Pathways to Creativity

Arts Education Programs

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Tiffany Davis
(209) 338-5022

Arts Education Brochure

2017/18 Season

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Dear Educator, 

I am pleased to present to you our 2017-18 Pathways to Creativity Season! For ten years now, the Gallo Center has worked to provide entertaining and relevant performing arts experiences for you and your students, and this year offers another exceptional program. In these pages you’ll find programming for all grades TK-12 covering a wide range of subjects from science to classic literature.

You’ll notice we’ve recommended Common Core standards that relate to each performance. Based on feedback from post-show surveys during the Gallo Center’s 2016/17 Pathways to Creativity Season, 70% of the teachers who responded listed the show description and curriculum connections as the two primary reasons for the choosing to see a performance here. We paid careful attention to the surveys, because making sure our performances enhance the classroom experience is critical.

For a deeper arts integration experience, please consider attending one of our professional development workshops hosted by our Partners in Education team in conjunction with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

As always, your Gallo Center arts education team is ready to ensure the best experience possible for you and your students. For ticket reservations please download a sales agreement form or contact Tiffany Davis in our Ticket Office, telephone (209) 338-5022. We also provide bus transportation grant applications for classes/schools that purchase a minimum of 50 seats.

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


Cortney Betschart, Arts Education Manager

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.

2017/18 Arts Education Events – Tickets $5.00

Flight School


  • Tuesday, January 16, 2018 · 9:30 AM
  • Grades K-5
  • 1,248-Seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
  • Study Guide

“‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” But wait! A mouse is stirring - because Santa missed his house last year. Before you can say “Merry Christmas!,” we're off on the wild adventures of a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl who just won't take no for an answer in this comedy play by Ken Ludwig. Don't miss the Gallo Center Rep's joyful tribute to the holiday season.

Common Core Standards:

2.RL.5: Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.

Mayhem Poets


  • Thursday, January 18, 2018 · 9:30 AM & 11:30 AM
  • Grades 6-12
  • 1,248-Seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
  • Study Guide

Teacher Workshop: Thursday, November 9, 2017, 3:30-6:30 PM

“Let's go see a poetry show” is a sentence rarely proclaimed and usually responded to with cringes and excuses. The Mayhem Poets are on a mission to change that. Having been dubbed "an amazing ride" by the New York Times, this mind-boggling performance has been described as "The Simpsons meets Malcolm X at a Notorious B.I.G. concert." These theatre trained, comedically gifted, lyrical virtuosos seamlessly blend raw elements of hip hop, theatre, improv and standup comedy to tell gut wrenching truths that leave audiences forever changed.

Common Core Standards:

8.RL.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

11-12.RI.6: Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text which the rhetoric is particularly effective, analyzing how style and content contribute to the power, persuasiveness, or beauty of the text.

My Fathers Dragon


  • Monday, January 22, 2018 · 9:30 AM & 11:30 AM
  • Grades K-5
  • 1,248-Seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
  • Study Guide

Teacher Workshop: Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 3:30-6:30 PM

Based on the beloved stories by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Illustrated by Ruth Crisman Gannett
By special arrangement with Ruth Stiles Gannett

When nine-year old Elmer Elevator hears about a baby dragon who is held captive by the ferocious animals of Wild Island, he sets off on an adventure to rescue the dragon and return him home. With the help of his friend the Alley Cat, Elmer packs everything he thinks he’ll need – including chewing gum, two-dozen lollipops, seven hair ribbons and a box of rubber bands! With pluck and ingenuity Elmer makes his way to the Island, outwits the wild animals and saves Boris, the dragon. But can they find their way back home? As they travel over the ocean they get lost in a storm and discover a magical island of escaped canaries. The resourceful Elmer helps the canaries overcome their “curiosity disease” and uncover a stash of hidden riches. With bags of gold and the canaries’ blessings, the dauntless duo at last returns home.

Common Core Standards:

5.RL.6: Describe how a narrator’s or speaker’s point of view influences how events are described.



  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 · 9:30 AM
  • Grades K-12
  • 1,248-Seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
  • Study Guide

Swiss-based theater troupe Mummenschanz has been dazzling audiences worldwide for more than 45 years. By creating a playful yet compelling experience through the inventive use of shadow, light, and creative manipulation of objects, Mummenschanz delivers a visually stunning spectacle that transcends cultural barriers and sparks the imagination. Their brand new production for 2017/18 is “you & me,” which brings to life the large scale masks the troupe is famous for as well as new works that include acrobatics!

Common Core Standards:

5.RL.7: Analyze how visual and multimedia elements contribute to the meaning, tone, or beauty of a text (e.g., graphic novel, multimedia presentation of fiction, folktale, myth, poem).

How I Became A Pirate


  • Tuesday, February 20, 2018 · 9:30 AM & 4:15 PM
  • Grades K-5
  • 1,248-Seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
  • Study Guide

Book Music & Lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt & Mark Friedman Based on the book “How I Became a Pirate” by Melinda Long with Illustrations by David Shannon Produced by Dallas Children’s Theater from Dallas, Texas

AARRRGH! Sail off on a swashbuckling musical excursion as young Jeremy Jacobs joins Captain Braid Beard’s band of comical pirates and searches for the perfect spot to bury their treasure. Jeremy finds fun and adventure on the high seas, but he soon learns that home and family are treasures you can't find on any map!

Based off the popular book, the production includes terrific songs like “A Good One to Boot,” “Green Teeth,” “I'm Really Just a Sensitive Guy,” “Talk Like a Pirate,” “Soccer by the Rules,” “Pirates Dot Arrgh,” and more… It’s a joyful family musical that is sure to leave young mateys singing and dancing in the aisles!

Common Core Standards:

4.RI.5 Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.



  • Thursday, March 15, 2018 · 9:30 AM & 11:30 AM
  • Friday, March 16, 2018 · 9:30 AM & 11:30 AM
  • Grades 2-6
  • 440-Seat Foster Family Theater
  • Study Guide

Teacher Workshop: Monday, February 26, 2018, 3:30-6:30 PM

Through this play, adapted for the stage by José Cruz González from the book by Pat Mora, young audiences get to know Cesar Chavez and the hardships that he and his family faced when they lost their farm in Arizona and moved to California to pick crops in the fields. The life lessons that the young Cesar learns about intolerance, injustice, and the value of education inspire his lifelong quest to improve conditions for farm workers and to bring dignity to their lives. The play will be directed by Carolina Alfaro.

Common Core Standards:

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.

5.RI.3: Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

Nugget & Fang


  • Thursday, March 22, 2018 · 9:30 AM & 11:30 AM Sold Out!
  • Grades PK-3
  • 1,248-Seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
  • Study Guide

Adapted with special permission from" Nugget & Fang," text ©2013 by Tammi Sauer, illustrations ©2013 by Michael Slack. "Nugget & Fang" is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, 2013.

ArtsPower’s colorful new musical tells the story of Nugget, a minnow, and Fang, a shark, who get along swimmingly — until Nugget’s first day of minnow school. There, Nugget learns that minnows are supposed to be afraid of sharks! To regain Nugget’s trust, Fang takes desperate and hilarious measures. Nothing goes as planned. Fang is moping in deep waters when he notices that Nugget and his minnow schoolmates are caught up in some big trouble (and one very big net). Holy mackerel! Can Fang save the day and prove he’s a true friend?

Common Core Standards:

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

Stunt Dog Experience


  • Friday, March 23, 2018 · 9:30 AM
  • Grades PK-12
  • 1,248-Seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
  • Study Guide

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.

Doktor Kaboom


  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018 · 9:30 AM & 11:30 AM
  • Grades 4-8
  • 1,248-Seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
  • Study Guide

Creatively blending theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration, Doktor Kaboom! keeps his crowds riveted with interest and rolling with laughter. Join Doktor Kaboom! for a sidesplitting journey of increasingly spectacular (and often successful) science experiments designed to involve, excite, educate, and entertain.

Photo by Martin Albert.

Common Core Standards:

4.RI.3: Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

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.

The Little Mermaid


  • Thursday, April 19, 2018 · 9:30 AM
  • 440-Seat Foster Family Theater
  • Study Guide

Juline Foundation Presents Babes in Toyland. Childhood's joy land, mystic merry Toyland! A very special place, Toyland is built with the laughter of children and shall remain as long as there is imagination! Toyland is the very place where toys are made all year long for Santa to deliver at Christmastime. The Master Toymaker and his assistant Tom-Tom run a large workshop where all the people in the town work. With appearances from your favorite Mother Goose characters, this is an enjoyable show for all ages!

Mr. Poppers Penguins


  • Friday, April 20, 2018 · 9:30 AM & 11:30 AM
  • Grades 3-5
  • 1,248-Seat Mary Stuart Rogers Theater
  • Study Guide

Based on the book by Richard & Florence Atwater
Adapted for the stage by Pins & Needles Productions
Music by Luke Bateman, Lyrics by Richy Hughes

Painter and decorator by day, Mr Popper spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures. He is astounded when one day a packing crate arrives on his doorstep and a penguin waddles out!

With original songs and performing penguin puppets, this delightful, 60 minute action-packed musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s award-winning book (also made into a Hollywood film starring Jim Carrey) is the perfect treat!

Producer credit - Produced by Casa Mañana by arrangement with Kenny Wax Family Entertainment and TC Beech.

Common Core Standards:

4.RL.7: Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text.

The Little Mermaid


  • Friday, April 27, 2018 · 9:30 AM & 11:30 AM
  • 440-Seat Foster Family Theater
  • Study Guide

Modesto Christian Performing Arts presents a fun and fanciful staging of The Little Mermaid! This aquatic adventure includes music from the popular Disney classic and all of your favorite characters from under the sea. Over fifty middle and high school students collaborate to make this show a memorable experience for the entire family!