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Oceanside Theatre Company, Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside to Present Shrek the Musical as Theatre Arts Program for Local Youth Resumes

Free program for local youth teaches theater and life skills, culminating in mainstage production of “Shrek the Musical” Nov. 5-7, 12-14 @TheBrooks

(Oceanside, CA) – After an 18-month COVID hiatus, Oceanside Theatre Company (OTC), the resident professional theater company at the historic Brooks Theater, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside (BGCO) will resume their Youth Theater Arts partnership to produce Shrek, The Musical, with a cast of local youth. The annual OTC Youth Outreach program introduces participants ages, 8 to 18, to the wonders and benefits of theater arts during a 9-week after-school program, underwritten by OTC and BGCO. On November 5th -7th and 12th -14th, the program culminates in six performances for family, friends and the general public, where the beloved Shrek characters will come to life onstage at the historic Brooks Theater in the heart of the Oceanside Cultural District. Tickets are available at .

With the help of OTC’s Youth Outreach Program and BGCO’s established network at school sites throughout Oceanside, the program attracts a wide array of youth in the community from diverse backgrounds. After a pandemic pause in 2020, including in-person gatherings that impacted many in the community, this year’s collaboration invited participants to once again come together under one roof for rehearsals at BGCO’s Performing Arts Center. Much like the characters the youth will interpret onstage, they, too, will embark on a challenging quest, learning collaboration skills and theater discipline including acting, singing & dancing, and building new friendships along the way.

This wonderful collaboration will not only provide access to performing arts for youth in Oceanside, but will help our participants rebuild connections with each other and the community, especially after this challenging year,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside CEO, Jodi Diamond.

With many school districts eliminating the Arts, OTC and BGCO saw a window of opportunity to provide a theater education program. OTC & BGCO first collaborated in 2019 to produce, Seussical Jr., with 43 area youth from ages 8 -18 participating, helping fill the gap left by the elimination of arts in the schools. The COVID-19 pandemic put the program on hold until now.

“The Youth Outreach Program isn’t just about theatre; it is about teaching kids important personal and life skills to carry with them for the rest of their lives,” said Carol Naegele, OTC Board member and Youth Outreach Director.

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, bringing all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears. A green ogre named Shrek is the unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek.

BGCO & OTC invites the local community to support youth theater arts in Oceanside by attending one of the six performances in November.

The OTC Youth Outreach Program is presented with generous support from the City of Oceanside, San Diego County, Oceanside Community Foundation, Union Bank, Nordson Corporation, Pratt Memorial Fund, and Fox Foundation.

COVID protocol for all Shrek performances requires everyone inside the Brooks Theater to wear a mask. Proof of vaccination or COVID-19 tests are not required. Patrons are requested not to attend if they are feeling unwell.

About Oceanside Theatre Company:

Oceanside Theatre Company (OTC), the resident professional theater company operating the Historic Brooks Theater in downtown Oceanside is a center point of the Oceanside CA 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 adults; 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 and ongoing events and play readings 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 Outreach program, which includes Summer Theater Camps and Youth Theater Arts Outreach during the school year. To learn more visit

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside:

Boys & Girls Clubs of Oceanside (BGCO), celebrating 70 years of building great futures in Oceanside, is a youth development organization that is dedicated to providing a safe, fun and enriching environment for youth during non-school hours. BGCO remained open to serve youth during the entire pandemic. From May 2020 through August 2021, BGCO’s Emergency Food Program provided more than 55,000 free and nutritious meals to youth under 18 regardless of membership status.

BGCO is a local, nonprofit organization affiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of America but raises 100% of

the funds that support its life-changing programs through individual giving, events and grants. For 70 years, BGCO has continued to uphold its mission to inspire, develop and enrich young people to reach their fullest potential as confident, responsible, caring members of society. To learn more visit

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The Curtain Rises Again at Oceanside’s Historic Brooks Theater Oct. 22-23

Oceanside Theatre Company’s first mainstage production since COVID closure to feature audience favorites from the Brooks Stage 

(Oceanside, CA) –Oceanside Theatre Company (OTC) will welcome theater patrons back to the mainstage at the Historic Brooks Theater with Welcome Back: The Curtain Rises Again, the theater company’s first production since the COVID crisis shuttered the venue in March of 2020, just after the opening weekend of Sweet Charity, the company’s biggest production in its history.  Welcome Back will feature audience favorites from past OTC shows, including Sweet Charity, and Man of La Mancha, as well as showcasing some of the Youth Theater Outreach performers and OTC’s new Music Series Director, renowned Oceanside musician, Shane Hall. Performances are Friday, October 22nd and Saturday, October 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Brooks Theater in the heart of the Oceanside Cultural District, 217 North Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA. Tickets and Information

“It’s exhilarating to finally be able to produce a show for our loyal – and very patient – OTC patrons after being dark for the past eighteen months,” said Ted Leib, OTC’s Artistic Director. “Theatre is such a vital part of our culture, both here in Oceanside and beyond, and to have our art form return after all this time is like taking a breath of air after nearly drowning!” Leib added.

The cast of The Curtain Rises Again includes: Luke Monday (OTC’s Red, Book of Mormon National Tour) Kalin Booker (OTC’s Sweet Charity) Bob Himlin (OTC’s Sweet Charity, Foxfire, and Man of La Mancha) Olivia Pence (Sweet Charity, Man of La Mancha) Audrey Eytchison (Sweet Charity). The Youth Program performers include Antonio Cayler (Shrek the Musical) age 18,  Annabelle Lopez, age 8, and Keaton Russo, age 9.

“I am on cloud nine at the thought of returning to the stage,” said Olivia Pence.  “Live theatre is so important for our community, and I encourage everyone to celebrate with an evening of live entertainment! OTC holds a special place in my heart and I can’t wait to celebrate the Curtain Rising Again!”

All patrons, including children, must either show proof of full and completed vaccination against COVID-19 or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the prior 72 hours. All patrons must wear masks covering their nose and mouth at all times while inside the venue.

ABOUT OCEANSIDE THEATRE COMPANY (OTC): Oceanside Theatre Company (OTC), the resident professional theater company operating the Historic Brooks Theater in downtown Oceanside, is a center point of the Oceanside CA Cultural District (OCCD). OTC’S mission is to produce professional theatrical, musical, and visual art for the entertainment and enrichment of the community; present educational opportunities in the arts for children and adults; 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, a Youth Theater Arts Program, and events in the adjacent, Studio 219 blackbox theater. To learn more visit


Oceanside Theatre Company believes in transparency. As a tax-exempt nonprofit organization, we annually file a Form 990 with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to provide information to the public on the organization’s finances, public support, and activities. The IRS uses this form to evaluate the organization’s compliance with tax laws. As part of its commitment to transparency and accountability, Oceanside Theatre Company makes available its IRS Form 990s. Tax ID #27-5574410.

Brooks Theater reopens for Youth Arts Camp

After restrictions lifted in June, the theater was able to reopen its doors after a year’s hiatus for its annual Youth Theater Arts Camp. The camp invites children between 7 and 17 years of age to participate in a several-week-long camp that teaches theater skills like singing, dancing, acting, poetry, and choral reading.

Oceanside International Film Festival at The Brooks

The Oceanside International Film Festival officially returns this week for five days’ worth of independent cinema. The event, which is now entering its eighth annual edition offers local and international filmmakers the opportunity to screen to a wide audience. Guests this year can expect to see over 50 films from all over the world, regions represented this year will include, but not be limited to; Spain, Kosovo, Canada, Iran, Australia, the United States & France.

Oceanside Theatre, Museum Collaborate to Enhance Artistic Experience of Tony Award-Winning Production, RED

(Oceanside, CA) April 25, 2018– Oceanside Theatre Company (OTC), the resident professional theatre company at The Brooks, is joining artistic forces with the Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) Artist Alliance to bring visual and theatrical art together for OTC’s next production, RED .

Kevin Hafso-Koppman to Direct “RED” by John Logan at Oceanside Theatre Company

Oceanside Theatre Company (OTC) announces its production of RED by John Logan. Produced by OTC artistic director Ted Leib, the production is directed by Kevin Hafso-Koppman and features Robert May and Luke Monday. The production will run May 4th – 20th.

Oceanside Theatre Company at The Brooks kicks off its 2018 Music Series

Oceanside Theatre Company at The Brooks kicks off its 2018 Music Series on Sunday, April 22, with two American blues treasures: The Rick Holmstrom Band and Nathan James and The Rhythm Scratchers.  All seats are $25.

As Part of SD Theatre Week, Tours of the Brooks Theatre to be given February 21st

In honor of San Diego Theatre Week, OTC is offering behind-the-scene tours of the historic Brooks Theatre on February 21st at 11:00am & 1:00pm. At the end of the tour, patrons will receive the option to purchase discounted tickets (2 for $30) to one of the upcoming 2017-18 season productions.

“Outside Mullingar” A Sentimental Journey at Scripps Ranch Theatre

“There was a girl, there was a boy. If they had met they might have found a world of joy. But he lived on the morning side of the mountain and she lived on the twilight side of the hill. They never met, they never kissed. They will never know what happiness they’ve missed ‘Cause he lived on the morning side of the mountain and she lived on the twilight side of the hill. For love’s a rose that never grows without the kiss of the morning dew. And every Jack must have a Jill to know the thrill of a dream that comes true. And you and I are just like they for all we know our love is just a kiss away”

Scripps Ranch Theatre and Oceanside Theatre Company Co Produce OUTSIDE MULLINGAR

Scripps Ranch Theatre, located on the campus of Alliant Int’l University in Scripps Ranch has opened OUTSIDE MULLINGAR, by John Patrick Shanley, a co-production with Oceanside Theatre Company. The production runs from January 19th – February 18th at Scripps Ranch Theatre. Outside Mullingar continues its run with Oceanside Theatre Company housed at the Brooks Theatre from February 23rd – March 11th.

“Foxfire” preview on KNSD Channel 39


Oceanside Theatre Company Presents MIRACLE ON 34th STREET

Oceanside Theatre Company (OTC) to present MIRACLE ON 34th STREET, the second show in their 2017/2018 Season. The production is directed by Heather Reba with musical direction by Noelle Marie Kerr . OTC performs at the Brooks Theatre in Oceanside.

Michelle Marie Trester and Eric Hellmers Lead Cast of SAME TIME NEXT YEAR

Oceanside Theatre Company (OTC) announces casting for Same Time Next Year, by Bernard Slade, the first show in their 2017/2018 Season. Their four show season starts in October of 2017 and runs through May of 2018. They perform at the Brooks Theatre in Oceanside. (More)

William Inge’s PICNIC to Close 2016-17 Season at Oceanside Theatre Company

Oceanside Theatre Company (OTC) will produce the Pulitzer prize winning play PICNIC, by classic American Playwright William Inge, as the final production of OTC’s 2016/2017 Season. The show runs from May 5 – 21 and is directed by OTC’s new Artistic Director, Ted Leib.

Oceanside Theatre Company Welcomes Ted Leib as New Artistic Director

Oceanside Theatre Company (OTC) named Ted Leib as their new Artistic Director, effective March 1, 2017. Leib will direct PICNIC, by William Inge – the final production of OTC’s 2016/2017 Season running from May 5 – 21 and will be announcing the company’s 2017/2018 Season in April.

In the News

San Diego Theatre Week returning for a third go-round

You could argue that every week is theater week in San Diego — one of the most active theater towns in America, with a reputation that stretches to Broadway and beyond thanks to the new work developed here.

‘Outside Mullingar’ is full of Irish wit

“Outside Mullingar” is a play involving four characters in the Irish countryside. Scripps Ranch Theatre has rolled out this production full of wit and humor, and is presenting it on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 18.

Oceanside Theatre Company’s “Same Time Next Year” Remains a Funny, Romantic Comedy

The first play of Oceanside Theatre’s 8th Season and first under new artistic director Ted Leib still retains the humor, sensitivity and timelessness even though it covers a relationship spanning 1951 to 1975. When it first appeared on stage at Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York City, starring award winning actress Ellen Burstyn and Charles Grodin, critics referred to the play as a “funny comedy about love and adultery”. The play would run on Broadway for four years.

‘The Full Monty’ and ‘Outside Mullingar’ are nice Valentine’s options

Valentine’s Day is a couple of weeks away, but love is already in bloom at Scripps Ranch Theatre, which is staging a quaint and shamelessly romantic production of John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar. This four-person play set on adjoining cattle and sheep farms in the Irish countryside was presented two years ago by the San Diego Rep. The Scripps Ranch version—a co-production with Oceanside Theatre Company and directed by Kathy Brombacher—is a reiteration of the 2014 love story’s charm. It’s also a reminder of the script’s fatal flaw in the motivation department. No spoilers forthcoming.

“Outside Mullingar” at Scripps Ranch Theatre

John Patrick Shanley stated he wanted to create a story about a family farm he was familiar with and a love story that dealt with all of the feelings surrounding this emotion. Shanley, 2005 Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner for “Doubt”, wrote this play “Outside Mulligar” after his 60th birthday. It appeared on Broadway in 2014 and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play and received two Drama Desk nominations for Best Play and Outstanding Featured Actor. He actually used the real names of his relatives for the story.

THEATER REVIEW: “Outside Mullingar”

Some people never forget a slight. Others don’t know a come-on when they see it. Playwright John Patrick Shanley takes his own very Irish family as a starting point for “Outside Mullingar,” a romantic comedy about two (fictionalized) feuding families.