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PerformingView – December Classics

By Kaye Osborn & Chris Murphy

The last month of the year has finally arrived. We become busy with holiday shopping, festivities, cooking and decorating. It is a good time to relax and de-stress by going to the theater. It’s time to create new family traditions. I coordinate the annual Dickens Faire at the McHenry Museum and invite community members to volunteer their time to enrich the event with their enthusiasm. Dancers from Central West Ballet will perform in costume to music from The Nutcracker. Ken White, a local author, will be in attendance to sign his books. Come decorate an ornament, ice a cookie and listen to holiday stories while exploring the McHenry Museum between 9 AM and noon.

Here’s What is Happenin’ in our Neck of the Woods

Prospect Theater Project
Watch on the Rhine
Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8 PM & Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 PM

Play-Reading Project
California Scenarios
Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 PM

Gallo Center for the Arts
Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol
Dec. 7-9
Read more about this on page 14

CWB: The Nutcracker
Don’t miss this Modesto family tradition.
Dec. 7-16

Noel the Musical
Monday, Dec. 17

McHenry Museum
Dickens Faire and McHenry Mansion and Museum Tours
Saturday, Dec. 1: 9 AM- noon

Soup Supper
Sunday, Dec. 2 6 PM

Lakewood School
Holiday Program by Lakewood chorus and Sign Club
1:30 PM & 6:30 PM

There are some amazing school performances happening this month.
The Modesto Junior College Theater Department presents the Agatha Christie mystery “Spider’s Web” on November 29 and 30, and December 1, 6, 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. in the Little Theatre of the Performing Arts Center on East Campus, 435 College Avenue, Modesto.

The Crucible – Enochs High
When the burden of proof is invisible and the crime too terrible to name, everyone becomes a suspect and no one is safe. Enochs Drama Department presents the ever-relevant masterpiece The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Saturday, Dec 1st, 2018, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Dec 8th, 2018, 7:30 pm
Friday, Dec 14th, 2018, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Dec 15th, 2018, 7:30 pm
Enochs High School: Multipurpose Room
Tix: Students $5 Adults $7

Modesto High School Theatre will produce Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol in the MHS Auditorium which takes two iconic topics from Victorian England and slams them together as Doyle’s eccentric detective runs up against Dickens’ classic tale of redemption.
November 30 and continuing December 1, 7, and 8.
The house will open at 7:00 PM with the curtain at 7:30 PM.
Tickets are 7.00 and available at the door.

Downey Choir Holiday Show
December 13th, 2018
Holiday Concert
Downey Auditorium

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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.