OYES: Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio

Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio

Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio

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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.

Alice In Wonderland

April 5, 2014


April 20, 2014






God, Part II

April 19, 2014

Last year, what am I am provisionally calling The Theme Show Players (Charlie Bosson, Jimmy Calire, James Graham, Virginia Kron, Rain Perry and I, and now including Tara Jeffery and Robert Rachelli) performed What If God Was One Of Us?, an evening of music that explored how we think, feel and sing about Godfrom a variety of perspectives, both sacred and secular.

Well, we’re doing it again, with all new songs. We’re calling it God, Part 2: The Second Coming.

There will be something for everyone: believers, non-believers, skeptics, and the God-curious. We’d love it if you could join us.

Girls With Guitars WOW

April 16, 2014

GWG WOW email


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.

Now Enrolling for Mulan, Jr.

January 10, 2013 - January 13, 2014


  • Auditions are Jan. 10 and 11th
  • Weekly classes starting on Jan. 13th
  • 16 week session- $285.
  • Payment plans available.

Travel back to the legendary, storytelling days of ancient China with Disney’s MULAN JR., the action-packed stage adaptation of Disney’s film. Auditions are Jan. 10 and 11th with weekly classes starting on January 13th.

Register now to secure your spot for OYES’ Spring Session.