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By Kaye Osborn A Time to Perform in July

I absolutely love going to the theater. I enjoy experiencing dramatic and musical productions. I try to attend some high school and college shows during the school year! Last week, I went to see the 2013 Modesto Junior College New Playfest. All six original short plays were written and performed by MJC theatre students. I was so entertained! I loved the energy from the actors, the creative scripts and the talented crew. I was drawn to the show because one of the play writers, Tyler Kelly, was an actor in Lakewood and La Loma musicals which I directed. So, if you are a theater enthusiast, please remember to support local school productions. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

PROSPECT THEATER PROJECT Short Play Festival July 12- August 4 Prospect Theater

GALLO CENTER FOR THE ARTS Looking Over the President’s Shoulder July 12-14 8 PM Friday-Saturday, 2 PM Sankofa, Modesto”s new African-American theater company presents this one-man play about Alonzo Fields, who accepted a job as a butler at the White House in 1931. Dwight D. Mahabir is AMAZING. I saw this production a few years ago. It is a show you won’t want to miss. Get your tickets today.

YES Company Ragtime Junior July 19-28 7:30 PM Thursday-Saturday, 3 PM Sunday This show set in the early century of the United States will edu-tain you! The three stories shared during the musical showcases prejudice, love, hate, wealth, poverty and leave you with lots to talk about. Mark Medina, Connie Ambrosia Wann and myself will be interpreting Ragtime for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community on Saturday, July 27 at 7:30 PM. A special area will be reserved for patrons with hearing loss so they can access the interpretation.

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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.