Menopause The Musical
Hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats not generally the stuff of entertainment unless they come together in the comedic musical extravaganza "Menopause The Musical." The show returns to the Gallo Center for the Arts in April.
Set in a department store, the spoof on women facing "the change" is the story of four ladies with little in common except the symptoms that come along to women of a certain age.
The laugh-filled 90-minute production includes parodies on classic songs of the 1960s-'80s.
The show runs April 2-3 at 8 p.m. at the Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. Tickets are $45-$65. Call (209) 338-2100 or see www.galloarts.org.
Playhouse Merced 2013-14 sneak peek
Playhouse Merced's "Season Preview Party and Show" will be presented on the theater's main stage at 7:30 p.m. April 6. At the season preview, rehearsed, produced and costumed musical numbers and show scenes from next season's shows will be performed, with artistic director Rob Hypes acting as master of ceremonies, according to a theater press release.
The 2013-14 season will mark the 20th anniversary of Playhouse Merced in its current downtown location. Musicals, comedies and dramas are planned.
The show will begin with pre-show drinks from an open bar, and a chance to win prizes. Desserts and coffee will be available at intermission.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., the show starts at 7:30. Tickets are $30. Playhouse Merced is at 452 W. Main St. Call (209) 725-8587.
One-woman 'Drama Queen' at Galaxy
"The Drama Queen" is a one-woman storytelling program starring Leslie Scatchard, who returns home to the region after performing in the East Bay Area.
Scatchard started Greeley Kids' Theatre in the Sierra Foothills before moving on to open children's theater in Petaluma in 2005. She has been active in West Side Stories, a story slam event in Petaluma based on the model of the Moth in New York City. She can be seen telling her stories most months, and has been selected winner five times.
"The Drama Queen" will be SHOWN at Galaxy Theatre, 2525 Patterson Road in Riverbank at 7:30 p.m. on April 4. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through www. brownpapertickets.com. For more, call(209) 648-3496.
Annual New Music Concert at MJC
The Modesto Junior College department of music presents its 36th annual New Music Concert on April 5.
The program will feature performances of original music compositions by student, faculty and local composers, including winning compositions from the MJC Celebration Of The Humanities student arts award contest.
The concert is admission-free and open to the public. There will be a reception in the lobby during intermission and after the performance. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. April 5 at the MJC Performing and Media Arts Center Main Stage, College Avenue.
Lula Washington Dance Theatre set
Lula Washington Dance Theatre, the Los Angeles-based repertoire dance ensemble critically hailed for its innovative and provocative choreography, will present "The Little Rock Nine" for its debut performance at the Gallo Center for the Arts on April 9.
The troupe will offer a series of dance workshops in Modesto and neighboring cities in conjunction with the performance. Information about the workshops is available by calling (209) 338-5020.
Lula Washington Dance Theatre, founded in 1980, has garnered international acclaim by using dance to explore social and humanitarian issues, including aspects of African-American history and culture.
The production begins at 7 p.m. April 9. Tickets are $10-$45. The Gallo Center is at 1000 I St., Modesto. Call (209) 338-2100 or see www.galloarts.org.
Italian classic next for Cinema Club
The Italian film "Investigation of a Citizen ... Above Suspicion" will be the next offering in the Cinema Club series at the State Theatre in Modesto.
On the eve of his promotion, Rome's chief homicide investigator, the inspector, goes to his mistress Augusta's apartment and murders her. Littering the crime scene with fingerprints, footprints and dozens of clues, he plans to show the world just how powerful he really is: a man above suspicion. Despite every clue pointing to the Inspector, Augusta's downstairs' neighbor is accused of the murder.
The R-rated film is in Italian with English subtitles and begins at 7 p.m. General admission is $8.
The State Theatre is at 1307 J St., Modesto. Call (209) 527-4697 or see www.thestate.org.
Gallo Center tours
Backstage tours are offered every Thursday at the Gallo Center for the Arts in downtown Modesto.
A customer service representative leads the free tours, giving visitors a history of the center as well as tours of backstage areas, dressing rooms, green rooms where artists and crews relax before and after shows, and a look at the wall where stars who play at the venue leave their autographs.
Tours begin at 1 p.m. Thursdays in front of the ticket office at the Gallo Center, 1000 I St., Modesto. No reservations are required.