Sat08012015

Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'


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“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of the family musical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” is scheduled to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The musical adventure – directed by Jillian Toby Cummings and including youth and adult actors – centers on a car that flies through the air and sails the seas.

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'Woods' wraps up Sunday in MV

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “Into the Woods,” slated to close Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The fairy tale follows the intertwining journeys of classical storybook characters as each seeks to fulfill a wish.

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Pear's 'Arcadia' comes to an end Sunday in MV

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of “Arcadia” is scheduled to close Sunday in Mountain View.

Tom Stoppard’s comedic play begins in 1809 on the estate of Sidley Park, where the garden is undergoing renovation, despite Lady Croom’s objections. Septimus, tutor to the Crooms’ daughter Thomasina, is embroiled in sexual triangles and intrigue with guests on the estate.

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Foothill's 'Forum' continues at Smithwick

The Foothill Music Theatre production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, is scheduled to run through Aug. 9 in Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

The play, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Larry Gelbart and Burt Shevelove, was inspired by the mockeries of ancient Roman playwright Plautus. It’s the story of a manipulative yet clever slave known as Pseudolus, who aspires to win his freedom by introducing his young master to a neighborhood beauty, Philia. Hero, the lovesick son of wealthy slaveowner Senex and his wife, and Pseudolus are given free rein in the household after Hero’s parents leave town. Pseudolus takes advantage of the situation by invoking drastic measures to secure alone time for Hero and Philia.

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Cast carries 'Arcadia'


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“Arcadia” stars Monica Ammerman and Robert Sean Campbell.

The intimate setting of Mountain View’s Pear Avenue Theatre proves the perfect place to stage “Arcadia,” allowing audience members to feel as though they are part of the story – even if part of it takes place centuries ago.

Set in Sidley Park, an English countryside estate, Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia” is the saga of the people living there in the past and present. Scenes switch between the early 1800s and present day, as modern-day scholars try to uncover what happened at the home centuries before.

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Engineer builds second career as actor


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Actors rehearse for Foothill Music Theatre’s “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.” The cast includes, from left, Tomas Theriot, Todd Wright, Mike Meadors and Ray D’Ambrosio.

Ray D’Ambrosio first became involved with theater by building sets for his eldest daughter’s high school plays. That evolved into his first role – albeit offstage – as the voice of Smaug, the dragon in the Irvington High School production of “The Hobbit.”

“I volunteered to do that,” said D’Ambrosio, engineering director at Hansen Medical in Mountain View. “It was great fun.”

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Pear is on the move

The Pear Avenue Theatre is moving, but not far.

Artistic Director Diane Tasca announced June 22 that the Mountain View-based theater will move from 1220 Pear Ave. to 1110 La Avenida – less than a half-mile away. With its new home, the company will take on a new name, Pear Theatre, as a continuing nod to its original location. Pear plans to move into its new space this fall, in time for the 2015-2016 season.

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LA Stage Co., LA Youth Theatre go on musical adventure together

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Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre have joined forces for the family musical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” scheduled to run through Aug. 2 at Bus Barn Theater.

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Children's Theatre in the Park continues in Mountain View

Peninsula Youth Theatre and the city of Mountain View present Children’s Theatre in the Park, family-friendly productions scheduled weekly through Aug. 7 outside the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

Performances are slated 6:30 p.m. Fridays – with the exception of this week’s Thursday show set for the same time – at MVCPA’s ParkStage, adjacent to Pioneer Park at the corner of Castro and Mercy streets.

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PYT's 'Into the Woods' opens this weekend in Mtn. View


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Noelle Merino plays Little Red and Charlie Stewart is the Baker in “Into the Woods.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “Into the Woods,” scheduled Saturday through Aug. 2 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The fairy tale follows the intertwining journeys of classic storybook characters as each seeks to fulfill a wish.

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'Town' closes down


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Hope Cladwell (played by Krista Joy Serpa) and Bobby Strong (Lewis Rawlinson) get romantic during their duet in “Urinetown: The Musical.”

The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Urinetown: The Musical” is scheduled to close Saturday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave. The musical comedy caps the company’s 19th season.

The triple Tony Award-winning “Urinetown” provides a humorous and cynical view of society, sustainability, capitalism and government. The musical tells the story of a futurist Gothamlike city plagued by a 20-year drought. As a result, the government has banned private bathrooms and the citizens must use pay toilets regulated by a monopolistic company. A custodian at the poorest urinal in town decides that enough is enough and, with the help of the townspeople, leads a rebellion with a surprising ending.

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Opening with a 'Bang'


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“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” opens Friday at Bus Barn Theater.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre have joined forces for the family musical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” scheduled to open Friday and run through Aug. 2 at Bus Barn Theater.

The production, directed by Jillian Toby Cummings, includes youth and adult actors.

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Pear's 'Arcadia' enters second week

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of “Arcadia” is scheduled to run through July 12 in Mountain View.

Tom Stoppard’s comedic play begins in 1809 on the estate of Sidley Park, where the garden is undergoing renovation to update it to the Gothic style – despite Lady Croom’s objections.

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PYT' 'Puss N' Boots' closes Sunday in MV

Peninsula Youth Theatre is scheduled to perform “Puss N’ Boots” through Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

“Puss N’ Boots,” written by Kate Hawley, is about a cat that helps his not-so-smart master receive the wealth and hand of an intelligent princess.

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Palo Alto Players production of 'Chinglish' concludes Sunday at Lucie Stern Theatre

The Palo Alto Players production of “Chinglish,” a new comedy about the misadventures of miscommunication, is slated to close Sunday at the Lucie Stern Theatre.

Written by Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang, the play bursts with linguistic and cultural confusions in a mash-up of English and Chinese.

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TheatreWorks launches 'Triangle'

TheatreWorks kicks off its 2015-16 season with the world premiere of “Triangle,” scheduled today through Aug. 2 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

The contemporary musical follows a journey across time that unfolds when a scientist discovers that his New York lab is situated on the historical site of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. Upon learning this, the scientist becomes aware of a mysterious connection he has to various Jewish immigrants lost in the fire.

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At this musical, there's no holding it in


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Urine Good Company’s staff – from left, Karyn Rondeau (as Penelope Pennywise), Daniel P. Wilson (Officer Lockstock), Todd Wright (Senator Fipp), Michael Weiland (Office Barrel) and Gary Landis (Caldwell B. Cladwell) – hops during “Don’t Be the Bunny” in Los Altos Stage Company’s “Urinetown: The Musical.”

If life were but a musical – at least this one – we’d be 16 years from pee-for-a-fee public toilets. So thank goodness we’re not wandering around Urinetown 20 years into a drought. It isn’t such a great place to be, but watching its inhabitants is a gas.

Los Altos Stage Company’s “Urinetown: The Musical,” scheduled to run through June 27, tells the story of a city so egregiously plagued by drought that private toilets have been banned – citizens may only use public pots regulated by the monopolistic Urine Good Company.

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Children's Theatre in the Park performances continue in Mtn. View

Peninsula Youth Theatre and the city of Mountain View present Children’s Theatre in the Park, family friendly productions scheduled weekly through Aug. 7 outside the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

Performances are slated 6:30 p.m. Fridays at MVCPA’s ParkStage, adjacent to Pioneer Park at the corner of Castro and Mercy streets. Admission is free.

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Pear opens 'Arcadia' in Mtn. View

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of “Arcadia” is scheduled to preview Thursday, open Friday and run through July 12 in Mountain View.

Tom Stoppard’s comedic play begins in 1809 on the estate of Sidley Park, where the garden is undergoing renovation to update it to the Gothic style – despite Lady Croom’s objections. Septimus, tutor to the Crooms’ daughter Thomasina, is embroiled in sexual triangles and intrigue by turns amusing and deadly with guests on the estate, including Lady Croom’s brother, Captain Brice, and erstwhile poet Ezra Chater and Mrs. Chater.

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PYT puts on 'Boots'


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Anya Colliou portrays “Puss” in the Peninsula Youth Theatre production of “Puss N’ Boots,” scheduled to open this weekend.

Peninsula Youth Theatre is slated to perform “Puss N’ Boots” Saturday through July 19 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

“Puss N’ Boots,” written by Kate Hawley, is about a cat that helps his not-so-smart master receive the wealth and hand of an intelligent princess.

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LA Stage Company goes with the flow


courtesy of Los Altos Stage Company
The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Urinetown: The Musical” runs through June 27 at Bus Barn Theater in Los Altos.

The Los Altos Stage Company caps its 19th season with the musical comedy “Urine- town: The Musical,” scheduled to run through June 27 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The triple Tony Award-winning “Urinetown” is a humorous and cynical view of society, sustainability, capitalism and government.

Read more...

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