PerformingView By Kaye Osborn

Our valley has incredible talent. I hope you were able to attend some of our local high school spring productions. There is nothing better than live theater! The performers give 100%! Drama builds confidence, friendships, and memories. Have you ever considered auditioning or volunteering to help back stage or set design? Give it a try. You may catch “the Drama bug”. It’s a great way to give back to your community. If you are interested, just let me know.

I just finished directing Lakewood Youth Theater’s musical When the West WasWild. Every show was different. Every show received a standing ovation. It was thrilling! Still singing the songs! The talented students sang and danced their way into the hearts of the appreciative audience. The final song of every Lakewood musical ends with the cast singing and signing! Pure magic!

Come join me at the centennial birthday celebration of the McHenry Museum’s on April 29 from 2-4 PM. The McHenry Library opened on April 29, 1912. Special guests include the grandson of Oramil McHenry: Dr. McHenry and his wife. For more information about purchasing tickets, contact the McHenry Museum at 577-5235.

April theatrical offerings:

Gallo Center for the Arts Momma Mia April 13,14,15 Tickets $39-$109

The Boy Who Cried Bully April 25 7PM Based on the classic Aesop’s fable. Grades K-5 Tickets $8-$15

Jack and the Beanstalk April 29 2PM, 4PM Grades K-5 Tickets $8-$15

Disney’s Cinderella kids – April 27th 7pm, 28th 2pm and 7pm, 29th 2pm at Turlock Community Theatre – general admission $8

Open Auditions for teens 13-18 for Sweeney Todd. May 1st and 3rd at 6pm – Turlock Community Theatre. Prepare 1 minute of song of choice, a capella orbackground track acceptable.

Rock like it’s 1986 when Gregori High presents the musical “The Wedding Singer” in the school cafeteria April 26th @ 7:30; April 27th @ 2:00 and 7:30; and April 28th at 7:30. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $7.00 for students, and may be purchased in the Gregori student body office or reserved by emailing



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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.