PerformingView-August

Performing View by Kay Osborn

A Time to Perform in August

Hello August! School begins very soon for many valley students! So strange that school is starting early! Well, cheers to a great school year! I am hopeful to were able to see the brilliant performance by Dwight D. Mahabir in Looking Over the President’s Shoulder based on the memoirs of Alonzo Fields, Chief Butler of the White house from 1932-1953! Dwight was truly amazing! He acts and sings memorably! He made everything look so effortless. It beautifully directed by Richard Mann. Also, the new play fest by Modesto Junior College and Prospect Theater was very entertaining.

A Shout Out to Center Stage Conservatory! Please support this downtown theater group. Tracie Sprague and Megan James are very passionate about their lower level studio. They are busy casting their new season.

I am thrilled that YES Company continues to offer one performance of their summer musical for our Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing community. My wish is that more theater groups will begin to offer the same opportunity to the DHH audience.

Center Stage Conservatory’s Lower Level Studio Seven Day Play Festival August 16-18 The second annual Seven Day Play features local thespian that will develop two original shows using ideas given by the community. If you would like to participate, see “Get Involved” on their website. They will begin working on the production on August 9. The show will open seven days later. Show times will be determined. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Modesto Performing Arts 42nd Street August 10-18 Gallo Center 7:30 PM and 2 PM Tickets are $27-$39

Prospect Theater Short Play Festival August 1stThe Best of the Fest (TBA) Just One Man: The Action Movie Play Written & Directed by Nidal Bukhari & Tyler Kelly

Gallo Valley’s Got Talent August 30-31 Friday night is the audience voting show. Saturday night winners are announced. 7 PM Tickets are $10-$25

Get ready to paint the town pink when Turlock Youth Performing Arts presents “Legally Blonde, The Musical” to the Turlock Community Theatre. Elle Woods’ life is perfect. She is beautiful, popular, the president of her sorority and dating the handsome future lawyer Warner Huntington III. Everything is wonderful — until she gets dumped.

August 9th at 7 pm August 10th at 2pm and 7 pm August 11th at 2 pm

Turlock Community Theatre 1574 E Canal, Turlock Cost $12

Tickets available at the Carnegie Arts Center 250 N Broadway Turlock – 632-5761 OR Call 535-4822 OR Available at the door!!

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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.