After pandemic hiatus, Woodside Musical Theater returns to the stage with ‘Bright Star’ | New

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Losey said the company rented many other sets, furniture, props and costumes from the Broadway show.

Written and composed by actor and banjo player Steve Martin and singer-songwriter Edie Brickell, “Bright Star” has enjoyed success on Broadway and on the road. The musical is inspired by a true love story and revolves around complicated relationships that take place in North Carolina in 1923 and 1945.

From left, Adrienne Herro (Mama Murphy), Katherine Bonn (Alice) and Jason Engleman (Daddy Murphy) perform in Woodside Community Theater’s upcoming production of ‘Bright Star.’ Courtesy of Mark Bowles.

Rehearsals are underway at Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park, a convenient commute for two cast members, teachers Kara Connelly and Jessica Ross, and Hillview music director Richard Vaughan. Vaughan has performed in many shows, but this time he plays the cello. It’s not very convenient for Katherine Bonn who is driving from Santa Cruz to play one of the main roles, Alice. Other leads include Jack Bloome as Jimmy, Jason Mooney as Billy, and Michele Schroeder as Margo.

“A lot of people have taken time off, moved out, or have older kids,” Losey said, explaining why there’s been some turnover in the cast since the group’s last show, “Monty Python’s Spamalot” in 2019. New to the set this year, for example, is Christine Burke, also known as Miss Wheelchair America 2022.

Shows are scheduled for Oct. 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 16 at 2 p.m., Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. The stunt doubles will fill the main roles on the matinee of October 22.

Tickets range from $25 to $55 and are available online at woodsidetheatre.com/bright-star-tickets or at the door at 199 Churchill Avenue, Woodside.

From left, Adrienne Herro (Mama Murphy), Katherine Bonn (Alice), D’Artagnan Riviera (Maire Dobbs), Kenny Silberberg (Stanford) and Jason Engleman (Daddy Murphy) perform in the upcoming production of “Bright Star” of the Woodside Community Theatre. Courtesy of Mark Bowles.

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