Pathways to Creativity

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Alesha Rabe
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Arts Education Brochure

2018/19 Season


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Dear Educator, 

I am pleased to present to you our 18/19 Pathways to Creativity Season! Since its inception in 2008, Pathways to Creativity has presented over 430 performing arts experiences, for nearly 300,000 students, across six counties. We look forward to providing more opportunities for your students to experience the performing arts this season, and for seasons to come. As always, you’ll find a wide range of performances to choose from covering everything from social studies to math and the classics.

Each season, we look for ways to make your process more efficient and this season we’re happy to launch an online sales agreement form! Gone are the days of faxes and emails, with our new online sales agreement you can complete your order directly from our website and receive a confirmation email immediately after submitting the form. Follow the same process for our Prime Shine Driving the Arts Transportation Grant too.

Also this season we’re happy to introduce a Theater Etiquette Guide for teachers to use along with the production’s study guide to help prepare their students for an authentic theater experience. We understand that for many of your students this is their first time visiting a theater. Understanding that theater etiquette is different from a movie theater or a sports arena is all a part of visiting the Gallo Center. The theater etiquette guide will be emailed at least one week prior to your visit to the Center and is also available on the website year round.

As always, your arts education team is ready to ensure the best experience possible for you and your students.

We look forward to seeing you and your students at the Center!



Cortney Hurst
Director of Arts Education

Note: Any adult requesting visitation to a particular student or group of students associated with a school/group attending an Arts Education performance at the Gallo Center for the Arts must be approved by the teacher of that school/group prior to having contact with student(s). All ticket sales are through schools; no single tickets will be sold.

2018/19 Arts Education Events – Tickets $5.00

Mathmatical Mysteries


  • Thursday, January 17, 2019 · 9:30 AM & 11:30 AM
  • Grades 3–6
  • 1,248-Seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
  • Study Guide

Back by popular demand! Prepare to be amazed, dazzled and bewildered by this spectacular show where math, theater, and digital technology collide to create a fun and interactive performance proving that understanding math can be fun!

Common Core Standard:
3.RI.3: Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

Call of the Wild


  • Monday, January 28, 2019 · 9:30 AM & 11:30 AM
  • Tuesday, January 29, 2019 · 9:30 AM & 11:30 AM
  • Grades 5+
  • 1,248-Seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
  • Study Guide

Featuring a unique 180-degree projection screen, this multi-media adventure mixes classic storytelling with projected illustrations to tell the tale of Buck, the magnificent cross-bred offspring of a St. Bernard and Scottish Collie. Kidnapped from his lavish life on a California estate and sent to work as a sled dog during the great Klondike Gold Rush, Buck fights to survive and becomes the most famous dog in the whole history of Alaska.

Based on the book by Jack London. Adapted by Jason Tremblay. Produced by Theatre Heroes.

Common Core Standard:
7. RL.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.



  • Monday, February 4, 2019 · 9:30 AM & 11:30 AM Sold Out!
  • Tuesday, February 5, 2019 · 9:30 AM & 11:30 AM Sold Out!
  • Grades TK–2
  • 1,248-Seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
  • Study Guide

The timeless classic has made its way off the page and onto the stage! Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, the critically acclaimed production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle’s stories: Brown Bear, Brown Bear; 10 Little Rubber Duck; The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Common Core Standard:
1.RL.2: Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

Raisin in the Sun

Sankofa Theatre Company Presents A RAISIN IN THE SUN

  • Thursday, February 14, 2019 · 9:30 AM
  • Grades 8–12
  • 440-Seat Foster Family Theater
  • Study Guide

Sankofa Theatre Company, which has previously performed such stage classics as Fences and The Piano Lesson at the Gallo Center, now joins the Center in a co-production of A Raisin in the Sun. Lorraine Hansberry’s landmark drama debuted on Broadway in 1959. It was the first play written by a black woman to be produced on Broadway, as well as the first with a black director, Lloyd Richards. The title comes from the poem Harlem by Langston Hughes, and the story tells of a black family's experiences in Chicago’s South Side as they attempt to 'better' themselves with an insurance payout following the death of the father. A Raisin in the Sun was named best play of 1959 by the New York Drama Critics' Circle. It also was nominated for four Tony Awards, and went on to become a highly regarded film starring members of the original Broadway cast, among them Sydney Poitier and Ruby Dee.



  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019 · 9:30 AM & 11:30 AM Sold Out!
  • Grades K–4
  • 440-Seat Foster Family Theater
  • Study Guide

You’ll thrill to this show from the amazing Lightwire Theater! Using the cutting-edge technology of electroluminescent puppetry, music ranging from classical to jazz to pop, and poignant choreography, a classic children’s tale comes to life on stage!

Of the five eggs in Mother Duck’s nest, one is the largest and last to hatch. Bigger and paler than the others, this last hatchling is treated as an outsider by Mother Duck and her ducklings. He may be the best swimmer of the brood, but this alone is not enough to ensure his acceptance. Knowing only rejection, this Ugly Duckling goes out into the wild alone. Reflecting upon his plight under the glow of a remote willow tree, he sees a wily cat creeping in the direction of Mother Duck’s nest. The Ugly Duckling follows and watches as one lagging duckling is captured and taken back to the cat’s lair. In true heroic fashion, this Ugly Duckling succeeds in vanquishing the cat and rescuing the captured duckling. Celebrated by Mother Duck and her ducklings for his uniqueness, all realize that he may have been an ugly duckling, but he has grown into a beautiful and powerful swan.

Note:  Since the Gallo Center booked this performance more than one year ago, some changes have been made to the production.  For both creative and technical reasons, the story of “The Ugly Duckling” has been expanded, while “The Tortoise and the Hare” was cut to keep the performance running time to 55 to 60 minutes as required by contract.  Thanks for your understanding.  We know you’ll love the show!

All patrons regardless of age must have a ticket.

Common Core Standard:
K.RI.3 With prompting and support, describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.



  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019 · 9:30 AM & 11:30 AM
  • Grades 2–5
  • 1,248-Seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
  • Study Guide

Blast off with Janet’s Planet! Based on the educational television show that airs on 144 public television stations nationwide, Janet's Planet fans are in for a real treat as they see the galaxy from Janet's futuristic Mission Control.  This show engages and challenges young minds while inspiring STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) potential in every student. 

Next Generation Science Standard:
5-ESS1-2 Represent data in graphical displays to reveal patterns of daily changes in length and direction of shadows, day and night, and the seasonal appearance of some stars in the night sky.



  • Thursday, February 21, 2019 · 9:30 AM & 11:30 AM
  • Grades 2–4
  • 440-Seat Foster Family Theater
  • Study Guide

Amber Brown is having what may be the worst year of her life. She and Justin Daniels were the perfect team: they laughed at each other’s jokes, sat next to each other in class, and stayed best friends when Justin’s dad had to move away. But now things are different. Now, Justin’s house has been sold and he is going to Alabama; that’s too far from New Jersey to think about.

ArtsPower’s uniquely funny and forthright musical portrays a feisty young girl who refuses to let her problems get the better of her. You’ll laugh and cry with Amber as she learns some valuable lessons about the virtues of patience and the meaning of forgiveness.

Based on the book, Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon. Written by Paula Danziger. Copyright ©1994. Published by Putnam Children’s Books, New York, NY. Presented under a special agreement. All rights reserved.

Common Core Standard:
3.SL.2 - Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Stunt Dog Experience


  • Monday, March 11, 2019 · 9:30 AM
  • 1,248-Seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater

This show has previously sold out six separate performances at the Gallo Center, and it’s not hard to understand why. It has to be one the cutest shows you’ll ever see! Stunt Dog Experience is created, directed and hosted by Stockton native Chris Perondi. You’ll see dancing dogs, amazing dog tricks, big stunts, athletic feats and comedy antics, too. It’s a high energy event with incredible performances—all by dogs adopted from shelters and pounds across the country.



  • Friday, March 15, 2019 · 9:30 AM & 11:30 AM Sold Out!
  • Grades 2–6
  • 1,248-Seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
  • Study Guide

For 27 years, the world of Ivan the gorilla was a dull cage in a roadside shopping mall. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant captured in the wild, Ivan’s ambitions and imagination must grow to meet the challenge of rescuing his endangered new companion. Aided by Bob the scrappy dog and a young human ally, Ivan sets out to become the great silverback and protector he was always meant to be. Enter the mind of a remarkable hero in this unforgettable story of enduring friendship, drawn from true events.

Based on the 2012 book by Katherine Applegate, a #1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the Newbery Medal.

Common Core Standard:
2. SL. 4 Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.



  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019 · 9:30 AM
  • Grades 2+
  • 1,248-Seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
  • Study Guide

Mariachi Herencia de México is an ensemble of students age 11 to 18 from Chicago’s immigrant barrios. The group was born out of a program created by local businesses for students who showed the most mariachi talent and promise, and were enrolled in schools with little or no formal arts or music instruction. The program has now expanded to eight schools and reaches 2,100 students, who learn music theory and performance in the mariachi style.  This mariachi performance demonstrates the astonishing level of accomplishment reached by the students, and includes selections from their album Nuestra Herencia, which was nominated for Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album at the 2107 Latin Grammy Awards!

Their debut CD, Nuestra Herencia, was ranked #2 in its first week on iTunes’ Latin chart, and went on to score a 2017 Grammy nomination for “Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album” Category. A special experience, indeed!

Common Core Standards:
2.RL.2 Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

6.RI.3 Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).



The National Geographic Emerging Explorer and Paleontologist has scoured the deserts of North Africa for clues to life in the Cretaceous period.  In addition to unearthing many huge dinosaur bones, he has discovered fossil footprints and a new species of flying reptile with an 18-foot wingspan that lived 95 million years ago. Photo Credit: Robert Loveridge

Common Core Standard:
5.SL.3: Summarize the points a speaker or media source makes and explain how each claim is supported by reasons and evidence, and identify and analyze any logical fallacies



  • Tuesday, April 2, 2019 · 9:30 AM & 11:30 AM
  • Grades 1–6
  • 1,248-Seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
  • Study Guide

An original stage adaptation of the beloved classic by Norton Juster, with illustrations by Jules Feiffer. By special arrangement with Norton Juster & Jules Feiffer

Milo, the boy “who didn’t know what to do with himself,” drives his toy car through a mysterious tollbooth that appears in his bedroom and soon finds himself on an eventful and dangerous quest rescuing the Princesses Rhyme and Reason, who, in the war between words and numbers, have been banished to the Castle in the Air. Milo travels through the Forest of Sight where he experiences different Points of View, accidently leaps to the Island of Conclusions and travels through the Mountains of Ignorance. With the help of his steadfast companions, he perseveres and brings Rhyme and Reason home, restoring peace to the realm. Along the way something magical happens to Milo; he discovers the delights of friendship, curiosity and knowledge, and that life—his own life—is filled with endless possibilities.

Common Core Standard:
3.RL.3 Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.



The science of energy is as fun as it gets! Jeff Boyer shows students that energy is what makes our world work, through carefully laid out activities illustrating the laws and forces which govern the world around us. Jeff takes audiences on an exciting energy filled ride they’ll always remember.

Next Generation Science Standards:
K-PS2-1 Plan and conduct an investigation to compare the effects of different strengths or different directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of an object.

4-PS3-2 Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.



  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019 · 9:30 AM & 11:30 AM
  • Grades TK–3
  • Limited Capacity: 800-seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
  • Study Guide

One evening, Emily Brown and her old grey rabbit Stanley hear a Thing crying outside their window. The poor Thing just can’t get to sleep, so Emily Brown and Stanley set off on incredible adventures to the Dark and Scary Wood, the Whirling Wastes and beyond, to find the Thing’s cuddly, his bedtime milk, and his medicine... but nothing seems to help him settle. What’s really troubling the Thing—and will anyone ever get to sleep?

Touching on themes of fear, bravery and adventure, this production has great songs, clever puppets, and characters that audiences of all ages will adore. Join us for Tall Stories’ magical musical show, based on the much-loved book by Cressida Cowell (writer of How to Train your Dragon) and Neal Layton.

Common Core Standard:
1.RL.2: Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.



  • Thursday, April 4, 2019 · 9:30 AM & 11:30 AM
  • 440-Seat Foster Family Theater

Mr. Jeremy Fisher, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Squirrel Nutkin, Pigling Bland, and Peter Rabbit, all the delightful and famous Beatrix Potter characters, come to life in this colorful and imaginative musical interpretation of her tales, danced by members of the Juline Regional Youth Ballet. Six of the famed Victorian author’s most well-known stories, with guest appearances of characters from other themes, present an enchanting storyline that will excite adults and children alike.

Modesto Christian School Presents


  • Friday, April 12, 2019 · 9:30 AM & 11:30 AM
  • 440-Seat Foster Family Theater

Modesto Christian Performing Arts joyfully presents Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical theatre classic, OKLAHOMA! Performed by nearly sixty middle and high school students from Modesto Christian School, this show is sure to offer audiences of all ages a rip-roarin' good time with high energy song and dance numbers, compelling characters, and colorful costumes. Set in Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story.