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PerformingView by Kay Osborn

They sing! They dance! They act! Pass by Center Stage Kids while the students are in class: you will hear laughter, applause, and singing. You will see smiles, bright eyes, and team building! Center Stage Kids located at 1217 H Street in downtown Modesto was founded by Dawn Peterson. The staff consists of nine amazing women who teach singing, dancing, and acting. This year eighty children from the ages of 5-18 attend classes. They come from all over the county and as far as Tracy, Newman and Manteca. The environment is nurturing, very positive and fun! Children gain confidence and make new friends while increasing their self-esteem and self-worth. Special guests are invited to provide unique workshops and share their knowledge of the show business industry. This year Chris McPherson, a former Modesto resident who works at the Disney University, choreographed a special dance for their upcoming variety shows on Dec. 7 at Johansen High School at 2 PM and 6 PM. Christmas Town will include songs and original sketches. Tickets are $6. They can be purchased through the CSK website, or by calling 604-0411. The 2 PM show will be interpreted for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing by Mark Medina and Kaye Osborn.

Edwin Hawkins, who is an uncle of one of the students, gave a Gospel workshop. Hawkins is a 4 Grammy winning artist who wrote “Oh Happy Day”. High school students are encouraged to direct and choreograph. They are always expanding and challenging their experiences. Lin Sexton writes original sketches (mini-plays) and songs for CSK. Bailey Johnson, a 16- year -old Enochs student, loves CSK because it is a supportive, learning environment. Her dream job is to become a co-anchor on The Today Show. Tibari Devone, a 16-year-old Gregori student and Edwin Hawkins nephew says CSK stretches him more. He dreams of becoming a musician just like his uncle.

Each year some of the CSK teachers and students travel to Slovenia to direct a Performing Arts Summer Camp for young people. CSK is accepting new applicants on Jan. 6.

Here are some of the amazing live stage performances this month.

Gallo Center for the Arts

Dec. 1 Babes in Toyland 2:30 PM

Dec. 7 Gift of Song by YES Company 1 PM and 3:30 PM

Dec. 8 Elves and the Shoemaker 2 PM and 4Pm

Dec. 13,14,15, 20,21,and 22 Center West Ballet The Nutcracker Come Dec. 15 when I get to be Mother Ginger! I am so jazzed!

Prospect Theater Project Mauritius Dec. 1,5,6,7,8

Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol Dec. 20 & 21 solo performance by Reed Boyer

State Theater Dec. 1 A Happy Holiday Event for Kids Noon: Santa Claus 1 PM: The Polar Express $3 children 12 and under $6 for all others

Dec. 7 ILL List 10 All star poetry slam

Dec. 13,14,15 Strut Dance The Night Before Christmas Barkin Dog Grill 6 PM 2nd Tuesday Poetry

California University at Stanisalaus Dec. 5 & 6 8 PM The Kamikaze Fireflies

Modesto Junior College Dec. 5,6,7,8 The Wind in the Willows

McHenry Museum Dickens’ Faire Children’s Event 9 AM-noon FREE Decorate cookies, make a Christmas ornament, dance with Central West Ballet ballerinas

McHenry Mansion Dickens’ Fair and special Dickens’ Farmer’s Market 9 AM- 3 PM FREE

See our special PerformingBarView by Kate Serpa and Philip Johnson about the Center Stage Lower Level Theatre on Page XX



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.