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A Time to Perform in October By Kaye Osborn

Going to the theater to see a live performance is one of my favorite activities. My husband and I support local productions as well as out-of-town. We attend musicals, vocal and instrumental concerts, comedy shows, poetry readings, and dramatic presentations. The audience provides energy for the performers. Audience members should be quiet, attentive, and responsive. Be mindful and respectful of the people around you and the stage performers. Do not text, take photos only when given permission, spill over the armrest, or chat with your neighbor! And if anyone asks you to please be quiet, do not take it personally! I imagine comedians tolerate hecklers and learn how to deal with their outbursts. Do some research about the show you will see, especially comedians to make sure you will find them entertaining. Some comedians are G rated while others are R rated. Now, let’s get on to what will be showing in October.

Center State Conservatory’s Lower Level Studio The Mystery of Irma Vep (for mature audiences) October 18-Nov. 3 A spooky farce featuring only two actors. They want to solve the mystery of who killed Irma Vep. Tickets: $10 Show times; TBD

Modesto Junior College Frankenstein Oct. 24: Student Preview: $5 Oct. 25-26, 7:30 PM 31 5:30 PM Tickets: $12, students and Seniors (+62) $10

Prospect Theater Project Shakespeare’s Richard II Oct. 4,5,6,10,11,12,13 Fri./Sat. 8 PM, Sun. 2 PM, last Thurs. at 8 PM

Modesto High School Theatre Department Charlotte’s Web Modesto High School Auditorium 1st and H Streets Oct 4th 7:30 P.M. Oct 5th 1:30 P.M. and 7:30 P.M. October 6th 1:30 P.M.

$7.00 adults / 5.00 students $3.00 students K-6 below

Davis High will be presenting Antigone Oct 4 & 5 at 7:00 pm in their Little Theatre $6 for students, $8 for general

Gallo Center for the Arts (for ticket prices go to the website or Box Office)

Veggie Tales Live Thurs., Oct. 10 7 PM

Eleanor Roosevelt: My Story Thurs., Oct. 10 7:30 PM

The Joy Luck Club Fri., Oct. 11 8 PM

The Acting Company Hamlet Sun., Oct. 13 4 PM

Central West Ballet Swan Lake Fri., Oct. 18 7 PM Sat., Oct. 19 2 PM, 7 PM

Stomp Sat., Oct. 18 3 PM, 8 PM Sun., Oct. 19 2 PM

Jack and the Beanstalk Sun., Oct. 27 2 PM, 4 PM

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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.