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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Vic’s class

‘All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.  They have their exits and entrances.  And one man in his time plays many parts”.
This quotation from William Shakespeare’s AS YOU LIKE IT, is the basis for this class.

This is an introductory class for people with little or no experience on the stage; or for those who performed in a high school play.  The first thing that must be said is that no memorization is required. 

We begin the class with some basic information about the physical properties of the stage {stage right, stage left, upstage and downstage}.  We also discuss types of stages; proscenium, thrust, and in-the-round.  We also touch on the concept of the fourth wall.

Three simple pieces from Shakespeare for the first readings.  They are:  All the worlds a stage”from AS YOU LIKE IT, ‘tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow” from MACBETH, AND the 116th sonnet.

We start with these well-known quotations in order to give them a taste of what most think of as hard and scary.  They discover almost immediately that they are not that difficult.  The class is given a week to familiarize these readings and to be prepared to recite them. 

At the next class the students are given three 2-peron plays to read and prepare to discuss.  The Plays are LOVE LETTERS, SAVE ME A PLACE AT FOREST LAWN, AND THE GIN GAME.  We discuss the characters, their back history, relations with the other, their temperament, and all the things that go into the making of a person.  And finally, we discuss the concept of listening and reacting.  For this we do some simple improvisation.

This is the thrust of the beginning classes,

The second course, Acting 102, is preparation     atmosphere in preparation for live performances to occur at the end of 8 weeks.  Each 2 hour session will be divided into a sixty minute rehearsal for 2 groups.


At the end of eight weeks we will have three shows with five distinct casts.  Each cast will have the opportunity to perform on separate nights for audiences.  One venue will be a dinner theater.  The rehearsals for this period will include minimal sets and minimal props.  No memorization is required, but an intimate familiarization of the script is required.  As was indicated initially the design of the class is to give adults and seniors an opportunity to learn and to perform.

This project has been a collaboration between the Oakland Center for the Arts and Ohio Living Park Vista.

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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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.

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Our Hours

Monday - Friday
10am - 5pm

Saturday
10am - 3pm

Sunday:
Closed

330-406-0606