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A young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect Christmas gift. 2018 Production

The crowds loved A Christmas Story, the Musical so much last year we are bringing it back in 2019 by popular demand!

December 13,14,15 & 20,21,22, 2019    Tickets on sale now!
Fri-Sat: 7:30pm   Sun: 2:30pm
Adults: $15.00   Seniors: $13.00   Students: $5.00   4 and  under: free

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 A family favorite about a girl Annie, her dog, and soon to be family.

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{navy}A blast from our past!{end}  Please send us copy of your old digital photos, or links to videos.

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Another Great Camp with a record attendance!  We appreciate your motivation!

Looking forward to 2019's Camp!

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 Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek, The Musical Jr.

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The Acorn Project, made up of all High School age young adults, directed, planned, staged, rehearsed and all aspects of this production with a senior director on hand.

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Auditions for Cinderella and Kids First Theatre
We need a great number of adults and youths for this production of Roger's and Hammerstein's Cinderella.
This is going to be one of our biggest shows in 2020!  We hope you come and show off your talents!  If you need more information on Cinderella, use our links.
 
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella is a musical
Event Date Sat-Jan-04-2020 11:00 am
Event End Date Sat-Jan-04-2020 2:00 pm
Individual Price No cost to audition
A Christmas Story, the Musical
A Christmas Story, the Musical
December 13,14,15, 2019
December 20,21,22, 2019
Fri - Sat: 7:30pm
Sun: 2:30pm
 
Adults: $15.00
Seniors: $13.00
Students: $5.00

Back again for another year of Christmas Cheer
by popular demand!
Directed by Brendan Byers
 
Featuring:
 -Jake Platt returning as Ralphie.
 -James Matig - Randy
 -Jessica Joerndt - the Mother
 -Heather Livesay - Miss Shields
 -Justin Sargent - the Old Man
 -Tom McGoogan - Jean
And a huge group of adults and kids in the cast
 
 

Event Date Fri-Dec-13-2019 7:30 pm
Event End Date Fri-Dec-13-2019 9:30 pm
Individual Price $5 $13 $15
Disney's FROZEN Jr.

Frozen Jr.
Directed by Maureen Donofrio and Music Direction by Donna Downie

Kids First Theater has been rehearsing for several weeks preparing for this epic production of Frozen Jr.  (Frozen 2 being released shortly thereafter in theaters.)

The enchanting modern classic from Disney is ready for the Youngstown area and the Oakland Center is bringing it to you first!  Frozen JR. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production.

Event Date Fri-Oct-25-2019 7:30 pm
Individual Price NA
Beauty and the Beast - Our Summer Disney Spectacular!

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Jr.
Directed by: Brendan Byers

Runs August 9,10,11 - 16,17,18, 2019

There's the sublime beauty of a forgotten world and the promise of happily-ever-after to draw you to one of your favorite fairy tales, once again. Give it an encore.

Long ago in a French kingdom, there lived a spoiled and selfish Prince (Dan Stevens) in a castle where he would throw big parties with all his royal subjects. One night, an old beggar woman entered his castle and offered the Prince

There's the sublime beauty of a forgotten world and the promise of happily-ever-after to draw you to one of your favorite fairy tales, once again. Give us an encore at a Kids First Theater Production

Event Date Fri-Aug-09-2019 7:30 pm
Individual Price NA
YSU Summer Festival of the Arts

The Oakland Center will be at the YSU Summer Festival of the Arts this weekend and introducing ourselves again to the public.  Kids from Kids First Theater Initiative will be on the stage performing from many of our recent productions this year, Lion King Jr, Adventures of Flat Stanley,A Christmas Story and others. We will have staff members there to answer any questions regarding our programs at the Oakland Center.  2019-2020 Season are going to offer more area premieres of productions never seen in this area before.

Also, we are closing our show, GODSPELL this Sunday afternoon, and will have tickets for sale on site.

Event Date Sat-Jul-13-2019 10:00 am
Individual Price Free to the public
GODSPELL! Iconic Musical coming to Youngstown

Kids First Theater is gearing up for a great musical from the 1970s.

Directed by Donna Downie

Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden), and it took the world by storm. Led by the international hit, "Day by Day," Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, including "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All for the Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side."

A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables.

Event Date Fri-Jul-05-2019 7:30 pm
Individual Price NA
Camp Showbiz 2019

Our 4th Successful year!

The best way to get your child involved in our program is to start with our summer program
This year it runs from June 10-21 Mon-Thur 8:30-1:30. We give them a continental breakfast, and a homemade lunch. Cost for the two week camp is only 130.00 which is the most affordable summer camp in the area. 
During the camp we will pack a lot new lessons and techniques for all of our kids.
Pat Fagan, who ran the children's theatre program for the over 30 years, will do two workshops one week will focus on drama. and one week will focus on comedy.
Donna Downie, Brendan Byers and Oakland staff will cover both the music of "Beauty and the Beast" and "Frozen" ( we will be presenting beauty and the Beast at the end of the summer, and Frozen in late fall early winter)
We will also have an "audition workshop" and we will produce a music video, with all we learned packed into the two weeks!
Event Date Mon-Jun-10-2019 9:00 am
Individual Price NA
Disney's "The Lion King Jr" held over in Youngstown for 1 more weekend!

Kids First Theatre company is excited to share this production with all of Youngstown, and the Mahoning County areas for one more weekend. Audiences loved this show!

Experience the stunning artistry, unforgettable music and the exhilarating choreography of Disney’s The Lion King. Now is the time to join the circle of life at Broadway’s award–winning Best Musical.

Based on the 1994, Disney animated feature film of the same name and William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, The Lion King is the story of Simba, an adventurous and energetic lion cub who is next in line to be king of the Pride Lands, a thriving and beautiful region in the African savanna.

Event Date Fri-May-10-2019 7:30 pm
Event End Date Sun-Sep-16-2068 3:00 pm
Individual Price NA
Disney's "The Lion King" Jr. The Musical

Kids First Theatre company is excited to share this production with all of Youngstown, and the Mahoning County areas!

Experience the stunning artistry, unforgettable music and the exhilarating choreography of Disney’s The Lion King. Now is the time to join the circle of life at Broadway’s award–winning Best Musical.

Based on 1994, Disney animated feature film of the same name and William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, The Lion King is the story of Simba, an adventurous and energetic lion cub who is next in line to be king of the Pride Lands, a thriving and beautiful region in the African savanna.

 

Event Date Fri-May-03-2019 7:30 pm
Event End Date Sun-Sep-02-2068 3:00 pm
Individual Price NA
Brunch with the Easter Bunny and a show!

Want something fun to do with your little one/s for Easter, near you in the Youngstown area?

LIMITED to 100 Persons per day

CALL AND RSVP!  LIMITED SEATING  330-406-0606


The Oakland Center for the Arts and Kids First Theatre Initiative will be hosting an Easter Brunch with a fun little show
"Miss Beatrix Potter meets Mr. Peter Rabbit

 
 
Event Date Sat-Apr-13-2019 12:00 pm
Event End Date Tue-Jul-24-2068 12:00 am
Individual Price NA

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