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 our fourth year anniversary “Kids First” is the area’s fastest growing, EDUCATIONALLY based, theater program in Northeast Ohio. We began this program with a modest $5000 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities.

The Oakland Administration and talent has been made up of volunteers. We maintain our 501(c)3 status in Ohio

Kids First Theater Initiative Programs in Youngstown & /Boardman, Ohio. The theater is located in a beautiful facility in Boardman Ohio. Starting with only 16 Students, we are now averaging 50-75 per show. Our theatre experience.

We have produced full Broadway productions, Aladdin Jr., Youngstown Singing Star Jr., Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, ,Annie Jr., and The Wizard of Oz to name a few. We offer a 3 week intensive summer theatrical camp which also feed the kids lunch each day, We will average 7 shows per season. We will be offering other life skills programs.

Youngstown, Ohio children benefit most from our programs! Youngstown, Ohio benefit the most from our programs! Youngstown, Ohio benefit the most from our programs!

The Acorn Project

 

The Acorn Project 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, costumes, 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. Beginning in June 2019 we will give away our first scholarship to a graduating senior that is involved in our program. Magic Carpet Theater magic alladin in Youngstown, Ohio on his Carpet genie bottle Alladin Jr. 2017 This is the area’s only professional youth theater that for over 16 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 Kathryn 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. Do you have an interest in having our Magic Carpet land in your school or library? Feel free to contact us to book our production for the kids in your area. Booking for February, March, April, May 2019 Our professional Touring Company is on the road again! Founded in 2002 bringing quality literature, in a fun interactive way. Hey PTO’s, Administrators, and Teachers Here’s the most affordable way to bring quality entertainment right to your doorstep! Did you know DRAMA IMPROVES ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE - Students involved in drama performance coursework or experience outscored non-arts students on SAT's, by an average of 65 points in the verbal component and 34 points in the math component. - Drama activities improve reading comprehension, and both verbal and non-verbal communication skills. - Drama helps to improve school attendance and reduce high school dropout rates. - A Harris Poll revealed that 93% of the public believes that arts, including theater, are vital to a well-rounded education. - Drama can improve skills and academic performance in children and youth with learning disabilities. kids first shrek dress rehearsal320

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