Around Town: 'Beauty and the Beast' at Priory"Beauty and the Beast" is this year's spring musical presented by high school students at the Woodside Priory in Portola Valley.
The Disney musical, featuring Belle, the Beast, Gaston, Mrs. Potts, Chip, and other favorite characters, will be presented in four performances: March 8, 9, and l0 at 7 p.m., and March 11 at 2 p.m. in the school's Rothrock Performance Hall at 302 Portola Road.
The cast includes Krysten Pfau as Belle, Reed Cornish as the Beast, Tom Latta as Gaston, Lukas Sarnow as Lumiere, Audrey Weber as Mrs. Potts. Others in the cast: Drew Lavine, Brian DiGiorgio, Katherine Sze and Kat Gregory. Lindsay Tucker is in charge of wardrobe.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students and children.
Visit priory.ticketleap.com/beauty to buy tickets in advance.
Project Read in Menlo Park will have its first Open Mic fundraiser from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Cafe Zoe at 1929 Menalto Ave. in Menlo Park.
Jazz pianist Bennet Roth-Newell will be master of ceremonies at the event, where community members showcase their musical talent in front of a live audience.
Cafe Zoe will donate 50 percent of food and beverage sales that day to Project Read-Menlo Park. There will be silent auction items, including San Francisco Giants tickets, a gourmet wine basket, restaurant gift certificates, and art by Nidhi Chanani.
Project Read has been serving Menlo Park with a free literacy program since 1985. It is funded by the city of Menlo Park, Friends of the Menlo Park Library, Literacy Partners, local foundations and individuals. For more information, call Project Read at