Thu05262016

Stepping Out

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.

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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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'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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West Bay Opera tackles Tchaikovsky’s ‘Onegin’


Otak Jump/Special to the Town Crier
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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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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TheatreWorks' 'Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin' continues in MV

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s regional premiere of “Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin” is scheduled through Feb. 14 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

It is a new work by virtuoso Felder, known internationally for bringing to life composers such as Gershwin, Beethoven, Chopin and Bernstein.

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'Love' lands at Foothill


David Allen/Special to the Town Crier
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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TheatreWorks’ ‘Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin’ continues in MV

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s regional premiere of “Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin” is scheduled through Feb. 14 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

It is a new work by virtuoso Felder, known internationally for bringing to life composers such as Gershwin, Beethoven, Chopin and Bernstein.

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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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LA Stage Company's 'Middletown' in town through Feb. 21

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

“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.”

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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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LA Stage Company’s ‘Middletown’ in town through Feb. 21

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

“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.”

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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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Hershey as Irving


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TheatreWorks Silicon Valley presents “Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin,” a new work by Felder. It runs through Feb. 14 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley kicks off the new year with the regional premiere of “Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin,” a new work by performer, playwright and director Hershey Felder.

Performances are scheduled through Feb. 14 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

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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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LA Stage Company's 'Middletown' opens Friday at Bus Barn Theater

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

Winner of the 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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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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Door closes on'Salesman' Sunday in PA

The Palo Alto Players production of “Death of a Salesman” is scheduled to run through Sunday at the Lucie Stern Theatre.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play in 1949, Arthur Miller’s “Salesman” examines how far one man will go to achieve the American dream. It is a story of love, pride, disappointment and friendship.

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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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Pear's 'Mountaintop' wraps up this weekend

The Pear Theatre production of “The Mountaintop,” the two-person, Olivier Award-winning play from Katori Hall, is slated to close Sunday in Mountain View.

Set in Memphis in April 1968, “Mountaintop” imagines the last night in the life of Martin Luther King Jr. King meets the attractive, spunky motel maid Camae, who arrives to provide room service, but we soon discover that she is no ordinary chambermaid.

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