© 2019 by Performances to Grow On.

Special Event for Families

September 28, 2019 - 2:00pm
Antonio Rocha
Ojai Art Center Gallery        


Rocha (pronounced Haw-sha), is an award-winning storyteller whose unique fusion of mime and spoken word has been presented not only in premier venues in the United States, but also in 15 other countries across 6 continents. With his tenor voice, realistic sound effects and mesmerizing moves, Antonio is sure to tickle your funny bone and delight your soul. Antonio performs tales from around the world with his signature moves and sound effects. This culturally diverse show not only entertains but also addresses matters of communication, self esteem, conflict resolution and respect. Imagination soars as Antonio Rocha creates an incredible world using movement sound effects and great storytelling.

We would like to thank the Western States Arts Federation and the National Endowment for the Arts for their support of this performance.

Adventures in the Performing Arts

2019 - 2020 Season of Shows for Students
October 24, 2019 - 10:00am and 12:00pm
Fall Storytelling Extravaganza with Anne Rutherford,
Peter Cook and Tim Lowry.
The Scherr Forum Theatre (grades K-5)


 Bring your students to a fabulous performance featuring 3 of the nation’s finest storytellers. This will be an experience rich in language and guaranteed to ignite the imaginations of your students. Join deaf storyteller Peter Cook who offers a totally engaging and visual performance, Tim Lowry with a southern style of storytelling steeped in folklore and Anne Rutherford who offers stories from the Pacific Northwest combined with music and vivid characters. The intimate setting of the Scherr Forum is ideal for a performance that will fully engage your students. The 10:00am performance will be geared for primary students and the noon show for grades 3 and above. 


Music, sign-language and unforgettable stories will make this show a winner with your students.

November 6, 2019 - 10:00am
Pout Pout Fish from the award-winning TheatreworksUSA
The Fred Kavli Theatre (grades pre-k to grade 2)           

Turn the poutiest of frowns upside down in this new musical featuring whimsical puppets and live performers in a sweeping oceanic adventure. When Mr. Fish sets out on a quest to find Miss Clam’s missing pearl, he discovers there is more to him than his permanently plastered pout.  This colorful adaptation of the New York Times bestseller is co-conceived, directed and designed by the acclaimed puppeteers of the AchesonWalsh studios whose work was featured in Broadway’s The King and I. 


Turn the poutiest of frowns Upside Down in this sea adventure featuring delightful puppets and catchy music along with a strong self-esteem message for students.

 Curriculum Connections 

  • Communication and Language Arts

  • Music

  • Social Studies



  • Confidence

  • Adventure

  • Friendship

  • Teamwork

February 11, 2020  - 10:00am
We The People
The Fred Kavli Theatre (grades 4 - 8)           

We The People is a musical revue that brings American Civic lessons to life and promises to make Social Studies exciting and accessible.  Students will have a blast learning about the three branches of government, the First Amendment, presidential elections, democracy, the judicial process and more. Barreling through a variety of musical styles relevant to today’s youth, including rock, rhythm-and-blues and hip-hop, We the People instills American pride in audiences of all ages—and perhaps even inspires them to get involved and make a difference.


Social Studies Comes Alive with this play featuring a very hip musical score.

 Curriculum Connections 

  • Communication and Language Arts

  • Music

  • Social Studies



  • History

  • Social Studies

  • American Government

  • Perserverence

  • Overcoming Obstacles

April 7, 2020  - 10:30am
Yao Yao, Brush Theatre of South Korea
The Fred Kavli Theatre (grades k - 3)           


We are delighted to present this internationally renowned company in a performance that is engaging, inspiring and unforgettable .  Yao is a mischievous little girl who loves playing with her dad.  But every morning Daddy has to dress up in his suit, pick up his briefcase and go to work.  One day, Yao, unhappy with her father’s departure grabs his overcoat and accidentally pulls a thread that leads to the start of a magical world of adventure and discovery.  Join Yao on her ingenious journey to find out what’s waiting for her at the end of the thread.  Yao Yao is a playful blend of reality and imagination using interactive screen art technology and live music.


Imaginations soar in Yao Yao in this magical play featuring interactive screen art technology and live music.

Study Guide

Today’s scholars and researchers say creativity is the top skill our kids will need when they enter the work force of the future. We couldn’t agree more, and we salute YOU for valuing the educational and inspirational power of live performance.


We would like to extend an invitation to you and your students to attend some of the wonderful performances scheduled for the coming school year. There is nothing quite like the performing arts to stir the imagination and elicit critical thinking skills in students.


Order Early for the Best Seats. Tickets for shows at both theaters are $10.00 per seat for groups of 10 or more, $15 for individuals. All reservations must be accompanied by an order form and a $100 non-refundable deposit, no exceptions. Full payment must be made 3 weeks prior to the performance. Please make sure your ticket count includes teachers and parent chaperones. Parents purchasing tickets after the initial school order will be charged the individual rate unless they purchase tickets as a group of at least 10. All children regardless of age must have a ticket.


There is a $4 handling fee per order (not per ticket) for tickets purchased online, by phone, or by mail.


PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase tickets for one of the shows in the Adventure series, you will not receive a printed ticket. Your name will be placed on a list that the ushers will have on the show day. Simply give them your name and you will be seated. Seating is general.

Your seat location at the Fred Kavli Theatre is determined by the order in which we receive full payment.  You will be assigned a particular section of the theater based on the date of payment, but your actual seats within that section, will be determined by your arrival time at the venue.

Your seat location at the Scherr Forum Theatre is determined by the order in which you arrive at the venue.

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza requests that schools do not bring lunches to the facility.

Click Here for More Information regarding schools arriving by bus and where groups can eat lunch.