THE OAKLAND CENTER for the Arts
& KIDS FIRST THEATER INITIATIVE

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A PLACE WHERE OUR YOUTH CAN IMAGINE AND CREATE.
Award-winning community theatre with educational based programs in Youngstown, Ohio.
The Oakland Center is bringing up the next generation of actors in the Mahoning Valley.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Come and watch an Oakland Center show.
Musical and dramas are performed by actors
 
Even the Cowardly Lion knows how to act.

OUR BEGINNINGS

 

Since 1986,

The Oakland has performed a wide variety of Broadway and Off Broadway theater to Youngstown, Ohio crowds.


Extending our presence

We're bringing back our Magic Carpet Professional Theater Troop. A professional child's touring company founded in 2002. They bring regionally and locally written shows to children from preschool through 8th grade in N.E. Ohio and W. Pennsylvania into schools and libraries. #fromthepagetothestage

Many new Adults and Kids participating

We hold auditions and performances in our new venue, at Trinity Fellowship Church, participate in local festivals to bring awareness to the community of our new spirit to shine for us all.

Come to a Show!

We are excited with our new venues and want to share them with you!

 
 
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Oakland’s Kids First Theatre Initiative

Marking its one year anniversary “Kids First” is the area’s fastest growing, only totally free, EDUCATIONALLY based, theatre program. We began with a modest $5000 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities. Administration and talent has been made up of mostly volunteers so far, but our hope is to be able to provide our administration and directors a proper wage. The theatre is located in a beautiful 1000 seat facility in Boardman Ohio. Starting with only 16 Students, we are now averaging 50-65 per show.  We have produced 8 full Broadway productions, Aladdin Jr., Youngstown Singing Star Jr., Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and The Wizard of Oz to name a few. (We are currently in rehearsal for Annie Jr.). We have done two 3 week intensive summer camps and have fed the kids lunch each day, (some of our kids are inner city, and it is their first meal of the day). We will average 7 shows per season with a budget of 10,000-14,000 per show. This year our budget is almost 100,000.
 
Kids First Theater Initiative in Boardman, Ohio.

The Acorn Project

 This is a program specifically designed towards High School students.  They have created their own Youth Board, and are led by our Artistic Director. For each show they will choose from within their ranks an Assistant Director, Set Designer and builders, costume, lighting, sound design, fundraising, publicity, all overseen by an adult, and are tested at the end of each production to see what they have learned. There is not another program quite like this in the state of Ohio, where the kids who take on a position receive not only the education but receive a stipend for their work. We have a budget for this program of 20,000 for the season.
Acorn Project in Youngstown, Ohio.

Magic Carpet Theatre

 This is the area’s only professional youth theatre that for over 32 years has hired three professional local or regional actors to take productions into schools and libraries in NE Ohio and W Pennsylvania. We try to use Ohio based writers so that the royalties benefit local and regional talent. This season we will use the works of Patricia Moran Fagan, from Youngstown and Catherine Schultz Miller, from Columbus; both have huge libraries of interactive youth shows. For some schools, this is the only artistic outlet the kids get during the school year. Generally we offer two shows: one geared to k-3 and the other from 4-8 grades. The budget for this program is 38,000.
 
 

NEW SHOWS! NEW HOME!
WE ARE READY TO GO!

The OAKLAND CENTER and KIDS FIRST THEATER INITIATIVE want to thank Trinity Fellowship Church for the immense support in reaching new goals for the Oakland Center.

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We heart the spotlight!

Nurture Artists

Many successful actors, directors, writers, and choreographers have launched their careers from the Oakland, and also in
other humble, small town playhouses.

Be a Storyteller!

Plays are an ancient form of storytelling. It is a creative ritual still very much alive despite the age of Youtube. Come tell your story through a character you portray.

HEART the Spotlight!

Our Hours

Monday - Friday
10am - 5pm

Saturday
10am - 3pm

Sunday:
Closed

330-406-0606