Upstage opens 'Hunchback' Friday

Upstage Theater’s production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” is scheduled to run Friday through Sunday in Mountain View.

Based on Victor Hugo’s novel, the reinterpretation of the classic Disney film begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in 15th-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to join the throngs, observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. But Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit – handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled.

PYT puts on 'Dreamcoat'


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Peninsula Youth Theatre’s cast of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” includes, from left, Bennett Rosenberg (of Mountain View), Grigori Goldman (Los Gatos), Michael DeLaurier (Los Altos), Roy Gotlieb (Palo Alto) and Ryan McCauley (Los Altos).

Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is schedued to open Saturday and run through May 20 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The musical follows Joseph, the favorite child of Jacob’s 12 sons. To make his status clear, Jacob buys Joseph a spectacular, multicolored coat to wear. This, along with Joseph’s disturbing dreams, causes his brothers to hatch a plot against their troublesome brother.

Master Sinfonia performs Sunday at LA United Methodist

Master Sinfonia, led by conductor David Ramadanoff and guest conductor Pamela Martin, is scheduled to perform works by Rossini and Mendelssohn 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

The program includes Rossini’s Overture to La Gazza Ladra, along with Mendelssohn’s Sinfonia No. 10 in B minor for Strings and Die Erste Walpurgisnacht with Viva la Musica.

PA Players' 'Rock of Ages' enters second week


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“Rock of Ages” stars, from left, Jessica LaFever (as Sherrie), Jimmy Mason (Stacee Jaxx) and Jason Mooney (Drew).

Palo Alto Players’ production of the musical “Rock of Ages” opened last week and is slated to run through May 13 at the Lucie Stern Theatre.

Set against the backdrop of the Sunset Strip in the late 1980s – with a soundtrack featuring hits from Styx, Poison, Bon Jovi and many more – “Rock of Ages” chronicles the love story between wanna-be rocker Drew and aspiring actress Sherrie as they chase their dreams of stardom.

'Distracted' ends run Sunday


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The cast of “Distracted” includes, from left, Judith Miller (as Dr. Waller), Jeff Clarke (Dad) and Dana Cordelia Morgan (Mama).

Los Altos Stage Company is slated to perform Lisa Loomer’s comedy “Distracted” through Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The play, which opened last week, follows 9-year-old Jesse as adults attempt to find out what is wrong with him. His teacher says he has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, his dad says “he’s just a boy” and his mom is on a quest for answers. The show looks at the challenges of modern daily life, posing the question: Are we so tuned in to our 24/7, information-rich world that we’ve tuned out to what really matters?

'Juana' see a play?


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Anya Colloiu, left, plays Lucas and Nikki Suzani is Juana in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Juana and Lucas,” opening Friday in Mountain View.

Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Juana and Lucas,” the latest show in its Stories on Stage series, is scheduled Friday and Saturday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts Second Stage.

Meg Fischer Venuti directs the world premiere production, adapted especially for PYT by Carol Doup Muller from the children’s book by Juana Medina.


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