Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio
316 E. Matilija Street
Ojai, CA  93023

(805) 646-4300
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Year Founded:
    1997
Description:
   When Theater 150 artistic directors Chris (the brains) and Deb (the heart) decided to move the nonprofit theater into roomier surrounds, a Ford dealership, an old church, and a funeral home were among the contenders. The funeral home won. The engaged couple that work by the words of Orson Wells—“Don’t give them what you think they want; give them what they never thought was possible”—considered it a fitting venue. “They’ve done a remarkable job revitalizing the best theater in Ojai,” says local actor Peter Fox, echoing the words of many theater lovers in the community. Now with twice as many seats to fill, Chris and Deb are looking toward the future. They plan on working with Ojai schools to offer more classes for kids, as well as improving the quality of their already topnotch productions. In a poignant act of serendipity, the duo met at Theater 150. That was seven years ago, when actor Chris read for a part in Deb’s playwright debut. Nowadays they work together seamlessly, utilizing distinct talents to strengthen their working relationship.
    For more that 11 years, Theater 150 audiences have enjoyed though-provoking productions featuring the exemplary work of the best actors in an intimate setting. This combination, which is singularly Theater 150 would not be possible without the generous support of our donors. With your donation, you are safeguarding the Theater 150 difference.
    The Friends of Theater 150 was formed in the Fall of 2006 as a support organization for our dedicated patrons to ensure the financial stability of the theater. The response has been magnificent. Being a Friend of Theater 150 comes with certain advantages for different donation levels. Friends at all levels, however, share in one great benefit: They are seated first, guaranteeing them the best selection at our mainstage shows.
Non-Profit Category:
    Arts, Culture, Attractions, Entertainme


   
Location Type:
    Theatre Companies
General Business Classification:
    Arts, Music, Entertainment, Festivals
    Categories:
    Dramatic Arts - Misc.
    Leisure Activities - Misc.
    Live Music
    Music - Misc.
    Theatre Companies
    Theatres: Live
    Theatrical Managers & Producers
    Venues - Misc.

Legal Entity:
    Non-Profit
Number of Employees:
    Less than 10
Annual Sales:
    < $100,000
Handicapped Accessible?
    Yes
Smoking?
    Some restrictions
Cell Phones & Pagers?
    Some restrictions
Cameras/Recording Equip.?
    Some restrictions
Pets Allowed?
    No
Guided Tours?
   
Classes Offered?
    Yes.

www.ojaiyes.org
 Recent Buzzes!!
8/25/14 - Save the Date! Audition Workshop Intro with Krista Kim - Artistic Director -- 8/28
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Get an introduction to the audition process for our musical productions.
For all ages !!
Fall 2014 OPEN HOUSE Discover OYES | New Classes! Thursday AUG 28 5pm-6pm Audition Workshop Intro 5:15pm Meet the teachers and tour the theater!
Presented by ... Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio
Venue ... Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio  Email
9/6/12 - Tomorrow & Saturday -- Forbidden Ojai
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This Broadway Review to benefit the Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio features music from Chicago, Legally Blonde, Spring Awakening and many more. See some of Ojai’s rising stars as they perform songs from the Broadway musicals they love.
Friday and Saturday, Sept 7 & 8 at 8pm. Tickets just $10 and available at the door or by calling 646-4300.
Venue: Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio (O-YES).  Website
8/9/12 - Opening Night! -- The Provoked Wife -- Friday, August 10
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The Provoked Wife is a bawdy, restoration-era comedy by Sir John Vanbrugh. Written in 1697, the play is about a wife trapped in an abusive relationship who must choose between leaving her perfectly respectable lifestyle or taking a younger lover.
Friday, August 10 is our opening night gala. $25 with afterparty. All other performances are just $18.
Venue: Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio (O-YES).  Website
4/17/12 - The Household Gods -- April 20 & 21
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The Household Gods - Reality Distortion Field...Songs From The Off Side Of Kilter Special Guests Deep Bob & Shallow Mark And Tara Jeffery
Venue: Ojai Youth Entertainers Studio (OYES).  Website
12/22/11 - Final Two Performances! The Emperor's New Clothes -- December 14
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Have You Seen The Emperor's New Clothes at Theater 150? (Only a fool wouldn't see them!) Final Two Performances Thursday 12/22 at 7pm & Friday 12/23 at 8pm.   Website
12/14/11 - A Holiday Pantomime for the Whole Family -The Emperor's New Clothes
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Theater 150 presents Ojai's take on the traditional British Christmas Pantomime.
An uproarious, slapstick, musical extravaganza full of audience participation, singing and sight gags that's guaranteed fun for kids and adults alike.
Venue: Theater150.  Website
9/22/11 - From Earth to Glory: A Musical Journey through Sacred Songs of the Negro Spirituals -- September 24
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With a cast of some of the best choir songsters from African American churches throughout the Los Angeles basin, From Earth to Glory, a collaborativepresentation of Civil Society and Rae's Place in Ojai in association with Theater 150, is expected to raise the roof with the soulful and explosive sounds of African American slaves in search of Spirit. Anyone of any culture or spiritual tradition who seeks Spirit - or spirit - in these contemporary hard times is invited to come experience the shared quest for a sacred place of comfort through heartfelt music. Come prepared to tap your feet, wail and rejoice. ----- Venue: Theater150.  Website
9/9/11 - Writing Workshop
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Explore practical ways to disentangle yourself from critical voices that keep you from writing. Challenge the whole notion of writer's block and make sure that you never have a reason not to sit down and write. Look at new ways to crack the essence of character, relationship and story. Work to establish a regular writing practice and to live each day in the world as a writer. This is the perfect opportunity to work through a block, reinvigorate your writing, find your voice, rediscover a sense of play and/or gain some new and very practical tools to keep you writing long after the class is over. FREEING THE WRITER with Deb Norton Mondays, 7-10pm, 9/12-11/14 $325/10 weeks  Website
8/4/11 - Pay what you Can ! All weekend Long!
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Alida, a reclusive fiction writer, is diagnosed with dementia and must depend upon Beth, a troubled young caretaker, to complete her autobiography. In a symbiotic battle of wills, the two delve into the dark woods of Alida's past, unearthing a secret tragedy that shatters their notions of language, loneliness and essential self. Filled with wry humor, Breadcrumbs is a surprising, compassionate and moving story that transcends tragedy to explore the larger mysteries of identity, family, trust and love. ----- Written by Jennifer Haley Directed by Jessica Kubzansky With Anne Gee Byrd and Brook Masters July 8th-24th Thursday the 7th and Friday the 8th - Previews - $15 Saturday the 9th - Premiere Opening Night - $50 Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm - $29 Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm - $22 Saturday the 16th at 8pm: Talkback with director and cast after the show!   Website
7/28/11 - PAY WHAT YOU CAN! Night One night only - TOMORROW - Friday the 28th at 8pm
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Alida, a reclusive fiction writer, is diagnosed with dementia and must depend upon Beth, a troubled young caretaker, to complete her autobiography. In a symbiotic battle of wills, the two delve into the dark woods of Alida's past, unearthing a secret tragedy that shatters their notions of language, loneliness and essential self. Filled with wry humor, Breadcrumbs is a surprising, compassionate and moving story that transcends tragedy to explore the larger mysteries of identity, family, trust and love. ----- Written by Jennifer Haley Directed by Jessica Kubzansky With Anne Gee Byrd and Brook Masters July 8th-24th Thursday the 7th and Friday the 8th - Previews - $15 Saturday the 9th - Premiere Opening Night - $50 Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm - $29 Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm - $22 Saturday the 16th at 8pm: Talkback with director and cast after the show!   Website
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