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2015-16 Brochure
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2015-16 Pathways to Creativity Program is Sponsored By:

 Save Mart Cares
 Costa Family Fund
 Teichert Foundation

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!


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

Photo by James Ewing

2015-16 Arts Education Events – Tickets $5.00


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

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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!


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

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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.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016 · 9:30 & 11:30 am
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 · 9:30 am
1,248-seast Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
Grades: K – 6

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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.


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

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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.


Thursday, February 25, 2016 · 9:30 am Sold Out
Thursday, February 25, 2016 · 11:30 am
Friday, February 26, 2016 · 9:30 am Sold Out
440-seat Foster Family Theater
Grades: 4 & up

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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.


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

» Study Guide for Grades K – 3
» Study Guide for Grades 4 – 8

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.


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?


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

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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!


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

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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!


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

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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 Christian Performing Arts



Friday, April 22, 2016 – 9:30 & 11:30am

The last of five coveted "golden tickets" falls into the hands of a sweet but very poor boy. He and his grandpa then get a tour of the strangest chocolate factory in the world. The owner leads five young winners on a thrilling and often dangerous tour of his factory.

2015/16 Modesto Symphony Orchestra

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

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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!