OCEANSIDE, CA — It’s opening weekend at the Historic Brooks Theater as the Oceanside Theatre Company Presents a Holiday Classic and Oceanside Holiday tradition, A Christmas Carol. A Radio Play.
The play is based on Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella. An original OTC adaptation directed by Ted Leib, the production takes the audience to studios of WOTC radio for a lively re-telling of Dickens’ classic tale of the miserly curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge and his visit from the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. This year’s production will feature music and Christmas Carols.
WHEN: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, December 10 – 19
- Fridays, Saturdays @ 7pm
- Sundays @ 2pm
WHERE: The Historic Sunshine Brooks Theater, in the heart of the Oceanside Cultural District
217 N. Coast Hwy Oceanside, CA 92054
TICKETS: $30 for adults, $22 seniors, $15 student/military. Purchase tickets online at oceansidetheatre.org or by calling the box office at 760-433-8900.
Grandison M. Phelps, III (Narrator) is thrilled to make his debute with OTC for this 4th annual Holiday production. He is an award-winning actor having shared the stage with various companies in numerous productions, most recently with CCA Theatricals in Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; earlier, The Barn Stage Company in Carousel in Concert and Camelot in Concert; Cygnet Theatre for the outstanding repertory run of Seven Guitars and King Hedley II and also Fences, Piano Lesson and Gem Of The Ocean. Grandison’s other credits include To Kill A Mockingbird and a recurring role in An American Christmas (Lamb’s Players); Bulrusher and As You Like It (New Village Arts); Sweet Bird of Youth (La Jolla Playhouse); I’m Not Rappaport (Patio Playhouse); The Gospel At Colonus and God’s Trombones (Ira Aldridge Players) and the title role in Othello (Octad Productions) to name a few.
Edward Howell Ed is thrilled to be back again as Scrooge, joining this year’s talented cast and crew for their production of A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play. Ed has a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre from Michigan State University and studied in the MFA program at the University of Louisville. He has appeared in community, collegiate and professional theatre productions, as well as commercials and independent films.
Bob Himlin Bob’s OTC credits: Sweet Charity (Herman), Man of La Mancha (Padre), Foxfire (Prince Carpenter). Elsewhere: San Diego regional premieres of Spamalot (King Arthur) and The Producers (Roger DeBris) at the Welk Resort Theatre, All Shook Up (Sheriff Earl) at Moonlight and Side Show (Boss) at Vista’s AVO Playhouse. Other local favorites: Baskerville at Scripps Ranch Theatre; Catch Me If You Can (Frank Sr.), Children of Eden (Father), South Pacific (Emile), and Into the Woods (Baker) at Oceanside’s Star Theatre.
Olivia Pence Olivia was last seen in OTC’s production of Sweet Charity as Nickie, as well as The Curtain Rises Again! performance held in October. Recent performances have included Around the World in 80 Days (New Village Arts), The Little Mermaid and Bernarda Alba (Cal State Fullerton). Olivia graduated from CSU Fullerton with her BFA in Musical Theatre and currently works for the Servant Leadership Institute in Carlsbad.
Audrey Ward Audrey was last seen on the Brooks stage as Helene in Sweet Charity. Past credits include: Around the World in 80 Days (Passepartout), Sister Act (Nun), A Chorus Line (Val), Avenue Q (Lucy), Rocky Horror Show (Columbia), H2$ (Hedy), Reefer Madness (Sally).
Robin Thompson has often played at the nearby Star Theatre in roles such as Paul in Barefoot in the Park, Freddie in Noises Off, Sam in A Few Good Men, and more. Other favorite credits include Sherlock Holmes in Baskerville (Scripps Ranch Theatre), Teddy in Arsenic and Old Lace (Welk Resort Theatre), Gillette in The Game’s Afoot, which he also directed, and Rochester in Jane Eyre (both at Escondido’s Grand Tea Room).
John McCoy John has appeared in OTC’s productions of Miracle On 34th Street (twice), Best Christmas Pageant Ever and multiple MiraCosta College productions including Tonton Julian in Once On This Island, Judge Carnes in Oklahoma, Pa Joad in Grapes Of Wrath, H. Fatt in Waiting For Lefty, and The Apothecary in Romeo & Juliet.
Catalina Zelles Catalina previously performed at OTC in Miracle on 34th Street (Susan Walker) 2016/17. Other favorite productions include North Coast Repertory Theatre’s West Coast Premiere of Gabriel (Estelle, Craig Noel Award), Patio Playhouse’s Wait Until Dark (Gloria); Moonlight Amphitheatre’s Newsies (Newsie); [email protected]’s Secret Garden (Colin Craven, NYA Award); SDMT’s Billy Elliot (Ballet Girl); Welk Resort Theatre’s The Music Man (Amaryllis) and Fiddler On The Roof (Bielke); OTC’sEurydice (Little Stone); Cygnet Theatre’s Gypsy (Baby June); Saville Theatre’s To Kill A Mockingbird (Scout) and The Old Globe’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Little Who Ensemble).
Leigh Anne Sutherlin began her professional music direction career during her classical piano, voice, and jazz training at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She has performed extensively in resorts, clubs, theaters, and performance venues in the US, and has enjoyed decades of teaching piano and voice in her private music studio. She has written many choral arrangements, originals, and worship music (televised December 2006). Her jazz CDs, “Sandbar,” and “Jazzy Carols” are available for streaming online.
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About Oceanside Theatre Company: Oceanside Theatre Company (OTC), the resident professional theater company operating the City of Oceanside’s 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.
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