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Pathways To Creativity

Arts Education Programs

Reservations & Information

Contact: Kathi Tennant
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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

SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK

Wed, Oct 8, 2014
9:45 am
4:15 pm
Rogers Theater, capacity: 1,240

» Study Guide
» Watch Video
Grades: 1 and Up

Remember “Schoolhouse Rock” on television? The animated songs that taught children grammar, science, economics, history, mathematics, and civics? Well, that pop culture phenomenon is returning to the musical stage thanks to Childsplay Theatre for Everyone! Academic subjects will never seem boring again when presented through megahits like “Conjunction Junction,” “Just a Bill,” “Interplanet Janet” and “Three is a Magic Number.” “Schoolhouse Rock, Live!” will explode on the Gallo Center stage with beloved songs updated for a whole new generation!

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT DURING WORLD WAR II: WHAT WE ARE FIGHTING FOR

Thur, Oct 9, 2014
9:45 am
Foster Theater, capacity: 440

» Study Guide - Will be posted when received
» Watch Video
Grades: 4—12

During the past two years at the Gallo Center, students have been enthralled as storyteller Susan Marie Frontczak vividly portrayed Marie Curie and then Eleanor Roosevelt during the Great Depression. Now she returns as Eleanor Roosevelt during the World War II years. The stakes of war are high if you have been working for world peace for over 20 years, and your husband is the president as the United States goes to war. It is December 1942. Find out how the First Lady feels about the individual’s role in a world torn by war, hardship, and uncertainty. Hear how Mrs. Roosevelt both affected and was affected by a world at war. The program includes a Q&A with Frontczak in character as Mrs. Roosevelt as well as a Q&A with the scholar/actress herself.

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR & OTHER ERIC CARLE FAVOURITES

Thur, Oct 23, 2014
9:45 am
Rogers Theater, capacity: 1,240

» Study Guide
» Watch Video
Grades: Pre K—2

This delightful production, from the esteemed Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, is based on Eric Carle’s beloved stories. It includes the tale of The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly; the fanciful account of Little Cloud’s travels through the sky; and The Mixed-Up Chameleon’s discovery of his own unique nature. Innovative “black light” staging techniques highlight stunning puppetry and props. The work follows closely the books from which they are adapted, providing a new generation with a seamless entry into the world of theatre and music.

THE BERENSTAIN BEARS IN “FAMILY MATTERS, THE MUSICAL”

Mon, Nov 3, 2014
9:45 am
4:15 pm
Rogers Theater, capacity: 1,240

» Study Guide
» Watch Video
Grades: Pre K—2

In this live and lively musical production filled with fun songs and dancing, the Berenstain Bears learn important life lessons. Using the iconic stories and imagery, students will see Bear Country come to life on stage while learning about the importance of honesty, health, and safety. In the end it becomes clear to each of the Berenstain Bears that what truly matters is family. “The Berenstain Bears in Family Matters, The Musical” is an adaptation of three of Stan and Jan Barenstain’s best stories: “Too Much Junk Food,” “Trouble at School,” and “Learn About Strangers.”

ONLY 13

Thur, Nov 13, 2014
9:45 am
Foster Theater, capacity: 440

» Study Guide
Grades:

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.

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EL PÁJARO AZUL (“THE BLUE BIRD”)

Tue, Nov 18, 2014
9:45 am
12:15 pm
Rogers Theater, capacity: 1,240

» Study Guide
Grades: 2 and Up

“El Pájaro Azul” is 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 Pájaro Azul 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 Pájaro Azul and López family do two contemporary ballet folklorico pieces representing their arrival in their new home.

OPUS HANDBELL ENSEMBLE CHRISTMAS SHOW

Thur, Dec 12, 2014
9:45 am
Foster Theater, capacity: 440

» Study Guide
Grades: 1—6

Modesto’s own Opus Handbell Ensemble, founded in 1992 under the artistic direction of Richard J. Colla, has more 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!

LIGHTWIRE THEATER: A VERY ELECTRIC CHRISTMAS

Wed, Dec 3, 2014
9:45 am
Rogers Theater, capacity: 1,240

» Study Guide - Will be posted when received
» Watch Video
Grades: K—4

Lightwire Theater and Corbian Visual Arts & Dance brought their amazing production of “The Ugly Duckling” to the Gallo Center last season. Now they are returning with “A Very Electric Christmas," a captivating and magical tale of adventure, friendship and love centered on a young bird named Max going home for the holidays. Performed in complete darkness with dazzling, cutting-edge 'lightwire' technology, moving sculpture, special effects and dance, the show is set to timeless holiday music.

MATH MAGIC

Wed, Jan 14, 2015
9:45 am
Rogers Theater, capacity: 1,240

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

» Study Guide - Will be posted when received
» Watch Video
Grades: 4 and Up

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.

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

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

» Study Guide
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
12:15 pm
Rogers Theater, capacity: 1,240

» Study Guide
» Watch Video
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
12:15 pm
Foster Theater, capacity: 440

» Study Guide
» Watch Video
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

» Study Guide
Grades:

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.

THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY

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

» Study Guide - Will be posted when received
» Watch Video
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!

IMAGINOCEAN

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

» Study Guide - Will be posted when received
» Watch Video
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

» Study Guide - Will be posted when received
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
Foster Theater, capacity: 440

» Study Guide Provided by Dallas Children's Theater
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
12:15 pm
Foster Theater, capacity: 440

» Study Guide
» Watch Video
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 Christian School Events

SHREK THE MUSICAL

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Fri, Nov 21, 2014
9:30 am
11:00 am
2:00 pm
Foster Theater; capacity: 440

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

Modesto Christian Performing Arts Presents Shrek the Musical, based on the DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage.

In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre - not a handsome prince - shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek. Full of all-new songs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, Shrek the musical is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!