Performances to Grow On
Performances to Grow On
Toys for the Mind

Imagination Celebration
Family Entertainment to Educate and Inspire - in Ojai

The Imagination Celebration Series will offer audiences the opportunity to experience acclaimed performers in theatre, music, and movement.

Not Video games,
not TV,
something more real … more present.

Our world seems to be moving at break-neck speed with its most powerful
impact on our children. We wanted to create a series that takes audiences
to a gentler, dreamy place.

Bigger, Faster, More … not
Just enough imagination,
Just enough excitement,
More than Enough Wonder!

The Imagination Celebration Series … an island away from all the Hustle and Bustle.
Give your child the gift of live performance!

All shows are best for ages 5+. Tickets are $10 for children, $15 for Adults.
There is a $2 handling fee per ticket for all purchases.
Tickets may be purchased on the Tickets page.

NOTE: Tickets not available until after November 15, 2017.


Hobey Ford's Golden Rod Puppets present Sea SongHobey Ford's Golden Rod Puppets
Present Sea Song
Saturday, January 27, 2018, 3:00pm
The Ojai Art Center

Sea Song is the story of a boy discovering nature for the first time through a fascination with the life cycle of the sea turtle.  When a city boy comes to spend his summer at the coast he is suddenly cut off from his digital world and turns his attention to the natural world of a remote coastal beach. Hobey tells the story without words, performing his own hand crafted foam puppets in full view of the audience to the enchanting hang drum music of David Kuckhermann. Following in the style of his classic production Animalia, Sea Song will inspire and delight the audience with the story of the animals that live in the environment where the land meets the sea, where sea turtles, herons, gulls and terns all come to life in the hands of master puppeteer Hobey Ford. | video | puppetry study guide

Making Shadow Puppets with Hobey Ford
Saturday, January 27, 2018, 11:00am
The Ojai Art Center

Participants learn to make shadow puppets. This is a fantastic workshop combining art, theatre and writing. It has been presented nationally through the Kennedy Center. All materials are provided.
The workshop is 90 minutes.


Kuniko Yamamoto in Origami TalesOrigami Tales with Kuniko Yamamoto
Saturday, March 10, 2018, 3:00pm
The Ojai Art Center

Welcome to the infinite world of Origami! In Japanese, ori- means “to fold” and -gami means “paper”. Using origami, music and audience participation, storyteller Kuniko Yamamoto provides a magical entry into Japanese culture. In her new show “Origami Tales”, mythological character masks & puppets, amazing flowers and a dragon—all made from origami—set the stage while Kuniko shares heartfelt stories from ancient Japan. | video

Paper Folding with Kuniko Yamamoto
Saturday, March 10, 2018, 11:00am
The Ojai Art Center

In this fun workshop, Kuniko will teach participants
how to make a variety of designs with an emphasis
on imagination. All Ages. Workshop is limited to 25.
All materials are provided.
The workshop is 90 minutes.


Clare Murphy, Storyteller Extraordinaire from IrelandClare Murphy,
Storyteller Extraordinaire from Ireland
Date, Time, Venue TBD

Clare Murphy is a renowned storyteller from Dublin, Ireland. She will totally captivate the audience with fabulous stories from all over the world. She doesn't just tell stories, she inhabits them and brings them to life in the most fantastic way using humor, movement and interaction with the audience. Clare has performed in over 20 countries and she will take the audience on an unforgettable journey of the imagination. | video


Ojai Storytelling FestivalOjai Storytelling Festival

Please check back later for additional family oriented performances at the Ojai Storytelling Festival, October 25-28, 2018.