Fall means Follies at Bus Barn

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The cast of the 2016 Los Altos Follies will perform a musical parody titled “Bloviation, Obfuscation and Trepidation” this week at Bus Barn Theater.

The 23rd annual Los Altos Follies, “A Salute to Bloviation, Obfuscation and Trepidation,” is scheduled Thursday through Saturday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave. The event is a fundraiser for Los Altos Stage Company.

Written, produced and directed by local residents, the Follies is a musical revue of modern life and politics featuring original lyrics to well-known tunes.

PA Players' 'Mermaid' reaches tail end of run

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Special to the Town Crier Cheyenne Wells stars as Ariel in the Palo Alto Players production of “The Little Mermaid.” The musical is slated to close Sunday.

Palo Alto Players recently launched its 86th season with the fairy-tale musical “The Little Mermaid,” based on Disney’s animated film of the same title.

The production is scheduled to run through Sunday at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

LA Stage Company snuffs out 'Assassins' Sunday

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The cast of the musical “Assassins” includes, from left, Chase Campbell, Ken Boswell and Andy Cooperfauss.

Los Altos Stage Company is scheduled to present “Assassins” through Sunday at Bus Barn Theater.

Launching the company’s 21st season, the controversial Broadway musical weaves the tale of some of the most infamous characters from American history. It investigates the personalities behind nine individuals who assasinated – or attempted to assassinate – a U.S. president.

Cal Pops moves to Flint for new season

California Pops Orchestra has announced its 28th season – scheduled to kick off Sunday – as well as a move to Cupertino’s Flint Center from Los Altos Hills’ Foothill College. The new season is slated to run through May 21.

“We’re very excited about the move to the Flint Center,” Conductor Kim Venaas said. “It’s a wonderful space – large, modern and the acoustics are marvelous.”

Los Altos Stage Company's 'Assassins' hits target with dark humor

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Los Altos Stage Company’s production of “Assassins” stars, from left, Chase Campbell as John Wilkes Booth, Ken Boswell as Charles Guiteau, and Andy Cooperfauss as Leon Czolgosz.

While “Assassins” opens with a number that promises “everybody’s got the right to be happy,” the characters in the Stephen Sondheim musical are anything but.

The Los Altos Stage Company production examines the lives of nine individuals who assassinated – or attempted to assassinate – a president of the United States. Despite the serious subject matter, the humor is dark and delightful. Those interested in politics and history should especially enjoy the show.

'Party' winds down at TheatreWorks

The TheatreWorks Silicon Valley production of the London hit “The Life of the Party,” a celebration of songs by Andrew Lippa, is scheduled to close Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Directed and co-created by David Babani – artistic director at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory – the show features an array of songs by Lippa, including those from the musicals “Big Fish” and “The Wild Party.”

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