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Oceanside Theater Company Takes Center Stage with Long-Term Lease, Renovation and New Leadership

Oceanside Theatre Company Presents Songs for A New World in Conjunction with Teatro San Diego June 3 – 26

Jason Robert Brown’s contemporary song cycle weaves together history and characters to spotlight social injustice in America

(Oceanside, CA) – Oceanside Theatre Company (OTC) presents “Songs for a New World”, in conjunction with Teatro San Diego at the Historic Brooks Theatre June 3- 26 in downtown Oceanside. Adapted from Teatro San Diego’s successful inaugural production streamed during the Covid-19 pandemic, “Songs for a New World”, written and composed by Tony Award Winner, Jason Robert Brown (“The Last Five Years”, “Bridges of Madison County”), is a  moving collection of powerful songs examining life, love and the choices that we make. “Songs for a New World” plays Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.. Tickets are available for $15 – $45 online at www.oceansidetheatre.org or by calling the box office at 760-433-8900.

The production, first seen in 1995 Off-Broadway at the WPA Theatre,​​ is Co-Directed by Teatro San Diego’s Kevin “Blax” Burroughs and Julio Catano, with Choreography by Alyssa “Ajay” Junious, and Music Direction by William Ah Sing. Teatro San Diego’s original streaming production received three BroadwayWorld 2021 San Diego Awards, including Best Direction Of A Stream (Kevin “Blax” Burroughs), Best Editing Of A Stream (Christian Ezell), and Best Scenic Design Of A Play Or Musical (Reiko Huffman) and appeared on the Pam Kragen’s Best of 2021 list for the San Diego Union Tribune.

“This year-old, diversity-focused theater company impressed with its debut production,” wrote Kragen in December of 2021. “Director Kevin “Blax” Burroughs reimagined the scenes — about people through history about to make life-changing decisions — from a 2021 perspective.”

SYNOPSIS: Songs for a New World is, according to composer Jason Robert Brown, “about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back.” With a rousing score that blends elements of pop, gospel and jazz, featuring tight harmonies and daring vocals, Songs for a New World transports its audience from the deck of a Spanish sailing ship bound for a new land, to the ledge of a New York penthouse. Characters range from a young man in the Bronx who dreams of becoming a famous basketball player, to a forlorn and neglected Mrs. Claus lamenting as Christmas approaches.

A small but powerful and diverse cast along with a supercharged, well-crafted score appeal to old and new generations alike as each character — in their own way — takes hold of that one moment and enters a new world.

“What makes this production unique,” says Co-Director and Teatro San Diego Artistic Associate, Kevin “Blax” Burroughs, “is the fact that we took it from a streaming production last year to now a live audience with a live band and a new location – it’s exciting!”

“We were inspired by the civil rights movement of 2020,” says Co-Director and President of the Teatro San Diego Board of Directors, Julio Catano, “and we are now able to present it live in 2022. So, we are very excited to share these conversations that have been going on in the nation and among all of us as a community.” 

Choreographer and Teatro San Diego Founding Member Alyssa “AJay” Junious says, “We have two ensemble dancers who are able to embody the story through movement, and I’m really enjoying weaving the cast all together.  There are two things unique to this production: It’s a collaboration between two amazing theatre companies here in San Diego, and it is BIPOC led. I love the fact that Teatro San Diego is centered around that mission and that Oceanside Theatre Company is on board.”

“I’m excited to bring this bold production of “Songs for a New World” to Oceanside,” said Alex Goodman, OTC’s Interim Managing Director.  “I think our North County patrons will be blown away by the immense talent and creativity that “Blax” and his team will showcase on the Brooks stage.  We’re proud to help raise the visibility of an emerging company and share their very first live production with our audience. And there couldn’t be a better time to lift up a company that is specifically focused on telling diverse stories and celebrating the rich cultural heritage of our community.”

Located in the heart of downtown Oceanside, the Brooks Theater is the cultural center point of this North County region, uniquely recognized as only one of 14 inaugural Cultural Districts designated by the State of California.

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 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.

About Teatro San Diego: 

Teatro San Diego was founded in the midst of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic in order to help San Diego become the vibrant, all-inclusive community it has always had the potential to be. At the time of the organization’s inception, the two largest minority communities in San Diego were Mexican and Filipino. Thus, the city’s two most prevalent languages aside from English were Spanish and Tagalog. “Teatro” means “Theatre” in both languages. These original San Diegans have been under-served and under-represented in San Diego’s performing arts community and Teatro San Diego works to rectify this disparity by emphasizing and accounting for the inclusion of all local nationalities and languages. To learn more, visit: www.teatrosandiego.org.

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PERFORMANCE DETAILS:

June 3 – 26, 2022

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are available for $15 – $45 online at www.oceansidetheatre.org or by calling the box office at 760-433-8900.

THE CAST:

Timyra-Joi* started her acting and singing journey at the age of 4. She recently completed a two year run in Las Vegas’s hit mash up, BAZ! Star Crossed Love, as “Juliet” and enjoyed being a finalist at the tender age of 15 in NBC’s THE VOICE. 

Christian Duarte is a graduate from Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA), and received his B.A. in Theatre and Community from UC Santa Barbara. There, he was president of a student run theatre company and directed “The Last Five Years” and “Mamma Mia!”

Brittany Adriana Carrillo last appeared at OTC as Rapunzel/StepMother in “Into the Woods” in April. She is a cofounder of @abctheatreco and is currently pursuing her BA in Theatre Performance at SDSU.

Mikaela Rae Macias is currently a 3rd-year Theatre Performance student at San Diego State University. She graduated from Coronado School of the Arts’s Drama and Musical Theatre Program.  

Keri Miller is a veteran to the stage and is an elementary school teacher at Leonardo daVinci Health Sciences Charter. 

Joshua Washington is an accomplished dancer, recently seen in Jabbawockeez Prism and Jabbawockeez China Tour.  

CREATIVE TEAM

Kevin “Blax” Burroughs – Co-Director (He/Him/His) is a performer, director, choreographer and lighting designer. Directorial Credits: Songs…New World, Carrie, Next To Normal & others. Choreographer Credits: Little Shop Of Horrors, In The Heights, Legally Blonde, James…Giant Peach, Matilda, and others. Performance Credits: Bobby/Memphis, Armand/Once On This Island, Benny/In The Heights, Judas/Jesus Christ Superstar, Enjolras/Les Miserables, and others. Lighting Design Credits: The Addams Family, Matilda, Next To Normal, The Little Mermaid, Carrie and others. Co-Founder of Teatro San Diego. Instagram: @kevinblaxburroughs @teatrosandiego

Julio Catano – Co-Director  National / International Tours: The Addams Family (Ancestor), West Side Story Centennial World Tour (Chino). Regional: Kiss My Aztec! (La Jolla Playhouse); Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (Theatre Under The Stars); Camelot (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Anything Goes (Arena Stage); West Side Story (Barrington Stage Company, Musical Theatre West and Lamb’s Players Theatre). Film/TV: Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, FOX’s Pitch, TNT’s 12. Education: Dance B.F.A. from The Ailey School / Fordham University. Executive artistic director of Teatro San Diego and adjunct professor at Syracuse University. @juliocatanoyee @ teatrosandiego”

Alyssa “Ajay” Junious – Choreographer  Ajay is a choreographer, theatre artist, arts educator and pilates practitioner from Oceanside, California. She received her BFA in Performance, Choreography and Certificate of Arts Management from the University of California, Irvine. She is the founder of Continuum Arts & Pilates and Cofounder of Soultry Sisters Arts + Wellness Collective. She has choreographed for New Village Arts/OTC (Into The Woods), Teatro San Diego (Songs of a New World) and NVA (Beehive: a 1960’s Musical). Her work has been featured at Art Produce, Oceanside Museum of Art, LUX Art Institute, Temecula Front & Main Dance Festival, Palm Springs Dance Festival, RAW Artists San Diego, Orange County Dance Festival, The Vine Theater and Oceanside Public Library. Her professional performance credits include: La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Musical Theater, Disneyland Resort, Entity Contemporary Dance Company, San Diego Dance Theater, Oceanside Theater Company, Legoland Resort, PGK Dance Project, Disney’s ABC Christmas Special, Demi Lovato, Anika Noni Rose, and Cheryl Burke. To learn more visit AlyssaRJunious.com and @continuum.sd

William Ah Sing – Music Director & Conductor.

Reiko Huffman – Scenic Designer is excited to be a part of the remount of Songs for A New World with Teatro San Diego and in partnership with Oceanside Theatre Company. Recent and upcoming credits for Reiko Huffman include, The Importance of Being Earnest and Silent Sky with Summer Repertory Theatre Festival, The Wiz with Teatro San Diego, Cinderella at the Rose Theatre in Omaha, NE, and Legally Blonde with the GREAT theatre in Minnesota.

Morgan Zwonitzer – Stage Manager   Morgan’s credits with OTC include stage managing A Christmas Carol: A Radioplay (2021 & 2019) ASM for Foxfire (2019) and Dancing Lessons (2019) Other credits include: The role of The Kid in QueerSpawn for Diversionary (2018) and assistant directing Hir for Cygnet Theatre (2018) 

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Hi-Res Pre-Production Photos and Video: https://oceansidetheatre.org/pressphotos/

For interviews, photos, and press credentials: Leann Garms 214-289-3563 lgarms@oceansidetheatre.org

 

Oceanside Theater Company Takes Center Stage with Long-Term Lease, Renovation and New Leadership

(Oceanside, CA) – April 13, 2022 – Now in its 11th year of operations, Oceanside Theatre Company (OTC), the resident professional performing arts company at the “Sunshine” Brooks Theater, has served as stewards of the historic, city-owned theater and adjoining Studio 219 on North Coast Highway in Oceanside since the organization’s inception. Located in the heart of downtown Oceanside, the Brooks Theater is the cultural center point of this North County region, uniquely recognized as only one of 14 inaugural Cultural Districts designated by the State of California.

With a new 20-year City of Oceanside Use Agreement approved last Fall, OTC is taking bold steps to chart an expansive future for the organization – and the building. The previously all volunteer management team has hired its first Managing Director and has plans for a multi-phase, multi-year renovation of the 1930’s-era  Brooks Theater to serve the cultural needs of a growing community in Oceanside and North County.  The new agreement lays out required tenant improvements to the building, the first phase of which will be completed in the next 5 years.

“The Board is excited to have Alex join the OTC team as Managing Director,” says Board President John McCoy. “Alex has been involved in live theatre since childhood and that lifetime passion, combined with years of theatre management experience in Detroit, Chicago and, most importantly, San Diego, will provide OTC with a solid leadership platform for successfully moving the organization forward.”

Goodman comes to OTC from the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum where he led fundraising efforts in his role as Director of Philanthropy. Prior to that, he served as Managing Director of Carlsbad’s New Village Arts for nearly 6 years.

 “My wife and I used to walk to OTC from the apartment we rented near the train station,” says Goodman. “I loved OTC’s production of Red by John Logan in 2018. I was fortunate to have seen the show at the Center Theatre Group in L.A. with Alfred Molina in 2012. OTC was able to deliver a product for North County audiences that held its own against that L.A. production. The story didn’t require much technically, and it was told beautifully by talented, local artists. That’s something I hope to continue during my time here. To share high quality theatre and arts experiences right here in Oceanside.”

Goodman will be responsible for fiscal management, operations and marketing oversight, and the development of a comprehensive fundraising strategy to support ongoing operating needs of the organization, as well as the upcoming renovation. He currently serves on the boards of North County Arts Network, The San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition, and is the 2022 President of North County Philanthropy Council.

“The advances that Oceanside Theatre Company is making in programming and the facility are indicative of its ability to move the arts forward in Oceanside,” said CJ DiMento, Oceanside CA Cultural District Executive Committee. “With the strong leadership of the Board of Directors, now coupled with the experience and talent of Alex Goodman, the possibilities are endless for this Cultural District gem.”

Goodman comes on board as OTC wraps up the current joint production of Into the Woods with New Village Arts (running through May 1) and prepares for Songs of a New World, in conjunction with Teatro San Diego. Adapted from Teatro San Diego’s successful production streamed during the Covid-19 pandemic, “Songs for a New World”, written and composed by Jason Robert Brown, runs June 3 through June 26.  This contemporary song cycle weaves characters and history together, illuminating the timelessness of self-discovery with each song and performer representing a form of social injustice in America such as Feminism, White Privilege, Gender Equality, and Racial Justice.

“I’m a huge fan of Teatro San Diego and am excited to bring their bold production of Songs for a New World to Oceanside,” says Goodman. “I think our North County patrons will be blown away by the immense talent and creativity that Kevin ‘Blax’ Burroughs and his team will showcase on the Brooks stage this Summer. And I am humbled and proud to raise the visibility of an emerging company that is specifically focused on telling diverse stories and celebrating the rich cultural heritage of our community.”


Pam Kragen of the Union-Tribune reviews Into The Woods

Link to review:  San Diego Union-Tribune Review of INTO THE WOODS


OCEANSIDE THEATRE COMPANY ANNUAL REPORT

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.