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A Time To Perform in August

By Kaye Osborn

Hot August Nights are here again! Children will be heading back to school. (Still hard to believe that school reconvenes in August) There are several local shows coming up this month.

A very exciting announcement by Dr. Jim Johnson. Gallo Center will have its own repertory theater company: Gallo Center Repertory Company. The first show will be The Diary of Anne Frank: November 3-6. There will be four morning school performances and three public performances.

To all the high school and college drama directors, please let ModestoView know about your shows so that we can help you get the word out.

Here’s what is happening in our neck of the woods:

Modesto Performing Arts


August 6,7,12,13 & 14

7:30 PM and 2 PM

The Valley Talent Project

August 26 & 27


By Tracie Sprague

Center Stage Conservatory will be hosting a series of events this month to fundraise the remainder of their season. There is bound to be something for everyone on the Lower Level during these Hot August Nights.

Spoken Word and Singer Songwriter Showcase

Saturday August 6 starting at 8pm (doors 7:30pm)

A night of local talent performing their original work. The first half will be spoken word artists from the Central Valley, and after a short intermission we will finish the evening with a set of local singer-songwriters.

The spoken words artists will be: Alexys Rushing, Brandon Leake, Chad Sokolovsky, Jake Yates, Juniper Sprague, Melchor Sahagun III, Nena Larieze, and Summer Krafft

Musician’s Appearing:

Ben Baxter Brye, Mattea Overstreet, and Uri Rodriguez

Tickets will be $10 cash at the door.

The 24 Hour Plays

Saturday August 20 at 8pm (doors at 7:30pm)

6 ten-minute plays are written, rehearsed, and performed within 24 hours. Part spectacle, part sporting event, part theatrical experience, the 24 Hour Plays is always an exciting, entertaining event.

Tickets $5 cash at the door

Actors! Directors! Playwrights! It’s time again for the 24 Hour Plays at Center Stage. We need up to 24 actors, 6 directors and 6 playwrights. 6 short plays are written, rehearsed, and performed in a 24 hour period. Please message producer Dawn Trook to sign up at<>


All participants will arrive for a one-hour meeting at 9:30 PM on August 19th.

10:30 PM-5:30 AM: Writers will write 10 minute plays, specifically for the actors they are randomly assigned.

7:00 AM: Directors arrive for script assignments

8:00 AM: Actors return for team assignments

8:00 AM-9:30 PM: Rehearse! Memorize lines! Tech Rehearsal! And Performance!

Center Stage Conservatory

948 Eleventh Street

Inside the City Center on the Lower Level

Enter on J Street

(209) 345-2739

Caption: Photo of Summer Kraft by Philip Johnson




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.