The hills -- or rather, the Lesher Center for the Arts -- will soon be alive with the sound of music as Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved tale comes to Walnut Creek. Produced by Contra Costa Musical Theatre, "The Sound of Music" runs March 22 through April 21.

Michael Ryken directs and choreographs the well-known tale of a high-spirited young postulant who becomes the governess for a widowed captain's seven children. The family's narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II has made this one of the most endearing musicals of all times.

Karl Pister is the musical director, Kelly Britt portrays the postulant/governess with Dan LeGate as Captain von Trapp. For tickets, call 925-943-SHOW or go to www.lesherartscenter.com.

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    Registration is now open for Lafayette's Town Hall Theatre's summer classes. A wide variety of classes for preschool through high school are offered with some featuring discounts if participants register by March 20. The company also offers an Advanced Actors Troupe, which will meet weekly to develop skills, songs and scenes to be performed around Lamorinda during summer events. For a look at Town Hall Education's current production, attend "The Fantasticks" on March 22-24. For more information on classes or the musical, go to www.townhalltheatre.com.

    For those who want to polish their audition skills or find new monologue material, try Butterfield 8's open workshop. Taking place on Saturdays from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Cue Productions Live, 1835 Colfax St. in Concord, the workshop costs $10 per session. For more information, go to www.b8company.com.

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    Congratulations to Pleasant Hill Middle School drama teacher, Susan Kaar. She has been chosen to participate in a summer teaching workshop at the Globe Theatre in London, England. Only 14 teachers from California received this honor.

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    Local playwright and performer Caroline Altman has collaborated with Patricia Milton on a new work "Moments of Truth." Unlike Altman's popular children's musical "Whiskers" (a musical adaptation of "The Velveteen Rabbit"), this latest work deals with adult relationships and the nature of creativity. With book by Patricia Milton and music and lyrics by Altman, "Moments of Truth" received a staged reading last week at San Francisco's Tides Theatre.

    The four-person musical revolves around Nan (Caroline Altman), her husband Gerald (John Patrick Moore) and "shock" artist Chloe (Dyan McBride). Steve Rhyne portrayed an array of other characters. Nan, Gerald and Chloe all attended the same art school and are now well into their careers, with Nan in a creative slump and at odds with Gerald, who has discovered his talents lie more in the selling rather than creating of art. When Chloe shows up on their doorstep, having been deported from England for one of her outrageous exhibitions, old rivalries resume. Collaborating on an art piece called Moments of Truth, however, provides Nan and Chloe with their own personal "a-ha" moments and the audience with an intriguing evening of theater.

    Billed as a "work-in-progress," I found "Moments of Truth" a fascinating tale well on its way to being a finished work.

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    They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds, and sold 175 million records worldwide — all before they turned 30! And, they're at San Francisco's Curran Theatre through April 28. "Jersey Boys" tells the exciting story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the great successes in pop music history -- the Four Seasons.

    This award-winning musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi includes such nostalgic tunes as "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," just to name a few. Although these songs are a tad before my time, whenever I've seen this show I find it impossible not to dance in my seat or sing along. Definitely a feel-good experience. Call 877-686-5366 or go to www.shnsf.com.

    Contact Sally Hogarty at sallyhogarty@gmail.com.