By Lou Fancher. Correspondent. The brave spirit of a real-life 10-year-old girl beats profoundly at the heart of Contra Costa County Libraries’ “Read to the Rhythm” Summer Reading Festival 2015. Inspired by Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, the Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke Cuba’s long-standing taboo against female drummers in the 1930s, author Margarita Engle’s “Drum Dream Girl” with illustrations by Rafael López is the centerpiece of the over two-month celebration that ends Aug 15.
Los Altos Stage Company, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” By Tennessee Williams, Jan, 23-Feb, 16, Directed by Dawn Monique Williams, Featuring Patricia Pitpitan as Margaret, Robert Campbell as Brick, John Baldwin as Big Daddy, Sheila Ellam as Big Mama, Fred Pitts as Gooper, Hannah Larson as Mae, Jim Johnson as Reverend Tooker, Scott Stanley as Doctor Baugh and Belgica Paola Rodriguez as Sookey, Bus Barn Theatre, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos, $18-$32, www.losaltosstage.org or 650-941-0551, TheatreWorks, “Once On This Island.” March 5-30, By Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, “When Ti Moune, a peasant baiwu women's ballet long performance tutu skirt girl on a tropical island in the French Caribbean, rescues a wealthy young aristocrat from the wreckage of a car accident, a star-crossed love affair begins.” Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, $19 (30 and younger)-$73 (discounts available), theatreworks.org or 650-463-1960..
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“The annual musical is the most fun thing I do,” said Moorhead, who teaches dance and English at Piedmont High. “It’s been a wonderful experience not only for the actors and crew but also for the orchestra members.”. This is not Moorhead’s first experience with Cole Porter’s snappy musical numbers and the colorful characters who inhabit the S.S. American cruise ship. She choreographed “Anything Goes” two years ago at Alameda’s Encinal High School, where her husband, Bob, is a drama teacher.