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Turlock woman makes strides toward ballet dream

Some gifts truly do keep on giving, no matter the passage of time. For Turlock's Brittnie Cudo, 21, a gift she received as a little girl has opened a door of possibilities for her and helped her identify a lifelong dream.

April 20, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Theatre

Turlock teen takes on iconic character for second go around

For the second time in his short musical theater career, Turlock's Aleq Bateman is taking on the role of the quick-witted and unruly Huckleberry Finn.

February 24, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Theatre

Youth theatre group receives much-needed grant

Young actors from Stanislaus County will have money for costumes, sets, and props this summer thanks to a grant from Newman's Own Foundation. Stanislaus County Office of Education's Youth Entertainment Stage (YES) Company received a $35,000 grant from Newman's Own Foundation for the second year in a row.

January 20, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Theatre

Donation to expand arts access

Modesto businessman Dan Costa and his family have made a $1 million donation to the Gallo Center for the Arts for the purpose of increasing access to the arts among low income children and their families.

January 12, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Theatre

Playhouse brings back popular Patsy Cline show

The wildly well-received country drama "Always ... Patsy Cline," is returning to the Playhouse Merced with the opening show on Friday.

January 12, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Theatre

Chinese acrobats tumble into town

The seemingly impossible and gravity-defying acts of the New Shanghai Circus Acrobats of China will be taking the stage at the Turlock Community Theatre Saturday evening.

January 05, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Theatre

Local company and philanthropists give Gallo Center a much needed financial boost

Two major contributors to the Gallo Center for the Arts have made a large donation to the performing arts center and a challenge to the community.

December 22, 2009 | Sabra Stafford | Theatre

Theatre department returns to radio days for ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’

The classic Christmas story of "It's A Wonderful Life," is being retold in a new format at California State University, Stanislaus. The College of Arts Theatre Department production of "It's A Wonderful Life: The Radio Play" moves the timeless tale of Christmas' true meaning into the venue of radio dramas from bygone days.

December 08, 2009 | Sabra Stafford | Theatre

Turlock teen takes on sweet role in ‘Willy Wonka’

Fourteen year-old Turlock resident Leah Bateman is a brat.

December 08, 2009 | Sabra Stafford | Theatre

Turlock native pens script for film contest

Mary De Ruse remembers the exact moment she fell in love with the movies. As a little girl, her dad took her to see a double feature at the Turlock cinema. As "Smokey and the Bandit" led into the "The Sting," De Ruse said it was as if time had stopped clicking by and everything outside of that theater had melted away.

November 03, 2009 | Sabra Stafford | Theatre

It’s ‘Suddenly Seymour’ for Turlock performer

Turlock resident Keaton Williams says he always enjoyed singing, but when he enrolled in a voice class at Modesto Junior College, he says it was more as a lark, than a chosen career path.

October 14, 2009 | Sabra Stafford | Theatre

Turlock ballerina to perform Juliet in Central West production

The first time Lindsay Weddle took the stage it was as a moonbeam fairy in the ballet version of "Twas The Night Before Christmas." It was a small role for the then 12-year-old budding ballerina, but it left a lasting impression.

October 06, 2009 | Sabra Stafford | Theatre

Gallo Center names new CEO

The board of directors of the Gallo Center for the Arts announced today that Lynn Dickerson, former publisher and president of the Modesto Bee as well as vice president of operations for the McClatchy Company, has been named the new chief executive officer of the performing arts center.

September 29, 2009 | Turlock Journal Staff Reports | Theatre

Summer lovin’ comes to town

Sandra Dee and Danny Zuko are set to come to life at the Turlock Community Theater during the last weekend of August. Turlock Youth Performing Arts will be performing "Grease: The School Version" as their summer production.

August 11, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Theatre

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