Sat04302016

Stepping Out

'Wind' blows into Mtn. View


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Ruby Solomon, back, and Daniela Gloster star in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “The Wind in the Willows.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre this weekend presents “The Wind in the Willows,” the latest production in its Stories on Stage series. Performances are slated Friday and Saturday on the Second Stage at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Based on Kenneth Grahame’s 1908 children’s novel, “Willows” centers on four humanlike animals living in rural England.

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TheatreWorks lures 'fish' to PA's Lucie Stern Theatre


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Protégé Takashi (James Seol, left) offers a sample to sushi master Koji (Francis Jue) in TheatreWorks’ “tokyo fish story.”

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its 2015-2016 season with the Northern California premiere of Kimber Lee’s “tokyo fish story,” scheduled to run through April 3 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

Originally developed at the TheatreWorks 2014 New Works Festival, “fish” received its world premiere at South Coast Repertory Theatre in March 2015.

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'Love' is in the air at Foothill


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Jessica Whittemore portrays Amalia in Foothill Music Theatre’s production of “She Loves Me ” in Los Altos Hills.

The Foothill Music Theatre production of “She Loves Me” is scheduled to run through March 6 in Los Altos Hills.

It is based on the 1963 musical adaptation of Miklos Laszlo’s play “Parfumerie,” which later inspired the Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan movie “You’ve Got Mail.” The production features a score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (“Fiddler on the Roof”) and book by Joe Masteroff (“Cabaret”). Masteroff earned a Tony nomination for his work.

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TheatreWorks tackles 'tokyo'


 

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its 2015-16 season with the Northern California premiere of Kimber Lee’s “tokyo fish story,” scheduled today through April 3 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

Originally developed at the TheatreWorks 2014 New Works Festival, “tokyo” received its world premiere at South Coast Repertory Theatre in March 2015.

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Los Altos resident plays 'Mulan'

Los Altos resident Emily Goto stars in the Sunnyvale Community Players’ children’s production of “Disney’s Mulan Jr.” The double-casted musical opened last week and is slated to run through March 6 at the Sunnyvale Theatre.

Goto plays Mulan, who is not an ordinary Disney princess. The play follows Mulan’s heroic journey of self-discovery as she becomes a warrior to protect her father and save the emperor of ancient China.

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LAYT teams with SF Shakespeare for 'Dream' production

In a joint production with San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Los Altos Youth Theatre presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” through March 19 at Bus Barn Theater.

The full-length production sets the Shakespeare play in 1960s San Francisco.

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'Love' lands at Foothill


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Michael Doppe and Jessica Whittemore star in Foothill Music Theatre’s “She Loves Me,” opening this week.

The Foothill Music Theatre production of “She Loves Me” is slated to run Thursday through March 6 in Los Altos Hills.

The play is based on the 1963 musical adaptation of Miklos Laszlo’s “Parfumerie,” which later inspired the Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan movie “You’ve Got Mail.” The production features a score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (“Fiddler on the Roof”) and book by Joe Masteroff (“Cabaret”). Masteroff earned a Tony nomination for his work.

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PYT's 'Poppins' closes Sunday

Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Mary Poppins” – based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the 1964 Walt Disney film – is scheduled to run through Sunday in Mountain View.

Los Altos Hills resident Freya Forstall plays the title role, a magical nanny hired by an icy London banker with an unhappy family. The musical also features young actors Quincy Shaindlin, Kavan Bhatia and Grace Gormley.

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CSMA offers free concert Saturday featuring pianists Frei & Yerzhanov


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Pianists Klara Frei and Temirzhan Yerzhanov have performed internationally.

The Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View presents pianists Klara Frei and Temirzhan Yerzhanov in a free concert scheduled 7 p.m. Saturday.

Frei and Yerzhanov are slated to perform works from composers Francis Poulenc and Modest Mussorgsky.

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Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra performs Sunday

Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra is set to perform 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The program includes works by Grieg, Bach, Honegger, Poulenc and Ravel. Pamela Martin serves as guest conductor.

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'Middletown' leaves town after Sunday's matinee

Los Altos Stage Company’s Bay Area premiere of Will Eno’s “Middletown” is scheduled to run through Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Winner of the inaugural Horton Foote Award for Most Promising New Play in 2010, “Middletown” is a contemporary take on Thornton Wilder’s classic “Our Town.”

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'Poppins' pops into Mtn. View


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Quincy Shaindlin of San Mateo, left, and Freya Forstall of Los Altos Hills star in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Mary Poppins.” Shaindlin portrays Bert; Forstall plays the title role.

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “Mary Poppins” – based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the 1964 Walt Disney film – with performances scheduled this week and next in Mountain View.

Los Altos Hills resident Freya Forstall plays the title role, a magical nanny hired by an icy London banker with an unhappy family.

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California Pops Orchestra performs Sunday afternoon at Foothill College

The California Pops Orchestra’s next concert, “The Great American Songbook,” is scheduled 3 p.m. Sunday in Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

The program includes the biggest hits by Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cab Calloway, Harold Arlen and more.

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LAYT, SF Shakespeare comprise 'Dream' team

In a joint production with San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Los Altos Youth Theatre presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” this weekend through March 19 at Bus Barn Theater.

The full-length production sets the Shakespeare play in 1960s San Francisco.

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PYT 'Gets Famous'


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Renee Vetter of Palo Alto, left, and Megan Foreman of Los Altos star in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Judy Moody Gets Famous.” Performances are scheduled Friday and Saturday.

Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Judy Moody Gets Famous,” part of its Stories on Stage series, is scheduled this weekend.

Performances are slated 9:30 and 11 a.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday on the Second Stage of the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

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'Love' comes to an end Sunday afternoon in Los Altos Hills

Foothill Music Theatre’s production of “She Loves Me” is slated to run through Sunday in Los Altos Hills.

It is based on the 1963 musical adaptation of Miklos Laszlo’s play “Parfumerie,” which later inspired the Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan movie “You’ve Got Mail.” The production features a score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (“Fiddler on the Roof”) and book by Joe Masteroff (“Cabaret”). Masteroff earned a Tony nomination for his work.

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West Bay Opera presents 'Eugene Onegin' next week


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Olga Chernisheva stars as Tatyana in West Bay Opera’s “Eugene Onegin.” The opera is slated to run Feb. 19-28 at Palo Alto’s Lucie Stern Theatre.

The West Bay Opera production of “Eugene Onegin” is scheduled Feb. 19-28 at Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

The Pushkin story of love unfulfilled features a score by Tchaikovsky, the famous composer from the late-Romantic period.

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Production of 'Mulan' starring LA resident closes Sunday in Sunnyvale

Los Altos resident Emily Goto stars in the Sunnyvale Community Players’ children’s production of “Disney’s Mulan Jr.” The double-casted musical is slated to close Sunday at the Sunnyvale Theatre.

Goto plays Mulan, who is not an ordinary Disney princess. The play follows Mulan’s heroic journey of self-discovery as she becomes a warrior to protect her father and save the emperor of ancient China.

Read more...

LA Stage Company's 'Middletown' continues run at Bus Barn Theater

Los Altos Stage Company’s Bay Area premiere of Will Eno’s “Middletown” is scheduled to run through Feb. 21 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

Winner of the inaugural Horton Foote Award for Most Promising New Play in 2010, “Middletown” is a contemporary take on Thornton Wilder’s classic “Our Town.” The play digs into American life, bringing the human journeys of neighbor and stranger together in an “Everytown USA.” It explores how the imponderable mysteries of the universe reveal themselves through the apparently everyday lives and relationships of ordinary people in an ordinary place.

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'Uncle' visits Pear Theatre


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Jeffrey Bracco, from left, Monique Hafen and Stephen Muter-spaugh star in “Uncle Vanya” at Pear Theatre.

Pear Theatre continues its 2015-2016 season with Anton Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” in a world-premiere translation by Bay Area writer, actor and director Dave Sikula. The show is slated to preview Thursday, open Friday and run through March 13.

Frustrated love, misguided impulses and hope abound in this comedic drama about the human experience, directed by Jeffrey Lo.

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West Bay Opera tackles Tchaikovsky's 'Onegin'


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Olga Chernisheva and Silas Elash perform in West Bay Opera’s “Eugene Onegin.”

The West Bay Opera production of “Eugene Onegin” is scheduled Feb. 19-28 at Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

The Alexander Pushkin story of love unfulfilled features a score by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, the famous composer from the late-Romantic period.

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