Nala, from the Lion King Jr in 2019 production in Youngstown, Ohio.

Bringing up a new generation of young, talented, creative actors!

Since reopening in 2015, the Oakland Center for the arts has been reintroducing the scope of theatre that was performed there from its inception. Though currently, youth theater has been the predominant focus, we plan to bring back unique productions and shows that drew people to the Oakland in years prior.
Here are all of the previous listings of productions since we opened our online website.

Events Archive

Camp Showbiz 2020
Event Date Sun-Jun-07-2020 8:00 am
Event End Date Sun-Jun-07-2020 2:00 am
Individual Price Discounts for additional youths.
2nd Annual Acorn Project David j El'Hatton Memorial scholarship fundraiser

2nd Annual Oakland Acorn Projects David J.El' Hatton Scholarship Spaghetti Dinner.

Dinner Includes salad, rolls and butter, spaghetti with homemade sauce, homemade meatball, coffee or Iced tea, and dessert table. Soda and bottled water available at an additional cost.


There will be live entertainment throughout the day, provided by Kids First. Last year we were able to provide a $1500.00 Scholarship to graduating senior from our program Alex Sanders to YSU.

Prices $10 Adults, $7 kids, and/or upgrade to our homemade Chicken Parmesan for an additional $5.00.

We will also be holding a 50/50 and basket raffle.

For those who can not attend but would like to make a donation may within our shopping cart.

Event Date Thu-May-07-2020 10:00 am
Event End Date Thu-May-07-2020 8:00 am
Individual Price $8.00
N.E. Ohio's Got Talent Showcase
Not a competition this is a showcase for the area. Do you dance, sing, are you a comedian, puppeteer, or have a secret talent and always wanted to be on stage? Here is a great no-pressure way to get on stage. The rehearsal process will be minimal, and it runs for one weekend only.  
The kids first kids will perform a special salute to Disney throughout the show, and will spotlight some of their very talented kids, who will also offer some solo and group numbers.
Event Date Fri-Apr-24-2020 7:30 pm
Event End Date Fri-Apr-24-2020 9:30 pm
Individual Price $15 $13 $5
Auditions for Disney's DESCENDANTS
Auditions for Disney's DESCENDANTS
The Oakland Center and Kids First are one of the first theatre organizations that got the rights to perform this new series of Disney's movies for kids and youths of all ages.  Kids First kids are SO excited about hearing the news and we have a large interest in the production.
We are seeking the best area theaters, schools, and community centers actors, singers, and dancers!
We need a very large ensemble and bring the spirit of Disney and the Descendants to the Youngstown area.
Over 20 roles with speaking parts!  This is the production we want you to participate in!  We expect big crowds for this show.
Event Date Wed-Mar-25-2020 6:30 pm
Event End Date Wed-Mar-25-2020 9:30 pm
Individual Price Free to the public
NE Ohio's Got Talent Auditions

NE Ohio's Got Talent Auditions

Auditioning Singers, Dancers, Musicians, Comics, and any unique Talent 
ages 4-adult
March 11, 12 6:30-?
Performance 1 weekend only 
April 25,26,27 4749 South Ave in Boardman
Featuring Oakland's Kids First Salute Disney
Show the talents you have to the entire community!
For more information: 330-406-0606
Oakland Center for the Arts 
4749 South Ave, Boardman, Ohio 44512
Event Date Wed-Mar-11-2020 6:30 pm
Event End Date Thu-Mar-12-2020 9:00 pm
Individual Price Free to the public
A Christmas Story, the Musical
A Christmas Story, the Musical
December 13,14,15, 2019
December 20,21,22, 2019
Fri - Sat: 7:30pm
Sun: 2:30pm
Adults: $15.00
Seniors: $13.00
Students: $5.00

Back again for another year of Christmas Cheer
by popular demand!
Directed by Brendan Byers
 -Jake Platt returning as Ralphie.
 -James Matig - Randy
 -Jessica Joerndt - the Mother
 -Heather Livesay - Miss Shields
 -Justin Sargent - the Old Man
 -Tom McGoogan - Jean
And a huge group of adults and kids in the cast

Event Date Fri-Dec-13-2019 7:30 pm
Event End Date Fri-Dec-13-2019 9:30 pm
Individual Price $5 $13 $15
Disney's FROZEN Jr.

Frozen Jr.
Directed by Maureen Donofrio and Music Direction by Donna Downie

Kids First Theater has been rehearsing for several weeks preparing for this epic production of Frozen Jr.  (Frozen 2 being released shortly thereafter in theaters.)

The enchanting modern classic from Disney is ready for the Youngstown area and the Oakland Center is bringing it to you first!  Frozen JR. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production.

Event Date Fri-Oct-25-2019 7:30 pm
Individual Price NA
Beauty and the Beast - Our Summer Disney Spectacular!

Directed by: Brendan Byers

Runs August 9,10,11 - 16,17,18, 2019

There's the sublime beauty of a forgotten world and the promise of happily-ever-after to draw you to one of your favorite fairy tales, once again. Give it an encore.

Long ago in a French kingdom, there lived a spoiled and selfish Prince (Dan Stevens) in a castle where he would throw big parties with all his royal subjects. One night, an old beggar woman entered his castle and offered the Prince

There's the sublime beauty of a forgotten world and the promise of happily-ever-after to draw you to one of your favorite fairy tales, once again. Give us an encore at a Kids First Theater Production

Event Date Fri-Aug-09-2019 7:30 pm
Individual Price NA
YSU Summer Festival of the Arts

The Oakland Center will be at the YSU Summer Festival of the Arts this weekend and introducing ourselves again to the public.  Kids from Kids First Theater Initiative will be on the stage performing from many of our recent productions this year, Lion King Jr, Adventures of Flat Stanley,A Christmas Story and others. We will have staff members there to answer any questions regarding our programs at the Oakland Center.  2019-2020 Season are going to offer more area premieres of productions never seen in this area before.

Also, we are closing our show, GODSPELL this Sunday afternoon, and will have tickets for sale on site.

Event Date Sat-Jul-13-2019 10:00 am
Individual Price Free to the public
GODSPELL! Iconic Musical coming to Youngstown

Kids First Theater is gearing up for a great musical from the 1970s.

Directed by Donna Downie

Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden), and it took the world by storm. Led by the international hit, "Day by Day," Godspell features a parade of beloved songs, including "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All for the Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side."

A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables.

Event Date Fri-Jul-05-2019 7:30 pm
Individual Price NA