Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Visiting Enchanted Lands In Mountain View, California

Recently, I've been a visitor to enchanted lands, brought to life through the magic of theater - the Peninsula Youth Theater - to be exact.

Puss In Boots - Photo by Lyn Flaim
I have visited a kingdom run by an overbearing queen and a long-suffering king. I have witnessed the story of a man-child prince and the bold princess who rescues him.

Once Upon A Mattress - Photo by Lyn Flaim
I have come to know a most charming and clever cat, a princess who loves books beyond compare and the noble peasant who loves her.

Puss In Boots - Photo by Lyn Flaim
I have witnessed wizards, both funny and scary, heard singing minstrels and watched dancing skeletons.

Puss In Boots - Photo by Lyn Flaim

But most of all, I have been amazed at the incredible talent of the actors, who range in age from eight to eighteen. They are so gifted; many of them will go on to have a theatrical career. The production value of these plays is also incredible. The directors, stage managers, lighting, sound and costume designers are professional. The sets look professional and the parent volunteers (I must admit I'm one of them), are very dedicated. And best of all, the plays are shown in the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, a mid size theater where nearly every seat has a great view of the stage.

Actors From Once Upon A Mattress - Photo by Karen Gough

Did you know that there are other benefits to viewing live theater besides the sheer enjoyment of it all? According to a study by the Education Reform Department at the University of Arkansas, students who viewed live theater gained an "enhanced knowledge of the plot and vocabulary in those plays, greater tolerance, and improved ability to read the emotions of others."

Photo From Peninsula Youth Theater's Facebook Page

Soon I will be venturing Into The Woods to hear music by Stephen Sondheim and learn what happens after "happily ever after." You can too! It's playing July 25 - August 2. Note - this is not a show for young children.

Rehearsal Photo From Into The Woods - Mobile Photo by Barbara Koch

The 2015-16 season of Peninsula Youth Theater will have plays the whole family can enjoy:

Annie plays Nov 14 - 22
Mary Poppins plays March 5 - 13
Seussical plays May 14 - 22

Tickets average $20 for adults and $16 for children and seniors.
For more information, check out the Mtn View Performing Arts Center website
or call 650-903-6000

The Theater is located at
500 Castro Street
Mountain View, CA 94041

Hope to see you there!

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