PerformingView – Are You The Star?

by Chris Murphy

Have you ever wondered what it would take to be on the stage performances we talk about here at ModestoView? There is YES Company for our youth, and there are music lessons at VMI Music, our local School of Rock. But did you ever want to be in comedy, or just a little quicker in conversation situations?

You can learn to be funny! Not everyone is born funny or witty. Improv skills are life skills. Whatever your experience, background, or training, everyone can benefit from studying improvisational skills. For work, for comedy or just be a quick witted heckler, there is something for everyone.

Here is what recent improv class participants are saying:
“Excellent introduction to improv”
“Spontaneous fun, physical/mental combo, non-threatening or competitive”
” I like “everything. I love trying to be creative and the class explores that”
“I appreciate the way improv has gotten me to loosen up and to not be in my head too much. It challenges me to be present and generous as a performer”


When: Sundays 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Dates: Aug 7 – Sept4 (5 sessions)
Where: Prospect Theater Project: 1214 K Street, Modesto
Price: $195
Purpose: Discover magic expressing yourself through improve games, scene work, storytelling. No previous experience required

When: Sundays 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Dates: Through – Aug 21 (5 sessions)
Where: Prospect Theater Project: 1214 K Street, Modesto
Price: $195
Objective: Developing deeper improv skills and capacities to perform with increasing confidence and versatility, while keeping fun and surprise in the forefront.

Richard Hogeboom (Stanford PhD) has trained and performed with some of the greats of improv including David Razowsky, Mark Beltzman, Rick Andrews, Shannon Winpenny, as well as the Applied Improvisation Network (AIN) in Paris, Amsterdam, and the Alan Alda Communication School in New York. Richard has also been an entrepreneur, teacher, professor, and charter school principal

On Stage here in our community, the Prospect Theatre has announced their new season. Subscriptions programs are available. Don’t forget, the Prospect has a full bar for performance enjoyment.

The Children by Lucy Kirkwood
Now and Then by Sean Grennan
Rough Crossing by Tom Stoppard, from an original play by Ferenc Molnar
Heroes of the Fourth Turning by Will Arbery
Sight Unseen by Donald Margulies
Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes

The Gallo Center begins their new season.
Kicking off the season, the Modesto Performing Arts will continue its 54th season with the musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. A rip roaring version of the famous MGM musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is an exuberant tale of the seven Pontipee brothers, hankerin’ for fun, fightin’, and frolickin’ in the 1850s Oregon wilderness. August 13-21st for tickets.

The new Gallo Season kicks off with the Broadway performance of Cats, Sept 17 and the legendary Judy Collins, Sept 30.
Check out the rest of the season and ticket packages at

Prospect Theatre Project 2022-23 season sneak peek Sunday, August 21st at 2 pm. Join us for a special Sneak Peek of PTP’s upcoming 22-23 season! Enjoy a cool beverage and some snacks in a unique theatre setting, and hear from our season’s directors in a discussion moderated by Artistic Director Jack Souza. New season subscriptions will be available for purchase. See you there!

Stroll Down Penny Lane on August 6th at 7 pm $35/$30/$25 at the State Theatre
Caleb Henry & the Customs August 12th 8 pm $20 at the State Theatre
Paul Thorn August 17th 7:30 pm $40/$35/$25 at the State Theatre
Ramina Rated Comedy August 26-27th $7:30 $125/$75//$50 at the State Theatre

Jake Owen/Chris Janson at the Fruit Yard on August 12th at 7:30 pm $55-$90
Brad Paisley at Ironstone Amphitheatre August 18th 7:30 pm $95-$175

School drama teachers, please email your fall production information so we can get these in our September issue.<>

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.