria Fernanda Brea stars in the West Bay Opera production of “L’elisir d’amore.”

The West Bay Opera production of “L’elisir d’amore” is slated to open Friday and run through Feb. 23 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Sung in Italian with English titles, “L’elisir d’amore” (“The Elixir of Love”) is a new production of Gaetano Donizetti’s comic opera. It is the story of a country bumpkin who falls in love with a beautiful and inaccessible landowner, whom he wins over with the help of an Italian-style snake- oil salesman.

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CSMA offers free concert Thursday night in MV

The Community School of Music and Arts is slated to present “Love Songs Through the Ages” – a free concert featuring mezzo-soprano Amy Bouchard – 7 p.m. Thursday in Tateuchi Hall at CSMA, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

For more information, call 917-6800 or visit arts4all.org.

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'Cat' closes Sunday at Bus Barn


Joyce Goldschmid/Special to the Town Crier
Robert Sean Campbell, front, plays Brick and John Baldwin portrays Big Daddy in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

The Los Altos Stage Company production of Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” is scheduled to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

A southern tale of greed, lies, desire, repression, death and decay, the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama is widely acknowledged as the playwright’s personal favorite.

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