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Events | Spring 2016

February 20, 2016

NOW SHOWING – MAY 6th-15th 

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ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, JR

A Broadway Junior Musical presented by Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio

Tickets $10 General Seating, $12 Select Seating

For tickets and showtimes visit www.oyesisland.brownpapertickets.com

 


 

Oyes calendar of events March, April, May, 2016

  • Sunday, March 13th — Ojai Valley Improv Show — drop-in after Ojai’s Farmers Market!
  • Sunday, March 20th — Patrick Mureithi Concert – Touring the California Coast —  www.PatrickMureithi.com
  • Weekend, April 9th & 10th – A Child Left Behind, with Alan Aymie — Touring weekend production of LA TIMES CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED  SOLO PERFORMANCE!
  • Saturday, April 23rd — Ojai Shimmy Fest (belly dance festival) – An Ojai tradition and now a fundraiser for OYES!
  • Weekends, May 5th-15th — Once On This Island, Jr — A Broadway Junior Musical Production
  • Tuesday, May 17th —  The Peter Brotzmann Jazz Quartet In Ojai
  • Weekend, May 27th & 28th — Youth & Senior Choir Performances with Julija Zonic and Smitty West & Rockin It Old School Choir

 

MARCH

COMEDY: Improv Show! 

Date: Sunday, March 13

Time: 2:00pm

Tickets $10 at the door

After the Ojai Farmers Market ~ Ojai Valley Improv hits the stage with improv comedy show.  For general audiences. Not recommended for small children under the age of 5.  90-minute show. Proceeds benefit the Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio


CONCERT: Patrick Mureithi

 

Date: Sunday, March 20

Time: 6:00pm

Tickets: $10

316 E. Matilija Street

Ojai, CA 93023

Phone: 805-646-4300

www.PatrickMureithi.com

Patrick Mureithi is a Kenyan singer-songwriter who lives in Springfield, Missouri, USA.  His album, This I Believe, is a collection of songs that are influenced by Folk, Delta Blues and Reggae. Concert  features music and storytelling from his life and making of his documentaries in Kenya and Rwanda.  More at www.PatrickMureithi.com #ThisIBelieve

 


APRIL

“A Child Left Behind”

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Date: April 9 & 10

Time: Sat. 7pm, Sun. 2pm

Tickets $25

Venue: OYES Theatre

316 E. Matilija Street

Ojai, CA 93023

Phone: 805-646-4300

Buy tickets for A Child Left Behind

A critically-acclaimed solo performance about special needs, public education and every man’s first teacher. In celebration of Autism Awareness month of April. Written and performed by Alan Aymie.  Directed by Paul Stein. www.alanaymie.com #AChildLeftBehind #AutismAwareness


1st ANNUAL OJAI WINE WALK 

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EVENT DETAILS at www.ojaiwinewalk.com

Date: Saturday, April 16

Time: 5pm – 9pm

Location:  Ojai Arcade and Plaza. Check-in at OYES Theatre

316 E. Matilija Street

Ojai, CA 93023

Phone: 805-669-8045

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Enjoy the charm of Ojai’s Arcade at sunset on the Ojai Wine Walk tour.  Wine tastings will take place in retail locations and feature local and imported wine selections. This year, the OWW will benefit Ojai’s Youth Entertainers Studio.  Kids Care “movie night” provided at OYES theatre for the event.  Proceeds will benefit the Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio.  www.ojaiwinewalk.com  #OjaiWineWalk


Festival – Ojai ShimmyFest!

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Date: Saturday, April 23

Time: 1pm – 6pm / 7pm – 10pm

Venue: OYES Theatre

316 E. Matilija Street

Ojai, CA 93023

Phone: 805-669-8045

Contact: k.knapic@yahoo.com

Ojai’s exciting festival of Middle Eastern dance and music featuring Tribal and traditional belly dance showcases, vendors, music and a nighttime cabaret of mesmerizing Belly Dance performances! Tickets 1pm-6pm $10.  7pm-10pm $20.  Ojai Shimmy Fest will be donating proceeds to Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio. #OjaiShimmyFest

REGISTER and/or  PURCHASE TICKETS for this event.


MAY

“Once On This Island, Jr”

Date: May 5th – 15th

Venue: OYES Theatre

316 E. Matilija Street

Ojai, CA 93023

Phone: 805-646-4300

www.oyesisland.brownpapertickets.com

A HEART-WARMING CARIBBEAN INSPIRED MUSICAL from the TONY Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.  Youth performances for all ages!  Tickets $10.  Reserve your seats at www.oyesisland.brownpapertickets.com #OYES #IslandMusicalOyes


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DATE OF EVENT: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

EVENT NAME: The Peter Brotzmann Quartet In Ojai

DESCRIPTION OF EVENT: An evening with European jazz musicians, playing for the people of Ojai.

TICKET PRICES: $20.00

 

The 39 Steps

December 3, 2015

Presented by The 3 Masketeers

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December 4th-20th
Fridays at 8pm (No show December 11th)
Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm (No matinee show Dec 12th)
Sundays at 2pm

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of laughs and intrigue!

General Admission: $15
SPECIAL 2 for $20 at the door for all matinee shows

VENUE:
OYES Theatre
316 E. Matilija Street
Ojai, CA 93023

 

FAME, JR! 11/6-22

October 19, 2015

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FAME JR – YOUTH PERFORMANCES

“I’m gonna live forever!”

Performance Company:  November 6th, 7th, 8th
Friday 6pm, Saturday 1pm & 5pm, Sunday 2pm

Tigers Cast: November 13th, 14th, 15th
Friday 6pm, Saturday 1pm & 5pm, Sunday 2pm

Lions Cast: November 20th, 21st, 22nd
Friday 6pm, Saturday 2pm & 6pm, Sunday 2pm

TICKETS $10 – General Admission (for all ages)

 

IMPORTANT — OYES TICKETING POLICY:

PLEASE NOTE – NO REFUNDS. OYES THEATRE IS A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE SEATING FACILITY. PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY SO YOU MAY FULLY ENJOY YOUR LIVE THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE. ALL PRE-PURCHASED AND WILL-CALL TICKETS MUST BE CLAIMED BY START OF SHOW (showtime). ANY TICKETS NOT CLAIMED BY START OF SHOW WILL BE RELEASED TO GUESTS ON OUR WAITING LIST.  LATE ARRIVALS MAY NOT BE ACCOMMODATED — Please arrive AT LEAST 15 minutes prior to show start in order to receive the best seating experience. Wheelchair access and seating is available.


TICKETS AVAILABLE THROUGH WWW.oyesfame.BrownPaperTickets.Com


About The Show

A part of the Broadway Junior Collection — The pop-culture phenomenon about the legendary New York High School of the Performing Arts lives on forever!

Conceived and Developed by David De Silva

Book by Jose Fernandez             

Lyrics by Jacques Levy                  

Music by Steve  Margoshes               

Title Song “FAME” written by Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore        

FAME — An unmistakable title from the unforgettable film! Set during the last years of New York City’s celebrated High School for the Performing Arts, Fame JR. is the bittersweet and inspiring story of a diverse group of students who commit to four years of grueling artistic and academic work.  Packed with candor, humor, and insight, and a contemporary pop-score and the HIT SONG Fame JR!

Class Descriptions

August 12, 2015

YOUTH Musical Theatre — REGISTRATION CLOSING  SOON!  AUDITIONS JAN 12-15 (Special extension to JAN 20th for those who qualify) ~ SIGN-UP

Youth participate in a musical production.  Weekly class rehearsals culminate in a weekend of performances on the OYES main stage.  Participants receive instruction for vocal and physical warm-ups, theatre games, stage and musical direction.  Performances are open to the public and tickets for all shows are $10/$12.

AGES 7-11 and 12-15

TOTS Musical Theatre — STARTS JAN 27 ~ SIGN-UP

Taught by Rachel Hunt. Children participate in a weekly class rehearsal and perform in a musical showcase performance on the OYES main stage.

AGES 4-6

YOUTH CHOIR — STARTS JAN 28 ~ SIGN-UP

OYES Youth Choir is Taught by professional singer, Julija Zonic.  Improves musical ear, pitch, and tone!  Special performance opportunities in addition to finale showcase choir performance with live band. For all levels.

Ages: 7-15

YOUTH IMPROV — STARTS FEB 3 ~ SIGN-UP

Instructed by John Medeiros, .  Improv theater games and techniques playfully develop youth drama skills, creative problem solving and team-work abilities!  For all levels.

Instructor, John Medeiros, holds an a BFA in Theatre from UCSB, and has been in various commercials, films, plays, and other projects. John has been a member of various improv groups, including Ventura Improv Company, Straight Up, The Jimmy Mooks, and Ojai Improv Group.  John currently teaches improv at OYES and is the artistic director of Ojai Valley Improv.

Youth Ages 8-13   |   Teens Age 14-17

TECH CLASS (resumes in Fall 2016)

Stagecraft: Hands on crafting a set and working behind the scenes.

Lighting Design: Lessons in basic lighting design, taught by Claire Cleary

Sound Design:  Lessons in special effects sound and operation taught by Megg Sicotte-Kelly and Adam Dunn

Assist backstage during performances (optional).

Ages: 8-14


**SPECIAL EVENT**

August 10, 2015

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Ojai Deer Lodge will host a special fundraising event for the Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio (OYES) on August 17th at 7pm to support their upcoming production of Jonathan Larsons rock-opera, RENT. The Ojai Deer Lodge is located at 2261 Maricopa Highway, Ojai, CA.Teaming up with the Songwriter Showcase at the Ojai Deer Lodge, this event will feature original music by Sam Morris, Bernie Larsen + TD Lind (Tim Arlon), Maclovia and Jeff Uzzel!

Poseidon Brewing Co. will be providing an amazing selection of craft beers never before poured in Ojai. This will be a total tap-takeover with all 11 taps dedicated to Poseidon brews! $1 from every draft beer purchase will be donated to the play, so come thirsty and sample all Poseidon Brewery has to offer! In addition, there will be

free appetizers courtesy of the Deer Lodge and a raffle with
over $1,300 worth of amazing prizes donated by businesses in our gracious community.
Raffle Items graciously donated by:
 
Brenton T. Butler at Montgomery Barber Shop

The Ranch House Ojai
Ojai Valley Inn & Sp

NoSo Vita
Love Heals Jewelry
Michael Saidman Said of Ojai Artisan Woodworkers
Bradley Buley of Ojai Music Works
The Capri Ojai
The Ojai Beverage Company
Bolt and Arrow
The Vine
Arrow Heart Yoga

RENT (OCT 2-25)

August 1, 2015

 

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RENT

October 2nd to 25th
Fridays at 7pm
Saturdays at 2:30pm & 7pm
Sundays at 3pm

Admission $20 (For mature audiences.  Youth under age 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian).  Tickets available at www.oyesRent.BrownPaperTickets.com Or call the 24/7 ticket hotline 800-838-3006

Directed by Kytriena Payseno | Musical Direction by David Gorospe | Choreography by Morgan Healy & Kytriena Payseno | Produced by OYES and Artistic Director, Krista Kim

Set in New York City’s gritty East Village, RENT  tells the unforgettable story of a group of young artists learning to survive, falling in love, finding their voices and living for today.  “Measuring their lives in love,” they strive for success and acceptance while enduring the obstacles of poverty, illness and the AIDS epidemic.  RENT is Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical, and the seventh longest-running show in Broadway history.  OYES has coordinated with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids organization for this event, to raise funds and join in an effort to spread awareness.


REVIEW BY Robert Townsend, Producer/Actor/Director

“As a filmmaker, I have worked with some of the top A-List talent in Hollywood, from Beyoncé to Halle Berry.  When I went to see this production of Rent by the OYES Theatre I didn’t know what to expect, but then as I watched the production I felt like I was watching fine New York theatre. This production of Rent is well directed, well choreographed and it features a cast of future Broadway stars. If you want to get your theatre fix check out this production of Rent.”  


 

IMPORTANT – OYES TICKETING POLICY

  • TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.
  • OYES THEATRE IS A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE SEATING FACILITY.  PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY SO YOU MAY FULLY ENJOY YOUR LIVE THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE.
  • ALL PRE-PURCHASED AND WILL-CALL TICKETS MUST BE CLAIMED BY START OF SHOW (showtime). ANY TICKETS NOT CLAIMED BY START OF SHOW WILL BE RELEASED TO GUESTS ON OUR WAITING LIST.
  • Wheelchair access and seating is available.  Please arrive AT LEAST 15 minutes prior to show start in order to receive the best seating experience.

Click here to see WHO’S WHO IN THE CAST 

OYES theatre has gathered actors from in and around the Ventura, Santa Barbara, and LA areas, creating a diverse cast of players to bring Jonathan Larson’s rock-opera to life. Leading the cast is Matthew Wells (Spring Awakening, NoHo Arts Center) playing documentary filmmaker Mark Cohen. Jason Koch (Rubicon Theatre’s King Lear, Hamlet) and Christian Watts (Wild Party, Out of the Box Theatre Company) will share the role of Mark’s roommate and struggling musician, Roger. Rogers’ love interest, Mimi, has been double cast and will be played by Kirsten Hoj (West Side Story, Rubicon Theatre) and Sophie Holt (singer/songwriter, Hotel Cafe L.A.). Paulina Logan (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Glendale College) and Cassidy Von Kronemann (Peter Pan, Oxnard PAC)  will take on the role of performance artist Maureen, and sharing the role of Maureens’ lover, Joanne Jefferson, are Shylah Ray (singer/songwriter, Ojai) and Ari Batake Cohen (The Drowsy Chaperone, Rubicon Theatre).  Sebastien Montgomery (Shrek, Ojai Art Center) will play drag queen, Angel and A.J. Herrera (Sweeney Todd, Ventura College) will play his lover, Tom Collins. Rounding out the cast is Lucas Caliri (West Side Story, Rubicon Theatre) playing the role of landlord Benjamin “Benny” Coffin III and a strong ensemble cast of OYES theatre veterans and fresh new faces to the Ojai performing arts scene;  Roxanne Abell, Madeleine George, Hannah Comstock, Amanda Russ, Erin Snett, Darbii Bauguss, Avery Colborn, Gavin Floyd, Chris Clark, Matt Roy, and Dustin Hibbard.

Book, Music and Lyrics by JONATHAN LARSON

Over the course of its groundbreaking 12-year New York run, RENT transformed the definition of musical theatre — and changed Broadway forever.  With book, music, and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, RENT is an imaginative retelling of the classic Puccini opera, La Boheme.  Set in New York City’s gritty East Village, Larson’s rock-opera tells the unforgettable story of a group of young artists learning to survive, falling in love, finding their voices and living for today.  “Measuring their lives in love,” they strive for success and acceptance while enduring the obstacles of poverty, illness and the AIDS epidemic.  

MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL

With the permission of the Jonathan Larson Estate, this version of RENT has been adapted for use in schools and other producing organizations. While retaining the dramatic intent of this groundbreaking musical, minimal changes have been made to language and one song [“Contact”] has been deleted.

RENT was originally produced in New York by New York Theatre Workshop and on Broadway

By Jeffrey Seller, Kevin McCollum, Allan S. Gordon And New York Theatre Workshop


SPECIAL THANKS ~ OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION RAFLLE SPONSORS

Blanchesylvia
The Oaks at Ojai
Love Heals
Arrow Heart Yoga
Raskal Turbeville
Studio Sauvageau
The Mob Shop
Kava Home
Primavera Art
Ojai Ice Cream
Bliss Frozen Yogurt

 

Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, Kids

July 15, 2015 - July 11, 2014

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OYES Presents Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, Kids

YOUTH PERFORMANCES – ONE WEEKEND ONLY

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 audiences.

SHOWTIMES 

Friday, July 24 @ 6pm – YOUTH & TOTS CAST
Saturday, July 25 @ 1pm – YOUTH & TOTS CAST
Saturday, July 25 @ 4pm – ***YOUTH ONLY CAST***
Sunday, July 26 @ 1pm – YOUTH & TOTS CAST

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

Tickets $10

 

IMPORTANT – OYES TICKETING POLICY

We have been selling out performances (HOORAY!) Please read our ticket policy:

ALL PRE-PURCHASED/WILL-CALL TICKETS MUST BE CLAIMED BY START OF SHOW (showtime). ANY TICKETS NOT CLAIMED BY START OF SHOW WILL BE RELEASED TO GUESTS ON OUR WAITING LIST.  OYES THEATRE IS A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE SEATING FACILITY.  PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY SO YOU MAY FULLY ENJOY YOUR LIVE THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE.

IMPORTANT – 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
www.MTIShows.com

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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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
805-646-4300

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

OYES 20K 2015

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

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR CAMPAIGN GOALS:

$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!

 

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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.

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

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!

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Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio

316 E. Matilija Street, Ojai, CA 93023

805-646-4300

info@ojaiyes.org

A Year With Frog and Toad

January 21, 2015

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FEBRUARY 20 – MARCH 8

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


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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.

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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.