Sweet Charity

March 6 – 29

Sweet Charity
Book by Neil Simon
Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Director: Ted Leib
Choreographer: Siri Hafso
Music Director: Martin Martiarena

Fri & Sat @ 7:30pm
Sundays @ 2pm

Inspired by Federico Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria, SWEET CHARITY explores the turbulent love life of Charity Hope Valentine, a hopelessly romantic but comically unfortunate dance hall hostess in New York City. With a tuneful score by Cy Coleman, sparkling lyrics by Dorothy Fields, and a hilarious book by Neil Simon, SWEET CHARITY captures all the energy, humor, and heartbreak of Life in the Big City for an unfortunate but irrepressible optimist. Musical numbers include: “Big Spender,” “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” “Rhythm of Life,” “I’m a Brass Band” and “Baby, Dream Your Dream.”

Alyssa Austin (Dance Hall Hostess / Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her OTC debut with this dream show! She is grateful to have worked throughout San Diego County over the last 3+ years, including at The San Diego REP, ion theatre, OnStage Playhouse, Coronado Playhouse, OB Playhouse, and LEGOLAND California. Favorite recent credits: Carla in Nine, Columbia/The Usherette in The Rocky Horror Show, Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, and Sheila in A Chorus Line. Alyssa is the founder of women’s empowerment company, PoisedandProfessional.com. @alyssaanneaustin

Kalin Booker (Charity Hope Valentine) is delighted to make her debut at the Oceanside Theatre Company! Recent credits include, Regional: Matilda, Chicago, Mamma Mia (Moonlight). Local: Heathers (OB Playhouse). When she is not performing, she helps run the entertainment at Legoland CA Resort. She would like to thank her friends, family, and coworkers for all their support, along with the artistic team for giving her this opportunity to tell sweet Charity Hope Valentine’s story.

Kenny Bordieri (Ensemble) is a local San Diegan. He is happy to be back with OTC for a second time, previously appearing as Clifford in 2018’s Deathtrap. Other San Diego credits include: Good People (Scripps Ranch Theatre), and Almost, Maine (Vista Broadway). Most recently Kenny appeared in Mamma Mia! And Clybourne Park at the Lyric Rep. in northern Utah. He received training from PCPA and Utah State University. For more about Kenny visit Kennybordieri.com

Anthony Donovan (Ensemble) Is thrilled to make his OCT debut with Sweet Chairty! Previous credits include Next to Normal, Godspell in Concert (Coronado Playhouse), Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, Spring Awakening (OnStage Playhouse), The Who’s Tommy, Avenue Q (OB Playhouse), A Civil War Christmas (Diversionary),  Five Course Love (Scripps Ranch Theatre) Thank you to Ted, Martin & the whole SC team, Aimee Meredith, The Usual Suspects and that one guy for loving support.

Anna Duchi (Dance Hall Hostess / Ensemble) has a degree from Humboldt State University in Theatre Arts and Dance, and has been in theater since she was 8 years old. Some of her favorite roles include Inga (Young Frankenstein) and Kate (Kiss Me, Kate). She is currently a Choreographer for Jefferson Middle School, and a performer at Legoland California. Over the summer, you can see her directing for Oceanside Theatre Company and Scripps Ranch Theatre.  She is honored to be a part of this wonderful cast.

Audrey Eytchison (Helene / Ensemble) is excited to be making her OTC debut! Audrey graduated from UC Irvine with a degree in Musical Theatre to pair with her AA in dance. Audrey was last seen as Passepartout in Around the World in 80 Days at New Village Arts. Past credits include: Sister Act at SDMT, Columbia in Rocky Horror Show, Lucy in Avenue Q, Sally in Reefer Madness, Hedy in H2$, and Val in A Chorus Line. Much love to her family and fiancé for all their support. www.audreyeytchison.com

Bob Himlin (Herman / Ensemble)  Sweet Charity marks Bob’s fourth consecutive OTC show, following turns in Man of La Mancha (Padre), Foxfire (Prince) and A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play.  He was featured in the San Diego regional premieres of Spamalot (King Arthur) and The Producers (Roger DeBris) at Welk Resort, All Shook Up (Sheriff Earl) at Moonlight Stage and Side Show (Boss) for Premiere Productions.  Recent local favorites include Baskerville at Scripps Ranch Theatre and Catch Me If You Can (Frank Sr.), Children of Eden (Father), South Pacific (Emile), and Into the Woods (Baker) at Star Theatre. Love to Cathy! @EnginActor

Alyssa (Ajay) Junious (Dance Hall Hostess / Ensemble / Dance Captain) is from Oceanside, California and she is thrilled to make her debut with OTC. She received her B.F.A. in Performance and Choreography from the University of California, Irvine. Alyssa is the founder of Continuum Dance and has presented work at the Oceanside Museum of Art and LUX Art Institute. Professional credits include:  La Jolla Playhouse (Diana the Musical), SDMT (All Shook Up), Legoland Resort, Disneyland Resort, Entity Contemporary Dance Company, PGK Dance Project, San Diego Dance Theatre (Trolley Dances) and Dancing with Our Stars. For more info visit AlyssaRJunious.com

Steve Lawrence (Oscar / Ensemble) is thrilled to return to OTC after his debut performance as Sancho Panza in last year’s production of Man of La Mancha.  An English/Spanish bilingual actor, Steve has performed in theatres across San Diego, Los Angeles and Spain.  Favorite regional credits include She Loves Me (Scripps Ranch Theatre), El Burlador de Sevilla (BFA Theatre, Los Angeles), Grease and Pump Boys and Dinettes (Moonlight Stage Productions).  Television Credits: Gilmore Girls.

Olivia Pence (Nickie / Ensemble) is overjoyed to return to OTC after the success of Man of La Mancha last year. Olivia was last seen in Around the World in 80 Days at New Village Arts in Carlsbad. Recent performances have included The Little Mermaid, Bernarda Alba, and Cry Baby: The Musical. Olivia graduated from California State University Fullerton with her BFA in Musical Theatre, and has been dancing her whole life. Olivia also works for the Servant Leadership Institute in Carlsbad. Enjoy the show, palsy! www.oliviapence.com

Alex Tanner (Marvin / Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to the stage OTC again this season! Recent credits include A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play at OTC, Comedy of Errors at SITV, and The Importance of Being Earnest at MiraCosta College, where he is currently finishing up his associates degree in theatre.

Tanner Vidos (Vittorio Vidal / Daddy Brubeck / Ensemble) An Oceanside local, Tanner is appearing in his second show at OTC following last season’s Deathtrap. He recently appeared as Beast in Beauty and the Beast with Theatre Royale in Thousand Oaks, and has also worked with New Village Arts (Secret Garden, Lord of the Flies), SDMT (Ragtime), Welk Resort (The Music Man), Scripps Ranch Theatre (She Loves Me), and Star Theatre in Oceanside (Streetcar Named Desire, A Few Good Men).

Roma Anasazi Watkins (Rosie / Ensemble) is so excited to be making her debut at Oceanside Theater Company. She has loved performing since she was a child, filling her time with as much exposure to performing as possible. She has worked in many facets of the industry including Voice Acting, Modeling, Commercials, Live Theatre, Dance, Teaching, and Directing/Choreographing. She has been able to travel while performing including locations such as San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, Texas, Vermont, and Scotland. Favorite performances include: Legally Blonde (New Village Arts), How The Grinch Stole Christmas (The Old Globe), Evita (Lewis Playhouse), and Shrek (MET2), and Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen in The Nutcracker. She is grateful for the love and support of her friends, parents, grandparents, and her fellow cast mates!  @romaanasazi

Eden Young (Ursula / Ensemble) is excited to join Oceanside Theatre Company once again. She previously served as ASM as well as understudied Madge and Millie in Picnic (OTC). You may have also seen her as Fermina/ ensemble in Man of La Mancha (OTC), ensemble/ tango dancer in She Loves Me at Scripps Ranch Theatre, Mute in The Fantasticks at Scripps Ranch Theatre, and most recently as Sophie in MAMMA MIA! at the Star Theatre Company. @eden.y