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Pathways To Creativity

Arts Education Programs

Reservations & Information

Contact: Kathi Tennant
(209) 338-5022
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2014-15 Pathways to Creativity Program is Sponsored By:

 Kaiser
 Save Mart Cares

Costa Family Fund

A Note From Jim Johnson, Ph.D.

Jim Johnson Dear Educator,

Since its inception in 2008, Pathways to Creativity has presented performing arts experiences to 179,200 children from 296 schools. A total of 228 student matinee performances have been presented in that time.

That arts experiences and academic achievement go hand in hand is indisputable. At a time when arts education is being cut back in our schools, the Center is only too happy to provide young people with the much needed opportunities described in these pages.

Below you will find the Pathways to Creativity programs the Gallo Center is offering for the 2014-2015 Season. They are for students at all grade levels, K–12, including after school programs and prevention/issue-oriented young adult programs. To participate in any of these events, please download your reservation form from the link above.

We look forward to seeing your students at the Center!

Sincerely,

Jim Johnson, Ph.D.
Arts Education Coordinator
Gallo Center for the Arts

2014/15 Arts Education Events – Tickets $5.00

LILLY’S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE

Tue, Jan 27, 2015
9:45 am
12:15 pm
Rogers Theater, capacity: 1,240

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Grades: Pre K–3

Lilly loves everything about school, especially her cool teacher, Mr. Slinger. But when he confiscates her prized possession, a purple plastic purse that plays music, joy turns to misery in “Lilly's Plastic Purple Purse.” Gripped with anger after losing her purse, Lilly draws a mean portrait of Mr. Slinger and hides it in his book bag. But when she gets her purse back and opens it outside of school, she finds a surprising note: "Today was a difficult day. Tomorrow will be better." Suddenly wracked with guilt, Lilly sets out to make up with her teacher. But villainous bicycle-riding bullies, a spotlight-stealing baby brother and the dreaded "uncooperative chair" will test our heroine's resolve.

THE ADVENTURES OF HAROLD & THE PURPLE CRAYON

Wed, Feb 4, 2015
9:45 am - Sold Out
12:15 pm
Rogers Theater, capacity: 1,240

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Grades: K–7

“One evening, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight.” So begins Enchantment Theatre Company’s “The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon,” based on the seven delightful picture books by Crockett Johnson that follow the zany adventures of an inventive young boy. As it turned out, there wasn’t any moon that night nor was there a path to walk on, so Harold simply drew them. And thus his journey began. Resourceful and brave, Harold creates the world he wants to explore, using nothing more than a big purple crayon and his sky’s-the-limit imagination. Added to Enchantment’s signature style of life-size puppets, masked actors, magic and music is the use of large-scale video animation!

DINOSAUR TRAIN LIVE: BUDDY’S BIG ADVENTURE

Tue, Feb 10, 2015
9:45 am - Sold Out
12:15 pm
Rogers Theater, capacity: 1,240

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Grades: Pre K–1st

The Jim Henson Company’s “Dinosaur Train Live! Buddy’s Big Adventure” brings the beloved stars of the hit PBS series to life on stage, embracing and celebrating the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains. The show encourages basic scientific thinking skills as the audience learns about life science, natural history and paleontology. Come join Buddy, Tiny, King, Don and more in this fun-filled, interactive and immersive trip back in time to an age when dinosaurs roamed the earth....and rode in trains! This exciting, original musical story with magical special effects was created just for the stage, and it will have kids up and dancing in the aisles.

LAURA INGALLS WILDER: GROWING UP ON THE PRAIRIE

Wed, Feb 18, 2015
9:45 am - Sold Out
12:15 pm - Sold Out
Foster Theater, capacity: 440

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Grades: 2–6

An uplifting story of one of America’s most beloved authors comes to life in ArtsPower's heart-warming musical production! Laura and her family travel across America in search of a place they can call home. Facing obstacles such as scarlet fever and eviction from their land, their pioneering spirit and family bonds are tested but never broken.

ONLY 13

Thur, Feb 19, 2015
9:45 am
Foster Theater, capacity: 440

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Grades: 6–9

Follow Phoebe through thick and thin as she reminds us all that growing up isn’t always easy. Phoebe is 13 years old and lives with her single-parent father who spends so much time at work, she rarely gets to see him. The ‘cool kids’ at school constantly torment Phoebe and her good friend Carl for being different than they are. Peer pressure at school, coupled with a troubled home life, leaves her feeling very alone, isolated, and worthless. Phoebe is tired of being teased and not sure how else to stand-up for herself. Just when she thinks the world would be better had she never existed, the arrival of an unexpected visitor gives Phoebe a new perspective on what she has going for her.

This very special show addresses tough issues for grades 6-9, including labeling, panic attacks, body image, bullying, cyber bullying, teen suicide, mean girls, effects of divorce on teens, bullycide and finding reasons to live.

THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY

Mon, Feb 23, 2015
9:45 am
12:15 pm
Rogers Theater, capacity: 1,240

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Grades: K–4

Stanley Lambchop is just like everyone else. That's the problem. For Stanley, life is TOO normal. He wants to travel the world, do something amazing, something no one's ever seen before. One night, the bulletin board on the wall above Stanley's bed comes loose and falls right on top of Stanley! The next morning, he wakes up flat. Not just a little flat...really, REALLY flat! In a whirlwind musical travelogue, Stanley, the ultimate exchange student, explores the globe and learns that heroes come in all shapes and sizes. This Dallas Children's Theater Company production celebrates the 50th anniversary of Jeff Brown’s book!

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IMAGINOCEAN

Mon, Mar 16, 2015
9:45 am - Sold Out
12:15 pm - Sold Out
Rogers Theater, capacity: 1,240

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Grades: K–5

“ImaginOcean” is a magical black-light undersea adventure! Tank, Bubbles and Dorsel are best fish friends who are about to set out on a remarkable journey of discovery. Starting with a treasure map, they swim off in search of clues, they sing, they dance and ultimately discover the greatest treasure of all: friendship. The creator of “ImaginOcean” is Tony-Award nominated actor John Tartaglia, who starred in the acclaimed Broadway musical “Avenue Q,” and appeared on Broadway in “Shrek the Musical” and in “Disney's Beauty and the Beast.”

 

In association with Young Audiences New York
The Gallo Center & MCCA present
The Literature to Life® stage presentation of

THE KITE RUNNER by Khaled Hosseini

Performed by Sorab Wadia
Adapted and Directed by Wynn Handman

Tue, Mar 17, 2015
10:00 am
Foster Theater, capacity: 440

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Grades: High School

This Literature to Life award winner, adapted for the stage in 2004, features fifty minutes of verbatim performance from the first half of this best-selling contemporary novel. The adaptation mirrors the original short story written by the author and utilizes original Afghani music as a backdrop for the performance. A favorite on the national educational circuit, “The Kite Runner” has played in communities from California to Massachusetts. Through the eyes of the young protagonist, Amir, the actor takes us on a heartbreaking journey of friendship and betrayal in a society of severe class division. We meet upwards of eight characters, each fully realized by this virtuosic performer. Surrounded by a pre- and post-show interactive discussion the audience will explore themes including redemption and class systems.

MARIACHI GIRL

Fri, Mar 20, 2015
9:45 am
12:15 pm

Mon, Mar 30, 2015
9:45 am
Foster Theater, capacity: 440

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Grades: 2 and Up

"Mariachi Girl" is a new bi-lingual Spanish/English musical for children about young Carmencita, who dreams of being in her father’s mariachi band. But, her father insists that mariachi groups can only include men! When Carmencita reads a book about a famous female mariachi it expands her world and her notion of what is possible. Full of vibrant original mariachi music from a live band, this Gallo Center-produced musical play explores how one girl can challenge her identity in a modern society while embracing her rich heritage. “Mariachi Girl” was written by Roxanne Shroeder-Arce, a theater professor at the University of Texas. Liliana Hernandez of Johansen High School has the lead role in Mariachi Girl!

DINO LIGHT: A Glow in the Dark Adventure!

Fri, Apr 17, 2015
9:45 am - Sold Out
12:15 pm
Foster Theater, capacity: 440

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Grades: K–4

This brilliant production is from the same Lightwire Theater that brought the dazzling “The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise and the Hare” to the Center last season. It tells the story of a friendly dinosaur, Darwin, who wanders away from home and discovers a world of creatures who light up the darkness and help him find the true meaning of love. Unique and visually dazzling, the show uses a cutting-edge blend of puppetry, technology and dance that will leave students spellbound in wonder.

2014/15 Modesto Symphony Orchestra Events

A Program of Carnegie Hall's Weil Music Institute

The Modesto Symphony Orchestra Presents Link Up: The Orchestra Sings!

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Fri, Mar 13, 2015
10:00am
Rogers Theater, capacity: 1,240

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Grades: 3–5
Photo by Jennifer Taylor

In its 84th season, the Modesto Symphony Orchestra is proud to offer Carnegie Hall’s year-long Link Up music education, composition and performance curriculum to our area students grades three through five. This thoroughly researched, tested and proven curriculum teaches children the fundamental concepts of music while building their self-esteem and critical cognitive paths for continued success in education. Students participating in the program perform in a culminating concert on March 13th , in which they sing and play recorders or string instruments with the orchestra from their seats!

2014/15 Modesto Christian Performing Arts

MARY POPPINS

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Apr 24, 2015
9:30 am
11:00 am
Foster Theater; capacity: 440

Study Guide - (will be posted when received)
Recommended for Grades 1–12

Based on the books by P.L. Travers, the classic Walt Disney film, and the musical stage production by Cameron Mackintosh, this is the story of the Banks family and how their lives change when a nanny, Mary Poppins, arrives at their home at 17 Cherry Tree Lane in London. Things are not going well for Jane and Michael, who are out of control, and their latest nanny just stormed out. The children decide to write the advertisement for a new nanny, but Mr. Banks has a very different idea of what constitutes the perfect nanny and he tears up the piece of paper and throws it in the fireplace. Within moments Mary Poppins arrives and takes charge of the Banks children. While out on an adventure, they meet Bert and, despite their reservations about his ragged clothes and dirty face, Mary teaches them that they must learn to look past appearances. Mary Poppins is a story for young and old with unforgettable songs, astonishing dance numbers, and a certain amount of stage magic that will leave you breathless.