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By Kaye Osborn

A Time to Perform in April
Spring has sprung! Many high school drama productions are over, but Modesto Christian will be presenting Willy Wonka at the Gallo Center. Later this summer, you will see amazing YES Company productions. Tis the season for musical and dance recitals. We certainly are fortunate to live in an area that has numerous artistic offerings. Sometimes, I wish I could clone myself so I can attend everything.

Live performances are such a unique experience for each audience. The performers bring their energy to the house and the audience gives their energy to the performers. It is exhilarating! It is memorable! It is thrilling! Imagine you are in a spot light, singing a solo when your pianist’s light unexpectedly turns off! What would you do? Well, this happened during our musical of Sleepy Hollow. The young performer professionally waited quietly for the light to be fixed. Very impressive! The appreciative crowd applauded and the show continued.

Next month, I will be showcasing the Central Valley Youth Harp Ensemble and Candy’s Chorusters. Hope to see you at the theater!

Here’s what happening in our neck of the woods!

Modesto Junior College
Lots of musical offerings including voice, string, jazz band, electronic music, guitar, piano, wind, symphonic, improve, choir, new music and a story telling festival and dance.
576-6776 T-F, noon t- 5 PM

Townsend Opera Players Recital Series #3 & #5
April 12, 14: 7:30 PM
Deva Café Tickets: $10-$25

Gallo Center
Blue Man Group
April 8-9 – 8 PM & 2 PM: Tickets: $59-$99

Come Together: The Beatles Concert Experience
April 9: 7:30 PM: Tickets $25-$45

Willy Wonka
Modesto Christian Performing Arts
April 21, 22, 23

Million Dollar Quartet
April 22-23: 8 PM & 2 PM: Tickets $39-$99

California State University Stanislaus (CSUS)
Opera, jazz, chamber music will be offered during April.
Tickets: 667-3958

April 28 Epsilon Nu Presents “Fun” Raiser-Modesto
Benefits Education Programs of SCOE
5:00 PM drinks, food, drawings
7:00 PM classic movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s
State Theater
Tickets online $25 donation

West Side Theatre, Newman

Who Killed F-Stop Fitzgerald
West Side Players presents their first Radio stage play.
Friday and Saturday, April 22, 23, 2016
7 p.m. $25 includes dinner

This is an engaging radio studio setting with writers of that time period standing at the mic making the past come alive. Come enjoy this Radio Theatre/Dinner Play dressed in your 1920’s/1930’s F. Scott and Daisy Fitzgerald style clothing. Missoula Children’s Theatre production of Peter and Wendy

Peter and Wendy
Saturday, April 30, 2016
3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Cast of 64 local children performing MCT’s version of Peter and Wendy.
Adults $10, Children $5



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.