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Jack Oakie

The Jack Oakie
Musical Theatre Workshop

The winner takes it all!


WHO:  Ages 14 to 25
WHEN:  July 11 – August 14
WHERE: Villanova Prep in Ojai, CA
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Over sixty million people around the globe have fallen in love with the characters, the enchanting story and ABBA’s timeless music. Mamma Mia! is the ultimate feel-good show! On the eve of her wedding, a young woman’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited twenty years earlier. Filled with non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers, this enchanting show will be a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!

About the Program
A professional level five-week program under the guidance of award-winning director, choreographer, Broadway actor, and Olivier Award-nominee Kirby Ward. Students in this course spend seven hours a day, six days a week, vigorously training, rehearsing and performing a musical production. During this period, students gain confidence in character interpretation, story structure, movement, vocal production and stagecraft, building a common and supportive bond with their fellow actors. The five weeks culminate in a series of performances in front of a live audience.

(NOTE: An audition is required to enroll in this course.)


Mamma Mia chronicles the story of a single mother and her daughter on the eve of her wedding. The daughter, Sophie, has never known who her father is, but she’s discovered three names mentioned in her mother’s secret diary. She invites all three men to her wedding, hoping it will become evident which of them is her biological father.

The heart of the show is the music of ABBA. That’s the sound we’ll be looking for!

Character Breakdown

Sophie Sheridan
Donna’s headstrong 21-year-old daughter. She’s determined to have what her mother never had: a traditional family and a father to walk her down the aisle. Young, bright and energetic, she’s lived all her life on the island and is ready to leave. (I Have a Dream, Honey Honey, The Name of the Game, Lay All Your Love on Me, Under Attack, among others)

  • Gender: Female
  • Vocal range top: E5
  • Vocal range bottom: F#3

Donna Sheridan

The owner of a Taverna on the Greek island of Kalokairi; She’s Sophie’s mother and the former lead singer of “Donna and the Dynamos.” Honest and hard-working. She delivers some of the biggest songs in the show. (The Winner Takes it All, Slipping Through My Fingers, Dancing Queen, Super Trooper, Money Money Money, among others.)

  • Gender: Female
  • Vocal range top: A5
  • Vocal range bottom: E3

Sam Carmichael
A wealthy architect and potentially Sophie’s father. Sam has regretted leaving Donna all his life and now finds himself divorced and back in her presence. He’s confident and composed. (S.O.S., Thank You for the Music, Knowing Me Knowing You, among others)

  • Gender: Male
  • Vocal range top: Ab4
  • Vocal range bottom: D3

Bill Austin
Another of Sophie’s potential fathers. A well-known travel writer, Bill has visited the far reaches of the earth, but never found what he’s really looking for. Often played with an English or Australian accent. Lots of comedy and a golden heart within. (Thank You for the Music, The Name of the Game, Take a Chance on Me, among others)

  • Gender: Male
  • Vocal range top: F#4
  • Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Harry Bright
A respected London banker and another of Sophie’s potential fathers. Once a head-banging, partying musician. He is quirky, and something of a romantic. A nice guy, determined to make up for some past regrets. (Thank You for the Music, Our Last Summer, among others.)

  • Gender: Male
  • Vocal range top: F#4
  • Vocal range bottom: C#3

Sophie’s fiancé. A former stockbroker who moved to the island in a young version of a mid-life crisis. He’s older than Sophie but smitten by her exotic charm. (Lay All Your Love on Me, among others)

  • Gender: Male
  • Vocal range top: D5
  • Vocal range bottom: Eb3

One of Donna’s oldest and best friends and a member of The Dynamos. Tanya is used to wealth and comfort and has married several millionaires and discovered a lot more about plastic surgery than true love. (Chiquitita, Dancing Queen, Super Trooper, Does Your Mother Know, among others)

  • Gender: Female
  • Vocal range top: E5
  • Vocal range bottom: E3

Donna’s friend and a former member of the Dynamos. She’s unmarried, free-spirited and a renowned author of cookbooks. A character who has developed a confident, funny and self-deprecating exterior which masks her inner vulnerability. (Chiquitita, Dancing Queen, Super Trooper, Take a Chance on Me, among others)

  • Gender: Female
  • Vocal range top: D5
  • Vocal range bottom: E3

Lisa & Ali
Sophie’s friends who have traveled to the island for the wedding. A supporting double-act of bubbly, bridesmaidy excitement. (Honey Honey, among others)

  • Gender: Female
  • Vocal range top: Db5
  • Vocal range bottom: G3

A flirtatious waiter at the Taverna. Energetic and fun-loving. Opportunity for a good dancer. (Take a Chance on Me, among others)

  • Gender: Male
  • Vocal range top: F5
  • Vocal range bottom: A4

A waiter, boatman and handyman at the Taverna. Other half of double-act with Pepper. (Full Company numbers)

  • Gender: Male
  • Age: 20 to 25

Consists of the Islanders, who work at Donna’s, Wedding-Guests.

  • Gender: Any

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Victoria Horne Oakie

The Victoria Horne Oakie
Fearless Shakespeare Program

Go back into the woods in William Shakespeare’s


WHO:  Ages 14 to 25
WHEN:  June 20 – July 16
WHERE: Villanova Prep in Ojai, CA
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For 2022, Rubicon’s Fearless Shakespeare Program returns to the forest for a second season. This time we follow a feisty, cross-dressing heroine in a riotous adventure filled with melodic songs, questionable poetry, mistaken identity, a tartan-clad fool, and laughs aplenty. Will love conquer all, or is it merely a madness? Join the fun and find out!

About the Program
A four-week intensive program designed to demystify Shakespeare for young theatre artists. Under the direction of award-winning actor and Yale Drama graduate Joseph Fuqua, students are immersed in the words and culture of The Bard, rehearsing and performing one of his masterpieces. During the four weeks, participants develop a new appreciation for language and the Art of Acting—delving into script analysis, character development. and performance skills. The Fearless Shakespeare Troupe acquires a sense of teamwork, vocal strength and clarity whilst they build confidence in themselves and become better actors.

(NOTE: An audition is required to enroll in this course.)


Rosalind and her cousin escape into the forest and find Orlando, Rosalind’s love. Disguised as a boy shepherd, Rosalind has Orlando woo her under the guise of “curing” him of his love for her. Rosalind reveals she is a girl and marries Orlando during a group wedding at the end of the play.

Character Breakdown

The daughter of Duke Senior. Rosalind, considered one of Shakespeare’s most delightful heroines, is independent minded, strong-willed, good-hearted, and terribly clever. Rather than slink off into defeated exile, Rosalind resourcefully uses her trip to the Forest of Ardenne as an opportunity to take control of her own destiny. When she disguises herself as Ganymede—a handsome young man—and offers herself as a tutor in the ways of love to her beloved Orlando, Rosalind’s talents and charms are on full display. Only Rosalind, for instance, is both aware of the foolishness of romantic love and delighted to be in love. She teaches those around her to think, feel, and love better than they have previously, and she ensures that the courtiers returning from Ardenne are far gentler than those who fled to it.

The youngest son of Sir Rowland de Bois and younger brother of Oliver. Orlando is an attractive young man who, under his brother’s neglectful care, has languished without a gentleman’s education or training. Regardless, he considers himself to have great potential, and his victorious battle with Charles proves him right. Orlando cares for the aging Adam in the Forest of Ardenne and later risks his life to save Oliver from a hungry lioness, proving himself a proper gentleman. He is a fitting hero for the play and, though he proves no match for her wit or poetry, the most obvious romantic match for Rosalind.

Duke Senior
The father of Rosalind and the rightful ruler of the dukedom in which the play is set. Having been banished by his usurping brother, Frederick, Duke Senior now lives in exile in the Forest of Ardenne with a number of loyal men, including Lord Amiens and Jaques. We have the sense that Senior did not put up much of a fight to keep his dukedom, for he seems to make the most of whatever life gives him. Content in the forest, where he claims to learn as much from stones and brooks as he would in a church or library, Duke Senior proves himself to be a kind and fair-minded ruler.

A faithful lord who accompanies Duke Senior into exile in the Forest of Ardenne. Jaques is an example of a stock figure in Elizabethan comedy, the man possessed of a hopelessly melancholy disposition. Much like a referee in a football game, he stands on the sidelines, watching and judging the actions of the other characters without ever fully participating. Given his inability to participate in life, it is fitting that Jaques alone refuses to follow Duke Senior and the other courtiers back to court, and instead resolves to assume a solitary and contemplative life in a monastery.

The daughter of Duke Frederick and Rosalind’s dearest friend. Celia’s devotion to Rosalind is unmatched, as evidenced by her decision to follow her cousin into exile. To make the trip, Celia assumes the disguise of a simple shepherdess and calls herself Aliena. As elucidated by her extreme love of Rosalind and her immediate devotion to Oliver, whom she marries at the end of the play, Celia possesses a loving heart, but is prone to deep, almost excessive emotions.

Duke Frederick
The brother of Duke Senior and usurper of his throne. Duke Frederick’s cruel nature and volatile temper are displayed when he banishes his niece, Rosalind, from court without reason. That Celia, his own daughter, cannot mitigate his unfounded anger demonstrates the intensity of the duke’s hatefulness. Frederick mounts an army against his exiled brother but aborts his vengeful mission after he meets an old religious man on the road to the Forest of Ardenne. He immediately changes his ways, dedicating himself to a monastic life and returning the crown to his brother, thus testifying to the ease and elegance with which humans can sometimes change for the better.

A clown in Duke Frederick’s court who accompanies Rosalind and Celia in their flight to Ardenne. Although Touchstone’s job, as fool, is to criticize the behavior and point out the folly of those around him, Touchstone fails to do so with even a fraction of Rosalind’s grace. Next to his mistress, the clown seems hopelessly vulgar and narrow-minded. Almost every line he speaks echoes with bawdy innuendo.

The oldest son of Sir Rowland de Bois and sole inheritor of the de Bois estate. Oliver is a loveless young man who begrudges his brother, Orlando, a gentleman’s education. He admits to hating Orlando without cause or reason and goes to great lengths to ensure his brother’s downfall. When Duke Frederick employs Oliver to find his missing brother, Oliver finds himself living in despair in the Forest of Ardenne, where Orlando saves his life. This display of undeserved generosity prompts Oliver to change himself into a better, more loving person. His transformation is evidenced by his love for the disguised Celia, whom he takes to be a simple shepherdess.

A young, suffering shepherd, who is desperately in love with the disdainful Phoebe. Conforming to the model of Petrarchan love, Silvius prostrates himself before a woman who refuses to return his affections. In the end, however, he wins the object of his desire.

A young shepherdess, who disdains the affections of Silvius. She falls in love with Ganymede, who is really Rosalind in disguise, but Rosalind tricks Phoebe into marrying Silvius.

Lord Amiens
A faithful lord who accompanies Duke Senior into exile in the Forest of Ardenne. Lord Amiens is rather jolly and loves to sing.

A professional wrestler in Duke Frederick’s court. Charles demonstrates both his caring nature and his political savvy when he asks Oliver to intercede in his upcoming fight with Orlando: he does not want to injure the young man and thereby lose favor among the nobles who support him. Charles’s concern for Orlando proves unwarranted when Orlando beats him senseless.

The elderly former servant of Sir Rowland de Bois. Having witnessed Orlando’s hardships, Adam offers not only to accompany his young master into exile but to fund their journey with the whole of his modest life’s savings. He is a model of loyalty and devoted service.

Sir Rowland de Bois
The father of Oliver and Orlando, friend of Duke Senior, and enemy of Duke Frederick. Upon Sir Rowland’s death, the vast majority of his estate was handed over to Oliver according to the custom of primogeniture.

A shepherd. Corin attempts to counsel his friend Silvius in the ways of love, but Silvius refuses to listen.

A simpleminded goatherd who agrees to marry Touchstone.

A young country boy who is in love with Audrey.

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Theatre Camp

Set sail for adventure in Disney’s


WHO:  Ages 12 to 14
WHEN: June 27 – July 24
WHERE: Villanova Prep in Ojai, CA
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This thrilling and heartwarming coming-of-age story follows the strong-willed Moana as she sets sail across the Pacific to save her village and discover the truth about her heritage. Accompanied by the legendary demigod Maui, it’s an epic journey of self-discovery and camaraderie as they both learn to harness the power that lies within.

About the Program

This professional level five-week program is guided by award-winning director. This program introduces younger actors to the deeper disciplines involved in putting on a musical production. Following the more rigorous schedule established for Musical Theatre Workshop, Theatre Camp rehearses six days a week for seven hours each day. Students learn and grow through the use of theatre games, dance training, vocal exercise and scene study, preparing them for the more advanced levels of theatre that will carry them through to our older programs, all while putting on a musical theatre production with live performances.

(NOTE: An audition is required to enroll in this course.)


Moana, an adventurous teenager, sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, she meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she always sought: her own identity.

In this show, our actors will be immersed in island culture and language. For your audition, sing something from your heart that you feel passionate about.

Character Breakdown

The vibrant, tenacious, and optimistic daughter of Motunui’s chief. She struggles to reconcile her father’s plans for her to take over as the village chief with her own desires to voyage beyond the reef. Ultimately, Moana proves a compassionate and capable leader. Calls for a singer with great emotional range.

  • Gender: Female
  • Vocal range top: D5
  • Vocal range bottom: G3

A demigod and master wayfinder with charisma to spare and a reputation of being a trickster. Despite his hard exterior, Maui becomes a wonderful friend and mentor to Moana. Should be a strong actor with a sense of humor and good movement skills.

  • Gender: Male
  • Vocal range top: B3
  • Vocal range bottom: G2

Chief Ancestors (1-3)
The three ancient leaders of Motunui. They guide Moana on her quest and narrate her story through speaking and singing solos. These ancestors should be animated storytellers who have excellent diction.

  • Vocal range top: A4
  • Vocal range bottom: G3

Gramma Tala
Moana’s wise grandmother and the mother of Chief Tui. She is the village storyteller known for being eccentric and dancing to the beat of her own drum. Actor should have a good sense of humor and a sincere heart.

  • Gender: Female
  • Vocal range top: B4
  • Vocal range bottom: G3

Chief Tui
The proud leader of Motunui and Moana’s father. He prioritizes the safety of his people and his family. Should be a mature and poised actor who can sing very well.

  • Gender: Male
  • Vocal range top: A#2
  • Vocal range bottom: E2

Moana’s supportive mother. She is compassionate, perceptive, and strong-willed, and trusts her daughter to make the right decisions.

  • Gender: Female
  • Vocal range top: C#5
  • Vocal range bottom: C#4

Moana’s fiercely loyal friend. Pua always supports Moana – even if it means facing her own fears. This actor must also be a confident singer.

  • Vocal range top: C#5
  • Vocal range bottom: B3

Hei Hei
Moana’s not-so-bright friend. Hei Hei is well-meaning, but naive.

  • Vocal range top: C#5
  • Vocal range bottom: B3

The vicious and egotistical giant crab who lives in Lalotai, the Realm of Monsters. Tamatoa enjoys gathering shiny baubles to add to an ever-growing collection. A showman!

  • Vocal range top: B4
  • Vocal range bottom: B3

Ensemble roles include Ancestor Ensemble, Ocean Ensemble, Villagers (Dancers, Weavers, Fishers 1 & 2), Maui Ensemble, Monsters, Gate Monster, Left Claw, Right Claw, Shiny Ensemble, Te Fiti, Te Kā

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Stinky Feet Theatre Project

SALLY SELLS SEASHELLS (and you can too!)

WHO:  Ages 5 to 11
WHEN:  June 20 – July 2
WHERE:  Rubicon Theatre in Ventura, CA
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Days before the summer festival, young pint-sized con artist Sally comes to town offering to teach the local kids how to sell seashells…for a small fee. The kids she meets will never be the same as they learn the importance of friendship, honesty, and finding a healthy balance between working hard and having fun.

About the Program
An introductory two-week camp for our littlest actors. There’s a reason why they call it a “play.” In this program, students learn how to have a good time while bringing their own unique voice and personality to the process of creating a show. They’re taught to work together creatively, respecting everyone’s contribution, no matter how small. The camp rehearsals are divided into two age groups. The younger group – ages 5 to 7 – meet from 10am until noon. The older group – ages 8 to 11 – meet from noon until four o’clock. During these hours, each group works on their particular elements of a show. At the end of two weeks, the two groups come together for two wonderful live performances for family and friends…and anyone else who wants to buy a ticket!

(NOTE: Young actors need only sign up for this course. No audition is necessary.)

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Prop Building
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Meet Our Team

Kirby Ward

Kirby Ward has served as Director of Rubicon’s summer youth programs since 2018. Born and raised a California boy, he’s the second son of San Diego theatre parents Don & Bonnie Ward and has been referred to as the “quintessential song & dance man.” In high school, he decided his path was the “family business.” Teen directing efforts led to student productions at the University of Southern California under the guidance of John Blankenchip. Demonstrating particular skill with musical staging, Kirby caught the attention of Debbie Reynolds who he worked with for many years, appearing with her onstage in her act and staging specialty material for her and Donald O’Connor. He’s entertained queens, presidents, first ladies and dignitaries with his work as a multi-faceted entertainment artist on nearly every continent on the globe. As an actor, Kirby is an Olivier Award nominee. As a director he has been honored with Critics’ Circle Awards in San Diego and Boston and his Rubicon productions of Big River, Return to the Forbidden Planet and She Loves Me were Critic’s Pick in the LA Times.

Joseph Fuqua

Joseph Fuqua is founder of Rubicon’s Fearless Shakespeare program, now in its eleventh year. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, his Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include Brighton Beach Memoirs and 110 in the Shade at Lincoln Center. Regionally, Joseph has appeared at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Dallas Theatre Center and opposite Mary Jo Catlett at Ensemble Theatre. On television, Joseph guest starred in “The X-Files,” “The Profiler,” “Brooklyn South,” “The Pretender,” “Chicago Hope,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” and “Becker.” Film credits include J.E.B. Stuart in “Gettysburg” opposite Martin Sheen, a role he reprised in “Gods and Generals.” In 2000, Joseph joined Rubicon Theatre as the first company member. Roles at Rubicon include the title role in Hamlet (Indy Award), The Boys Next Door (Indy Award), The Rainmaker (Robby Award and Rep Award), All My Sons (Ovation Award), Bruce Wagner in Conviction, Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Marshal Johnson in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and, most recently, Pap in Big River.

Patricia Lynn-Strickland 

Patricia Lynn-Strickland (Director, producer, writer, actress,) is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts West. Her directing credits include over 200 productions and acting in numerous productions throughout Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. Patricia is a 2013 recipient for the Earth Charter Award for Education and Outreach, a 2009 recipient of the City of Ventura Mayor’s Arts Award for Arts Educator of the year, 2007 recipient of The City of Ventura Artist’s Fellowship Award for directing, a 2005 recipient of The City of Ventura Artist’s Fellowship Award for playwriting. Patti is a 20 year theater arts educator at Studio V 4 Arts, St. Bonaventure High School, The Rubicon Theatre Company, and Our Lady of Assumption School (music/drama).

Louis Lotorto

Louis Lotorto is thrilled to be collaborating with Joseph Fuqua again for his fourth summer season with Fearless Shakespeare! Louis has acted professionally for over 32 years, including at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, OR; Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. (Helen Hayes Award Nominee); and the California Shakespeare Festival. He has performed in 20 Shakespeare plays, including Rubicon’s production of King Lear as the Fool.

Anthony Lucca

Anthony Lucca is an award-winning music director, arranger, and orchestrator who develops and music directs new works for theatre and film. World premieres include Bronco Billy (Skylight Theatre Company, LA Drama Critics Award for Best Musical Direction), Mutt House (Kirk Douglas Theatre), Cult of Love (IAMA Theatre Company), and “Into Light” (film). He has provided orchestrations and arrangements for “Into Light,” The Music Box, Who. What. Wear., and Her Turn.

Seryozha “Sasha” La Porte

Seryozha “Sasha” La Porte is an actor, improviser, and musician from Ventura, California. He studied and performed at Rubicon Theatre, and later attended the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts Professional Acting Program, in Solvang. He is currently studying neuropsychology, whilst also living the actor’s life. Check out www.Sashalaporte.com or Sasha La Porte’s IMDB for more info.

Billy Thompson

Billy Thompson has served as a composer, arranger, musical director, orchestrator, accompanist, and performer for stage productions across the country. His first original full-length collaboration, Invasion! the musical garnered the 2007 LA Weekly Theatre Award for Best Original Score and Best Musical Direction. He has held faculty positions in music and theatre at USC, SDSU, AMDA-LA, and The Strasberg Institute. He holds a BM in Composition from USC, an MFA in Musical Theatre from San Diego State, and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

Julia Donlon

Julia Donlon is a stage manager from Oxnard. Graduating from Pepperdine University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Production Design with an emphasis in Stage Management, she recently was onboard Princess Cruises’ Golden Princess working on their Broadway shows. Previous credits include Beauty and the Beast JR. and The Little Mermaid JR. (Rubicon), Crazy for You, Die Zauberflöte: The Magic Flute, Curtains, The Good Prisoner, The Women of Lockerbie, Medea, and Well (Pepperdine University), as well as The Abode (Pepperdine and Edinburgh Fringe Festival).