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  • By participating in a youth drama class, your child may experience teamwork, body and mind awareness, communication skills, and a thrill of performing on stage, which can trigger confidence, empathy, giggles, spontaneous creativity, and extreme fun.  Common side effects of youth drama enrichment programming associated with Youth Improv, the study of the English Dialects, or singing in Chorus, can cause what is commonly known as "the bug" (as in, "she got the bug").  Please be prepared. 





What is theatre? Students explore the art of telling stories through live acting.

Creating an Ensemble. Students learn to work together, build trust, and to involve every member in a performance.

Movement and Space. Students explore pantomime and movement to help tell a story.

Character Development. Students explore what makes characters unique and how to create compelling characters onstage.

Voice. Students learn the importance of articulation, projection and voice variation.
Listening and Reacting. Students learn to understand how being present, listening and reacting are an important part of being an actor.

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This is a listing of our exciting Fall/Winter drama and enrichment classes for kids ages 7 and up.  To leave the class registration page and enroll in The Lion King, Jr (ages 7-15) -- CLICK HERE


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Fun With Dialects!

Taught by John Medeiros, BFA Theatre

Sept 19 - Nov 14 

  • Recommended for ages 10-14
  • Mondays, 6:15-7:15pm
  • Showcase Nov 16
  • Cost $155

Accents & Dialects 1 & 2 : 

The key to mastering any dialect is learning the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). In this 9-week class, John teaches an introduction and review of the IPA and applies it to various european English accents. Actors of  all ages often take shortcuts to quickly imitate a dialect in an audition situation, but with these fundamentals under your belt, you’ll have the tools necessary to learn any dialect.

Fun and enriching experience tailored for young actors!!  Culminates in a showcase event.



Taught by John Medeiros, BFA Theatre

Sept 21 - Nov 16 

  • Age 8-14
  • Wednesdays 6:15pm-7:15pm
  • Showcase November 16
  • Cost: $135

Improv theater games and techniques playfully develop youth drama skills, creative problem solving and team-work abilities!  Students explore the concepts and skills of improv through games and exercises.  Culminates in a showcase performance for family and friends! Only 10 spaces available.   For all levels.



OYES Youth Chorus

 Directed by Julija Zonic

Sept 15 - Dec 11 

Sing your heart out! OYES' Youth Chorus is lead by professional singer, Julija Zonic, Youth Choir Director. Young singers will nurture healthy vocal technique, while  improving musical ear, pitch, and tone! Showcase performances are joined by Rockin' It Old School Senior chorus and backed by live band for a concert experience.  This course provides skilled vocal performance technique for all levels. Tickets to showcase performance $10. 

  • AGES 7-11
  • Thursdays 5:00-6:00pm
  • Performance:  DEC 11 (tickets $10)
  • Tuition $75


TOTS Musical Theatre ~ The Lion King 

 Instructors: Marin Valerio and Kimberly Rogers

Sept 19-Jan 29

  • Age 4-6
  • Mondays
  • 3:00pm-3:50pm
  • Showcase Performance: January 29 
  • Cost: $325

Payment plans available.  Please email


    LK Ensemble Chorus


Instructor/Directed by: Julija Zonic

Starts in September.  Performance December 11 with the OYES Winter Concert, and January 13, 14, 15 with the Performance Company Cast of The Lion King, Jr. 

 The Lion King, Jr Ensemble Chorus will learn and sing music from the Broadway Junior Musical, The Lion King, Jr and perform in The Lion King, Jr production. Vocal technique, musical direction and performance technique.  Performance based class.

  • Thursdays
  • 6:15-7:15pm
  • Tech week rehearsals: January 11, 12 @ 6-8:30pm, Jan 19, 26 @ 3:30-6:30pm
  • Showcase performance: December 11
  • Performances: 
    • Scheduled performances: January 13-15 (with the Performance Co cast)
    • Optional performances: January 20, 21, 22 (with the Tigers cast)
    • Optional performances: January 27, 28, 29 (with the Lions cast) 
  • Cost: $125