The spring brings more than flowers to the Los Altos area - it’s also a time for plays, ballets and outdoor festivals. The following details four such events.
• "Hound of the Baskervilles." Spoofing Sherlock Holmes, the TheatreWorks production is based on the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson.
The comedy involves an ancient family curse, a spectral hound, a deranged killer and a pair of well-known sleuths. Three actors play dozens of roles. Robert Kelley directs.
Previews are scheduled 7:30 p.m. April 2 and 8 p.m. April 3; the opening-night performance is slated 8 p.m. April 4. Future shows are set for 2 and/or 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and/or 7 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 8 p.m. Thursdays April 2-27 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St. Tickets are $43-$73.
For tickets and more information, call 463-1960 or visit theatreworks.org.
• "Harold and Maude." The Los Altos Stage Company presents the love story, based on the 1971 cult film of the same name. Written by Colin Higgins, the dark romantic comedy is about a budding but unusual friendship. Harold is a morbid young man obsessed with death and dying, while octogenarian Maude is a bright and shining soul filled with a zest for life. Maude teaches Harold how to make the most of his time on earth. Daniel P. Wilson directs the local production, which features Warren Wernick as Harold and Lillian Bogovich as Maude.
The play is scheduled to run April 10 through May 4 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave. Performances are slated 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays April 10 through May 4 (no performance April 20). Tickets are $18-$34.
For tickets and more information, call 941-0551 or visit losaltosstage.org.
• "La Fille Mal Gardée." Western Ballet’s two-act comedy is also known as "The Wayward Daughter," "The Poorly Guarded Girl" and "The Girl Who Needed Watching." It is a modern translation of the ballet inspired by Pierre-Antoine Baudouin’s painting "La Reprimande" from 1789.
"This classical ballet production is not often performed," said Western Ballet Artistic Director Alexi Zubiria of Los Altos, "and I decided to bring it back because it is a very entertaining comedy ballet for children and adults."
The cast features Alison Share, Ramon Moreno, Maykel Solas and Alex Kramer.
Performances are scheduled 7 p.m. April 18 and 1 p.m. April 19 at Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills. Tickets are $20-$25.
For tickets and more information, call 968-4455 or visit westernballet.org.
• A La Carte & Art. Mountain View’s 18th annual outdoor festival will feature live music, a fine-arts and crafts show with works by 200 West Coast artists, health and wellness displays, a green products showcase, home and garden exhibits, food and drink, a farmers’ market, a classic-car show and children’s activities.
The festival is scheduled 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 3 and 4 on Castro Street. Admission and parking are free.
For more information, call 964-3395 or visit miramarevents.com. k