Everyone's favorite fairy tale "Cinderella" takes to the Lesher Center stage as Fantasy Forum presents the classic rags to riches story on May 1-4. The family-friendly musical, which encourages audience participation, marks the final show of Fantasy Forum's 41st season. Scott Denison directs, with Michael Wiles as music director. The show features Kerri Shawn, Hailey Cowden, Michael McCarty and Amanda Leigh. For tickets, call 925-943-SHOW or go to www.lesherartscenter.org.

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    Lafayette's fourth annual Community Music Festival comes to town this Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall Theatre, 3535 School St. in Lafayette.

    The show features an assortment of homegrown talent -- headlining will be Matt Tidmarsh, performing a spirited rockability set. Also on the bill is Dan DeShara, Dream Posse, Dylan Chaney, Big Jangle Unplugged, and Paul Cotruvo. Enjoy good music and bid on rock n'roll memorabilia and more.

    Tickets are $30; call 925-283-1557 or go to www.townhalltheatre.com for more information.

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    Role Players Ensemble and the Museum of the San Ramon Valley have taken on quite a fascinating project -- the dramatization of the Pacific Airlines plane crash in Danville in 1964.


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    On May 7 of that year, the quiet town of Danville changed forever as Flight 773 crashed, killing 44 people. The sleepy community became the center of national attention as the tragedy and crime unfolded.

    Now, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the crash, RPE and the museum present a staged reading of "Tassajara 1964" on May 7 at 7 p.m. at the museum, 205 Railroad Ave., in Danville. Written and directed by RPE's artistic director Eric Fraisher Hayes, the play focuses on news reports and testimonials as Hayes constructs a mosaic of the many individuals and communities forever linked by the tragedy. "The play is a drama, a thriller, a history lesson and a tribute to the many lives changes that day," says Hayes. Tickets, priced at $20, will be available at the door or in advance at www.roleplayersensemble.com.

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    A classic drama by one of America's most notable dramatists and a work by a prominent Bay Area playwright will be featured as part of the Eugene O'Neill Foundation's Playwrights' Theatre series at Danville's Tao House this May.

    Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge," winner of several Tony Awards for Best Play Revival on Broadway, will be presented this Sunday, May 4, at 2 p.m. On Sunday May 18 the foundation will feature Bay Area playwright Octavio Solis' contemporary drama "El Paso Blue" at 2 p.m.

    Staged by longtime Bay Area director and actress Joy Carlin, "A View from the Bridge" includes a post-show discussion with the director and cast.

    Octavio Solis directs his drama "El Paso Blue." Melding politics, immigration, cultural loss and revenge, he tells the story of a parole who, when released from jail, learns his wife has run off with his father. The staged reading features live music specifically written for the play. A talk-back follows the performance.

    For reservations, call 925-820-1818 or go to www.eugeneoneill.org.

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    Pat Parr directs that All-American classic "The Music Man" at Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre in Pleasanton. The show about famous traveling salesman (and con man) Harold Hill runs May 2-18 at the Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave. in Pleasanton.

    David Judson plays Hill, with Amy Franklin Leonards as Marian the librarian. The cast also includes Benjamin Pither, Liz Marsh, John Williams, Ali Lane and, returning from Broadway after performing in the musical "Matilda," Madilyn Jaz Morrow. For tickets, call 925-931-4848 or go to www.firehousearts.org.

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    One of the great "whodunits" of all time comes to Pittsburg Community Theatre as the company presents Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap." The story of a group of strangers stranded in a boarding house during a snowstorm takes place May 9 at 8 p.m., May 10 at 2 and 8 p.m. and May 11 at 2 p.m. at the newly renovated California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave., in Pittsburg. Call 925-427-1611 or go to www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com.

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    Congratulations to Daren A.C. Carollo, who was recently named as a producing director for the Berkeley Playhouse. Carollo's duties will include building the company's professional main-stage season, developing a new works program, expanding education and outreach partnerships and helping improve the historic Julia Morgan Theater where the company performs. Carollo was formerly with Diablo Theatre Company and Contra Costa Civic Theatre.

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    The Novato Theatre Company is looking for directors for its 1914-15 season, which includes: Daniel Sullivan's "Inspecting Carol" (Nov. 29-Dec. 20); Mary Roberts Rinehart's "The Bat" (Jan. 29-Feb. 22); Joseph Stein's "Fiddler on the Roof" (March 26-April 26); and Paul Slade Smith's "Unnecessary Farce" (May 21-June 21). Interested directors can download a proposal form at http://www.novatotheatercompany.org/director or email ntc_board@comcast.net. Stipend offered.

    Contact Sally Hogarty at sallyhogarty@gmail.com