Oceanside Theatre Company Receives Unprecedented Community Support at Sunshine Soiree by the Sea Sept. 16
Kathy Brombacher Honored with Lifetime Theatre Achievement Award
Oceanside, CA – Oceanside Theatre Company (OTC) held its first annual fundraiser since 2019 at The Seabird Resort in Oceanside on September 16, 2023 with many of San Diego’s theater community among the 275 guests in attendance. Long-time theatre supporters Jay and Julie Sarno, the event’s Honorary Chairs, presented the Lifetime Theatre Achievement Award to Kathy Brombacher on behalf of OTC.
“The most splendid theatre gala was delivered to appreciative guests by [Oceanside Theatre Company], and how very lucky I was to be honored and feted in a high class, thoughtful and superbly gracious way!” said Brombacher. “Thank you so much for this enormous and appreciated honor! The memories will be carried with me always, and the friends who responded to the event were so lovely!…We’re all proud to have been part of such a successful event!”
Performances were given by Bets Malone, Rudy Martinez, Heather Megill and OTC’s Youth Outreach actors during the program, while the Gary Banks Trio and singer Deja Fields provided ambient music throughout the event. Funds to support OTC’s mission were raised through a silent auction, live auction, and paddle raise, the latter two of which were run by the theatre’s Managing Director Alex Goodman.
“It was an unforgettable night for Oceanside,” said Goodman. “OTC saw unprecedented support from the community, guests got to enjoy a phenomenal entertainment experience at the beautiful Seabird Resort, and we were able to celebrate and honor the remarkable lifetime of contributions that Kathy Brombacher has made to the North County San Diego theatre community. It was a magical evening.”
In total, the event welcomed 275 guests and raised $130,000 towards the theatre’s music series, mainstage productions, Youth Education and Outreach programs, and the Brooks Theater Art Gallery.
Over 60 local businesses contributed to the event through donations or in-kind contributions with Visit Oceanside as a Gold Sponsor and The Seabird Resort as a Silver Sponsor. OTC’s neighbor Petite Madeline provided the delicious desserts, One Hope Winery donated wine for the event, and !mprov Booze-Free Cocktails served tasty mocktails. Highlights of the live auction included a 10-person dinner at Monserate Winery’s soon-to-open restaurant and Oceanside’s Curry & More’s “Beat Bobby Flay” dinner for six by Chef Obi. Local business owners and community members Rushell Gordon of Bliss Tea and Treats, Quantal Langford of Langford Designs and The Creative Brew podcast, and Kristi Hawthorne of Oceanside Historical Society supported the event in person.
The OTC Board was in full attendance with Board President John McCoy and Soiree Chair Gloria Banks leading the festivities. As part of the paddle raise, OTC’s Vice President, Leann Garms, and partner David Gulling kicked off the fundraising with a generous donation of $10,000 to sponsor the upcoming production of Welcome to Sleepy Hollow which begins performances October 6 and runs through October 29.
Esteemed guests from the theater community included Steve Glaudini (Artistic Director of the Moonlight Productions), Jennifer Bradford (Executive Director of the Moonlight Cultural Foundation), Mike Bradford (Managing Director of Moonlight Productions), actors Ralph Johnson (OTC’s Lucky Stiff 2023), Susan Clausen (OTC’s Good People 2023), BJ Robinson (Co-Founder of Loud Fridge Theater Company), Dina Poellnitz and Margaret Hernandez (Co-Founders of The Hill Street Country Club), as well as OTC’s Artistic Director Ted Leib and Associate Artistic Director Kevin “Blax” Burroughs. Additionally, actors from all over the United States made video tributes to Brombacher congratulating her on the honor and thanking her for the impact she made on their lives.
OTC unveiled a commissioned portrait of Brombacher at the theater painted by Christina Rosenthal based on a photo by Christine Alford. The portrait will hang in the lobby of the Brooks Theater. Ralph Johnson also presented Brombacher with artwork – a large portrait in Broadway caricature style by Justin “Squigs” Robertson representing many of the shows of which she’s been a part. Artists Cheryl Ehlers and Doriana Sinnett also contributed pieces to the auction.
About Oceanside Theatre Company
Oceanside Theatre Company (OTC), the resident professional theater company operating the Historic Brooks Theater in downtown Oceanside, is a focal point of the Oceanside California Cultural District (OCCD). OTC’s mission is to produce professional theatrical, visual art and musical productions for the entertainment and enrichment of the community, present educational opportunities in the arts for children and adult, and provide a safe, state-of-the-art public venue for expansion of artistic endeavors in North San Diego County and greater southern California. OTC produces a four-show mainstage theatre season in the 198-seat venue, as well as a Music Series, play readings and various other events in the adjacent black box theater, Studio 219. An important part of OTC’s mission is inspiring and sharing the arts with local youth through the Youth Theater Arts Program, which includes Summer Theater Camps and Youth Theater Arts Outreach in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside during the school year. To learn more visit www.oceansidetheatre.org.
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