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Performing View – June

A Time to Perform in June
By Kaye Osborn

Hello Summer! Hello Cruising! Hello Graffiti Month! Lots of stuff to do around our county! Car shows, parades, concerts in the park and a time to reconnect with neighbors!

My husband and I prepared a monologue for our audition last month at Gallo! The other performers were amazing and inspirational. Happily, the director liked everyone! We were all cast in the show Inherit the Wind which will be performed at the Gallo Center for the Arts during November. The drama debuted in 1955, is a story that fictionalizes the 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial. This debate over creationism versus evolution has contemporary resonance.

Many local theater groups are dark during June. They are in rehearsals. Read July’s view for information about the new productions. Here is what coming to our neck of the woods!

The Modesto Junior College Theater Department presents the New Play Festival featuring “world premieres” of original one act plays written and directed by MJC theater students. The short works staged each night include “The Decision” by Christopher Wells; “The Case of Doctor Chase” by Sam Mellor; “A Party of Catherines” by Mar De La Cruz; “Omaha!” by Shane Meyers; “The Brothers Martelli” by Nick Salvucci, and “Running in Circles” by Salvador Vasquez. MJC Professor of Theater Michael Lynch promises “an exciting theater evening with new and fresh voices for the stage.” Performances are June 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cabaret West Theater on West Campus, located at 2201 Blue Gum Avenue in Modesto. Tix are $10, $8 Students/ Seniors or online at

McHenry Museum
Second Saturday
June 13
Cruisin’ in Modesto
Chris Murphy will share stories about cruising in Modesto! Come join in the fun!
2 PM-3PM

Gallo Center for the Arts
MPA Presents: The Music Man (my all-time favorite musical)
6/20 & 21
6/26/27 & 28

Carnegie Arts Center, Turlock
Until June 11
Inspiring Women: An Exhibit of Arts and Letters

Third Thursday Art Walk
Enjoy local galleries before going to the concert at Graceda Park

Barkin’ Dog Grill
Check out their Thursday Night Jam sessions
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Posted in: stage & art

About the Author:

Kaye Osborn retired from Lakewood School in 2009. She taught Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing children for 34 years. Kaye continues directing the Lakewood Youth Theater and teaching the Lakewood Sign Club. She teaches American Sign Language at Modesto Junior College as well as a two-week Young Writers Camp held every summer at CSUS. Kaye is the Parliamentarian of the McHenry Museum docents. She loves giving school tours at the museum. Kaye is also involved in Delta Gamma Kappa, Epislon Nu. She is passionate about exercise and life. Her dream when she retired was to work out more everyday. You can find her morning, noon and night taking classes, teaching Zumba or playing disc golf. Her husband Jerry (of 39 years), also a retired educator, enjoys cooking gourmet meals, riding his bike or playing disc golf. On a weekly basis, Kaye and Jerry enjoy volunteering in their daughter’s kindergarten class in North Highlands. Being grandparents to a bubbly, adorable little boy named Glen, who was seven in March and to a sweet, lovable almost 4-year-old Charlotte, is the BEST! Kaye adores her family: Amanda, her husband Nate, Glen and Charlotte live in Fair Oaks and Megan, an 8th grade math teacher, her husband Art, and their dogs live in Modesto. Kaye is a recipient of numerous teaching awards including 2015 Outstanding Woman of the Year, Stanislaus Arts Council Excellence in Arts Education, Stanislaus County Teacher of the Year, Rotary Club Elementary Teacher of the Year and the Girl Scouts World of the Arts Excellence Award.