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Registration Requirements


  • Ages 8 - 18: Actors outside this age range are free to register but may audition by director approval only.

  • A liability waiver and photo release must be signed at auditions.

  • A conflict sheet against our rehearsal and show dates must be submitted at auditions.

  • Auditions will involve pre-prepared songs, monologues, and a short excerpt of dance taught at auditions.

  • Specific audition details and expectations, including a short synopsis of each character, will be e-mailed to registered families.

  • OPA's Tarzan will be a BY-AUDITION show.  Everyone who registers will be guaranteed an audition, but not guaranteed a role, even as ensemble.  Our target cast size will be about sixty.



Tuition and Costs


  • $245 first child

  • $230 second child

  • $220 third child

  • $215 fourth child and on

We ask for tuition at first rehearsal to start covering costs, but it is not due in full until November 29th. The only other additional cost may be clothes, shoes, or gloves to be worn beneath or as a part of your costumes.

Limited partial scholarships are available.  Please comment during registration if you are interested in Tarzan but tuition is cost prohibitive.

Limited partial work scholarships are also available.  Parents and some older actors may agree to complete various costuming, set-building, or other projects and/or join some of our group work days.


Director and Musical Director: Jonathan Shepherd

Choreographer: Kimber Jacobsen

Assistant Director: Cece Belli

Book by David Henry Hwang

Music and Lyrics by Phil Collins

Ovation Performing Arts swings back into Bend with Disney's epic animated musical adventure, based on Edgar Rice Burrogh's revolutionary novel, Tarzan!  Featuring heart-pumping music by rock legend, Phil Collins, and book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang, Tarzan attacks the stage with rough-and-tumble dance, high-flying romance and Academy Award winning songs, "You'll Be In My Heart," "Son of Man," and more!  OPA is excited to integrate live orchestra, choreography styles ranging from West African to Hip Hop, stage combat, swinging vines, and as much color and splash as we can cram onstage.

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Central Oregon's Youth Troupe for singers,
musicians & actors.

Welcome to Ovation Performing Arts!  Jonathan and Jimena Shepherd combine their incredible musical and directorial talent to bring classic and historical education theater to Central Oregon. There is no greater ovation for us than to see young actors and musicians discover the exhilaration of expressing themselves onstage.  


OPA offers music lessons, workshops and theatrical productions designed to please the audience, but more importantly develop the artist.    

In addition to writing original scripts and musical scores, past directing successes include:  The Fantastics, Tarzan, The Little Mermaid Jr., Aladdin Jr. and Oliver!  




“I have done six productions with OPA. The directing team has a puzzling talent for taking an actor, both those desperately in love with the theatre and those necessarily not, and wringing out every drop of potential they have in them until the actor has something to be immensely proud of, and something they had the time of their life making,”

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“I started with OPA when I was nine years old and have been in six productions. I have learned more about theatre, friendships, and even life lessons than I ever could have imagined. Theatre is not as easy as it sounds, but it is a fun, amazing, and a fulfilling experience I am incredibly thankful for.”

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“I love being an actor with OPA because when you’re someone else, it doesn’t matter so much what the audience thinks of you and you can allow yourself to be lost in another world – a world that you’re creating for the people watching the show”


“OPA is so many things to me. One of them is family. I have been on the stage with my fellow actors for six productions. We’ve created relationships that will last a lifetime.  The experience has given me confidence and helped me to have “real” friendships instead of digital friends. I am so grateful I started on this path five years ago.”


Print your tickets or show

confirmation email at the door.

Box Office

Limited tickets are available at the door 30 minutes before show time for $15.00 each.


Use the southeast entrance of College Way via the Newport Ave roundabout. Take the first right onto Alpine Way and wind thru A parking lots to Loop Road.  Parking is immediately accessible at B2 or B1.  Limited parking space closer to theater at B3.  Stair access only at all parking areas.   For handicap parking, turn right on Loop Road and turn left at signs to B5.  Pinckney Theater connects to the Pence building for easy access.



Show posters will be visible at the top of stairs east and west of theater entrance. 





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Theater (541) 815-4160

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