Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“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.


'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.


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.


Engineer builds second career as actor

David Allen/Special to the Town Crier
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.”


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

Town Crier Report

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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