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Youth Drama for All: 'Toy Life'
Now in its eighth season, Youth Drama for All (YDFA), an inclusive drama group open to all special education and general education students, will put on a performance of "Toy Life," in which children's toys will become life-size. March 7, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $10 general; $2 infant (age 2 and under). Cubberly Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

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'Bye Bye Birdie'
Menlo-Atherton High School's drama department will put on a production of the musical "Bye Bye Birdie," which follows rock 'n' roll star Conrad Birdie when he receives a draft notice from the U.S. Army. Tickets are available online and one hour before performances at the box office. Feb. 27 and 28, March 5 and 7, 7:30 p.m.; March 6, 3:30 p.m. $8 student, senior; $12 adult; group rates available. Menlo-Atherton High School, The Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton.

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'The American Clock'
Woodside Priory School will put on a production of "The American Clock" by Arthur Miller, in which actors -- accompanied by a live jazz band -- will play more than 50 roles in bringing the 1930s and the Great Depression to life. March 5-7, 7 p.m.; March 8, 2 p.m. 7-9:30 p.m. $5 student; $15 adult. Woodside Priory School, Rothrock Performance Hall, 302 Portola Road, Portola Valley.

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'Hamlet'
Under the direction of acclaimed director Rob Melrose, Stanford University undergraduates will stage William Shakespeare's intense tragedy "Hamlet" about a Danish prince seeking truth and vengeance. March 5-7, 8 p.m.; March 8, 2 p.m. $5-$15. Memorial Auditorium, Pigott Theater, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford.

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'Sunday in the Park with George'
Foothill Music Theatre will put on a production of "Sunday in the Park with George," a Broadway musical -- with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and story by James Lapine -- that centers on a fictionalized Georges Seurat. Feb. 19-March 8, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $12-$32. Foothill College, Lohman Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

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'The Lady Onstage' by Erin Bregman
This Rough Reading event will offer an intimate reading of Erin Bergman's new play "The Lady Onstage," which is still in draft form. The event is offered by the Playwrights Foundation in partnership with the National Center for New Plays at Stanford University. March 9, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Pay what you can. Roble Theater, 324 Santa Theresa St., Stanford.
 

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'The Drowsy Chaperone'
Paly Theatre will perform the musical comedy "The Drowsy Chaperone," a show-within-a-show full of mishaps that follows young starlet Janet van de Graff and her entourage as she prepares to give up her career to marry an oil tycoon. March 6, 7, 8, 13 and 14, 7:30 p.m.; March 8, 2 p.m. $10 student, seniors; $15 adult. Haymarket Theatre, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto.
 

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'Les Miserables'
For its latest production, Peninsula Youth Theatre will take on the musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic "Les Miserables," a tale of love, valor and compassion set in 19th-century Paris. See website for specific dates and times. March 7-15. $22 adult; $18 senior, child (age 12 and under); $10 school-time performance. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View.
 

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'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying'
Woodside High School will put on a production of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," a musical comedy and satire about life in the corporate world. Performances are rated PG and boast a full orchestra. March 13-21, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 2 p.m. $20 adult; $15 senior; $10 student. Woodside High School Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Ave., Woodside.

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'Hansel & Gretel'
For this Playhouse Series production, the Palo Alto Children's Theatre will offer three performances of "Hansel & Gretel." Featuring local high school performers, Playhouse Series shows combine fairy tales with an interactive theater experience for children ages 3 to 6. March 21, 10 a.m. and noon; March 22, noon. $10 child; $12 adult. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, Magic Castle Stage, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

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'Show People'
For its latest show, Dragon Productions will stage a production of "Show People," a play written by Paul Weitz in which a tech entrepreneur tries to impress his violinist girlfriend by hiring two washed-up Broadway stars to play his parents. The show includes adult language. Feb. 27-March 22, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $10-$35. Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway St., Redwood City.
 

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Firebird Dance Theatre benefit performance.
The Firebird Dance Theatre, an award-winning dance company based in Mountain View, will perform its annual show sharing its unqiue mixture of modern, folk, lyrical, ballet and ballroom dance styles. March 29, 5-6 p.m. $15 member; $20 general; $25 at the door. Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto.

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'The Lake Effect'
TheatreWorks will put on a production of "The Lake Effect," a new drama written by Rajiv Joseph and directed by Giovanna Sardelli in which the grown-up children of an Indian restaurant owner consider the legacy of the now-closed family business. See website for specific times and dates. March 4-29. $19-$74. Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Pear Slices 2015
The Pear Avenue Theatre will offer its annual Pear Slices production, which showcases an eclectic variety of original short plays written by members of the Pear Playwrights Guild. March 12-April 5, Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $25/$20 Thursday, Sunday; $30/$25 Friday, Saturday; $10 preview. The Pear Avenue Theatre, 1220 Pear Ave., Unit K, Mountain View.

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'All Aboard'
The Palo Alto Children's Theatre will present an interactive tale by Tom Greder, who has performed this unique family show at hundreds of festivals around the world. May 7 and 8, 7 p.m.; May 9, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; May 10, noon and 4 p.m. 7-4 p.m. $25. Palo Alto Children's Theatre, Magic Castle Stage, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

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Gounod's 'Faust'
West Bay Opera will put on a production of Charles Gounod's retelling of "Faust," the classic story of a man who sells his soul to the Devil for his rejuvenation. The performances will include period costumes, video-enhanced sets, a chorus and orchestra. May 22, 24 and 30, 8 p.m.; May 31, 2 p.m. $40-$75. Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
 

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Gounod's 'Faust'
West Bay Opera will put on a production of Charles Gounod's retelling of "Faust," the classic story of a man who sells his soul to the Devil for his rejuvenation. The performances will include period costumes, video-enhanced sets, a chorus and orchestra. May 22, 24 and 30, 8 p.m.; May 31, 2 p.m. $40-$75. Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.