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S E C T I O N 2 Community S TO R I E S A B O U T P E O P L E A N D E V E N T S I N T H E C O M M U N I T Y By Kate Daly Special to the Almanac Woodside Community Theater presents A The udiences will recognize Maria and Captain von Trapp in Woodside Community Theatre’s upcoming production of “The Sound of Music” because the actors have played the leading roles in two of the company’s past shows. In the October run of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, Kerie Darner will once again be paired with Damian Marhefka after starring together in WCT’s “The Music Man” and “Guys and Dolls.” They are part of “a particularly talented cast” of 38, says director Doug Brook, who helped pick them after watching 135 auditions. This show marks his directorial debut with the company. He recently directed South Bay Musical Theatre’s “Finian’s Rainbow.” He says he is sticking “to the original Broadway script, which doesn’t get done very often.” He expects people to notice the differences such as “three songs are in there that are not in the film” version of “The Sound of Music.” The musical is based on Maria von Trapp’s memoir about the Trapp Family Singers, where a postulant becomes a governess for a widowed naval captain with seven children. The couple marries and when the Nazis invade Austria in the late 1930s the family flees the country. The only Woodside resident acting in the show is Jenna Lange, who plays one of the daughters, Brigitta. Many of the of O C TO B E R 1 0 , 2 0 1 2 Performances The Woodside Community Theatre’s productions of “The Sound of Music” will take place at the Woodside High School Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Ave. in Woodside, on two Fridays and Saturdays: Oct. 19 and 20, and Oct. 26 and 27, at 7:30 p.m. There will be two Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. on Oct. 21 and 28. Tickets cost $25 for general admission, $22 for seniors (62 and up) and $15 for students (18 and younger). Visit or call (800) 838-3006 for tickets or buy them at the door. Sound From left, Gretl (Marianna Marhefka), Maria (Kerie Darner), Captain von Trapp (Damian Marhefka) and Liesl (Evy Vaughan) sing at the Salzburg Music Festival, knowing that they must soon leave their home to escape the Nazis. other cast and crew members, however, have Woodside connections, such as Matt Waters. The Woodside School math teacher is playing Rolf. Darlene and Darrell Batchelder used to live in Woodside. She is an alum of Woodside School and both are former parents there. She’s the Mother Abbess Portola Valley talk on sustainable eating Amy Cox, an advocate for green and sustainable living in suburban communities, will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Community Hall at the Town Center, 765 Portola Road in Portola Valley. Ms. Cox’s talk, “Eating Local: Benefits that Extend Beyond the Palate & the Plate,” will address the practice of eating fresh locally grown food that is also in season, and how eating in this way supports a local and sustainable agricultural community. Ms. Cox is the founder of Chicago-based “subURBAN homestead,” which offers lectures, classes and events for organized groups, including corporations, associations, stu- ■ N AROUND TOWN dents and nonprofits. This free program is part of the Tuesday Harvest series of environmental talks. The town of Portola Valley does not endorse speakers in the series or the information they disclose. For more information, contact Brandi de Garmeaux, the town’s sustainability and resource efficiency coordinator, at 851-1700, ext. 222, or bdegarmeaux@ Plein air paint-out at Allied Arts Guild More than 20 artists have been selected to join with artists of the Portola Art Gallery to paint in the gardens of Allied Arts, 75 Arbor Road in Menlo Park, on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 13. The public is invited to watch the artists at work and stay for the afternoon exhibit, reception and awards presentation. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All displayed works will be for sale Visit for more information. Career workshop in Atherton The Career Advancement Academies at Skyline College will hold a career planning workshop at 2 p.m. Wednesday, and he’s a member of the men’s ensemble, appearing in his eleventh WCT show. Former school parents Akio and Karen Patrick are working Oct. 17, at the Atherton Library, 2 Dinkelspiel Station Lane in Atherton. The workshop is designed to explore personal characteristics and hobbies to help map your career. The free workshop will also offer information about the certificate programs at the Career Advancement Academies, located at Skyline College in San Bruno. Call Anna Koch, the San Mateo County library services manager, at 312-5205, for more information. ‘English Flowers Abloom’ benefit Flower arranger Carolyn Barnes will re-create five prizewinning arrangements from behind the scenes as well, he as technical director and set designer, and she as costume designer. Akio’s brother, Steve, also helped build sets back when their children appeared together in the eighth-grade operetta version of “The Sound of Music” years ago. He says these sets are “fresh and new and better” to fill the stage at Woodside High School Performing Arts Center. The co-producers include two more former Woodside School parents, Donna Losey and Mark Bowles, and Claudia McCarley who went to Woodside High and plays the role of Sister Berthe. There are four married couples in the cast, including the leading actress who met her husband, Nate Moss, in a WCT show a few years back. This time he’s performing as Herr Zeller. Torrey Rothstein of Portola Valley is playing Franz, and his wife, Fiona Ryan, is a nun. This is their first musical ever, and she says they are very grateful her sister offered to baby-sit their 8-month-old to free up their evenings for rehearsals. See SOUND OF MUSIC, page 23 this year’s Chelsea Flower Show at a benefit for the Elizabeth F. Gamble Garden to be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Freidenrich Conference Center at the Oshman Jewish Community Center, Charleston Road and Fabian Way in Palo Alto There will be a silent auction for the arrangements with vases. Ms. Barnes will present a short photo overview of the Chelsea Flower Show. An “English Breakfast Tea,” including homemade scones with jam and butter, egg tartlets, fruit tartlets, tea and coffee will be served at 9:30 a.m. Advance tickets, at $30 for members and $35 for others, may be purchased by calling 329-1356. October 10, 2012NTheAlmanacOnline.comNThe AlmanacN21

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