Foothill puts modern twist on 'Cinderella'

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Cinderella (center, played by Christina Lea), who is dubbed Ella in Foothill Music Theatre’s production of “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” helps her stepsisters (Melissa Gialdini, left, and Gwyneth Forrester) as they prepare for the ball.

Cinderella sings “There’s nothing you won’t try, move a mountain, light the sky, make a wish come true” in the song “There’s Music in You,” written by songwriter Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II in the 1950s.

Milissa Carey, director of Foothill Music Theatre’s production of “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” said the song embodies the show’s themes of finding your own truth and making decisions for yourself.

LAYT's 'Putnam County Spelling Bee' opens Friday at Bus Barn

Los Altos Youth Theatre’s summer musical production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is scheduled to open Friday and run through Aug. 4 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The comedy tells the story of school-aged overachievers – including their hopes, dreams and angst as they compete for a slot in the National Spelling Bee.

'Language' launches TheatreWorks' season

Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
Linguist George (Jomar Tagatac) is so focused on preserving dying languages that he fails to communicate with his wife, Mary (Elena Wright), in “The Language Archive,” a comedy presented by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley today through Aug. 4 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley marks the start of its 50th season with “The Language Archive,” scheduled to run today through Aug. 4 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Written by award-winning playwright Julia Cho, “Language” is a comedy about a linguist fighting for the preservation of near-extinct languages as he struggles to maintain his relationships at home. The play received the 2010 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for Women Playwrights.

PYT performs 'Princess' Friday night

Peninsula Youth Theatre’s annual Theatre in the Park series continues with “Princess Who,” scheduled 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts’ outdoor ParkStage, adjacent to Pioneer Park.

The play is about a young girl who wakes in the forest and can’t remember anything. Can Rumpelstiltskin, Goldilocks and the three bears, Hansel and Gretel and the rest of the fairy-tale world help her find her way?

SF Symphony comes to Stanford for 3 concerts

In a new partnership with Stanford University, the San Francisco Symphony has scheduled three performances, starting today, at the newly renovated Frost Amphitheater.

“We are incredibly happy that we can broaden our musical community even further with the combination of the wonderful setting of the Frost Amphitheater and the fantastic musicians of the San Francisco Symphony,” said Michael Tilson Thomas, San Francisco Symphony music director.

PYT's Theatre in the Park series continues Friday in Mtn. View

Peninsula Youth Theatre launched its annual Theatre in the Park series last week, with free performances scheduled Friday nights through Aug. 16 in downtown Mountain View.

The 45-minute long plays are slated 6:30 p.m. at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts’ outdoor ParkStage (adjacent to Pioneer Park).

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