GALLO CENTER CATCH UP!

The Modesto area has long been blessed with a vibrant arts scene that has produced many talented singers, musicians, dancers and actors. Recently the Gallo Center reached out to four wonderful people from our community who have carved out careers in the performing arts. All of them, we’re proud to say, have also appeared at the Center. Our arts education director, Cortney Hurst, interviewed each at length via Zoom, to catch up on their careers, what they’ve been doing during the pandemic and what they are looking forward to when life gets back to normal.

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SAMUEL GERBER

BIO

Samuel Gerber is multi-talented musical theater performer who got his start with Modesto’s YES Company, where he appeared in such productions as “Peter Pan” and “Footloose.” Sam is also a two-time winner at the Gallo Center’s “Valley Talent Project” in the dance category. Before the pandemic, Sam was on tour in the Broadway production of “Mean Girls.” Watch video.


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SHARON MCNIGHT

BIO

Sharon McNight has been performing a celebrated one-person show about entertainment legend Sophie Tucker for more than 30 years. She received a Tony Award nomination and a Theater World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut for “Starmites.” A graduate of Modesto’s Downey High, Sharon brought “Red Hot Mama: The Sophie Tucker Songbook” to the Gallo Center in 2019. Watch video.


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EMILY KAY SHRADER

BIO

Born and raised in Modesto, where she was active in YES Company productions, Emily Kay Shrader is a singer, songwriter, actress, and music teacher. Emily has been based in New York for the last 10 years. Most recently she toured the U.S., Canada, Tokyo, and China as Sister Mary Robert in Broadway's far-flung tour of “Sister Act the Musical,” which included a stop here at the Gallo Center. Watch video.


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JEREMY STOLLE

BIO

This Modesto native son is a 12-year veteran of Broadway’s “The Phantom of the Opera. Jeremy Stolle is renowned for his warm stage demeanor and energetic storytelling. He has headlined concerts worldwide, including two shows at the Gallo Center in recent years. Jeremy will be returning to the Center with his concert “No More Talk of Darkness” during the 2021 – 2022 season. Watch video.


INTERVIEWER:

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Cortney Hurst

BIO

Cortney is the Director of Arts Education for the Gallo Center, where she oversees all education and outreach programs serving more than 30,000 students each year. She holds a BFA in Ballet Performance and Teaching from the University of Utah and an MS in Arts Administration from the University of Oregon. Cortney brings over 15 year of experience to the Gallo Center having performed, choreographed and taught across the Western United States and abroad with both the Beijing Dance Academy and the Vaganova Ballet Academy. She has worked locally with Juline School of Dance, Juline Regional Youth Ballet, Central West Ballet, Modesto Performing Arts and Modesto Junior College’s Off Balance Dance Company.

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