Burroughs Created, Directs and stars in Blitzen’s Ball December 15-24 at Brooks Theatre
Oceanside, CA – December, 2023 – Kevin “Blax” Burroughs will have his first chance to shine in his official capacity as Associate Artistic Director on stage and behind the scenes of Blitzen’s Ball: A Holiday Variety Show December 15 through December 24 featuring seasonal songs, dance, a lipsync battle and an ugly sweater contest. Created and directed by Burroughs, with music direction and piano accompaniment by Nina Gilbert, Blitzen’s Ball invites the community to revel in the holiday spirit.
“Out of all the reindeer, Blitzen is said to be the most spontaneous and playful of the bunch. Blitzen’s Ball will be just that!” said Burroughs. “Although the songs will stay the same each performance, the interactions between each performer and the audience will change every time, reflecting Blitzen’s personality through an essence of improvisation.”
Blitzen’s Ball will include holiday favorites, including “The Christmas Song” made famous by Nat King Cole, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” from Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas, “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” popularized by Ella Fitzgerald, and “O Holy Night” a classic Christmas song based on a French poem.
Mikaela Rae Macias, Kylie Young, and E.Y. Washington will return alongside Burroughs following their December 8 to December 10 performance of Seasons: A New Musical Song Cycle by Tyler Tafolla which makes its San Diego debut at OTC. They will be joined on stage by performers Andrea Petsinger and Montse Cabrera.
A San Diego-based African-American singer, dancer, actor, director, choreographer, and lighting designer, Burroughs has worked at theaters throughout San Diego County including Moonlight Stage Productions, New Village Arts, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Cygnet Theatre, OnStage Playhouse, CCAE Theatricals, SDMT, and La Jolla Playhouse, as well as youth theaters and educational institutions. He was honored with the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Specialty Artist in 2022, the same year he began work at OTC directing a co-production with Teatro San Diego of Songs for a New World along with fellow Teatro San Diego co-founder and co-director Julio Catano.
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. OTC’s mission is to produce professional theatrical 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 theater season, music series, comedy shows and other cultural events in its 198-seat main theater. It also hosts smaller performances and classes including poetry, improv, dance and various other events in the adjacent black box theater, Studio 219. Additionally, OTC is home to the Brooks Theater Gallery which presents rotating art exhibitions and artist open houses. An important part of OTC’s mission is inspiring and sharing the arts with local youth through the Youth Theater Arts Program, which includes after school drama camp in local elementary schools, Summer Theater Performance, Design and Technical Theatre 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.
Blitzen’s Ball: A Holiday Variety Show – December 15-24
Fridays at 8 pm; Saturdays at 2 pm & 8 pm; Sundays at 2 pm • Tickets: $20 Student, Military, Senior; $25 General Admission
Brooks Theater, 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054, 760-433-8900 – OceansideTheatre.org