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PerformingView – Snappy New Year

A Time to Perform in January
By Kaye Osborn

A Snappy New Year to all Modesto View readers! Hope your holidays were festive and bright. Wishing you a year filled with amazing local shows. Please support their efforts. I am looking forward to directing upper elementary students at Lakewood School. We are rehearsing a musical of Sleepy Hollow. The actors are excited and delighted about being in this production that is filled with song, humor and dance! It will be performed the first weekend of March and like all Lakewood Theater musicals the Friday night show will be interpreted for the Deaf community.

Here’s what is happening in our neck of the woods!

Gallo Center (go to for a complete listing)

Wed., Jan 13 7 PM
Math Magic with Arthur Benjamin

Fri., Jan. 15 8 PM
Celtic Nights

Sat., Jan 16 7:30 PM
Big Earl and the Crying Shame

Fri., Jan. 29 7 PM
The Gizmo Guys

Fri., Jan. 29 7:30 PM
The Peking Acrobats

Prospect Theater
Belle of Amherst
This one-woman play explores the life of American Poet, Emily Dickinson, and the things that were most dear to her: family, religion, love, and humor. Her poems were published after her death, introducing a vibrant, complex, timeless woman.
Featuring Jenni Abbott as Emily
1214 K St – Modesto

January 8-17
Center Stage Conservatory Lower Studio
10th and J St – Modesto

Jan. 8 and Jan. 9 8 PM
A Night of Spoken Word featuring Sanity Dance
The special two-night fundraiser will feature Spoken
Word artists and a one act original play Sanity Dance
Tickets $10 general admission, $8 students

Photo Caption – Summer Krafft . She is one of the featured poets as well as the writer of ‘Sanity Dance’. Photo taken by Monica Barber.



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.