PerformingView – May Madness

A Time to Perform in May
By Kaye Osborn & Chris Murphy

May Madness is here! Concerts, recitals, graduations and local fairs are handy for your patronage. The school year is close to an end. Summer plans are being made. There is much to celebrate. Embrace each moment and accomplishment. Last month, we celebrated 50 years of the Modesto Performing Arts with an epic reunion of local and national stars for the stage that all got their start here in Modesto.

We are so lucky to live in a community that supports the arts. We have a symphony, a ballet company, theatrical companies, artists, poets, writers, singers and dancers. Sometimes, I forget all the opportunities that are available to nurture and develop talents. From the fantastic shows at the Gallo Center, to the innovative shows at the Prospect Theatre and Center Stage Theatre, and the drama departments at MJC and CSU Stanislaus, there is truly something for everyone. You are never too old to dream or pursue a desire. Discover your gift!

Here’s what’s happening in our neck of the woods
Gallo Arts
Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience
Tues., May 2: 7:30 PM

CTC’s The Princess and the Pea
Sun., May 7: 2 PM

MSO: Night at the Opera
May 12 and 13th

Prospect Theater Project
1214 K St Modesto
May 5- May 21
I saw this in Berkeley. Don’t miss it! It is so timely.

May 28th Prospect Theatre Project Readers Theater
2 PM

Center Stage Conservatory presents a special event, a children’s play, “Lions of Illyria” by Robert Kauzlaric. The play is based on Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.”

In this comedy about love and mistaken identity, the characters are animals as well as their Shakespearean types—a lion and lioness brother and sister, a gazelle noblewoman, a peacock nobleman, a warthog knight, a monkey pirate, a dodo knight, and a hyena maid. The Center Stage production features four versatile actors each playing two roles. The play will appeal to children 4-10 and their families. Directed by Dawn Trook and acted by regulars to the Modesto stage, James Kusy, Joshua Palafox, Marlene Arellano, and Lara Dirks.

Center Stage Conservatory Lower Level Studio
Saturday, May 13th at 10 AM and 2 PM, Sunday, May 14th at 2 PM and 5 PM.
Tickets $5 948 11th St. Modesto 209-846-0179

CSU Stanislaus Drama Department
Two drifters, George and his friend Lennie, with delusions of living off the “fat of the land” have just arrived at a ranch to work for enough money to buy their own place. Lennie is a manchild, a little boy in the body of a dangerously powerful man. It’s Lennie’s obsessions with things soft and cuddly, that have made George cautious about who the gentle giant, with his brute strength, associates with.
Stanislaus State Amphitheater
May 2 – 7, 2017 – 8:00 p.m. Free Admission



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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.