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Oceanside Theatre Opens 2023 Season With Musical Farce “Lucky Stiff”

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WHO/WHAT: Oceanside Theatre Company and Scripps Ranch Theatre present Lucky Stiff, A Musical Farce by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and directed by Kathy Brombacher.

WHEN: March 3-19, 2023

WHERE: The Historic Brooks Theater, 217 N. Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054

TICKETS: Prices range from $20 for Preview Nights to $50 for Opening Night with Season Subscription and Group Rates available. They can be purchased through OceansideTheatre.org or by calling the Box Office at 760-433-8900.

ABOUT: An absurd musical full of misfits and miscreants trailing along after a dead man on holiday, Lucky Stiff, written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, is “Weekend at Bernie’s” meets “You’ve Got Mail!” A co-production of Oceanside Theatre Company and Scripps Ranch Theatre, Lucky Stiff tells the story of Harry, an English shoe salesman who receives the unexpected news that he has inherited a fortune from his late Uncle Anthony, on the condition that he takes his uncle’s dead body on a special trip to Monte Carlo. If Harry refuses to fulfill all of his uncle’s last wishes exactly, the inheritance will go to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn. It doesn’t help matters that Rita, Tony’s lover with whom he embezzled $6 million behind her husband’s back, and her brother Vinnie, who she blamed for the crime, have their own schemes to get at the money. Based on the novel The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo by Michael Butterworth, Lucky Stiff is a life-affirming comedy served up with a dash of danger featuring romance, disguises, farcical chases, and an omnipresent corpse.

We are grateful to kick off our 2023 Season with a continuation of our partnership with Scripps Ranch Theatre, which began in 2018 with Outside Mullingar,” said Alex Goodman, OTC’s Managing Director. OTC’s fourth co-production with SRT, Lucky Stiff is an uplifting musical farce with songs from the creative team of RagtimeSeussical, and Once On This Island and features several actors who have appeared on our stage over the years including Kenny Bordieri, Kelly Derouin, Bob Himlin, Olivia Pence, Audrey Ward, and OTC Artistic Director, Ted Leib. 

 “We felt it was important to begin the year with a fun and funny musical that will remind our audiences of the joy that theater can bring,” added Leib.

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 (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 theater season and a Music Series in the 198-seat venue, as well as play readings and various other events 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.

Oceanside Theatre Company | 217 N. Coast Highway,, 219 N. Coast Highway,, Oceanside, CA 92054

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