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Pathways To Creativity

Arts Education Programs

Reservations & Information

Contact: Kathi Tennant
(209) 338-5022
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2015-16 Brochure
2015-16 Arts Education Brochure Pathways To Creativity Brochure (PDF-6mb)

Scroll down for a listing of events.

2015-16 Pathways to Creativity Program is Sponsored By:

 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 209,304 children from 322 schools. A total of 243 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 2015-2016 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

Photo by James Ewing

2015-16 Arts Education Events – Tickets $5.00

SUSAN MARIE FRONTCZAK AS CLARA BARTON

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 · 9:30 am & 11:30 am
Thursday, October 1, 2015 · 9:30 am & 11:30 am
Friday, October 2, 2015 · 9:30 am
440-seat Foster Family Theater
Grades: 4 – 12

Study Guide - Will be posted when received

In her previous appearances at the Center, the ever popular storyteller, actress and scholar Susan Marie Frontczak has portrayed Madame Marie Curie as well as First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt at different stages of her life. Now she returns as Clara Barton, angel of the Civil War battlefield and the 23-year founder and president of the American Red Cross. She called the American Red Cross her “child,” a delivery requiring years of labor to accomplish.

MOLLY BLOOM LATELY

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 · 9:30 am
440-seat Foster Family Theater
Grades: K – 6

Teacher Preview: Thursday, September 17, 2015, 4:00PM
School touring show available. Call Raul Garcia at (209) 338-5020.

» Study Guide

Molly Bloom-Lately is the story of a third grade girl who, after being teased for being small, must learn to not only stand up for but also believe in herself. Through this heartfelt musical, we watch Molly learn what it means to be uniquely herself and show that even the smallest among us have something to share. This show highlights tools to effectively deal with a bullies by demonstrating positive ways for kids to be themselves and to celebrate what makes each of us unique. Book and Lyrics by Ashleigh Catsos with music by Brian Ray Stearns.

BALLET FOLKLÓRICO DE MÉXICO DE AMALIA HERNÁNDEZ

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 · 9:30 am
1,248-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
Grades: 2 & up

» Study Guide

Founded in 1952 by the revered Amalia Hernández, Ballet Folklórico de México is quite simply the most honored ballet folklórico troupe in the world. The company has received more than 200 awards and has appeared in more than 5,000 performances. The music, dance and costumes of Mexican folklore, combined with the talent of their artists, have resulted in icon status in Mexico and well-deserved international acclaim.

MOMIX: ALCHEMIA

Monday, October 19, 2015 · 9:30 am & 11:30 am
440-seat Foster Family Theater
Grades: 8 & up

Study Guide - Will be posted when received

Brilliant choreographer Moses Pendleton presents "Alchemia," his new work for the dazzling dancer-illusionists of Momix. It's all about the art of alchemy, and the alchemy of art. Pendleton’s latest creation is an enchanting, phantasmagorical multimedia spectacle full of invention, beauty, sensuality and humor. Pendleton manipulates the four classic elements of earth, air, fire and water to produce a show full of aesthetic thrills, surprising metamorphoses, and the sexuality of nature itself. This is Momix at its most magical.

ROOM ON THE BROOM

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 · 9:30 am & 4:15 pm
1,248-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
Grades: Pre-K – 3
Musical based on the book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

» Study Guide

The witch and her cat are flying happily on their broomstick – until a stormy wind blows away the witch's hat, bow and wand. A helpful dog, bird and frog find the witch's lost things, and they all hop on the broom for a ride. But this broomstick's not meant for five and – CRACK – the broom snaps in two! When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone?

SPOT GOES TO THE FARM

Monday, November 16, 2015 · 9:30 & 11:30 am
1,248-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
Grades: Pre-K – 2

» Study Guide

Together with Spot, students and their teachers will have a new adventure in the theatre. Spot will take the audience to the farm of his father Sam, where all the animals are lost. Spot and his friend Helen are going to need the help of the audience to find all the animals and bring them back to the farm. Can everybody recognize the sounds of the animals and help Spot and Helen to find them?

INHERIT THE WIND

Friday, November 20, 2015 · 9:30 am
440-seat Foster Family Theater
Grades: 8 – 12

Study Guide - Will be posted when received

From members of the same creative team that helped bring “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “The Grapes of Wrath” and other classic dramas to life at the Gallo Center, it’s Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee’s play, “Inherit the Wind.” This is a fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes "Monkey" Trial, which resulted in John T. Scopes’ conviction for teaching Charles Darwin's theory of evolution to a high school science class, violating Tennessee law. The play depicts the intersection of statesman William Jennings Bryan, attorney Clarence Darrow, Scopes, and writer/reporter H. L. Mencken. Its contemporary resonance is underscored by the ongoing debate over creationism versus evolution.

OPUS HANDBELL ENSEMBLE CHRISTMAS SHOW

Thursday, December 17, 2015 · 9:30 am
440-seat Foster Family Theater
Grades: 1 – 8

» Study Guide

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 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!

THE STINKY CHEESE MAN & OTHER FAIRLY STUPID TALES

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 · 9:30 & 11:30 am
1,248-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
Grades: Pre-K – 3

» Study Guide

Poor Jack. He's got to use his wits to save himself from the terrible Giant, but a host of familiar fairytale characters keep messing up his plans-and then there's that annoying Stinky Cheese Man! The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, based on the hugely popular book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, deconstructs the tradition of the fairy tale. Characters slide in and out of tales; Cinderella rebuffs Rumpelstiltskin, and Goldilocks meets the Three Elephants. Nothing is quite the same as you remember it in this delightful production from the esteemed Griffin Theatre Company.

DR. ARTHUR BENJAMIN – MATH MAGIC

January 13, 2016 · 9:30 & 11:30 am
Mary Stuart Rogers Theater (Lower Level)
Grades: 6 – 8

Study Guide - Will be posted when received

Dr. Arthur Benjamin is a Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. He is also a professional magician, and in this entertaining and fast-paced performance, Dr. Benjamin will demonstrate how to mentally add and multiply numbers faster than a calculator, how to figure out the day of the week of any date in history, and other amazing feats of mind. He is winner of the national teaching award from the Mathematical Association of America, and was listed by Princeton Review as one America's Top 300 Professors.

THE CAT IN THE HAT

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 · 9:30 & 11:30 am
1,248-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
Grades: Pre-K – 4

Based on the book by Dr. Seuss
Adapted and originally directed by Katie Mitchell
Play originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain
Dr. Seuss text, character and images TM and © 2009 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.


» Study Guide

From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears at their door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the most mischievous cat they will ever meet. Suddenly the rainy afternoon is transformed by the Cat and his antics. Will their house ever be the same? Can the kids clean up before mom comes home? With some tricks (and a fish) and Thing Two and Thing One, with the Cat in The Hat, the fun's never done!

GIZMO GUYS

Friday, January 29, 2016 · 9:30 am
440-seat Foster Family Theater
Grades: K – 6

» Study Guide

The Gizmo Guys have been performing for school audiences of the past 25 years. Their show "Objects in Motion" combines world-class juggling skills and original routines that amuse as well as amaze. The ideas of teamwork and cooperation, the importance of physical activity, and the values of patience and practice are emphasized. Curriculum links with math, science, and music are made throughout the show. Specific focus is given to the study of patterns, center of gravity, inertia, and symmetry. Students are urged to take part in participatory exercises that reinforce educational components. Last, but not least... the show is fun!

STEVE TRASH – THE SCIENCE OF ECOLOGY

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 · 9:30 & 11:30 am
1,248-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
Grades: K – 6

» Study Guide

The newest production from Rockin' Eco Hero Steve Trash is another amazing educational program where everyone in the audience is totally amazed and has lots of rockin' fun. Designed for Grades K-6, kids learn how everything in nature is connected and that trash is a valuable natural resource. They will learn how the water cycle works, how the sun generates renewable energy and so much more. This absolutely, one of a kind show features awesome green themed illusions made from "found object" trash and is an excellent blend of eco-entertainment and eco-education.

TOYING WITH SCIENCE

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 · 9:30 & 11:30 am
1,248-seast Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
Grades: K – 6

» Study Guide | » Teacher Guide

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.

THE BIG FRIENDLY GIANT

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 · 9:30 am & 4:15 pm
1,248-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
Grades: 2 – 6

Adapted for the stage by David Wood
From the book by Roald Dahl


» Study Guide

In the much beloved tradition of Roald Dahl, we join two misfits on an unforgettable odyssey. For a young orphan “human bean,” the sight of a giant outside her window is terrifying, and she fears for her life when he whisks her away to an enchanted land. This Big Friendly Giant (BFG) is not like other giants, however. The job of this larger-than-life vegetarian is to blow magical dreams into children’s bedrooms. Together they embark on a quest to save England from the “gizzard-gulping” giants who don’t have the BFG’s tender heart. The cheeky BFG ultimately shows that heroes can come in all sizes. Humongous on humor and large on laughs, the story of The BFG was Roald Dahl's personal favorite. On stage, his whizzcracklingly wacky tale comes to life with puppets and people creating a fantastical world of towering giants and magical adventures.

THE SPIRIT OF HARRIET TUBMAN

Friday, February 26, 2016 · 9:30 am
440-seat Foster Family Theater
Grades: 4 & up

Study Guide - Will be posted when received

Born into slavery in Maryland, Harriet Tubman not only ran away alone to escape slavery, she returned to the south 19 times to lead more than 300 other slaves to freedom in the northern United States and Canada. Her work as a nurse and a spy during the Civil War was instrumental in helping the North defeat the South, thus forcing the abolition of slavery in the United States. In this riveting portrayal by actor-singer-dancer-teacher Leslie McCurdy, Tubman is brought to life in one breathtaking hour! Leslie takes the audience through Ms. Tubman’s childhood, her harrowing solo flight from slavery, her dedicated involvement with the Underground Railroad, her victorious rescue mission during the civil war and her commitment to others in her later years.

THE BLUE BIRD’S JOURNEY (EL PÁJARO AZUL)

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 · 9:30 & 11:30 am
1,248-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
Grades: 2 & up

Study Guide - Will be posted when received

“The Blue Bird’s Journey” (El Pájaro Azul) is a bilingual presentation of Mexico’s rich cultural diversity that tells the story of the López family’s journey from Southern México to the United States. With brief commentaries by a bilingual narrator during the one-hour presentation, students learn about the López’s travels allegorized by the migration of the blue bird to the north. The show is an opportunity to learn about Mexico’s rich cultural diversity by making stops in many of its states and discovering their local dances. At the end of the journey to the United States, the blue bird and López family do two contemporary ballet folklorico pieces representing their arrival in their new home.

LET’S GO SCIENCE SHOW ON THE GO

Thursday, March 3, 2016 · 9:30 & 11:30 am
1,248-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
Grades: K-3 or 4-8

Study Guide - Will be posted when received

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.

CHICKEN DANCE

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 · 9:30 & 11:30 am
1,248-seast Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
Grades: K – 2

Study Guide - Will be posted when received

ArtsPower’s newest musical portrays the colorful story of Marge and Lola, two barnyard chickens on a mission to win the barnyard talent contest first prize of two tickets to see the great Elvis Poultry in concert! But first, they must present a performance that will score higher than a flock of very talented ducks that seem to have the contest locked up. Can Marge and Lola face their challengers, against all odds, and win the talent contest?

CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG™ – LIVE!

Monday, March 14, 2016 · 9:30 & 11:30 am
1,248-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
Grades: Pre-K – 2

» Study Guide

It only takes a little to BE BIG!™ The ‘big red dog,’ a character beloved for generations, comes to life on stage in a BIG way in this all new musical! Join Clifford, Emily Elizabeth and all their friends from Birdwell Island as they embark on fun-filled adventures with singing, dancing and interactive fun. Share in the timeless values of Clifford’s BIG Ideas: Share, Play Fair, Have Respect, Work Together, Be Responsible, Be Truthful, Be Kind, Believe in Yourself, Be A Good Friend and Help Others – with this musical experience the whole family will love!

LADYBUG GIRL AND BUMBLEBEE BOY

Monday, May 2, 2016 · 9:30 & 11:30 am
1,248-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
Grades: Pre-K – 3

Book, music and Lyrics by Scott Elmegreen
Directed by Benjamin Hanna Based on the popular picture books by David Soman and Jacky Davis


» Study Guide

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy celebrates the power of imagination and promotes a sense of adventure and exploration of the world around you. Inspired by the New York Times Top 10 best-selling Children's Books with 14 titles and over 3.3 million copies in print, this lively new musical “buzzes” with the inventive energy of childhood. Lulu is disappointed that she is too little to play baseball with her big brother, grabs her trusty sidekick, Bingo, the family dog, and goes off to the park, seeking adventure. She meets up with her friends, Sam, Marley and Kiki and they morph into the Bug Squad as Ladybug Girl, Bumblebee Boy, Dragonfly Girl and Butterfly Girl fight the Mean Alien...or is that Lulu's brother? Imagination will triumph!

THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD

Monday, May 9, 2016 · 11:30 am & 4:15 pm
1,248-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
Grades: 3 – 8

Co-commissioned by Visible Fiction and The John F. Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts
Directed by Douglas Irvine


» Study Guide

Somewhere near you there is a band of brothers fighting for justice. Seeking to rid the land of evil and return hope to the poorly treated. Armed with whatever comes their way, nothing is as it seems in this Sherwood Forrest, but one thing is for sure, no rogue is safe! Performed by two actors, the play is a clever and quirky take on the well-known legend, set in less of a Sherwood Forest and more of a supermarket store room, an everyday place where a tale can be told and objects can be reinvented. Playful, imaginative and fast paced, all the characters are there, in one way or another, along with a host of cardboard boxes, shopping carts and food . . . Bring your band of merry men and a smidgeon of imagination for an innovative and surprising stage production of the famous tale.

2015/16 Modesto Symphony Orchestra Events

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Photo by Samantha Hess
A Program of Carnegie Hall's Weil Music Institute

The Modesto Symphony Orchestra Presents
Link Up: The Orchestra Moves

March 11, 2016 – 9:30 & 11:00am
Ryan Murray, conductor
Modesto Symphony Orchestra
Members of the Modesto Youth Orchestra

» Bus Transportation Grant Request Form
» Link Up Program Information
» Ticket Reservation Form
» More Information

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!