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By Kate Daly
Special to the Almanac
Woodside Community Theater presents
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
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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 woodsidetheatre.com or call (800) 838-3006 for tickets or buy them at the door.
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-