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OYES Presents Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, Kids

July 15, 2015 - July 11, 2014

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 Disney's Sleeping Beauty Kids

OYES Presents Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, Kids


This classic fairy tale comes to life in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty KIDS, which features songs from the beloved film, including “Once Upon a Dream,” accompany fun new songs like “Maleficent!” and “A Little Magic Now” to bring a fresh telling of the story to a new generation of kids and families.


Friday, July 24 @ 6pm
Saturday, July 25 @ 1pm & 4pm
Sunday, July 26 @ 1pm

Tickets $10 – Wheelchair access and seating is available.  Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to show start in order to receive the best seating experience.

 Music and Lyrics by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky,

George Bruns and Tom Adair, Winston Hibler and

Ted Sears, Sammy Fain and Jack Lawrence

Music Adapted and Arranged and

Additional Music by Bryan Louiselle

Book Adapted and Additional Lyrics by Marcy Heisler

Based on the 1959 Disney film “Sleeping Beauty”

and the story “Sleeping Beauty in the Wood”

by Charles Perrault


Disney’s Sleeping Beauty KIDS is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684

***AUDITION NOTICE*** RENT – School Edition

June 19, 2015

RENT School Edition: Audition Notice


A musical in 2 acts: Book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson. Based on Puccini’s La Bohème. Rated PG-13.

Produced by: Krista Kim

Directed by: Kytriena Payseno

Musical Director: David Gorospe

Choreographed by: Kytriena Payseno and Krista Kim


When  –  July 20th & 21st, 3-6pm and July 22nd & 23rd 6-9pm

Where  –  OYES, 316 Matilija, Street, Ojai, CA. 93023

Who  –  All ethnicities, Ages 14 to early to mid-20s.

What  –  Prepare 16 bars of an upbeat authentic pop/rock/gospel song to sing without piano, or bring CD, phone, MP3 Player or Ipod. Strictly no musical theatre or country western tunes! Bring a headshot and resume. Also be prepared to fill out an audition application.

How  – Call to book an audition through Kytriena Payseno 805-901-4130

Call Backs:

There will be Call Backs on Sunday, July 26th 5-7pm. Wear dance clothes, bring water and be prepared to sing some songs from the show.


Oct 2nd-25th

Friday’s- 7pm

Saturday’s- 2:30 & 7pm

Sunday’s- 3pm


The story integrates contemporary music and dance to tell an emotional tale about a community of young artists who celebrate life while struggling to make it in New York’s East Village. Based on Puccini’s La Bohème, RENT is a modern day story of love and loyalty that utilizes pop, rock ‘n roll, R&B and Latin, to single-handedly reinvigorate Broadway. It focuses on the lives of Mark, a film-maker, whose girlfriend, Maureen, a drama queen performance-artist-turned-lesbian, leaves him for another woman, Joanne who is an attorney. Mark lives with his roommate Roger, a struggling musician who just wants to write “one great song” before he dies of AIDS. One day he meets Mimi, an S&M dancer also with AIDS, and who is addicted to heroin. They fall in love. Mark and Roger’s ex-roommate Tom Collins, a philosopher, who has just returned from M.I.T meets and falls in love with Angel, a Latino street-drummer/drag queen. They also have AIDS. Mark and Roger are continuously hounded by their ex-roommate Benny, who is now their extremely wealthy landlord begging them for the rent. It focuses on a year in their lives, and their struggles of paying the rent, eviction, death, drugs, and living one day at a time.

 List of Characters:

Mark Cohen: A struggling Jewish-American documentary filmmaker and the narrator of the show. He is Roger’s roommate (and also once Collins’, Maureen’s, and Benny’s); at the start of the show, he was recently dumped by Maureen.

Roger Davis: A once-successful but now struggling musician and ex-lead singer and rock guitarist who is HIV positive and an ex-junkie. He hopes to write one last meaningful song before he dies. He is having a hard time coping with the fact that he, along with many others around him, knows that he is going to die. His girlfriend, April, killed herself after finding out that she was HIV positive. He is roommates with Mark.

Mimi Márquez: A Hispanic-American club dancer and drug addict. She lives downstairs from Mark and Roger, is Roger’s love interest, and, like him, has HIV. She is also Benny’s ex-lover.

Tom Collins: An anarchist professor with AIDS. He is described by Mark as a “computer genius, teacher, and vagabond anarchist who ran naked through the Parthenon.” Collins dreams of opening a restaurant in Santa Fe, where the problems in New York will not affect him and his friends. He was formerly a roommate of Roger, Mark, Benny, and Maureen, then just Roger and Mark, until he moves out.

Angel Dumott Schunard: A young transgender woman and street percussionist with a generous disposition, who has AIDS; Collins’ love interest.

Maureen Johnson: A performance artist who is Mark’s ex-girlfriend and Joanne’s current girlfriend. She is very flirtatious and cheated on Mark (presumably with Joanne). Larson considered Maureen a lesbian, despite her relationships with men, and he specifically identified her as “lesbian” in the script itself.[17]

Joanne Jefferson: An Ivy League-educated public interest lawyer and a lesbian. Joanne is the woman for whom Maureen left Mark. Joanne has very politically powerful parents (one is undergoing confirmation to be a judge, the other is a government official).

Benjamin “Benny” Coffin III: Landlord of Mark, Roger, and Mimi’s apartment building and ex-roommate of Mark, Collins, Roger, and Maureen. Now married to Alison Grey of the Westport Greys, a very wealthy family involved in real estate, and he is considered a yuppie scum and a sell-out by his ex-roommates. He at one time had a relationship with Mimi.

Mrs. Cohen: Mark’s stereotypical Jewish mother.

Alexi Darling: The producer of Buzzline, a sleazy tabloid company that tries to employ Mark after his footage of the riot makes primetime.

Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson: The wealthy parents of Joanne Jefferson

Mrs. Davis: Roger’s confused mother

Mrs. Marquez: Mimi’s Spanish-speaking mother

Mr. Grey: Benny’s father-in-law who wants to buy out the lot.

The Man: The local drug dealer whom Mimi buys from and Roger used to buy from.

Paul: The man in charge of the Life Support group.

Gordon: One of the Life Support members.

Steve: One of the Life Support members.

Ali: One of the Life Support members

Pam: One of the Life Support members

Sue: One of the Life Support members. As notated in the script by Larson, the roles of all of the Life Support members are encouraged to take on the name that someone in the cast (or production) knows or has known to have succumbed to AIDS. In the final Broadway performance, Sue is renamed Lisa.

Squeegee Man: A homeless person who chants “Honest living!” over and over during “Christmas Bells”.

The Waiter: A waiter at Life Cafe.

The Woman with Bags or Homeless Woman: A woman who attacks Mark for trying to help her during “On the Street”.

The Preacher or The Pastor: The Preacher kicks Collins out of the church because he can’t pay for Angel’s funeral.

Junkies, Leap of Faith Back-ups, Homeless, Bohemians and Vendors


ImproVStand-up! Jun 20

June 8, 2015

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Comedy – Live Band – Stand-up – Bar 

Featuring Ojai Valley Improv + The Catalytics

All proceeds benefit the Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio

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Saturday, June 20

7:30pm – Bar Open

8:00pm – Show

After-party & Music

Tickets: $15

The Catalytics: Paul Weaver: lead vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica John Medeiros: lead guitar, vocals Nick Sinclair: Drums Cory Highberg: Bass

All proceeds benefit the Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio

Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio

316 E. Matilija Street
Ojai, CA 93023

More Info: megg@ojaiyes.org

THE OJAI VALEY IMPROV TROUP produces and stages improv, original sketch comedy, and short classic comedies from the likes of Neil Simon, Tom Eyen, Christopher Durang, Stephen Dietz and more.  OVI is lead by Actor, John Medeiros.

JOHN MEDEIROS has been acting for over 25 years. He holds an a BFA in Theatre from UCSB and studied with Theatersports and The Groundlings, and has been in various commercials, films, and plays. John has been a member of various improv groups, including Ventura Improv Company, The Crackerjacks, Straight Up, The Jimmy Mooks, and Ojai Valley Improv.

Monday Night Improv Class at Oyes in Ojai! - Learn More about adult Improv classes at OYES


May 28, 2015

A Child Left Behind is a critically-acclaimed solo play about special needs, public education and every man’s first teacher. Written and performed by Alan Aymie.  Directed by Paul Stein.

COMING SOON TO OYES (rescheduled from June 2015)
Tickets $20 – Available soon at BrownPaperTickets.com
Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio
316 E. Matilija Street
Ojai, CA 93023
805-646-4300 | info@ojaiyes.org
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OYES Funding Campaign

May 1, 2015

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You can make a choice today that will make a difference in your community tomorrow!

—June 23, 2015

We hope you will take a moment to consider making a donation to support our organization.  We’re local, non-profit, and dedicated to our mission of educating, inspiring and entertaining audiences and students of all ages.

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—May 23, 2015


$5,000 will get us started, including:

  • VALUABLE repairs to Elation dimmer packs in the theatre (dimmers control the stage lights)
  • MUCH NEEDED new storage shed for supplies
  • Funding towards our FALL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM with the goal of at least 5 scholarships!

$10,000 will provide:

  • UPGRADES  our sound board (mixing console) and tech equipment for the main stage theatre. THIS IS BIG!  Upgrading our equipment is required in order to accommodate wireless mics for our students

$20,000 will provide:

  • Wireless mics for student youth and adult performances
  • Upgrade lighting equipment
  • Copy Machine
  • Laptop for Tech and Office
  • Complete funding for OYES FALL 2015 Scholarship Program
Donate to Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio by MAY 30th and your donation will go towards making valuable upgrades and improvements!



—MAY 10, 2015

Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio (OYES) is overjoyed to be kicking off our 2nd Annual 20K in 20 Days Spring Fundraiser, May 10 – May 30, 2015.

OYES is a 501C3, not-for profit corporation, inspired by the need to make sure that kids have access to arts education, and the work we do plays a beautiful role in the entire Ojai Valley community.


Since January of 2012, OYES has welcomed over 17,000 audience members and over 600 students into our programs.   Recent production include, A Year With Frog and Toad, Into The Woods, Jr, and currently, Seussical, Jr!. Ticket sales and tuitions only cover about half of the budgetary needs of OYES. This is why we need your help to continue offering the arts community of the Ojai Valley these wonderful events and services.

Here at OYES, we love what we do, working with our students and creating each production from start to finish.  With consistent funding we are able to keep growing as an organization and an essential community resource for youth and adult performing arts programs.  To learn more about OYES visit www.ojaiyes.org.

Help us meet this challenge. Make your contribution today to OYES’ 20K IN 20 DAYS Spring Fund Drive.  www.gofundme.com/oyes2015

Because OYES is a 501C3 corporation, donations are completely tax deductible, so you can rest assured that you are helping your community AND getting a tax write-off! It’s a win-win-win. You win, OYES continues, and our local actors and musicians continue to be provided with the opportunity to learn and enjoy their craft.

Thank you for supporting OYES theatre!


Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio

316 E. Matilija Street, Ojai, CA 93023



A Year With Frog and Toad

January 21, 2015




Fridays 7pm | Saturdays 2pm & 7pm | Sundays 2pm & 7pm

Post by Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio (OYES).


January 26, 2015

Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio to stage A Year With Frog and Toad beginning Feb. 20, 2015.

Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio will present the Ventura County debut of A Year with Frog and Toad, a musical based on the beloved children’s books by Arnold Lobel. Performances start February 20th and run through March 8th with shows on Fridays at 7pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm & 7pm. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available for purchase at www.FrogAndToadMusical.BrownPaperTickets.com.

Presented for all ages, OYES’s production of A Year With Frog and Toad features a high-spirited, multi-generational cast performing to an energetic and sophisticated, jazzy score. Audiences young and old will thoroughly enjoy reliving the unforgettable, heartwarming stories of cheerful Frog and his grumpy best-friend Toad as Arnold Lobel’s treasured characters leap from page to stage in this charming tale of friendship and adventure.

A Year With Frog and Toad will be the perfect night out for families, and we are extremely excited for our audiences to experience this production with us,” says OYES Artistic Director and Co-Founder, Krista Kim. “We have been so blessed with a wonderfully jubilant cast, which bridges generations, and they’re going to bring Lobel’s books to life in a unique way.”

The OYES performance of A Year With Frog and Toad will truly be an inventive, exuberant and  musical with the lead characters played by Suzy Thatcher (Frog) and Anna Kotula (Toad).  Kid-Captivating musical numbers include “Cookies,” “Getta Loada Toad,” and “Merry Almost Christmas.”  Part vaudeville, part make-believe, all charm, A Year With Frog And Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.


Nominated for 3 TONY AWARDS including Best Musical during its Broadway debut, A Year With Frog and Toad, was originally written by brothers Robert and Willie Reale, and broke new ground in 2002 by bringing professional-level children’s theatre to Broadway, making it one of the first productions to appeal to a wide range of audiences, including children as young as three-years old. Since that time, the production has enjoyed highly anticipated performances by community theatre companies around the nation.

OYES’ production is directed by Gai Jones. Performances will take place at the Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio, 316 E. Matilija Street, Ojai, CA 93023. For further information call 805-646-4300.

OYES is a non-profit organization dedicated to challenge, inspire, educate and entertain children and families in the Ojai Valley through the experience of quality theatre, dance and music. Through the theatrical process, OYES helps students explore their creative potential and find their authentic voice by teaching meaningful communication skills on and off the stage, respect and responsibility for their cast and themselves.


Voices of Ojai Holiday Concert

November 26, 2014

OYES Youth Choir & Rockin’ It Old School Seniors Choir come together for an evening of Holiday music!

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An evening of Holiday music and celebration hosted by Julija Zonic and Smitty West. OYES Youth Choir and Rockin’ It Old School sing songs of the holidays accompanied by The Fifth Dementia Orchestra.

Saturday, December 13th
Tickets $10

Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio
316 E. Matilija Street
Ojai, CA 93023

OYES Fall Concert with LIVE BAND!

October 15, 2014

Old and New ~ Voices of Ojai

Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio Youth Choir, lead by Julija Zonic, will perform a joint concert with Rockin’ It Old School backed by LIVE BAND The Fifth Dementia!

Sunday, November 2nd
2:00 pm
Tickets: $10 – All proceeds benefit OYES

Rockin’ it Old School and the Fifth Dementia band perform regularly throughout the Ojai Valley and surrounding areas. Comprised of the Seniors Community Choir and musicians, they perform modern rock and pop songs, lead by Smitty West.

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Together with OYES Choir, Julija Zonic and Smitty West bring to you a unique multi-generational concert event!


Into The Woods, JR | Shows & Tickets

October 11, 2014

 Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

 Tickets: $10




Friday, November 14 – 6pm

Saturday, November 15 – 1pm

Saturday, November 15 – 4pm

Sunday, November 16 – 12pm


Wednesday, November 19 – 6pm

Friday, November 21 – 6pm

Saturday, November 22 – 5pm


Thursday, November 20 – 6pm

Saturday, November 22 – 1pm

Sunday, November 23 – 4pm


Sunday, November 23 – 1pm

Buy Tickets HERE

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September 12, 2014

Taught by Julija Zonic

Ages 6-14
Thursdays, 5:15-6:15
JAN 29 – JUN 6 | Showcase JUN 6 | Class Fee $60 

Register Now

OYES Chorus  is lead by professional singer, Julija Zonic. Young singers will nurture healthy vocal technique, while  improving musical ear, pitch, and tone! For all levels


For more information contact OYES

To register at the door please call our office.