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PerformingView – Closed Curtains

By Kaye Osborn
A Time to Close the Curtains in September
But will leave a light on the stage

Honestly friends I was hoping entertainers would be able to perform live shows by now, but it looks like many venues have shuttered until spring 2021. Everything is up in the air until an effective and safe vaccine has been developed. So many of our local venues are doing their best to stay afloat. If you are able to donate to support them, they would appreciate any amount. It certainly is a different world and one I didn’t see coming.

I retired from teaching American Sign Language at Modesto Junior College because of COVID 19. I know many educators, students and families are doing their best to be successful.

Once the curtains have parted, I will return to share all the joyful theatrical possibilities. Stay strong. Stay committed. Stay safe. Continue to persevere. We are all in this together. If you aren’t registered to vote, register today. Remember to vote. Mail in your ballot early.

Help the State, Gallo and Prospect
Even though there are not any shows right now, these places still need your donations to make sure that when we can, the curtains will still go up. The Gallo Center, The State Theatre, Prospect Theatre, Central West Ballet, Opera Modesto all are working hard to be ready when it is safe. Please consider supporting them in any way you can. Give a Gift Certificate for a future event.

Gallo Puzzle
If you would like one for a $30 donation, click here to order online. Your puzzle can then be picked up at the Center any Wednesday between 3 and 5 pm. (If you are unable to pick up your puzzle, we can mail it for an additional $6 in postage. Please call 209-338-5062 to order a puzzle with mailing service.)

Friday Night Popcorn
The State Theatre flat out has the best popcorn in town, topped with REAL butter. On Friday evenings, you can get a big bag of buttered popcorn, a bottle of wine and some tix for a future movie. There are also exclusive film streaming experiences and film symposium event.<>

Prospect Theatre Project
September 18-28, Streaming
Once again, stripping theater to its barest essentials, Happy Days offers only two characters: Winnie, a woman of about fifty, and Willie, a man of about sixty. The complex interplay between words and visual images finds the two caught up in repetition, the deadening impact of habit, the recurrence of trauma, or the recourse to familiar and reassuring words or phrases in the face of annihilation.

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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.