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Leland and Pioneer High School Performing Arts 2016

High School Performing Arts

Don’t miss these two great plays presented by Leland and Pioneer High drama departments!

Arsenic and Old Lace at Leland High

Leland Drama presents Arsenic and Old Lace, by special arrangement with the Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Written by American playwright Joseph Kesselring, Arsenic and Old Lace is in the genre of black comedy. The plot revolves around the Brewster family, whose ancestors once arrived on the Mayflower, but whose members have now disintegrated into homicidal insanity. Performances are at Leland High School on November 16-18, 7 pm. Tickets: $10 for students and $12 for general admission. Limited seats, hurry and grab yours! For more information, visit

Godspell Jr. at Pioneer High

To ring in the holiday spirit in December, Pioneer High Advanced Drama, with its 80-member cast and crew, presents Godspell Jr., a musical by Stephen Schwartz, based on the Book of Matthew. The play reminds viewers that “in a world that feels crazy, community is what gets us through”. The production is hip and modern with new upbeat songs. Performances are at Pioneer High School Performing Arts Center on December 1-3, 7pm. Tickets: general, $10, students, $5. For more information, call 408.365.1615 or get tickets online at

Enjoy the drama season!

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Coming to Almaden

Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in AlmadenThe Almaden Branch Library will host a FREE production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Saturday, November 17 at 2:30pm. The event will be hosted in the Community Room in the Almaden Library and Community Center.

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Children’s Play House Presents Alice in Wonderland in Almaden Valley – UPDATED 2022

Alice in Wonderland Production in Almaden ValleyAlice steps through her mirror to the magical place called Wonderland. In this land she finds all sorts of nonsense: A silly caterpillar, crying flowers, the Mad Hatter trio, the Queen and Company. Will Alice get to become a queen? Will she lose her head at the trial?

Have fun in this fantastic Children’s Play House of San Jose production. Children in kindergarten (5 years old) to 6th grade are invited to audition for the 1-Act Workshop’s production of Alice in Wonderland.

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Shakespeare’s Macbeth Coming to Almaden Valley

Become engrossed by Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a gripping tale of the tragic consequences of misguided ambition. Macbeth begins the tale as a heroic warrior returning from battle. As he succumbs to his irrational desire to become ruler through any means possible, the choices he makes result in his inevitable downfall.

Although Macbeth is both an agent and victim of malevolence, his keen insight and imagination allow him to observe the folly and torment of choosing evil over good. Even as he yields to his temptations to usurp the Scottish throne, he recognizes that violence will beget violence, and ultimately end in disaster.

The play is at Almaden Branch Library on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 from 5:30-6:30pm. Post-show Q&A with the cast at 6:30pm.

Matilda’s Marvelous Adventure Presented by the Almaden Senior Players

You’ll smile. You’ll chuckle. You’ll laugh out loud. Matilda’s Marvelous Adventure, a play written and directed by local Almaden Valley senior Mary Sheehan, follows Matilda Kumquat’s adventures as she travels around the world meeting various zany people she encounters along the way. Join in the fun and experience a humorous look at airlines, cruises, tourists, and tour groups.

The show will be presented on three dates at the Almaden Community Center:

  • January 22, 2012, 3pm. Dinner show, including wine and dessert. $15 for members, $20 for non-members.
  • January 24, 2012, 2pm. Includes popcorn. First-come, first-served tickets for $5.
  • January 27, 2012, 2pm. Includes ice cream. First-come, first-served tickets for $5.

Read more about the play and Mary Sheehan at Mercury News.

888 Monkeys Summer Arts Program in Almaden Valley – Summer 2011 – UPDATED 2022

888 Monkeys Summer Arts Program offers professional instruction in circus arts, drama, music, and visual art.

Experienced educators team up with drama, art, circus, and movement professionals to offer kids ages 8-16 an opportunity to create and perform their own show on the last day of the program. No prior experience necessary.

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The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is Performing The Tempest in Almaden Valley – UPDATED 2022

logo: The San Francisco Shakespeare FestivalThe San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is performing The Tempest in Almaden Valley. The performance will delight audiences of all ages as the cast brings to life the humor, romance, and adventure of this enchanted tale.

Throughout its history, The Tempest has been regarded as the pinnacle of Shakespeare’s dramatic output. Widely believed to be his final and most autobiographical play, it utilizes the wisdom and understanding gained from a career as a highly regarded dramatist.

Some of the Bard’s most delightful characters inhabit The Tempest’s magical island. Prospero, the sprite Ariel, the slave Caliban, and the clowns Stephano and Trinculo, all help bring to life the humor, romance, and adventure of this tale.

Shakespeare’s The Tempest will performed be at the Almaden Library on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 from 6:00 – 6:55pm. Post-show Q&A with the cast will be at 7:00pm. The performance is free. [THIS EVENT IS CLOSED]

Pioneer Performing Arts to Present the Classic American Musical 42nd Street – UPDATED 2022

poster: 42nd StreetPioneer Performing Arts is presenting the classic American musical 42nd Street! This musical has a big band style book, and the pit orchestra will be filled with 15 musicians.

42nd Street tells the story of a chorus girl, Peggy Sawyer, who must take over as the star of the show on short notice when the lead performer is injured.

In only thirty-six hours, Peggy learns twenty-five pages, six songs, and ten dance numbers – and becomes a star.

The musical is at Pioneer High School Performing Arts Center on March 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, and 26, 2011 at 7:00pm.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for students and seniors 62 and older. Tickets are available at the door. Or, you can purchase tickets by contacting Anita Adams at 408-718-6974 or [EVENT IS CLOSED]

Radio City Christmas Spectacular – UPDATED 2022

The world famous Radio City Rockettes are bringing their popular show to HP Pavilion at San Jose Dec. 18th and 19th. For more information visit [EVENT IS CLOSED]

Rain, A Tribute to the Beatles – UPDATED 2022

Broadway San Jose is presenting the bay area debut of “Rain, A Tribute to the Beatles”. This award-winning concert is described as a multi-media experience, with music and vocals performed live. For more information, visit [EVENT IS CLOSED]