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Shrek Jr, the Musical 

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Auditions for Disney's DESCENDANTS
Auditions for Disney's DESCENDANTS
The Oakland Center and Kids First are one of the first theatre organizations that got the rights to perform this new series of Disney's movies for kids and youths of all ages.  Kids First kids are SO excited about hearing the news and we have a large interest in the production.
 
We are seeking the best area theaters, schools, and community centers actors, singers, and dancers!
We need a very large ensemble and bring the spirit of Disney and the Descendants to the Youngstown area.
Over 20 roles with speaking parts!  This is the production we want you to participate in!  We expect big crowds for this show.
 
 
Event Date Wed-Mar-25-2020 6:30 pm
Event End Date Wed-Mar-25-2020 9:30 pm
Individual Price Free to the public
NE Ohio's Got Talent Auditions

NE Ohio's Got Talent Auditions

Auditioning Singers, Dancers, Musicians, Comics, and any unique Talent 
ages 4-adult
March 11, 12 6:30-?
Performance 1 weekend only 
April 25,26,27 4749 South Ave in Boardman
Featuring Oakland's Kids First Salute Disney
Show the talents you have to the entire community!
 
For more information: 330-406-0606
Oakland Center for the Arts 
4749 South Ave, Boardman, Ohio 44512
Event Date Wed-Mar-11-2020 6:30 pm
Event End Date Thu-Mar-12-2020 9:00 pm
Individual Price Free to the public
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

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