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Time To Perform

By Kaye Osborne
School is out for summer and June offers
much to see and do around Modesto.
June traditionally embraces American Graffiti,
Modesto’s claim to fame. Mo Band begins
their Thursday night concerts. The first
concert celebrates the music from the 50’s
and 60’s. Come early, spread out a blanket
and enjoy a picnic while greeting old and
new friends. The Gallo Center for the Arts
has a few shows left in its 2010-2011 season.
I hope you caught a performance of
Prospect Theater Project’s To Kill a Mockingbird
at the Gallo Center for the Arts. All
shows (six community and five school performances)
were sold out. Local talented
actors elicited tears, laughs and applause
bringing the poignant story to life.
I had an enjoyable and entertaining chat
with twenty-year-old Lindsay Pearce. She
was the first winner of The Valley’s Got Talent
competition held at the Gallo Center for
the Arts last August. She has always loved
to sing and found her passion in theater arts.
She has performed in the Central Valley
and the Bay Area and is forever grateful to
the Modesto Junior College Drama Department,
especially Michael Lynch and Cherri
Llewellyn, who she attests “helped her increase
her confidence, challenge her vocally,
and strengthen her musical theater craft.”
After a worldwide search (over 40,000 auditioned)
Lindsay Pearce, from Modesto, is
one of the twelve finalists on the Glee Project.
The twelve finalists were embraced by
the Glee family and mentored to improve
their abilities in singing, dancing and acting.
Lindsay said, “She left a little girl and
returned a young woman.” The winner of
this reality show will earn a guest spot on
the television show Glee. Robert Ulrich,
also raised in Modesto, is one of the Glee
Project’s mentors. Go on-line to the Glee
Project and check out Lindsay’s bio and
photos. She is very articulate, talented and
is grateful for all her theatrical opportunities
that Modesto had to offer. Lindsay is moving
to Los Angeles to follow her dream.

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