Musical Theater Program

OYES produces musical theater for varying age groups (4-6, 7-11, 12-17). These are fully realized productions that perform on the OYES Youth Center Stage at the Ojai Valley Community Church campus. OYES’s after-school musical theatre and drama enrichment programs operate similarly to an after-school dance, music, or sports program.

Weekly rehearsals include drama exercises and games to build performance skills, and rehearsal time to learn music, staging, and choreography for the show.

All participants registered in the program, receive a role in the production. Auditions for placement are held during the first week of production.


ABOUT THE SHOW

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Based on one of Roald Dahl’s most poignantly quirky stories, Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach JR. is a brand new take on this "masterpeach" of a tale.  Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic.

When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way. From the center of the gigantic fruit, comes a life-changing journey and fantastic discoveries for James and his unlikely crew.

Production Design for JGP is inspired by the Steampunk genre.

Steampunk ideas here and here


Read Before You Register

OYES Musical Theater Program IMPORTANT INFORMATION BEFORE YOU REGISTER

VOLUNTEER COMMITMENT - OYES is a nonprofit organization supported by a team of volunteer participation.  A refundable volunteer deposit check in the amount of $75 will be due at your audition or first rehearsal. To join the volunteer team, parents sign up for at least one "Volunteer Spot" (volunteer leadership opportunities as well as easy one-time-only spots such as distributing posters, theater tidiness, concessions, box-office and more).  Volunteer deposits are fully refundable upon sign-up and completion of your volunteer commitment.

ABOUT CASTING - We’re here to enjoy the experience! Our goal is to provide participants the tools they need to participate in an ensemble, and have a fantastic time learning and growing in this group process. We aim to provide as much stage time as possible to every participant, and encourage our cast members to be part of an ensemble group no matter what role they are cast to play. The casting process takes into consideration various factors including presentations at audition, experience, training, passion, growth, commitment to rehearsals and practice, roles previously played, and last but definitely not least, the chemistry of the cast over all.

The production team maintains the privilege of casting the show as they see fit, and intend to create a well-balanced cast. Please encourage your child to embrace their casting, and remember, there are no small parts.

CANCELLATION POLICY - Any cancellations must be made within 48 hours of registration in order to receive a refund of the tuition fees, minus a $50 cancellation fee. Tuition fees are non-refundable if registration is canceled after 48 hours of the time of registration. 100% of tuition fees returned if classes canceled by  OYES.

Planning for the production is based on enrollment.  Participation in a musical production requires dedication to learning music, choreography, staging, and lines.  In emergency or extenuating circumstances, fee credits and additional refund options may be considered.


auditions

All participants registered in the program, receive a role in the production. Auditions for placement take place in the presence of the directors/instructors only. Audition song and instructions provided upon registration. Recommended:  1-minute monologue in addition to the audition song.  Be prepared to move and have fun!

Bring your calendar to auditions. Schedule conflicts are required at the time of auditions.

Book your audition at the time of registration.

AUDITION SCHEDULE: FEB 25 - FEB 28

  • Mon - Feb 25 | 4-6:30pm - Lions Cast (Grade 2-6th, age 7-11)

  • Tue - FEB 26 | 4-6:30pm - Tigers Cast (Grade 2-6th, age 7-11)

  • Wed - Feb 27 | 5:30-8:00pm - Performance Company (Grade 7th-12th, age 13-17)

  • Thu - Feb 28 | 4-6:30pm - Bears Cast (Grade 3rd-6th, Age 9-12)


Registration is by cast. Choose a cast and book the audition at the time of registration.

LIONS CAST (AGE 7-11)  

MAR 4 - JUN 9

  • Weekly Rehearsals: Mondays

  • Time: 3:30-6:00pm

  • Saturday Rehearsals:

    • 3/23 @ 9am-12pm

    • 3/30 @ 9am-11am

    • 5/11 @ 9am-12pm

  • Tech week rehearsals: June 3, 4, 5, 6 @ 3:30pm-6:30pm

  • Performances: JUN 7, 8, 9

  • Showtimes: Fri & Sat 6pm, Sat & Sun 2pm, $10 tickets


TIGERS CAST (AGE 7-11) 

MAR 5 - JUN 2

  • Weekly Rehearsals: Tuesdays

  • Time: 3:15-5:45pm

  • Saturday Rehearsals:

    • 3/23 @ 12:30pm-3:30pm

    • 3/30 @ 11am-1pm

    • 5/11 @ 12:30pm-3:30pm

  • Tech week rehearsals: MAY 27, 28 @ 5:30-8:15pm, MAY 29, 30 @ 3:30pm-6:30pm

  • Performances: MAY 31, JUN 1, 2

  • Showtimes: Fri & Sat 6pm, Sat & Sun 2pm, $10 tickets

BEARS CAST (AGE 9-12)

MAR 5 - may 26

  • Weekly Rehearsals: Tuesdays

  • Time: 5:45pm-8:15pm

  • Saturday Rehearsals:

    • 3/16 @ 9am-12pm

    • 3/30 @ 1pm-4pm

    • 5/4 @ 9am-12pm

  • Tech week rehearsals: May 20, 21 @ 5:30pm-8:30pm, May 22, 23 5pm-8pm

  • Performances: May 24, 25, 26 (Memorial Weekend)

  • Showtimes: Fri & Sat 6pm, Sat & Sun 2pm, $10 tickets

PERFORMANCE COMPANY CAST (AGE 13-17)

MAR 6 - MAY 19

  • Weekly Rehearsal: Wednesdays

  • Time: 5:30-8:00pm

  • Saturday Rehearsals:

    • 3/16 @ 12:30-3:30pm 

    • 3/30 @ 1pm-4pm

    • 5/4 @ 12:30-3:30pm

  • Tech week rehearsals: May 13, 14 @ 6pm-9pm, May 15, 16 @ 5pm-9pm

  • Performances: May 17-19

  • Showtimes: Fri & Sat 6pm, Sat & Sun 2pm, $10 tickets

SCHEDULE

(BY CAST)


TUITION

Lions, Tigers, Bears, and PC Casts

$385 Early / $415 after FEB 24

Costume Fee: $35

Volunteer Deposit: $75

  • Payments - Payment arrangements in 2 or 3 installments available. INSTRUCTIONS: Use code PAY2 or PAY3 when registering. Bring post dated checks to your audition dated: MAR 5 (payment), APR 2 (balance) Email registration@ojaiyes.org for more info.

  • Scholarships - Limited scholarships available for those who qualify. Please email registration@ojaiyes.org for an application. Applications due by FEB 24.

  • Waitlist - Space is limited. If a cast is full, please join the waitlist.

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If a cast is full, please join the waitlist - CLICK HERE


The Story of James and the Giant Peach (Age 4-6)

MAR 13 - JUN 9

  • Weekly Rehearsals: Wednesdays

  • Time: 2:45-4:00pm

  • Showcase Performance: Sunday, June 9 @11am

Children participate in a weekly class rehearsal -- learning music, staging, and playing theatre games. Rehearsals culminate in a showcase performance! No audition required for Tots cast. 

 

TUITION

$335

Costume Fee $35

Volunteer Deposit: $75

  • Payment plans available.  Please email registration@ojaiyes.org

  • Space is limited. If cast is full, please sign-up for waitlist via registration@ojaiyes.org  

  • Limited scholarships available for those who qualify. Please email registration@ojaiyes.org for an application. Applications due by 2/24/19

RETURNING STUDENTS REGISTRATION IS OPEN FEB 9

NEW STUDENTS PLEASE JOIN THE REGISTRATION EMAIL LIST TO RECEIVE NOTICE WHEN REGISTRATION OPENS - CLICK HERE

 

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