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West Bay Opera makes bargain with 'Faust'


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Elizabeth Zharoff debuts as Marguerite in West Bay Opera’s “Faust.”

West Bay Opera’s new production of the French grand opera “Faust” is scheduled to run May 22-31 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. A free preview with piano is slated 8 p.m. Thursday at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.

Charles Gounod’s “Faust” – loosely based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s play – premiered in Paris in 1859. When Faust sells his soul to the devil in exchange for the chance to be young again, is he condemned to repeat his youthful mistakes?

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CalPops wraps up season with comedy and mayhem


The California Pops Orchestra concludes its season with “Spies, Heroes, Comedy and Mayhem!,” a concert highlighting musical heroes and villains, gumshoes and gangsters, adventurers and sad sacks from the movies, Broadway, vaudeville, cartoons, radio and TV.

The performance is scheduled 3 p.m. Sunday in Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

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Ending Soon

PYT’s ‘Mattress’ ends Sunday in MV

Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Once Upon a Mattress” – the musical retelling of the classic “Princess and the Pea” fairy tale – is slated to run through Sunday in downtown Mountain View.

Performances are scheduled 9:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

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PYT's comedic musical opens this weekend in Mtn. View


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The cast of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Once Upon a Mattress” includes, from left, Sophia Graziani (of Los Altos) as Winnifred, Chris Gough (Sunnyvale) as the Prince and Reilly Arena (Palo Alto) as the Queen.

Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Once Upon a Mattress” – the musical retelling of the classic “Princess and the Pea” fairy tale – is slated to open Saturday and run through May 17 in downtown Mountain View.

With cursed King Sextimus unable to speak, his loudmouthed wife, Queen Aggravian, takes control of the kingdom. In an attempt to keep Prince Dauntless single, she decrees that only the potential princess who is able to pass the queen’s test may marry her son.

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'Addams Family' comes to eerie end Sunday


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The cast of “The Addams Family” includes, from left, Joey McDaniel (as Uncle Fester), Betsy Kruse Craig (Morticia Addams) and Doug Santana (Gomez Addams).

The Palo Alto Players production of “The Addams Family” is slated to close Sunday at the Luce Stern Theatre.

The musical comedy is based on the comic strip characters created by Charles Addams, which came to life in a 1960s TV series and again in the 1990s in two feature films.

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