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Contact: Kathi Tennant
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2016-17 Brochure
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2016-17 Arts Education Brochure

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2016-17 Pathways to Creativity Program is Sponsored By:

 Save Mart Cares
 Costa Family Fund
 Prime Shine Car Wash
Cortney, Raul and Kathi

Dear Educator,

I am pleased to introduce you to the team which will lead the Pathways to Creativity arts education program during the 2016/17 season at the Gallo Center for the Arts. Left to right, they are Cortney Hurst, Raul Garcia and Kathi Tennant. Cortney and Raul are responsible for the administration of the program, while Kathi is your key point of contact for ticket sales.

Many of you know that Jim Johnson has served as the Center’s arts education coordinator in recent seasons. Beginning with 2016/17, Jim is taking on a new and ambitious role here—artistic director for the just announced Gallo Center Repertory Company. We owe Jim a very big thank you for his past service to Pathways to Creativity, and our best wishes for his new endeavor.

Pathways to Creativity is one of the great success stories at the Gallo Center. Since its inception in 2008, the program has presented performing arts experiences to 248,569 children from 351 schools. A total of 320 student matinee performances have been presented in that time. We look forward to building upon these accomplishments for years to come.

In these pages you will find the Pathways to Creativity programs for 2016/17. They are for students at all grade levels, K–12. To participate in any of these events, please download your reservation form from Once again, bus transportation grants are available for classes/schools that purchase at least 50 tickets.

We look forward to seeing your students at the Center!


Lynn Dickerson, CEO

2016-17 Arts Education Events – Tickets $5.00


Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 · 9:30 am & 11:30 am
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 · 9:30 am & 11:30 am
440-seat Foster Family Theater
Grades: 4–8

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Sponsored by Behavioral Health and Recovery Services

Stanislaus County

Stigma and fear of discrimination are serious obstacles for people seeking help for mental health challenges. The Walk In Our Shoes campaign utilizes real stories from teens and young adults to teach youth about mental health challenges and mental wellness. These stories, along with teacher facilitation guides and lesson plans provided, are designed to be used as tools by teachers, parents, professionals and youth, in hopes that together we can communicate, cooperate, and cultivate a culture free of mental health stigma.


Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016
9:30 am: Grades K–3
11:30 am: Grades 4–8
1,248-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater

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The wacky and talented Professor Smart and Dr. Knowitall join forces for an educational, entertaining, exciting and experiential extravaganza. Professor Smart shrinks his head, has toilet paper flying, juggles and has peoples’ hair standing on end all while demonstrating principals of physics. Researcher and comedic sidekick Dr. Knowitall keeps the facts straight. During the Let's Go Science Show you and your kids will learn about air pressure, figure out flight, see awesome optical illusions, be shocked by static electricity, see experiments with falling masses, grasp gyroscopic properties and get a handle on the scientific method.

Childsplay presents ROCK THE PRESIDENTS

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 · 9:30 am & 11:30 am
1,248-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
Grades: 5–8

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Book and Lyrics by Dwayne Hartford
Music by Sarah Roberts
Directed by Anthony Runfola

Childsplay’s smash-hit musical about the presidents of the United States is back by popular demand! Rock the Presidents is a high octane, multi-media-filled, musical revue spanning 223 years of the American presidency—from George Washington to Barack Obama. The 44 men who rose to the highest office in the land are brought to life through rock, pop and folk music.


Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 · 9:30 am & 11:30 am
440-seat Foster Family Theater
Grades: 2–6

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Oskar could not be more excited about his brand-new, awesome, white sneakers that are the greatest pair of shoes ever made! That is until Frank steps on them in the schoolyard one day. Oskar and the Big Bully Battle illustrates how a small school yard scuffle can escalate out of control as three elementary students become entangled in a tale about victims, bullies, and what it means to be an UPstander and bystander. Join Oskar as he learns how to respond to bullying, because "sometimes you just do something 'cuz it's the right thing to do."

Teacher preview: Thursday, September 15, 2016, 4 pm
RSVP to Raul Garcia at (209) 338-5020 or


Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 · 9:30 am & 11:30 am
1,248-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
Grades: K–4

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Get ready for the ultimate playdate—65 million years in the making! You’ll observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain children!


Monday, Oct. 24, 2016 · 9:30 am & 11:30 am
1,248-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
Grades: 4–7

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The Super Scientific Circus proves that science can be fun using amazing circus skills involving boomerangs, bubbles, beach balls, bullwhips and magic. You will learn about friction, inertia, centrifugal force, aerodynamics, sonic booms, air pressure and ultraviolet light. You will learn how to make and throw your own boomerang, how to blow giant soap bubbles, and how to put a needle through a balloon without popping the balloon! Whether you flunked high school chemistry or are a PhD in astrophysics, you will enjoy Super Scientific Circus.


Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 · 9:30 am & 11:30 am
1,248-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
Grades: K–2

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The legacy of the beloved Mister Rogers lives on with the PBS television series, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. In this charming live version, Daniel and his friends take the audience on an interactive musical adventure to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. The show is filled with singing, dancing, laughter and “grr-ific” surprises!


Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 · 9:30 am & 11:30 am
Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 · 9:30 am & 11:30 am
440-seat Foster Family Theater
Grades: 6–12

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Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett's play is based on the true story of a teenage Jewish girl who kept a diary about her family's two years in hiding from the Nazis during World War II. Despite the family’s deprivation, Anne continues to believe in the inherent goodness of people. The play won the 1956 Pulitzer Prize and virtually every other coveted prize in theatre. Directed by Heike Hambley.


Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016 · 9:30 am & 11:30 am
1,248-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
Grades: PRE-K–2

Teacher Workshop: Thursday, November 3, 2016
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Adapted from Margaret Wise Brown’s 60-year-old classic, “Goodnight Moon” is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals, while “The Runaway Bunny” is the pretend tale of leaving home that evokes reassuring responses from his loving mum. The endearing animal puppets, stunning scenic effects and evocative music are a Mermaid Theatre trademark.


Monday, Nov. 28, 2016 · 9:30 am & 11:30 am
440-seat Foster Family Theater
Grades: K–8

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The magic of Christmas comes to us year after year. But, for those behind the sparkle of Christmas, the planning isn’t always so easy. This delightful presentation is a special behind-the-scenes peek at the hustle and bustle and near disasters of the Christmas season. Catch these close-call Christmas catastrophes written by children and brought to life by Child’s Play Touring Theatre.


Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 · 9:30 am & 11:30 am
Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 · 9:30 am & 11:30 am
Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 · 9:30 am & 11:30 am
440-seat Foster Family Theater
Grades: PRE-K & UP

Study Guide - Will be posted when received

Adapted by Margarita Galban and Lina Montalvo from Gary Soto’s short story, Too Many Tamales is filled with music, laughter and fun. The story revolves around its central character, Maria, during the holidays. It is a story of temptation children and adults can understand, about learning from one's mistakes and the special gift of forgiving. Directed by Robin Bjerke.


Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 · 9:30 am
440-seat Foster Family Theater
Grades: 1–8

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Modesto’s own Opus Handbell Ensemble, founded in 1992 under the artistic direction of Richard J. Colla, has more than 140 combined years of ringing experience. These 13 gifted musicians perform on a very unique instrument requiring precision eye-hand coordination, music reading ability and a willingness to work as a team. Their repertoire ranges from classical Bach to heavy metal Rock ‘n Roll to the holiday favorites they will perform in this show!


Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017 · 9:30 am & 11:30 am
1,248-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
Grades: K–6;

Study Guide - Will be posted when received

Adapted for the Stage by Karen Abbott Music & Lyrics by S-Ankh Rasa

When a great African king desires a wife, only the most perfect maidens in the land are invited to meet him. Mufaro’s pride and joy, his two daughters of very different dispositions, travel a half-day’s journey through a mystical jungle to be presented to the king. Along the way, the two girls encounter a number of extraordinary situations designed to test their kindness, compassion and strength of spirit. Told with authentic African drumming, colorful staging and powerful choreography, Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters unmasks the true meaning of beauty and celebrates the mystery and splendor of the African continent.


Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017 · 9:30 am & 11:30 am
1,248-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
Grades: K–12

Study Guide - Will be posted when received

Odd Squad LIVE!, based on the hit PBS Kids series, transforms the Gallo Center into the top-secret “Mathroom” as Odd Squad agents need help to crack the case in this live, interactive adventure. The show allows the audience’s junior agents to help solve these problems in real time alongside Olive and Otto!


Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 · 9:30 am & 11:30 am
440-seat Foster Family Theater
Grades: 8–12

Study Guide - Will be posted when received

The history of people of African descent in America is a story of majesty, courage, resilience, determination, hope and faith, pain and tragedy. Americans would not be who we are today had it not been for the contributions that were made, often at the ultimate cost, by people of African ancestry. With a story so big and vast, how do we begin to tell it? Sankofa will take you on that journey in this presentation of Leslie Lee's absorbing full-length play.


Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 · 9:30 am & 11:30 am
440-seat Foster Family Theater
Grades: 2–6

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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.


Monday, Feb 27, 2017 · 9:30 am & 11:30 am
1,248-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
Grades: K–3 · 9:30 am
Grades: 4–6 · 11:30 am

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Toying with Science is a fast-paced, varied and dynamic program. It combines circus skills, mime, original music, and audience involvement in the exploration of the scientific principles of gravity, leverage, fulcrums, and simple machines. Host Garry Krinsky and his audience investigate basic scientific information and delve into the imaginations of scientists who have played important roles in the exploration and discovery of concepts that define our world. Garry invites kids to join him on stage and participate in juggling or balancing activities with his playful guidance. He impresses upon his audience the idea that by mastering simple scientific concepts, one can produce terrific results.


Monday, Mar. 6, 2017 · 9:30 am & 11:30 am
Tuesday, Mar. 7, 2017 · 9:30 am & 11:30 am
1,248-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
Grades: 3–6

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Prepare to be amazed, dazzled and bewildered by Cahoots NI’s mind-blowing production Lights! Camera! Math! – a spectacular show where math, theater, and digital technology collide to create a fun and interactive performance proving that understanding math can be fun!


Tuesday, Mar. 14, 2017 · 9:30 am & 11:30 am
1,248-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
Grades: PRE-K–3

Study Guide - Will be posted when received

Based on the “Biscuit” series of books. Written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Illustrated by Pat Schories. Copyright ©2006. Published by Harper Collins, New York, NY. Presented under a special agreement. All rights reserved.

ArtsPower’s newest musical features a frolicking little puppy named Biscuit who loves exploring, making new friends, and even stirring up some mischief. Along the way, Biscuit learns about the joys of having a family. With over 17 million books in print, Biscuit is a modern classic!


Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2017 · 9:30 am & 11:30 am
440-seat Foster Family Theater
Grades: 4–6

Study Guide - Will be posted when received

Chemistry will rock as Dr. Al Chemist and the Mischiefs present: Turning you on to Science.  This wild and wacky group of Modesto-area science teachers—Linda Brzezinski, Michael McKibban, Dave Menshew and Steve Murov—will perform many chemistry demonstrations that promise to fascinate and excite students while demonstrating the importance of chemistry.   Color changes, vapor clouds, a collapsing 5 gallon can, foam spewing out of a pumpkin and perhaps an occasional but safe explosion will keep the audience on the edge of their seats.  Some of the demos will involve participation by the entire audience of students, who will observe and learn chemical concepts as they are enthralled by a diverse variety of demonstrations.

Enchantment Theatre Co. presents

Tuesday, Mar. 28, 2017 · 9:30 am & 11:30 am
1,248-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
Grades: PRE-K–3

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From the beloved tales of Beatrix Potter! Peter Rabbit, his sister Flopsy and his cousin Benjamin are all grown up now, and they are off on an adventure to save their babies from the nasty badger Tommy Brock. In the end, with delightful derring-do, Benjamin and Flopsy are joyously reunited with their children!


Thursday, Apr. 6, 2017 · 9:30 am & 11:30 am
Friday, Apr. 7, 2017 · 9:30 am & 11:30 am
440-seat Foster Family Theater
Grades: 7–12

Study Guide - Will be posted when received

While broaching issues of immigration, acculturation and identity, Sangre de un Angel (Blood of An Angel) is a bi-lingual play that tells the story of a Latino teenager who finds himself involved with a gang, leading him and his family to an unlikely tragic death. The play was written by Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, who also wrote "Mariachi Girl," a success for the Gallo Center in 2015. Directed by Kimberly Ogden.


Wednesday, Apr. 12, 2017 · 9:30 am & 11:30 am
Thursday, Apr. 13, 2017 · 9:30 am & 11:30 am
1,248-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
Grades: PRE-K–4

Study Guide - Will be posted when received

Book and Lyrics by Willie Reale
Music by Robert Reale
Based on the beloved children's books by Arnold Lobel

A hit on Broadway, A Year with Frog and Toad was nominated for 3 TONY Awards - including Best Musical. Based on Arnold Lobel's beloved children’s books and featuring a jazzy, with an upbeat score by Robert and Willie Reale, this whimsical musical follows two great friends -- the cheerful, popular Frog and the curmudgeonly Toad -- through four, fun-filled seasons, meeting new friends like Man Bird and Lady Bird; Father, Mother and Young Frog; Turtle; Squirrel and many more along the way. Waking from hibernation in the spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm, A Year With Frog And Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.