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LA Stage Company's 'Arts Razzle-Dazzle' showcases local talent


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Mountain View High junior Julia Rogers, 2015 South Bay Teen Idol winner, is slated to perform at Tuesday’s “Arts Razzle-Dazzle” at Bus Barn Theater.

Los Altos Stage Company shines a spotlight on the performing arts in the community with its “Arts Razzle-Dazzle,” scheduled 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The show will feature musical performances by Blach Intermediate School’s boys and girls choirs, fifth-graders from Bullis Charter School, Mountain View High School graduate and USC music student Clint Blakely, Mountain View High junior and 2015 South Bay Teen Idol winner Julia Rogers, the cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s upcoming “Bat Boy: The Musical” and the 2015 Los Altos “Follies” cast.

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Musical is up to 'Bat' at Bus Barn Theater

Los Altos Stage Company concludes its 20th season with the Off-Broadway hit “Bat Boy: The Musical,” scheduled Thursday through June 25 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

“Bat Boy” – with book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, and music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe – won the 2001 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical. Inspired by tabloid headlines, it is a comedy/horror show about a half-boy/half-bat creature discovered in a cave. With a beat-driven rock score that pays homage to the rock musicals of the late ’60s and early ’70s, the play provides a theatrical metaphor for the dangers of prejudice, intolerance and provincialism.

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'Pear Slices' cuts off Sunday in MV

Pear Theatre’s “Pear Slices 2016,” its annual celebration of one-act plays by local playwrights, is slated to close Sunday in Mountain View.

“Pear Slices” is presented as two alternating evenings of seven plays each. Audiences can see one set (Slate A or Slate B) or all 14.

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Sayonara, 'Seussical'


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The cast of “Seussical” includes, from left, Lena Wessel (of Mountain View) as Thing 2, Quincy Shaindlin (San Mateo) as Cat in the Hat and Megan Branstad (Los Altos) as Thing 1.

The Peninsula Youth Theatre production of “Seussical” is set to run through Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

This musical pastiche of stories by Theodor Geisel – better known as “Dr. Seuss” – centers on big-hearted Horton, who sticks up for the downtrodden, microscopic Whos and a defenseless egg, dreaming of a world where all creatures great and small can live in peace and equality.

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This year's 'Pear Slices' production features 14 one-act plays in Mtn. View

Pear Theatre continues its season with “Pear Slices 2016,” the 13th installment of its celebration of short plays by local playwrights. It is scheduled to run through May 29 in Mountain View.

As befits the Pear’s new and larger space, “Pear Slices” will be nearly twice its usual size – presented as two alternating evenings of seven plays each. Each performance slate is independent, and audiences can choose to see one set of plays (Slate A or Slate B) or all 14. A Saturday matinee has been added this year for patrons who prefer to see all 14 plays within 24 hours.

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