For Robyn Stephenson’s first show with STARS 2000, it was a refreshing look at how nurturing a teen theater company can be, said the Northgate High School senior who plays Anita. “Here at STARS 2000, the performers take their talents to heart,” said Stephenson, 18, who wants to major in musical theater in college. “There’s a lot of support.”. Co-producer Julie Hahn said she’s impressed with an amazing group of performers, many of whom are new to STARS.
‘Nutcracker’ continues, at Calisesi Theatre, ANTIOCH — Antioch Children’s Theatre presents “The Nutcracker” through Dec, 24 at the Virginia J, Calisesi Studio Theatre, 512 W, Second St, The musical, based on E.T.A, Hoffman’s “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” features music from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite.” This unique version of “The Nutcracker” captures the magic and fantasy without the dancing, The show will be performed by two casts, The younger cast, ballet flats aldo 2 through 12 years old, performs the this weekend, while the older cast will perform the final week..
“Turbo” (PG, 96 minutes, DreamWorks/Fox): This triumph of speed over slime trails borrows some elements from “Fast and Furious”: a drag race, nitrous oxide and even a Michelle Rodriguez. But really, “Turbo” feels more like a hybrid of Pixar’s “Cars” and every family-friendly tale, from “The Tortoise and the Hare” to “Monsters University,” that champions the outsize dreams of underdog underachievers. None of which, by the way, detracts from its charms. “Turbo” is a good-hearted movie that’s peppered with enough clever touches to engage adults as well as moviegoers of the smaller, squirmier variety. The star of this show is Theo (voice of Ryan Reynolds), a snail with his shell in the dirt but his itty-bitty, gelatinous head in the clouds. Theo is obsessed with auto racing and determined — against all odds, logic and the persistent naysaying of his older brother, Chet (Paul Giamatti) — to compete in a legitimate speedway event. His wish steers closer to reality after he’s snatched from his garden home by a crow and dropped on a sports car in mid-street-race, where he gets injected with enough nitro to make him worthy of a segment on “Top Gear.” Contains some mild action and thematic elements. Extras include “Team Turbo: Tricked Out” and two other featurettes. Also, on Blu-ray: deleted scene; “The Race” storyboard sequence and Smoove Move’s music videos.
Cupertino Morningmasters: Improve your speaking and networking skills at this Toastmasters club, Thursdays, 7:30 a.m, Bethel Lutheran Church, 10181 Finch Ave., Cupertino, Military Officers Association of America: The Silicon Valley chapter holds a luncheon meeting on the third Thursday of the month, For more information, visit siliconvalleymoaa.org or call ballet flats aldo 408-245-2217, Midpeninsula Widow and Widower Association: Meets Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m, Los Altos Lutheran Church, 460 S, El Monte, Los Altos, 408-246-4642..
Vroman, assuming the role of Anna the vocalist, was the ideal soloist. (The second Anna, originally played by a dancer, was represented here by a seamstress’s dress form.) The soprano, who made her mark on Broadway as Christine in “The Phantom of the Opera,” has since commanded a wide variety of repertoire. Saturday, singing in German (with English supertitles) and looking svelte in a black halter dress, she proved a sublime Weill interpreter, handling Anna’s music with effortless projection, articulate phasing and an air of steely, world-weary allure.
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