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

Giving Tuesday

November 29

Help Oceanside Theatre Company continue to bring opportunities like its Youth Outreach program which offers theater education cost-free to local youth. Over 60 children and teens took part in this year’s after school theater classes which culminated in the amazing Beauty and the Beast musical theater production. Oceanside Theatre Company is dedicated to its mission of bringing professional theater productions, dance, music and other arts performances to our community. We can’t do what we do without your support.

Artist Open House – Bravo!

December 2, 6 pm

Sip, mingle, listen to live music, and watch as a working artist coaxes their current piece from the canvas at our artist open house, Bravo at the Brooks. Come visit this free unique Gallery and discover an art exhibition that explores, excites, and enriches the visual language of dance as part of our fine arts partnership with Oceanside Theatre Company & Megill & Company’s “Not So Normal Nutcracker.”

Black Rootedness Poetry Reading

December 10, 10 am Coffee, 11 am Reading 

Featuring poets from Kenya to California, this transcontinental poetry reading explores the themes of Mother Land, Home, The Middle Passage, The New World, Collective Memory, Love, and The Journey Home. Black Rootedness, A Poetry Reading builds community across continents through verse. Inspired by the anthology Black Rootedness: 54 Poets from Africa to America, edited by Karla Brundage of the West Oakland to West Africa project, this poetry reading features writers from California to Kenya. Join Karla Brundage and Oceanside’s Rameses Setekh of Sown in Truth Orations as they host on Saturday, December 10. Gather early for community and coffee by Coffee Beards & Bowties and treats by Bliss Tea & Treats at 10 am followed by the poetry reading at 11 am. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 door. 

Improv at the Brooks

December 15, 6 pm

Join host Chris Shurland for a fast-paced, fun night of improvised comedy.  The one-of-a-kind show performed by improvisers from northern and southern California will be made up on the spot based completely on audience suggestions. Chris Shurland, the founder of Santa Barbara’s Irreverent Improv, is a Chicago-trained improv teacher and performer currently based in Southern California. Before being a part of several house and independent teams in Chicago, Chris completed the training programs at Second City, iO (formerly ImprovOlympic), and Annoyance Theater and was lucky enough to be trained by some of the nation’s best improv teachers. He brings his unique brand of improv to Oceanside for the first time. Tickets are $10. All are welcome.

Not Your Normal Nutcracker

December 16 & 17, 7:30 pm; December 18, 2 pm

Megill & Company’s “Not Your Normal Nutcracker” flips the script on the classic holiday favorite set to Tchaikovsky. This whimsical modern jazz theater version tells the story of Clara, who dreams of being a star, as her imaginary world filled with life-sized rodents, a melting snow kingdom, and a land of sweets comes to life. Playful, colorful, rhythmic, and wonderfully light-hearted, “Not Your Normal Nutcracker” will entertain and delight fans of the beloved ballet, as well as new audiences seeing the story for the first time. Showtimes are 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, 2:00 pm on Sunday.

A Winter’s Eve Concert with David Arkenstone & Friends

December 21, 7:30 pm

Join five-time Grammy-nominated composer and performer David Arkenstone and some of his special friends for an enchanting holiday performance. Arkenstone will perform chart-topping favorites, glorious traditional holiday songs, and new neoclassical and crossover compositions featuring strings and percussion, promising a magical, family-friendly night to remember.

Nerd Comedy New Year’s Eve

December 31, 7 pm

Clever comedy and a nerdy audience make this sober New Year’s Eve one-of-a-kind. Come support comedy that got beat up in high school but ended up getting a great job. Humor + Intelligence = Fun Night Out. Scientist Turned Comedian Tim Lee hosts the show with several top nerd comics in the state. The show concludes with the Nerd Olympics, a game show where audience members compete to answer nerdy questions. Lee, who got his PhD before realizing where his true talents lie, blends science talk (complete with PowerPoint presentations) with comedy. The hilarious result is like what would happen if you crossed your high school chem teacher with George Carlin.

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