Gallo Center for the Arts, Modesto Junior College Team for Stage Production of 'Tomás and the Library Lady' March 15 - 17

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Play tells the true story of Tomás Rivera, a son of migrant workers who went on to become the first minority chancellor in the University of California system

Tomás and the Library Lady

A collaboration between the Gallo Center for the Arts and the theatre department of Modesto Junior College, “Tomás and the Library Lady,” will be presented at the performing arts center March 15 - 17. Three performances are scheduled, at 8 pm on Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16, and at 2 pm on Sunday, March 17.

Tickets are $8, $12 and $15, and can be purchased online at, calling (209) 338-2100, or at the Gallo Center ticket office, 1000 I Street in downtown Modesto.

The play, which is based on the picture book written by Pat Mora and illustrated by Raul Colon, tells the true story of author and educator Tomás Rivera, a child of migrant workers during the 1940s who went on to become the first minority chancellor in the University of California system. Feeling a little out of place since his family's move to Iowa from Texas and wanting to know more than just his grandfather's stories, Tomás stumbles into a library and is welcomed by the librarian. Through her patience and understanding, Tomás develops a love for books and knowledge that he always wanted to have, inspiring a life-long love of learning.

“Tomas and the Library Lady” is directed by Mike Sundquist, dean of arts, humanities and communications at Modesto Junior College and produced by Jim Johnson, Ph.D, arts education coordinator at the Gallo Center.

Boyett Petroleum is the Gallo Center's 2012-2013 Premier Partner.

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