OYES: Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio

Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio

Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio

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July 21, 2014

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Into The Woods – Fall Session Enrolling Now

July 17, 2014

Broadways ORIGINAL “Once Upon A Time” Musical!


Broadways ORIGINAL “Once Upon A Time” Musical!

Fairytales collide in Into The Woods!

 Complete  and send in your Registration form HERE


$250 Early Registration Fee from now until August 1st
Send in your Registration form and your Payment before AUG 01 to get the early registration discount.

$300 Registration Fee after August 1st through Sept 6th
(a $15 Late Registration Fee added after September 6th)


Mondays 3pm – 5pm – LIONS Cast
Mondays 5pm – 7pm – PERFORMANCE COMPANY Cast
Tuesdays 330pm – 530pm – TIGERS Cast


Lions Cast

Thu  Sept 4th  | 3pm to 4pm for Lions – Grades K-2

Fri    Sept 5th  | 3pm to 4pm for Lions – Grades 3rd +

Tigers Cast

Fri    Sept 5th  | 4pm to 6pm for Tigers – All Grades

Performance Company Cast

Thu   Sept 4th  | 4pm to 6pm for PC - All Grades

(MON Sept 8th – First day of Fall Session)


November 14th through 23rd
Friday Evening @ 6pm
Saturday Matinee @ 2pm and Evening @ 6pm
Sunday Matinee @ 2pm

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July 22, 2014

Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio presents, Open Stage!  An “open mic” and “open stage” for young performers of ALL AGES (under 18).
Hosted by Cindy Kalmenson
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Performers may bring a dance, song, poem, monologue, original scene or recital! (7 minutes or less).
Advance notice is required.  
Email to sign-up – info@ojaiyes.org OR NEW REGISTER ONLINE (EASY)
Performers Call Time is 3:15 PM*
Showtime (welcome family & friends!) is at 5:00PM

Participation Fees and Ticket Fees may apply.
All proceeds benefit Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio.
*Participants arrive early at 3:15 pm to run through material and get some helpful hints if needed. Please arrive on time.

AUDITION NOTICE – A Year With Frog and Toad

July 15, 2014



For ages 8 to as old as you admit to being

A musical directed by Gai Jones, in conjunction with Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio

Based on the Frog and Toad stories by Arnold Lobel (For reference, there are numerous YouTube clips of this musical).

AUDITIONS: Tuesday, August 12th and Thursday, August 14th – You must schedule your audition. See times below.


-Each actor needs to bringa one-page resume

-If the director does not know you, bring a head shot or a picture of your face which the director keeps.

-Prepare a one minute song with CD/iPod/Phone instrumental accompaniment. A Cappela song is okay.

-Your vocal range will be tested at the audition.

-Prepare a 30 second dance showing your various fun moves and any dance training.

-There will be sides for the acting portion of the audition.

-Bring your calendar for August, September, and October. Rehearsals are in August & September. Performances are Fridays-Sundays Oct 17-26, 2014.

Please contact gai.jones@sbcglobal.net by August 10 with a day and time slot for your audition:

Tuesday August 12 5-5:30 pm; or 5:30-6 pm; or 6-6:30 pm


Thursday August 14 5-5:30 pm; or 5:30-6 pm; or 6-6:30 pm

REHEARSALS: For rehearsals, you must be available in August 6-8 pm Sundays-Fridays. In September there will be some weekdays4-5:30 pm rehearsals and some Saturdays (Time TBA). There are no absences Oct 1-26.

CAST can be any size. Roles available: (All roles can be played by male or female of any age.)

Frog, Toad, Man Bird, Lady Bird 1, Lady Bird 2, Mouse, Snail, Turtle, Lizard, Squirrel 1, Squirrel 2, Young Frog, Father Frog, Mother Frog, Large and Terrible Frog, Mole 1, Mole 2 and Ensemble of Birds, Moles, Snails, and Squirrels

Questions: email gai.jones@sbcglobal.net

OYES Presents – Disney’s Cinderella, Kids

June 28, 2014


OYES Presents
Disney’s Cinderella, Kids!

The Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio proudly presents a weekend showcase of Disney’s Cinderella, Kids – on the OYES main stage at 316 E. Matilija St. in Ojai, CA.

Graced with a dynamic and whimsical musical score, this adaptation of Cinderella sweeps the audience through a classic fairytale story… with a creative design twist!

Cinderella, Kids is choreographed and produced by Krista Kim, Creative Director, and co-directed by Daena Bleu and Megg Sicotte-Kelly. Based on the screenplay by Ken Anderson and Homer Brightman, with music adapted and arranged by Bryan Louiselle.

Disney’s Cinderella, Kids will open for ONE WEEKEND ONLY on Friday, July 11th through Sunday, July 13th.  Show times are 6:00pm on Friday and Saturday evening with a matinee on Sunday at 2:00pm.  Tickets are $10 and are available on-line at OYEScinderella.BrownPaperTickets.com or by phone at 1-800-838-3006. For additional information, call the Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio at 805-646-4300.


Girls With Guitars WOW

April 16, 2014

GWG WOW email


OYES Announces Spring Fund Drive

April 10, 2014

20K in 20 Days!

The Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio is seeking much needed community support as they kick-off their 2014 Spring Fund Drive: 20K in 20 days! Their mission is to challenge, inspire, educate and entertain children and families in the Ojai Valley through the experience of quality theatre, dance, and music.

“OYES was inspired by the need to make sure that kids have access to arts education,” according to Artistic Director, Krista Kim, “but the work we do is plays a beautiful role in the entire Ojai Valley community.”

“Twenty thousand dollars in twenty days is a challenging goal,” Kim noted. “It’s actually about half of the funding the organization needs annually to keep the doors open and the staff paid. If there’s any small community in America that can pull together and help us meet this goal, it’s Ojai.”

Three times each year, OYES produces musical theater programs for kids. Past productions include Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Little Mermaid, and Annie. Currently they are in rehearsal for Mulan Jr., but they also offer Technical Theater classes, upcoming summer camps, Youth Improvisation workshops, and a free community choir for kid.

OYES also offers programs for adults including the Ojai Valley Improv group who rehearse twice each week and perform on the first Saturday of every month. In addition, the senior choir, Rockin It Old School, meets weekly at OYES.

“Our tuitions and ticket sales only cover about half of our budgetary needs.” Kim explained. “We’re required to find that additional support from time to time, and right now we’re faced with a gap that must be filled.”

OYES will incorporate mail, phone calls, and social media to reach as many people as possible in the Ojai Valley during this critical fund drive. OYES is a 501©3, not-for profit corporation and donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the IRS tax code.

Those wishing to help OYES in their goal for 20K in 20 Days! Should visit their website at www.ojaiyes.org or call the offices at 805-646-4300.

New Classes, New Instructors at OYES This Spring

February 21, 2014

The Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio is offering four new courses for youth and adults this spring.   Veteran acting coach, Bonnie Forward will be leading On-Camera Acting:  Commercials, TV and Film.  This class will focus on techniques used by actors who are “on camera”, from commercial work and TV acting, to audition techniques, cold readings, character analysis, and script memorization. On Camera Acting: Commercials, TV and Film  will meet on Sunday afternoons from 1-3pm beginning March 9th and running through March 30th.  Tuition for this introductory four-week session is $195 and is open to all students ages 13-18.

Thanks to a grant provided by the Ojai Arts Commission, Susan Pennington will be teaching a Basic Costume Construction class beginning in March.  This eight-week class will meet from noon until 2pm on Saturdays beginning March 8th and conclude with a showcase costume parade on the final day of class, April 26   Pennington has been a costumer for both professional and community theater companies in Ojai and St. Louis, Missouri.  Most recently she was awarded a Four-Star Theater Alliance award for best costumes for Fiddler On The Roof  at Ojai ACT.   The Basic Costume Construction class is open to anyone 13 and over, and tuition is $195 with sewing machines and materials provided.

Gai Jones returns to OYES in April as she conducts her always popular Monologue, Scene Study & Staged Reading Workshop for kids ages 8-14.  This six-week workshop will meet from 3:30 to 4:45pm on Wednesday afternoons beginning April 9th and continue through May 7th.   Jones is a renowned educator, author, and director who encourages students to work on age-appropriate monologues for auditions, and ensemble work.   There will be a staged reading showcase performance featuring every participant at 7pm, Wednesday, May 21st

Laurie Walters will also be coaching The Classical Monologue Workshop beginning in March.  This workshop will focus on understanding, preparing, and performing a classical theatre monologue.  The workshop will be held every Saturday from 10am until noon beginning March 8 and continuing through April 26, 2014. Students will then feature their work in the showcase performance on Saturday, May 3rd at 8pm. The cost of the eight-week workshop is $295.

For registration information, call or visit the Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio, 316 E. Matilija St. in Ojai, 805-646-4300.  All course descriptions and registration information is available at the website, www.ojaiyes.org.  Some class sizes are limited, so early registration is encouraged.