Family-friendly entertainment abounds in Los Altos and Mountain View next month. Three plays and a ballet performance featuring local youth are scheduled for March. Details follow.
• "Nicholas Nickleby." The Los Altos Youth Theatre production, directed by Emily Jordan, features two rotating casts that include local youth. A blend of comedy, mystery and melodrama, the play is based on Charles Dickens’ popular novel. It centers on the life and adventures of a young man who must support his sister and mother after his father dies. Performances are scheduled 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays March 7-23 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave. Tickets are $12-$17. For tickets and more information, call 947-2796 or visit losaltosca.gov/recreation/page/los-altos-youth-theatre.
• "The Sound of Music." The Peninsula Youth Theatre production introduces several young actors from the area. The musical is based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp. When widowed Captain von Trapp needs a nanny for his rambunctious brood, Mother Abbess recommends novice Fräulein Maria, who soon has them all singing her tunes. Performances are scheduled 7:30 p.m. March 1, 1 and 6:30 p.m. March 2, 9:30 a.m. March 6, 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. March 7, 2 and 7:30 p.m. March 8 and 1 p.m. March 9 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. Tickets are $10-$22. For tickets and more information, call 903-6000 or visit mvcpa.com.
• "The Whipping Boy." The play is part of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s Stories on Stage series, short stage adaptations of popular children’s books. After each show, the audience has an opportunity to talk to the young actors and director. In this story, no one will punish the Prince when he misbehaves, so Jemmy serves as his whipping boy, taking all of the consequences and having none of the fun. Performances are scheduled 9:30 and 11 a.m. March 21 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. March 22 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. Tickets are $8-$10. For tickets and more information, call 903-6000 or visit mvcpa.com.
• Pacific Ballet Academy’s Spring Showcase. The annual event this year includes Act II from "Swan Lake" and choreography by faculty for all students of the Mountain View-based Pacific Ballet Academy. Performances are slated noon and 5 p.m. March 15 and 16 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. Tickets are $25. For tickets and more information, call 903-6000 or visit mvcpa.com. ■