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On Stage'The Wizard of Oz'
The Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre will perform the classic musical, "The Wizard of Oz," following Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they seek to find Dorothy a way home. Thursday-Sunday, July 18-Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m. $15 youth/senior; $20 adult. Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.
On Stage'The Great Pretender'
TheatreWorks will put on a production of 'The Great Pretender' by David West Read, a hit at the company's New Works Festival about how a children's TV host deals with the death of a popular puppeteer. See website for specific dates and times. July 9-Aug. 3, 2, 7:30 or 8 p.m. $25-$68. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
On Stage'The Pirates of Penzance'
The Lamplighters, a Bay Area Gilbert & Sullivan musical theater group, will give three performances of the comic opera "The Pirates of Penzance," which follows a romance between a young pirate and the daughter of an unusual military man. Aug. 9, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Aug. 10, 2 p.m. $25-$53. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
On Stage'South Pacific'
Foothill Music Theatre will put on a production of the Broadway musical "South Pacific," by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. Thursday-Sunday, July 24-Aug. 10, 7:30-10 p.m. $10-$32. Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.
On Stage'Moby Dick - Rehearsed'
Stanford Repertory Theater will put on a production of Orson Welles' blank-verse adaptation of Melville's masterpiece -- replete with the hunt, meditations on the sea and the mania of Captain Ahab. July 17-Aug. 10, Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. $15 student/senior; $25 general. Pigott Theater, Memorial Auditorium, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford.
On Stage'Into the Woods, Junior'
For the final play in its 2014 Outdoor Summer "Hot Dog" Series, the Palo Alto Children's Theatre will put on a production called "Into the Woods, Junior." Favorite fairytale characters will take a journey into the woods to fulfill their wishes in this 80-minute, family drama. Wednesday-Sunday, July 30-Aug. 16, 6:30-8 p.m. $12-$14. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, Magic Castle Stage, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
On StageSan Francisco Mime Troupe: 'Ripple Effect'
The San Francisco Mime Troupe will perform its latest show, "Ripple Effect," a tale about an activist, immigrant and a techie aboard a tour boat in the San Francisco Bay. Music begins at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m. August 21, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Mitchell Park, South Field, 600 E. Meadow Drive, Palo Alto.
On Stage'War of the Worlds'
This Stanford Repertory Theater production will re-create Orson Welles' 1938 radio broadcast of H.G. Wells' "The War of the Worlds," which tricked some listeners into believing there was an alien invasion. Aug. 14-Aug. 23, Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. $25 general; $15 student/senior. Old Union, the Nitery Theater, 520 Lasuen Mall, Stanford.
On StageShakespeare in the Park
The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival will come to Redwood City with a performance of "The Taming of the Shrew," with twists, clowns, disguises and a challenging love story included. Aug. 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24; Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 4 p.m. Free. Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Ave., Redwood City.
On Stage'Water by the Spoonful'
TheatreWorks will put on a production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, "Water by the Spoonful," a story about a community of strangers who find refuge in an online chat room. Tuesday-Saturday, Aug. 20-Sept. 14, see website for specific times and dates. $19-$74. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.