TheatreWorks stages 'Language' at Palo Alto's Lucie Stern Theatre

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley launched its 50th season with “The Language Archive,” scheduled to run through Aug. 4 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Julia Cho’s comedy is about a linguist fighting for the preservation of near-extinct languages as he struggles to maintain his relationships at home.

'Bee' lands in Los Altos


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The cast of Los Altos Youth Theatre’s “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” includes, clockwise from top, Peter Owens, Audrey Rechenmacher, Ash Prodromou, Elizabeth Wang, Rose Madsen and Nik Higginbottom.

Los Altos Youth Theatre’s summer musical production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” opened last weekend and is slated to run through Aug. 4 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The comedy tells the story of school-aged overachievers – including their hopes, dreams and angst as they compete for a slot in the National Spelling Bee.

Foothill puts modern twist on 'Cinderella'


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Cinderella (center, played by Christina Lea), who is dubbed Ella in Foothill Music Theatre’s production of “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” helps her stepsisters (Melissa Gialdini, left, and Gwyneth Forrester) as they prepare for the ball.

Cinderella sings “There’s nothing you won’t try, move a mountain, light the sky, make a wish come true” in the song “There’s Music in You,” written by songwriter Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II in the 1950s.

Milissa Carey, director of Foothill Music Theatre’s production of “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” said the song embodies the show’s themes of finding your own truth and making decisions for yourself.

LAYT's 'Putnam County Spelling Bee' opens Friday at Bus Barn

Los Altos Youth Theatre’s summer musical production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is scheduled to open Friday and run through Aug. 4 at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

The comedy tells the story of school-aged overachievers – including their hopes, dreams and angst as they compete for a slot in the National Spelling Bee.

'Language' launches TheatreWorks' season


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Linguist George (Jomar Tagatac) is so focused on preserving dying languages that he fails to communicate with his wife, Mary (Elena Wright), in “The Language Archive,” a comedy presented by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley today through Aug. 4 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley marks the start of its 50th season with “The Language Archive,” scheduled to run today through Aug. 4 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Written by award-winning playwright Julia Cho, “Language” is a comedy about a linguist fighting for the preservation of near-extinct languages as he struggles to maintain his relationships at home. The play received the 2010 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for Women Playwrights.

PYT performs 'Princess' Friday night

Peninsula Youth Theatre’s annual Theatre in the Park series continues with “Princess Who,” scheduled 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts’ outdoor ParkStage, adjacent to Pioneer Park.

The play is about a young girl who wakes in the forest and can’t remember anything. Can Rumpelstiltskin, Goldilocks and the three bears, Hansel and Gretel and the rest of the fairy-tale world help her find her way?


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