Rubicon Theater Company announces three summer youth theater performances under the stars in Ojai


Rubicon Theater Company announces its dramatic return to shows with an eclectic season of three youth theater performances to be presented at the open-air amphitheater at Villanova Preparatory School in Ojai – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shrek the Musical and Les Misérables .

Over 50 young people between the ages of 18 and 21 enthusiastically participated in the Education and Outreach program this summer. The return to performing arts is a huge excitement after the pandemic drove the program completely away last summer.

The program operates under the direction of multi-hyphenated award winner Kirby Ward. Our production design team worked on all three shows with set design by Eliot Ohlemeyer, lighting design by Adam Dunn, sound design by Nichole Baffone, costume design by Abra Flores, technical direction and construction sets by Naomi Miyahara and Scenic Art by Audrey Martel.

While the Rubicon Theater Company itself is located in the cultural district of downtown Ventura, the theater is unable to accommodate the program due to the pandemic and substantial renovations. We are delighted that the Villanova Preparatory School welcomed the program with open arms and that their campus has become a hive of creative activity as the cast, crew and creatives create the magic of the theater with a stunning backdrop. outdoors against the setting sun.

A Midsummer Night’s dream

The season kicks off with Fearless Shakespeare’s presentation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on July 9-10. Under the light of a magical midsummer moon, romance is unleashed as prankster fairies of the forest meddle in the affairs of four young Athenians and a group of amateur actors. One of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, this playful play celebrates the whimsical, dreamlike and at times silly nature of love and desire.

Directed by Joseph Fuqua with text and accompaniment in verse by Louis Lotorto

Shrek the musical Jr.

The season then continues with three performances of Shrek, the Musical, Jr. July 16-18.

A hilarious and joyful musical, adapted for the scene from Dreamworks’ popular animated film about a large green ogre that ventures out of its comfort zone to find out what beauty – inner beauty – really means, and find true love in the process.

Directed and choreographed by Cheryl Baxter-Ratcliff and George Baxter-Ratcliff with musical direction from Billy Thompson.

Wretched

The season will culminate with Les Misérables from August 12 to 15.

This epic and captivating musical masterpiece, set right after the French Revolution, is a gripping story of shattered dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human mind. The exciting sheet music includes “I Dreamed a Dream”, “On My Own”, “Bring Him Home”, “One Day More” and many more.

Directed by Kirby Ward with musical direction by Anthony Lucca

Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.rubicontheatre.org or by calling the box office at 805-667-2900. Tickets cost $ 15 for adults and $ 10 for children (plus service charge).

While our customer service office in Rubicon is not open for in-person purchases, our customer service staff are available from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday by phone. Tickets are available at the door, but advance purchase is encouraged. All performances will take place at Villanova Preparatory School, 12096 N. Ventura Avenue, Ojai, CA 93023