June 2019

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THEATRE... We are thrilled to present our summer musical, MAMA MIA. As the title song goes: “My, my, how can I resist ya?” Jam packed with energy and sheer fun, this singing and dancing tribute brings to life the timeless music of the worldwide phenomenon known as ABBA! Directed by veteran actor and director, Tracy Williams Sutton who has chosen a cast of 27 talented singers and dancers including Asunta Fleming in the lead. The dates are June 14 through July 14. Times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Reservations recommended. Purchase tickets online (preferred) or call 805-640-8797. It is guaranteed you will leave the theater humming.

(See "Coming Up" section below for Seussical the Musical audition information.)
ACTING CLASSES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE... A summer program geared to teach young people the principles of acting will take place this summer at the Ojai Art Center Theater. Led by acting teacher David Nelson Taylor, this will be a six-week intensive workshop to develop all aspects needed to understand and learn the principles of developing characters and scene work, ending with a short performance.
David Nelson Taylor trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.  He spent 18 years in NYC as a stage and screen actor, six years as a head teacher in NYC with students of all ages and backgrounds. He spent eight years as a personal, private tutor.  An accomplished actor, communicator and collaborator, he is also the founder/teacher of ImpAct Ojai, which explores and teaches the fundamentals of acting and improvisation. Classes begin on June 18th and run through July 25th, every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon, with a 15-minute break in each session. Classes are for students aged 12-16.    A nominal charge of $10 per class works out to $120 for the six-week session. Classes limited to 16 students and the slots are beginning to fill.  For more information or to register for the classes, please contact David Nelson Taylor at or call him at 917-334-8218.


ART... An exhibit of textile and fiber art from the renowned Central California artist group, Fibervision, will open on Saturday, June 8th and extend through Tuesday, July 2nd.  Fibervision is a group of 25 Santa Barbara area artists whose focus is contemporary art quilts, non-woven tapestries and fabric surface design. This unique and diverse exhibit includes varied techniques of art created from textiles. Fabrics have been painted, dyed, burned, bleached, beaded, stamped and stitched. Works by Fibervision artists have been shown locally at the Santa Barbara Architectural Foundation, the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art, the Museum of Ventura County and the Faulkner Gallery at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, among many others. Fibervision artists have also been honored to have their work juried into numerous prestigious national shows, and works by the artists are held in collections both domestically and abroad. An artists’ reception will be held on Saturday, June 15,  4 – 6 p.m.
More to look forward to - This year’s August gallery exhibit is titled “Ojai Summer Open.” It will be an open themed show. All artists are invited to participate. Take in date is Friday, August 2, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 805-646-0117 for more info. 

If you are into blues music, this is the event for you! Spend the day and evening of June 1st at the OAC listening to some world-class blues, the fun begins at 1:00 p.m. and goes into the evening. Cocktails and food will be available. Performing will be: Crooked Eye Tommy, Rae Gordon, Laurie Morvan Band, Orphan Jon & The Abandoned, Kelly's Lot. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. All ages welcome. Come, relax and enjoy lots of great music! Tickets: $25 in advance, $35 at the door. To purchase tickets in advance online, click this link. Questions about the event, email Tommy Marsh.
LITERARY... A few years ago, Norbert Soski had a lunchtime conversation with a good friend about how to contain all the aspects of life in a 4-inch attaché case. Well, he is an engineer, after all. Many people talk about change and the need for it. But how can you affect change? What must you know about who you are to make change happen? Clearly, a need arose for an operational manual for one’s life – a manual that would fit into that 4-inch attache that you could “take with,” as it were. Thus, was born “Only Human,” a book that teaches us how to understand our internal human operating system (iHOS).  Comparing human nature to that of a computer, the book integrates human spirituality with the world of science and engineering, identifying practical solutions we can explore and apply in our daily lives. “Only Human” looks at human nature from that engineering perspective. His career as an engineer, coupled with being a student of spirituality and personal growth for over 30 years, shaped this new approach to improving the lives of others in his book and in his iHOS talks around the country. Please join Soski on Monday, June 10th, at 7:00 p.m. for his talk on how he used his engineering background and applied it to his unique approach to writing this fascinating book. His talk will be followed by a Q&A, a reception and book signing. Suggested donation, $5.00
COMING UP… Auditions for an intergenerational cast of Seussical the Musical.
Many roles for boys and girls, men and women, ages 7-adult. Young ones must be able to read play scripts. Prepare 16 bars on any song; dress for dance movement; sides will be provided on arrival. Bring a headshot and one page resume. Auditions: Sunday August 18 4:30-7 pm or Monday August 19 6-8 pm or Tuesday August 20 6-8 pm. Rehearsals will be in the evenings Monday through Thursday, August, September, early October. Then Monday through Friday October and November. Performance dates November 22-December 15. Email for more information and to schedule an audition date and time.



  • MUSIC TOGETHER, 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 4:30 PM, 5:30 PM, KATIE DOKMO, 850-240-4292 
  • DANCING WITH PARKINSON'S, 1:00 - 2:00 PM, JEANINE AMES, 805-207-5225
  • LEARNING TO READ MUSIC, 3:30 PM, ages 4-6 yrs, KATIE DOKMO, 850-240-4292 
  • ARGENTINE TANGO, 7:00 - 10:00 PM, STEPHEN BAUER, 805-646-7355 (1st & 3rd Mon]
  • LIFE DRAWING, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM, AARON WESTERBERG, 661-678-3634
  • VICTORY PACIFIC AIKIDO, 4:00 - 6:30 PM, THOMAS JONES, 805-640-5311
  • DEVADANCE, 8:00 - 10:00 PM, JAMI DEVA, 808-365-2221
  • MUSIC TOGETHER, 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 4:00 PM, KATIE DOKMO, 850-240-4292
  • OIAI DANCE, 7:00 - 8:00 PM, PAUL SULZMAN, 323-273-7285
  • LIFE DRAWING, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM, RICHARD FRANKLIN, 805-646-2770
  • VICTORY PACIFIC AIKIDO, 4:00 - 6:30 PM, THOMAS JONES, 805-640-5311
  • IMPROV, 11:00 AM  - 1:00 PM, JOHN MEDEIROS. 818-648-9540 (RR)
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