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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:

 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!


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

Photo by James Ewing

2014/15 Arts Education Events – Tickets $5.00


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.


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

Mon, Mar 30, 2015
9:45 am - Sold Out
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 - Sold Out
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!


Fri, Mar 13, 2015
10:00am - Sold Out
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



Apr 24, 2015
9:30 am - Sold Out
11:00 am - Sold Out
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.