Fri04182014

Stepping Out

An 'Island' in Palo Alto


Tracy Martin/Special to the Town Crier
Max Kumangai stars as Papa Ge, Demon of Death, in the TheatreWorks musical “Once on This lsland.”

TheatreWorks is slated to present “Once on This Island” through March 30 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

A one-act musical filled with joy, heartache and adventure, “Island” – with book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens – features a score with Caribbean beats by Tony Award-winner Stephen Flaherty. Ahrens and Flaherty have worked as a team since 1988, creating the award-winning Broadway musical “Ragtime.”

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Local flutist performs with Stallman Friday

Los Altos resident Isabelle Chapuis is scheduled to perform a recital with fellow flutist Robert Stallman 8 p.m. Friday at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View.

The performance, titled “Mozart – Mostly,” will feature works by Mozart and Stallman’s arrangements for flute.

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Foothill's 'Horrors' an entertaining romp


DAVID ALLEN/SPECIAL TO THE TOWN CRIER
Seymour (Adam Cotugno) feeds Audrey II in “Little Shop of Horrors.”

Foothill Music Theatre’s production of “Little Shop of Horrors” – scheduled to close Sunday in Los Altos Hills – is a fun, if perverse, musical filled with early-1960s-era doo-wop. It’s carried out with nary a hitch by a stellar cast and crew.

The Feb. 21 performance was well done, with just a few quibbles. At times, the fine backing band’s instrumentation overwhelmed the vocals. And I could have done without the bloodstained body parts being fed to the carnivorous plant, which tested the audience’s appreciation for dark humor. Still, that didn’t stop me from having a great time at Foothill College’s Lohman Theatre.

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LAYT launches 'Nickelby' Friday night

The Los Altos Youth Theatre production of “Nicholas Nickleby” is scheduled Friday through March 23 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

It is the tale of an adventurous and courageous young man in Victorian England who triumphs over trials and tribulations with cleverness and determination.

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'Music' stops Sunday at Mtn. View Center for Performing Arts

This is the last weekend to catch Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “The Sound of Music.” The family-friendly musical is slated to run through Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

“Music” tells the story of Maria Rainer, a free-spirited nun hired by Captain Georg Von Trapp to care for his seven children.

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