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Questions and Faqs regarding the Oakland Center and Kids First Initiative

Find answers to questions you may have regarding the Oakland Center, Kids First or other details regarding our programs.  We strive to be transparent to the public and hope that our answers do assist you.

If you don't see an answer to a question you may have, feel free to contact us via email.


What are your hours, address and phone?

Oakland Center for the Arts
4749 South Ave.
Youngstown, OH 44512
330-406-0606

10-5 Weekdays   10-4 Saturday   Closed on Sunday unless a show on the calendar. Our staff may not be near the phone, so leave a message and we will return your call.

Do you charge each child to participate in a production?

No, it is our belief that we are a non-profit which wants to engage many more kids, from all backgrounds to participate in our educationally-based theatre and life skills program.

Do you offer Acting Classes?

We currently are setting up classes for later 2019.  At this time, we would ask to email or call us regarding our Theatre classes.

Do you offer classes for Musical Theater?

We currently are setting up classes for later 2019.  At this time, we would ask to email or call us regarding our Musical Theatre classes.

What should the children come prepared for an audition with? Is there a certain requirement, such as a song from one of the plays or may they prepare a song of their choosing?

For their audition, they may pick any song of their choice, or from the auditioning production. Have your music on a CD or cellphone.  Be prepared to speak from a script if auditioning for a lead part.

What ages are you looking for in productions?

We accept kids from 4 and up, depending on their maturity and comfort level.

When do you have rehearsals for productions?

Every production is different. Some need more time, and others not as much.  We typically have rehearsals for 4-6 weeks prior to its showtime. We have an initial meeting with parents and kids to work out those details. We understand that sometimes they just can't be at the rehearsal, due to other conflicts.  We just ask for open communication, when a conflict arises, especially if they have a speaking part in the production.

Are there any adult roles in upcoming productions?

We will definitely have adult roles in Cinderella, A Christmas Story the musical, and The King and I in our 2020 Season starting in October 2019.