LA Stage Company goes 'Into the Woods'

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The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “Into the Woods” includes, clockwise from left, Allie Townsend (as Cinderella), Juliet Green (The Witch) and Brigitte Losey (Little Red Riding Hood).

Los Altos Stage Company welcomes the holiday season with the musical “Into the Woods.” The production is slated to run Nov. 29 through Dec. 23 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

What happens after “happily ever after”? Fractured fairy tales of a darker hue provide the context for “Into the Woods,” which deconstructs stories by the Brothers Grimm via “The Twilight Zone.” The main characters come from the classic fairy tales Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood, and are tied together by a more original story involving a baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family. While everyone is familiar with the traditional fairy tale ending of happily ever after, this musical follows the stories even further to explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests.

Broken Box opens comedy Thursday at Eagle Theater at Los Altos High

Los Altos High School’s Broken Box Theatre Company is set to perform its first show of the school year, “Don’t Try to Wake Him, Hand Me the Shovel,” Thursday through Saturday at the school’s Eagle Theater.

In the comedy by Pat Cook, Billingsgate Mansion is rumored to be haunted, and a pair of journalists try to find out if it’s true or not. While looking into the mystery, they meet up with a slew of interesting people that include crazy old ladies, convicts on the run and a squad of bickering cheerleaders.

Classical guitarist Martinez performs free concert Saturday at CSMA

The Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View presents a free concert with classical guitarist Nathan Martinez 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Tateuchi Hall at CSMA, 230 San Antonio Circle.

Martinez plans to perform music from 20th-century France by way of classical guitar. The evening’s program includes works by Claude Debussy, Erik Satie and Maurice Ravel.

Pear's 'Girls Kill Nazis' enters 2nd week in MV

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Heather Mae Steffen, from left, Diane Tasca, Stephanie Crowley and Jennifer Sorkin play members of an Arizona book club who behead fascists in Pear Theatre’s “Girls Kill Nazis.”

The Pear Theatre tradition of nontraditional holiday fare continues with the world premiere of “Girls Kill Nazis,” which opened last week and is scheduled to run through Dec. 2 in Mountain View.

James Kopp’s comedy is set in the not-too-distant future. The American Nazi party has been elected to the highest office in the United States, and Nazi law is now American law.

PYT's "Willy Wonka" opens Saturday in downtown Mtn. View

Peninsula Youth Theatre’s production of “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka” is set to run this weekend and next at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The musical follows Charlie Bucket and several other golden-ticket winners as they embark on a tour of Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory. “Wonka” features songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder.

LAYT's "13" closes Sunday at Bus Barn

Los Altos Youth Theatre’s production of “13 The Musical” is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The musical tells the story of Evan Goldman, who is about to turn 13 and can’t wait for his bar mitzvah. Everything in his life is moving along as planned until he discovers that his parents are getting divorced, and he’s ripped away from his home in New York City and thrust into rural Appleton, Ind. As he faces a new set of challenges, Evan is forced to navigate the social order at his new school. Through a series of trials, he learns what it means to be a friend and discovers that there’s more to life than establishing his place in the social pecking order.

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