About Us

About Ovation

Laurel Cooling

Laurel Cooling

Co Owner

Miss Laurel brings years of professional acting, singing, and dancing experience to Ovation Group Productions.  She graduated with Honors in Musical Theatre from the University of California at Irvine and has spent the last ten years teaching dance, voice, and acting to children throughout Southern California.  She has written and produced numerous musical productions in schools, summer camps and dance studios.  As a professional actress, Laurel has appeared in TV shows, commercials, and theatrical productions up and down the West Coast, and most recently was a performer and Dance Captain for Disney Cruise Line.  She is a highly praised choreographer and show producer, with credits ranging from children’s theatre to Disney.  In addition to working with co-owner Lisa on the creative aspects of the company, Laurel runs the administrative side of Ovation.  She is also the music editor and arranger for the shows and her voice can be heard on all of Ovation’s practice CDs!  Laurel is the proud mother of her own two mini musical theatre fans, Lily and Ella.

Lisa Schwartz

Lisa Schwartz

Co-Owner

Miss Lisa was born in Los Angeles and attended the Buckley School in Sherman Oaks.  Later she graduated from the University of California at Irvine with Honors in Acting.  She has studied theatre and voice with some of LA’s most noted teachers. In addition to teaching, Miss Lisa is a professional actress with growing credits. Lisa began teaching eight years ago and has since been dedicated to spreading her passion for theatre around Los Angeles and Orange Counties.  Her bright spirit and love for children fills the classroom, and her creative writing skills are an asset to Ovation Group Productions.

ABOUT US

Ovation Children’s Theatre is dedicated to providing an educational experience to children through performing arts. We pride ourselves on giving children an outlet to create their creativity. Whether performing is a child’s lifelong passion or simply an exciting extra-curricular activity, we aim to instill children with a sense of camaraderie, responsibility, dedication, and passion, while also having fun!

Unlike other children’s theatre companies that feature one or two performers in their productions, we write our shows based on the children we have in our classes.  We tailor our shows to the individual actors so that each child is featured and has ample solos and stage time. Our talented team of writers and teachers pride themselves on surpassing parents’ expectations of what a “kids’ show” should look like. We encourage all children to participate and are hailed for our all-inclusive approach.

Our Shows

Ovation Group Productions’ dedicated team of writers and teachers are committed to providing kid-friendly musicals that showcase each child’s individual talents and give every performer ample stage time!  Every student is given a featured role in our shows, so that each child is given his or her own chance to shine.  We are all about having fun, gaining confidence, achieving goals, and loving who you are!

Teachers

Jessica Reiner Harris

Jessica Reiner-Harris

Musical Theatre, Voice, Private Lessons

Miss Jessica is thrilled to be a part of Ovation Group Productions, nearly 10 years after sharing the stage and the classroom with Miss Lisa and Miss Laurel at UC Irvine.  Jessica has done regional theatre all over the country, including originating the role of Hedda’s Secretary in Limelight, which later became the Broadway show Chaplin.  She has a penchant for imitations, a love for comedy, and a soft spot for the kiddos.  Jessica has been teaching theatre and voice since she was a teenager, and currently sings to the tiniest of babes at Gymboree Play and Music.  Proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.

Felicia Martinez

Felicia Martinez

Head of the Dance Department

Miss Felicia was born and raised in Los Angeles. For the past 22 years she has been performing and choreographing for small independent artists and nationally televised parades. She started dancing at the age of 5, training in classical ballet and jazz. Her first exposure to street dance was watching her uncle break-dance in the streets with his friends. She started choreographing at the age of 14, when she was the first sophomore to join the high school varsity cheer/dance squad. It was in her 3 years of high school cheer along with much exposure to the club scene that Felicia’s choreography and style of dancing evolved. Felicia continued to train in various styles of dance as well as taking on new endeavors such as tumbling and theatre to add and enhance to her multitudes of dance ability. Since her beginning exposure to dance, Felicia furthered her technique at Louisville Ballet School in Louisville, KY and Los Angeles Pierce College. She was also a member of North Hollywood Jazz Dance Ensemble under the direction of Michael Menna and Eric Ellis. Felicia also trained extensively under Pop Star Andrea McCormack of I5. In her extensive studies with Andrea, she learned the I.S.T.D curriculum, which is one of the universal ballet curriculums used in Britain. Felicia continued training with many of the top choreographer’s in the industry, performing with them in showcases and the famous choreographer’s ball, Carnival. As a teacher Felicia focuses on the individual needs of each dancer. Allowing them to be challenged in areas that are specific to them. Felicia strives to teach dancers how to push themselves while learning proper technique, so they can have longevity as dancers. Felicia was a two time all-star cheerleader for UCA and USA, and has been blessed to perform in many parts of the world from London to Japan. Her most recent credits include Snoop Dog, Beyoncé, MTV’s Top Floor, the world famous Magic Castle’s Annual Award Show and Carnival Cruise Lines. Felicia hopes to continue to share her love of dance with people all over the world.

Sophia Oda

Sophie Oda

Acting and Musical Theatre

Miss Sophie has been working as a professional actor and singer since age 7. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, attending public school as she simultaneously worked in professional musicals throughout the Bay Area. After appearing on Star Search at age 11, she landed a recurring role on Disney Channel’s, “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody,” as Cody’s girlfriend, Barbara. Sophie appeared on the show for 3 years and then attended the University of California, Irvine, earning her BFA in Musical Theatre. Sophie has gone on to appear on shows such as “The Big Bang Theory” and “NCIS:LA.” Sophie is excited to work with Ovation students on their acting, singing, and embracing their individuality!

 

Daniel Guerrero

Musical Theatre

Mr. Danny is excited to be involved with Ovation Children’s Theatre. He graduated from California State University, Northridge where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre. Danny has performed in numerous plays and musicals – some of his favorites include, Rent, Avenue Q, The Servant of Two Masters, The Fantasticks, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, etc. In addition to acting and singing, Danny also has a strong passion for directing, having ranged from Regional to Children’s Theatre. Danny’s passion for teaching and seeing children artistically grow makes being involved in Ovation an absolute joy. “Act well your part; there all honour lies.” – Alexander Pope.