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Cast carries 'Arcadia'

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“Arcadia” stars Monica Ammerman and Robert Sean Campbell.

The intimate setting of Mountain View’s Pear Avenue Theatre proves the perfect place to stage “Arcadia,” allowing audience members to feel as though they are part of the story – even if part of it takes place centuries ago.

Set in Sidley Park, an English countryside estate, Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia” is the saga of the people living there in the past and present. Scenes switch between the early 1800s and present day, as modern-day scholars try to uncover what happened at the home centuries before.


Pear is on the move

The Pear Avenue Theatre is moving, but not far.

Artistic Director Diane Tasca announced June 22 that the Mountain View-based theater will move from 1220 Pear Ave. to 1110 La Avenida – less than a half-mile away. With its new home, the company will take on a new name, Pear Theatre, as a continuing nod to its original location. Pear plans to move into its new space this fall, in time for the 2015-2016 season.


Children's Theatre in the Park continues in Mountain View

Peninsula Youth Theatre and the city of Mountain View present Children’s Theatre in the Park, family-friendly productions scheduled weekly through Aug. 7 outside the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

Performances are slated 6:30 p.m. Fridays – with the exception of this week’s Thursday show set for the same time – at MVCPA’s ParkStage, adjacent to Pioneer Park at the corner of Castro and Mercy streets.


'Town' closes down

Chris Peoples/Special to the Town Crier
Hope Cladwell (played by Krista Joy Serpa) and Bobby Strong (Lewis Rawlinson) get romantic during their duet in “Urinetown: The Musical.”

The Los Altos Stage Company production of “Urinetown: The Musical” is scheduled to close Saturday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave. The musical comedy caps the company’s 19th season.

The triple Tony Award-winning “Urinetown” provides a humorous and cynical view of society, sustainability, capitalism and government. The musical tells the story of a futurist Gothamlike city plagued by a 20-year drought. As a result, the government has banned private bathrooms and the citizens must use pay toilets regulated by a monopolistic company. A custodian at the poorest urinal in town decides that enough is enough and, with the help of the townspeople, leads a rebellion with a surprising ending.


Pear's 'Arcadia' enters second week

The Pear Avenue Theatre production of “Arcadia” is scheduled to run through July 12 in Mountain View.

Tom Stoppard’s comedic play begins in 1809 on the estate of Sidley Park, where the garden is undergoing renovation to update it to the Gothic style – despite Lady Croom’s objections.


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