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PerformingView – February 2014


A Time to Perform in February By Kaye Osborn

It is my hope you are attending local performances in theater, music, dance, comedy or poetry. Our county has so much talent and lots of choices. Expand your horizons: go to the ballet or the opera. Experience a new genre! You won’t regret it, I promise.

Totally Awesome 80’s rehearsals just began with the Lakewood Youth Theater! It is delightful to work with 4th, 5th, and 6th graders who come to each rehearsal with energy and enthusiasm. Drama creates a unique family. There is nothing better! Collaboration, cooperation and friendships are quickly developed and cemented. Our show March 7th at 6:30 PM will be interpreted for the Deaf community. Two shows on March 8th at 1:30 and 6:30 PM. Come celebrate young performers!

Here are some of the live stage performances in our area.

Grease will be on stage at the West Side Theatre in Newman presented by Newman Crows Landing Unified School District. Feb. 1st. 2pm. Feb. 1st. 7pm Feb. 7th. 7pm. Feb. 8th. 7pm Feb. 9th. 2pm Doors will open for these performances 1/2 hour before showtime. These performances will also include GREASESPOTS mini concerts. This show is rated PG. For more information contact Coral Munoz at 209-862-0757 or Hardy Reeves at 209-862-2916.

Gallo Center for the Arts Sat., Feb. 1 Townsend Opera Players presents La Boheme Sung in Italian with English Supertitles

Wed., Feb. 5 Celtic Nights

Fri., Feb. 7 & 8 Central West Ballet presents Let’s Dance

Fri., Feb. 14 The Freedom Riders

Sat., Feb. 22 One Night Only Hollywood comes to Modesto with Glee stars and Valley’s Got Talent winners

Prospect Theater Project opens in their new venue on K Street Next Fall – Feb. 14-March 2, Friday and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM With one Thursday night performance



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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.