PYT's "Willy Wonka" opens Saturday in downtown Mtn. View

Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka” is set to run this weekend and next at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The musical follows Charlie Bucket and several other golden-ticket winners as they embark on a tour of Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory. “Wonka” features songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder.

LAYT's "13" closes Sunday at Bus Barn

Los Altos Youth Theatre’s production of “13 The Musical” is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The musical tells the story of Evan Goldman, who is about to turn 13 and can’t wait for his bar mitzvah. Everything in his life is moving along as planned until he discovers that his parents are getting divorced, and he’s ripped away from his home in New York City and thrust into rural Appleton, Ind. As he faces a new set of challenges, Evan is forced to navigate the social order at his new school. Through a series of trials, he learns what it means to be a friend and discovers that there’s more to life than establishing his place in the social pecking order.

Pianist Chiu to perform Saturday at CSMA


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Pianist Mandy Chiu has performed around the world.

The Community School of Music and Arts is scheduled to present a free concert with pianist Mandy Chiu 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Tateuchi Hall at CSMA, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View.

Lisa Lee (violin) and Kevin Yu (cello) will accompany Chiu, who has vast experience as a soloist, chamber music artist, ballet accompanist and teacher.

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley performs Saturday at PA church

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley this weekend opens its 55th season, the final one for Music Director Gregory Wait, with “For the Love of Bach.”

The concert, slated 7:30 p.m. Saturday at First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, will feature three of the Bach’s festive cantatas, including the familiar “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”

Battle of the Bands arrives in Mtn. View Sunday

Gary Vecchiarelli Productions’ 1940s Battle of the Big Bands comes to Mountain View this weekend.

The show – featuring Big Band music from the ’40s by Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey, and starring vocalists Nancy Osborne and Bill A. Jones – is scheduled 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Foothill creates 'Monsters' at Lohman Theatre


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Sisters Tilly and Agnes (Fatima Mejia, left, and Gwyneth Forrester) dive into an imaginary role-playing world in Foothill Theatre Arts’ production of “She Kills Monsters.” The play opens Friday.

Those who happily spent their youth infatuated with Dungeons & Dragons and other role-playing games may connect with the latest production from Foothill Theatre Arts – “She Kills Monsters.”

Award-winning playwright Qui Nguyen’s homage to D&D, teen alienation, love and loss is set to open Friday and run through Nov. 18 at Foothill College.


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