THE OAKLAND CENTER for the Arts

and KIDS FIRST THEATER INITIATIVE

Award-winning community theatre with educational based programs in Youngstown, Ohio.

Award-winning community theatre with educational based programs in Youngstown, Ohio.

Award-winning community theatre with educational based programs in Youngstown, Ohio.

Oakland Center Theatre Programs for all ages!

- Kids First for all Children
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Theater for little ones.
- Gray Matters for those over 50
- Acorn Project for High school students
...and more programs coming soon!

- Kids First for all Children
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Theater for little ones.
- Gray Matters for those over 50
- Acorn Project for High school students
...and more programs coming soon!

- Kids First Theater for all Children
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Theater for little ones.
- Gray Matters for those over 50
- Acorn Project for High school students
...and more programs coming soon!

A Christmas Story, the Musical 2019 Youngstown

In the 1940's, in the town of Hammond, 9-year-old Ralphie wants one thing for Christmas -- an official Red Ryder BB rifle. When he asks his mother for the BB gun for Christmas, she says, "No, you'll shoot your eye out". When he writes an essay about it at school his teacher gives him a C+ with a note saying "You'll shoot your eye out." Next he asks Santa for the gun, Santa's response is familiar, he says, "You'll shoot your eye out, kid." Ralph fears that he'll never get the BB gun for Christmas. But there may be a surprise in store for him.

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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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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!

kfti kids love the spotlight in Youngstown, Ohio.

Our Hours

Monday - Friday
10am - 5pm

Saturday
10am - 3pm

Sunday:
Closed

330-406-0606