June 26, 2014

In brief: Arts and entertainment events

Arts briefs

Strut Performing Arts presents “The Rebels of Rydell High” today through Sunday at the State Theatre.

The resident dance company of the downtown Modesto theater will present the show as a homage to “American Graffiti” and the community’s long-running Graffiti Summer events. The original musical production with a 1950s theme is based on the Tony Award-winning musical “Grease” and its sequel, “Grease II.”

The Modesto dance company first put on the production in 2011. This encore staging will be larger and more elaborate and will feature more than 100 area singers, dancers and actors.

Shows are at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $17. Call (209) 527-4697 or visit www.thestate.org.

Colbie Caillat

Singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat has been added to the Gallo Center for the Arts upcoming season.

The California artist known for her hit “Bubbly” will stop in Modesto on Sept. 21 as part of her Gypsy Heart Tour.

Over her career, Caillat has won two Grammy Awards and sold some 6 million albums. Tickets will range from $35 to $80 and go on sale today for Gallo Center Friends and Friends+ members. Seats will be open to the general public starting Saturday.

For more, call (209) 338-2100 or visit www.galloarts.org.

Prospect Theater Project Director’s Workshop

The Prospect Theater Project will present the culmination of its five-week Director’s Workshop on Sunday.

Participants have been selecting, casting, analyzing and rehearsing short plays during the program and will present the works to an audience. This year’s directors are Sean Trew, Daniel Moody, Summer Kraft, David Hambley, Bryan Hurd and Dahlia Martinez.

The evening’s program will have “A True Fairy Tale,” directed by Trew; “Julia,” directed by Moody; “Sanity Dance,” directed by Kraft; “Measure Twice,” directed by Hambley; “Reflections,” directed by Hurd; and “The Chocolate Affair,” directed by Martinez.

The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. and there will be a $5 donation at the door. Call (209) 549-9341.

‘Shakespeare in a Day’

The Center Stage Youth Summer Conservatory brings the improvisational “Shakespeare in a Day” to life tonight.

The program will challenge the performers by going from scripts-in-hand to curtain raised within 30 hours. The CSYSC ensemble will be faced with this challenge, which will put performance and improv skills to the test.

Curtain goes up at 7 p.m. at Center Stage Conservatory, 948 11th St. Tickets are $5-$10. Call (209) 846-0179.

Music in the Plaza

Downtown Modesto’s free Music in the Plaza series continues with the kickoff of its summer season tonight. The weekly series will run through the end of August, with local musicians performing on the plaza at Tenth Street Place. Launching the summer season will be the Tim Allen Band. Music runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays. The event is free and open to the public.

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