Shows under consideration for 2019/2020


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Our space is 100% handicapped accessible.
 KIDS under 4 are ALWAYS FREE!

Oakland Center


Audition are a sample performance of associate degree by an  actor, singer, musician, dancer or different entertainer. It usually includes the entertainer showing their ability through a earlier memorized and rehearsed solo piece or playing a piece provided to the actor at or presently before the audition.

Auditions at the Oakland Center are held 2+ months prior to its actual show dates. Our rehearsal schedule goes for 4-6 weeks prior to the show performances, pending the show, number in cast, and complexity of the show.

We encourage kids from 4 through 18 years of age. We also encourage parents of children with autism and other disabilities to come see how theater can make a difference for them.  We have several autistic of varying levels who have made some achievements for themselves with the parents seeing some changes in them as a result of the theater activities.


Since kids are put first within our organization, we do our very best to include all who audition a part in a show. 

  • The goal is to see if it is a real interest for child.
  • If they have the commitment it takes to stick with the course of rehearsals and performances.
  • We want to expose kids to theater, as it help with their confidence and gives them new life skills.

We know that many of our cast members come from areas as far as 20 miles to participate in our theater programming in the Youngstown and Boardman areas.  Our theater is near you!  Come and find out how our program can give your kids new life skills.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the audition process, please feel free to email us or contact us at 330-406-0606


The Oakland Center for the Arts is a nonprofit organization and relies on fundraising as a part of our mission to keep the Oakland alive and well.
The average cost of putting a production on is $10K-$12K per show.
We have many people, businesses, and other nonprofits recognize the importance of what we do within the community and for the youths of the Mahoning Valley, Youngstown, and surrounding cities. Some of them have contributed generously to our cause. Without the sponsorship of our organization, we will not be able to bring great quality theater to the area and give youths a chance to bring new life skills and confidence in their daily lives.
Please contact  us for more information at:
To make a tax-deductable donation:
Mail to:
Oakland Center for the Arts
4749 South Ave.
Youngstown, OH 44512
Or use our online store to make your donation.

Oakland Center for the Arts has a rich tradition of producing great theater with many genres of theatre.  Currently, we have moved our focus to youth theater, life skills, teaching more than acting and music, but more hands-on training on lights, sound, set design, costuming, fundraising, and much more than most any other youth theater company in Ohio. Our goal is to teach more than acting and singing.  The passions of youths extend into the other realms of theatre which they can use in other ways throughout their lives.
But as the community sees our final product, the production/show, the work behind the scenes is much more intensive with responsibilities passed onto each child, youths, and adults to increase attendance, advertising, and awareness to the Oakland Center and Kids First Theater Initiative.
Without the hard work from parents, the kids, and all of our supporters coming to see our performances we wouldn't be able to bring you productions like:
Annie Jr., the Emporer's new clothes, Shrek Jr., Freckleface Strawberry, A Christmas Story, Flat Stanley, Lion King Jr., Godspell, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen Jr., David El' Hatton Scholarship fundraiser, and our Camp Showbiz Summer Camp.

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