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'Role Reversal' rolls into MV

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High school sophomore Andie Chan of Mountain View is the director and creator of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Role Reversal.”

A one-night-only performance of Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Role Reversal” is scheduled 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, SecondStage, 500 Castro St.

Conceived and directed by high school sophomore Andie Chan of Mountain View, the musical theater cabaret is part of PYT’s Teen Intensive program. The play features songs written for males that will be sung by females, and vice versa.

“There are so many iconic musical theater songs made for the opposite gender that I have always loved and admired,” Chan said. “My friends and I started talking about this, and I found everyone I knew felt the same way. It made me realize that I could put together an interesting twist on the typical PYT Teen Intensive and propose an exciting gender-swap, cabaret-type show.”

Songs in “Role Reversal” include “Live in Living Color” from “Catch Me If You Can,” “What Do I Need with Love?” from “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Mr. Cellophane” from “Chicago,” “Picture Show” from “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Middle of the Moment” from “James and the Giant Peach,” “Summer Nights” from “Grease” and “One Day More” from “Les Miserables.”

The cast features Kenneth Derryberry, Aaron Galper, Olivia Gonzales, Kate Gough, Chris Gough, Derron Mendel, Noelle Merino, Lily Ruddle, Ryan Sammonds, Melina Soberg, Beatrice Stewart, Isabel Stewart, Erica Trautman and Ada Weinstein.

Nearly every staff position – creative and technical – in “Role Reversal” is filled by a PYT student, with stage management, lighting design and choreography all handled by teens.

“PYT is, at its core, an educational organization,” said Loryn Hatten, PYT’s producing artistic director. “The Teen Intensive program is a unique offering and one that we take great pride in.”

Tickets are $27.

For tickets and more information, call 903-6000 or visit

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