2018 OTCYA Summer Camp

2018 OTCYA Summer Camp – Wizard of Oz


Children ages 8-17 attended OTCYA’s 2018 Summer Camp, culminating in a youth production of Wizard of Oz! Children attended in one of the two following categories:

Performers (ages 8-17)
Campers focused on singing, acting, and dancing in preparation of performing onstage in a youth production of Wizard of Oz. Weekly showcases (the first three Fridays) also featured the performing students.

Technical Theatre (ages 10-17)
Campers focused on the design and implementation of technical elements for the production, including set, costume, lighting, sound, and prop design. During performances, they ran technical elements or worked as a part of the stage crew.


  • June 18 – July 13
  • Monday-Friday
  • 9am-3pm
  • (NO camp on July 4th)


  • July 13 @ 7:00pm
  • July 14th @ 2:00pm and 7:00pm
  • July 15th @ 2:00pm


Special Event (optional participation)

  • Oceanside Independence Day Parade, Saturday June 30th


  • Brooks Theater, 217 N. Coast Hwy, Oceanside


  • $600 per child
  • 10% discount for siblings
  • 10% discount for active military families (Must show military I.D. at first day check-in)


Heather Reba (Director) – Heather is excited to return to OTCYA for her second summer directing the youth summer camp program. Heather has directed with Idyllwild Arts Academy, the University of New Haven, Encore Youth Theatre, Carlsbad Community Theatre, Idyllwild Elementary/Middle School, Hamden Public Schools (CT), Turnpike Players (CT), and Megill & Company, the non-profit organization she founded in 2002 with her sister, Beth Megill. Heather holds her Master’s in Music (Vocal Performance) from the University at Buffalo. She has been on the music and theatre faculty at the University of New Haven, Finger Lakes Community College (NY), and Idyllwild Arts Academy, where she currently teaches in the vocal program. As an actor, she has performed with Moonlight Stage Productions, the Welk Resort, Sacramento’s Music Circus, Carlsbad Community Theatre, Starlight Civic Light Theatre, and Tustin’s Broadway in the Park, as well as other local and East Coast companies. Born and raised in Oceanside, Heather currently lives in Idyllwild, CA.

Chris Reba (Technical Director) – Chris is the Music Department Chair at the Idyllwild Arts Academy, where he specializes in teaching music technology. Previous to Idyllwild Arts, Chris was a tenured Associate Professor of Music and Sound Recording at the University of New Haven. Chris has served on the executive board of the New York section of the Audio Engineering Society and is a voting member of the Grammy’s. Chris is the current Technical Director of Megill & Company, a non-profit theater and dance production company based in Los Angeles and has worked as a professional audio engineer with artists including Buena Vista Social Club, Nickel Creek, and Jason Mraz. Chris has worked in technical theater at the Escondido Center for the Arts, Mandeville Theater (UCSD), University of New Haven, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Avo Playhouse, Carlsbad Cultural Arts Center, and the Brooks Theater. Chris holds a Masters degree in Music Composition from SUNY Buffalo, a BA in Music Composition and Bass Performance from UCSD, and an associates degree in Music Recording from MiraCosta College.

James Andrew Burton (Musical Director)James “Andy” Burton (Musical Director) – James is currently a teacher, musician, and theater enthusiast. He graduated from UCSD with a bachelors in music, and earned his masters degree in jazz performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. James’ love for music and theater began in childhood where he participated in several summer theater camps and acted in dozens of theater productions in North San Diego County, including playing the Tin Woodsman in “The Wizard of Oz.” He has also played in numerous orchestra pits, and studied and worked within the technical theater domain as well. Youth theater enriched James’ life in an incalculable number of ways, and he is excited to share his skills and knowledge with 2018 OCTYA Summer Camp participants.

Josie Baker (Choreographer) – A graduate of The Barbara Ingram School For the Arts in Hagerstown, MD, Josie Baker has studied acting and singing for musical theatre, dance, and choral performance for the past five years. The daughter of two dancers, Josie has always grown up around music and has a passion for the arts. Most recently, she was seen in SDMT’s first pre-professional show, Bring It On (Kylar) and in Maryland performed in Seussical (Mayzie), A Funny Thing … Forum (Gymnasia), and Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Flotsam.) She has also acted with Chambersburg Community Theatre (PA), Musselman Theatre Inc. (WV), Authentic Comm. Theatre (MD), and has performed numerous times in the historic Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown. This is her second year with OTC’s Youth Academy, and she is incredibly excited to return!

Aimee Plette (Camp Organizer/Parent Liaison) – Aimee joins OTCYA this year as Camp Organizer and Parent Liaison. Aimee will be integral in facilitating parent communications and addressing student/parent concerns. To take care of any camp “business” or if you have questions relating to camp, please reach out to Aimee at aplette@oceansidetheatre.org.