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We are working with Terri Steinmann and the WEST team once again to assemble a theatre plan with three class options. The class options vary in commitment required, rehearsal times, and cost to the family. As you read through each option, please note carefully the rehearsal and performance times for each group. We may modify the hours, including calling some actors in the Advanced theater option for an extra half hour from 10:30-11:00 as needed. 





Sign of the Seahorse (2nd-8th grades)  Our most intensive class option. Must have completed this survey interest survey by Oct. 30, 2017 and then come to audition day on Nov. 2. See details on this page.

The Ocean staff will consider the size and developmental readiness of actors interested in the Advanced Theater (Sign of the Seahorse) cast, which is why you MUST have completed the interest survey no later than October 30.




TK-8th grade:

Combined Dates for



(Urchins & Groupers) 

Rehearsals for these two groups will be during regular Spectra Theater hours from 1:00-3:00 pm on Thursdays, January 31–February 28.

1:00-2:45 for the STAGE COMBAT and ACTING class 

2:15–3:00 for the THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT class

Everyone participating in these two options can be at Ocean as usual from 1:00-3:00.

Showcase Performance date MARCH 7 at Del Mar School. 



More about the WEST Performing Arts and Ocean Alternative Theater Collaboration:

While we realize it is unreasonable to expect to create a theatre class that suits everyone's needs and individual philosophy, we endeavor to create a theatre class that serves many of our OA community. At the heart of the theatre class is the dedication to create an inclusive, safe platform for young people to explore creativity, learn to collaborate with others, and critically think through a project from inception to completion. All students are invited to participate as acting/technical theatre students or as audience members. We evaluate the program each year based on feedback from the students, families, teachers and artists and do our best to adjust the class to suit our ever-changing needs. 

That being said, we realize we cannot meet everyone's expectations, but we feel confident that staying true to providing a child-centered theatre class is the right path for our community.

If your student is reticent, we would love to try to help them know what to expect and to find the right fit in our program. Also, the best cure for reticence is WATCHING the shows—kids are often most inspired by seeing the plays and thinking, "I can do that".

The Ocean Alternative Squirt theater class is open to ALL students K-2 willing to attend consistently and put forth a strong effort to learn. The program goals are largely focused on learning fundamentals that include understanding how to participate in a class of this nature. Learning how to listen, adapt and modify behavior to function as an individual within a group is the primary goal

Since these young students arrive to class at different developmental stages, come from different home philosophies on what "school" is, and experience different parenting styles, the process appears (and is) chaotic. But we make every effort to help each child learn how to function in the class; that IS the process.  

We could take the position to include only students who were "ready" and able to assimilate with the program, and whose parents agreed to work with their child in between each class session—and we would certainly have a more polished product and manageable class—but we would have sacrificed inclusivity. In this regard, I would ask people to consider the larger picture. "It is the creative journey that matters" for these young ones.  

—Terri Steinmann

a note about GENDER in WEST productions

WEST does change gender roles and characters—but it is rarely something the director solely decides or dictates for the play. Rather, typically we let the actor who has been cast in the role decide which gender he/she will play the role. 

Changing the gender of title characters sometimes happens, but not without discussion among the whole group—especially if it switches the story dynamic or necessitates additional gender switches—or where romance is involved in the plot-line.  In that case, we discuss the options of how we, as an ensemble, want to tell the story. 

Everyone has a chance to express an opinion, and discuss the ways it may affect the story then we hold an open vote to decide as an ensemble how we will tell the story.  And as it is their work/experience, WEST always defers to the decision of the ensemble.  

Although we are deeply supportive of gender equality and the need for students to explore gender identity, unless it is the primary intent of the play, it is important to acknowledge that while some students benefit by having a safe space to explore gender, other students may feel their safety or comfort was jeopardized.

It is a balance. And it is a tricky balance when working with broad age groups. If we decide to offer a play with this expressed intent, it should be clear from the onset that is the intent of this particular experience. There is also the "place" that a well known story has in an individual's heart. Often, too much change to a beloved story is compromising and unsatisfying.

Please feel free to help us refine our practices and support everyone even better.


Theater Class Page 2018-2019

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Ocean Alternative Theater Program Overview

2018-2019 THEATER options. CHOOSE ONE

Welcome to the new school year. We're again working with WEST, and our program resembles last year's configuration:

1. Advanced Theater Experience 2nd-8th grades: THE SIGN OF THE SEAHORSE, full commitment. This option included a mandatory Audition Day on November 2nd. The script will be adapted to the players, parts will be cast, and scripts will go home over Winter Break. Rehearsals will be from early January until the performances at Broadway Playhouse on March 8, at 1:30 and 7:30 PM. (similar to Zorro last year) INTEREST SURVEY

2. Regular Thursday Theater Experience, TK-2nd: THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT: This option will be developmentally geared for the younger kids, with options to do more as kids are ready. It runs from January 31st until an evening performance at Del Mar Elementary school on March 7. (like Alexander last year) INTEREST SURVEY

3. Regular Thursday Theater Experience, 3rd-8th: STAGE COMBAT AND ACTING:  This option will explore stage combat, and will incorporate that work into acting through rehearsing and performing some scenes from well-known stories. It runs from January 31st until an evening performance at Del Mar Elementary school on March 7. (Like Theater Tech and Acting last year) INTEREST SURVEY


Advanced Theater Option—Sign of the Seahorse


Once again we will work with Terri Steinmann from

West Performing Arts to offer a 2nd-8th grade play for very committed actors. 

Friday, Nov. 2. 

AUDITION DAY: 9:30-12:00

at Ocean

This class option requires that actors attend the Audition Day, all rehearsals, any extra rehearsals we might call, and that they will be here for the tech rehearsal on MONDAY March 4, dress rehearsals on THURSDAY and FRIDAY and the two performances on FRIDAY March 8. There is a $100 fee for this option that can be offset by reducing curriculum/materials provided by Ocean. 

Actors will receive their scripts and parts before Winter Break and are expected to begin learning lines before initial rehearsals begin in January.  

The Sign of Seahorse

 Join us for an adaptation* of this Graeme Base picture book of the evil Grouper and his thugs, pollution under the waves, refugees in search of a new home, and true love, all told in rhyme. Romance, mystery and intrigue revolve around the Seahorse Cafe, where the beautiful Pearl Trout falls in love with Corporal Bert the Soldiercrab. But Reeftown is in danger, and soon Pearl, Bert, and Pearl's brother Finneus must journey through the ocean depths to find the source of the deadly poison that is destroying the coral reef.

*The script is an update of one that was originally written with our Ocean Alternative middle schoolers many years ago, performed with a K-8 cast of over fifty students, and included ballet, hip hop, and swing dance! Who knows what we'll include this year!


The Sign of the Seahorse, an adventure under sea

A frolic through a blighted reef for a band of refugees

The Sign of the Seahorse, an adventure under sea

A tale of greed and real estate and marine ecology!


Urchin & Grouper Thursday Theater Class

(for Urchins and Groupers not in Sign of the Seahorse

NOTE: for URCHINS AND GROUPERS the time is 1:00-3:00 pm for this option, which is a change from their regular Thursday Art class time.

Please fill out interest survey by January 24th.


Stage Combat and Acting Class

with a 6:30 pm Thursday evening Showcase Performance at Del Mar School on March 7. On MARCH 7 they will be at Del Mar from 3:30≈7:30pm. 


Six weeks of  STAGE COMBAT & ACTING. Last year we had interest in stage combat and only had a small amount of time in our Technical Theater class to dedicate to it, so we are offering an expanded opportunity to learn and choreograph more complex stage combat techniques. We will practice techniques, develop our battles, and incorporate stage combat into scenes from longer scripts for our showcase performance.


Rehearsals will be THURSDAYS, January 31–February 28 from 1:00–2:15. Everyone participating can be at Ocean as usual from 1:00–3:00. 


Showcase Performance date MARCH 7 at Del Mar School. ACTORS at DEL MAR from 3:30–7:30(ish) ON THAT DAY:


♦DINNER BREAK (bring a sack dinner) 4:30–5:30 PM while WEST sets up for show and Ocean sets up box office. 

♦ACTOR CALL 5:30 PM (Squirts arrive at Del Mar School. Everyone gets into costume). 


The Day the Crayons Quit Performance at 6:30 followed immediately by STAGE COMBAT and ACTING CLASS performance.

PLAN TO COME SEE Sign of the Seahorse the next day at Broadway Playhouse at 1:30 PM or 7:30 PM.



AUDITION DAY: 9:30–12:00 this Friday for everyone in Sign of the Seahorse!

Advanced Theater Class:

The Sign of the Seahorse

Fill out survey by OCTOBER 30; AUDITION DAY Nov. 2


SQUIRT Theater Class:

The Day The Crayons Quit

Fill out survey by JANUARY 24


URCHIN & GROUPER Theater Class:

Stage Combat and Acting

Fill out survey by JANUARY 24


Squirt Thursday Theater Class

All Squirts are welcome to this class, but it helps us to share contact information with Terri if you fill out the interest survey by January 24th.

(K-2nd grades):

The Day the Crayons Quit

Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking—each believes he is the true color of the sun

Fun, safe, and developmentally appropriate story that kids will help develop. Showcase Performance at Del Mar with Stage Combat and Acting Class (see dates below for that group).

Rehearsals for The Day the Crayons Quit  will be THURSDAYS, January 31-February 28 from 
2:15-3:00 for the Squirts. Everyone participating can be at Ocean as usual from 1:00-3:00.

Showcase Performance date MARCH 7 at Del Mar School. ON THAT DAY:

  • SQUIRT DRESS REHEARSAL 2:30-3:30 PM at Del Mar School.
  • SQUIRTS ARRIVE AT Del Mar School 5:30 (House not yet opened for audience—parents can line up outside or wait in cars. ;-)
  • HOUSE OPENS 6:00 PM at Del Mar School
  • The Day the Crayons Quit Performance at 6:30, followed immediately by STAGE COMBAT and ACTING CLASS performance!

PLAN TO COME SEE The Sign of the Seahorse the next day at Broadway Playhouse at 1:30 PM or 7:30 PM.


If you are interested in watching any of the Theater Class plays from last year, complete the following survey and you will be given the link to all the plays. If you want your own copy, you can download it onto your own computer. The videos are only visible to anyone who has the link. In respect to every Ocean family, you will be asked to agree to share responsibly and agree not to put the videos on social media. 

Theater Class Plays 2017