Welcome to Oceanside Theatre Company!

Resident Production Company of Sunshine Brooks Theater

Synthia L. Hardy as Billie Holiday in "Billie! Backstage with Lady Day" Sept. 23 - photo credit Ted Leib

Upcoming Events

Tales of O’Side: Learning to Fly

Now Accepting Submissions

Considering the theme of where we came from and where we are going, we look at works that touch on the societal expectations of our youth, our struggles to overcome challenges and find ourselves, and the process of becoming who we are. Tales of O’side is an opportunity for those who have been traditionally underrepresented in mainstage performances, such as lgbtq+ folks, people of color, and those who experience mental health struggles, to share their own work and perspectives. Our goal is to build a literary and theater arts community fostering interactions between artists and audiences to discuss their works. 

“Mirrors in My Mind” Artist Open House

February 3, 6-7:30 pm

Brooks Gallery Theater presents a free artist open house for its new one-woman exhibit of Cheryl Ehlers’ “Mirrors in My Mind.” This event will offer a chance to watch Ehlers at work on a new piece, live music by students and teachers from Giacoletti Music Center, and refreshments for purchase. Come mingle, mix and enjoy art and live music! *Note: We mistakenly said that First Friday Art Walk would also be taking place this evening, we apologize for the misinformation. First Friday Art Walk returns to Downtown Oceanside in April.

An Evening of Musical Improv Comedy

February 3, 8 pm

Funny, Entertaining, Unique! San Diego-based all female musical improv team Basic Pitches will be creating a musical comedy based entirely on audience suggestions. Laura Hall of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” will be the special guest musical director for this fun show. The women of Basic Pitches delight in embracing the funny, the weird, and the fantastical as they take audiences on a journey of story, song, and sass. No two shows are the same.

Improv Classes with Chris Shurland

Beginning February 7, 7:00 pm

Join in on the fun with improv classes taught by Chicago-trained improv teacher, Chris Shurland! Improv classes will begin on February 7, 2023 at 7 pm and will meet every other week at Studio 219 of the Brooks Theater. Classes are free to everyone!

Generational Black Pioneers featuring Oceanside Entrepreneurs

February 11, 7:30 pm

An interactive, multi-media exploration, celebrating the black entrepreneurs in Oceanside throughout the years. Non-fictional narratives and fictional dramatizations spotlighting stories of Oceanside business owners. In collaboration with The Oceanside Historical Society, Oceanside Theater Company and Bliss Tea & Treats.

Nerd Comedy – Valentine’s Day

February 14, 7:00 pm

Experience the perfect Valentine’s Day date with Nerd Comedy’s Valentine’s Day show! This alcohol-free event features a lineup of comedians who specialize in relatable and romantic humor, covering topics such as love, relationships, and dating. Comedians Tim X. Lee and Monty Franklin will have you and your date laughing and relating to their comedic take on the ups and downs of love. Come see why laughing is the second best way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind nerdy comedy show, get your tickets now and make your Valentine’s Day a truly memorable experience!

Six String Society’s “The 27 Club”

February 18, 4 pm & 8 pm (8 pm show is SOLD OUT)

The Six String Society’s 27 Club illuminates the lives and music of an infamous group of musicians, in which all the members share at least one thing in common – they all died tragically at the age of 27. Set in a mythical Greenwich Village apartment circa 1969, the candles burn late into the evening as the stars of this dubious club begin to arrive in the “Living Room.” One by one, they each perform their songs culminating in one triumphant group number together at the end. The All Star cast includes Whitney Shay (as Amy Winehouse), Lauren Leigh Martin (as Janis Joplin), Anthony Cullins (as Jimi Hendrix), Blake Dean (Jim Morrison), Austin David (as Kurt Cobain), Robin Henkel (performing the music of Robert Johnson), Jody Bagley, Laura Chavez and others. LEARN MORE

Oceanside International Film Festival

February 21-25

The Oceanside International Film Festival kicks-off its 12th Annual Event with the world premiere of Krista Liney’s Documentary, I AM ALRIGHT at The Brooks Theatre in Downtown Oceanside. The Oceanside International Film Festival’s mission is to provide a platform for media creators from all backgrounds to present their work to an appreciative audience and offer an opportunity for their art to be recognized. This includes producing immersive events that expand on the cultural and educational nature of the cinematic experience. OIFF strives to highlight the importance of storytelling and points of view of diverse cultures from around the world. We are dedicated to presenting stories that foster hope, create emotion, inspire action, and shine a spotlight on the voices that tell them.

Lucky Stiff

March 3-19

An absurd musical full of misfits and miscreants trailing along after a dead man on holiday, Lucky Stiff, written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, is “Weekend at Bernie’s” meets “You’ve Got Mail!” A co-production of OTC and Scripps Ranch Theatre, Lucky Stiff tells the story of Harry, an English shoe salesman who receives the unexpected news that he has inherited a fortune from his late Uncle Anthony, on the condition that he takes his uncle’s dead body on a special trip to Monte Carlo. If Harry refuses to fulfill all of his uncle’s last wishes exactly, the inheritance will go to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn. LEARN MORE.

Vanessa Collier

March 24, 8 pm

As a master musician and multi-instrumentalist, Vanessa Collier, weaves funk, soul, rock, and blues into every powerful performance. With soulful vocals, searing saxophone, and witty songwriting, Collier is blazing a trail, racking up an impressive arsenal of honors, and has already singled herself out as an artist of distinction. It’s not simply the accolades she has accumulated so far, although they’ve been many – such as two Blues Music Awards for “Horn Player of the Year,” and a third BMA for “Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year”  – it’s the fact that she has accumulated all these honors even while her career is still in its infancy. A 2013 graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, she’s toured nationally and internationally, released four critically acclaimed albums (2014’s Heart, Soul & Saxophone, 2017’s Meeting My Shadow, 2018’s Honey Up, and 2020’s Heart on the Line.)

Daring Greatly

April 22, 8 pm

Authentic, soulful, intimate.

Nominated for ”Best Rock Artist” at the San Diego Music Awards, Daring Greatly blends multiple genres including soul, rock, and Americana into a vibrant master class performance rich with incredible vocal harmonies and passion. Each live performance is a dynamic and energetic experience, with the band’s tight harmonies and impressive instrumentals leaving audiences mesmerized. Originally from Canada, lead vocalists and brothers Patrick and Liam Croome bring a strong familial connection to their onstage chemistry. Drummer Brayden Tario has been best friends with the Croome brothers since high school, bringing a level of comfort and camaraderie to the group. 2019 saw the addition of Lake Elsinore native David Mills on electric guitar who brings a distinct southern California edge to the band’s sound, while also contributing on the pedal steel. Matt Spatol joined on bass in 2021. The name Daring Greatly is inspired by Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt’s “The Man in the Arena” and the writings of Brene Brown, who authored a book with the same name.

Good People

May 12-28

Middle-aged Margie Walsh is a nice woman from a poor neighborhood. Some of her friends might even say she’s TOO nice. When she gets fired from yet another job, her landlord threatens eviction.  Determined to keep a roof over her daughter’s head, she turns to a former friend, who made it out of their neighborhood of Southie, as they call South Boston, for help finding a job. From the moment she steps into Dr. Michael Dillon’s office, tensions mount in this reunion of old friends as they navigate the decisions that led them down different life paths. An emotional, heartfelt drama broken up by poignant moments of laugh-aloud humor, Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire will have audiences debating what it means to do the right thing.

Gift Certificates

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Give the gift of theater and more with Oceanside Theatre Company gift certificates! Have a busy friend or loved one who loves the theater, but you never know when they are free to join you for a show? An OTC gift certificate lets you show you care, while offering your friends and family the flexibility to choose their event and date. (Gift certificates cannot be applied to the 2023 Music Series at this time.) Click the link to the right and go to the “Merchandise” tab to set your own amount from $5-$100.

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