Hills resident plays key role in Foothill's 'Sound of Music'

Alicia Telfer/Special to the Town Crier
Rachel Michelberg portrays Mother Abbess in “The Sound of Music,” opening this week.

Rachel Michelberg’s ability to perform on stage apparently runs in her blood – her mother was a theater director and her son is now an actor.

The Los Altos Hills resident began performing in plays at age 5. Michelberg developed her acting and singing skills throughout childhood and then at San Jose State University, where she studied vocal performance. She has since made a career of being an opera singer, actress and vocal coach.

TheatreWorks reveals 'Truths' this week in PA

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley launches its 49th season with “Hold These Truths,” a true story about a Japanese-American fighting internment during World War II.

The story follows Gordon Hirabayashi and his experiences going to college in Seattle, facing the U.S. Supreme Court and receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor.

PYT opens 'Guys and Dolls'

Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Guys and Dolls” is set to open Thursday and run through Sunday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The musical comedy follows Salvation Army crusaders and high rollers from the streets of Times Square to Havana and back.

Curtain comes down on Pear's 'Oh, Coward!' Sunday in Mtn. View

Pear Theatre’s musical theater production “Oh, Coward!” is scheduled to close Sunday in Mountain View.

The two-act musical features four actors, performing songs and sketches by Roderick Cook about England, relatives, travel, theater, love and women, as well as music by Noel Coward.

LAYT returns to the classics with 'Little Women' at Bus Barn

Kathleen Schwartz/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos Youth Theatre’s “Little Women” stars Melissa Brown (as Meg), Whitney Moore (Beth), Audrey Rechenmacher (Amy) and Olivia Heumann (Jo).

Nearly 150 years after the release of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel “Little Women,” Los Altos Youth Theatre is producing a stage adaptation of the book.

The musical – by Allan Knee, Jason Howland and Mindi Dickstein – is scheduled to open Friday and run through July 29 at Bus Barn Theater.

Schola Cantorum's sing-alongs start Monday

Choral and classical music fans have the chance to sing eight popular choral works at Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley’s annual Summer Sings, scheduled 7:30 p.m. Mondays, beginning next week, at Los Altos United Methodist Church.

Although this year’s Summer Sings may appear somber – with a lineup predominantly of Requiems, meaning a mass to honor the dead – Schola Cantorum music director Gregory Wait said the pieces are “major components of the orchestral choral repertoire. Every choral society and symphonic chorus in the world sings them. And while they share some common text, the harmonic and melodic language of each composer is completely different.”

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