Pear's 'Sojourn' lifts off in MV


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Drew Benjamin Jones and Laura Domingo star as two astronauts in Pear Theatre’s production of the futuristic play “Sojourn.”

Pear Theatre’s world premiere of Evan Kokkila-Schumacher’s futuristic play “Sojourn” opened last week and is scheduled to run through April 7 in Mountain View.

Set in the latter half of this century, “Sojourn” follows astronauts Nick and Deanna five years after they embark on a one-way mission into the cosmos aboard their vessel, Sojourn. As they journey farther from home, their ship provides the means for survival, but the mission itself and the isolation of space threaten to divide them.

LAYT conjures 'The Witches' for another week at Bus Barn

Los Altos Youth Theatre presents the West Coast premiere of Roald Dahl’s “The Witches,” with performances slated through Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The scary tale is the story of a brave young boy and his Norwegian grandmother as they battle against England’s child-hating witches, who are holding a conference at an English seaside hotel. The boy is turned into a mouse, but with help from his loving grandmother, he manages to spoil the witches’ evil plot, saving England’s children from suffering the same fate.

TheatreWorks' 'Marie and Rosetta' concludes March 31 at Lucie Stern

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley presents the musical “Marie and Rosetta” through March 31 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Developed at TheatreWorks’ 2015 New Works Festival by Lucille Lortel Award-winner George Brant, “Marie and Rosetta” is based on the true story of musician Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who stirred up churchgoers in the morning and rocked the Cotton Club at night. She inspired Elvis Presley, Ray Charles and other famous singers on her way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Los Altos teen in cast of Foothill's 'Bullets'


Los Altos resident Annika Diekgers plays a supporting role in Foothill Music Theatre’s “Bullets Over Broadway,” which is scheduled to close Sunday in Los Altos Hills.

Set in the Roaring Twenties, the musical comedy centers on a young playwright dealing with his producer – a mob boss who wants to cast his girlfriend in the show.

'Witches' opens Friday at Bus Barn


courtesy of LAYT
The cast of Los Altos Youth Theatre’s “The Witches” includes, from left, Jillian Analla (as Boy), Tamara Reed (Grandmother) and Lindsay McKinley (The Grand High Witch).

Los Altos Youth Theatre presents the West Coast premiere of Roald Dahl’s “The Witches,” with shows slated Friday through March 24 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The scary tale is about a brave young boy and his Norwegian grandmother, who battle against England’s child-hating witches, who are holding a conference at an English seaside hotel. The boy is turned into a mouse, but with the help of his loving grandmother, he manages to spoil the witches’ evil plot, saving England’s children from suffering the same fate.

Schola performs 'Carmina' Sunday

Choral group Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley brings back “Carmina Burana” for a performance scheduled 3 p.m. Sunday at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

It features text from a collection of 13th-century poems written by Bavarian monks that celebrate the joys of nature, love, lust and drinking.


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