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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 reserve the right to modify hours (most likely cutting some rehearsal hours if we are underfunded).

The Ocean staff will manage size and developmental readiness of the Chaucer's Flying Circus cast, which is why you MUST have completed the interest form no later than October 26. Questions? Ask Deb


Chaucer's Flying Circus (1st-8th grades)

Our most intensive class option. Must have completed interest form by Oct. 27, 2016 and have come to audition day. See details above.

Combined Dates for




Rehearsals for these two groups will be during regular Spectra Theater hours from 1:00-3:00

THURSDAYS, Feb 2-March 2

1:00-1:45 for the Squirts.

1:45-3:00 for the Technical Theater and Acting Class. TECH TEAM needs to commit to working on TWO LEFT FEET and ACTING CLASS show after third class to continue.

Everyone* participating can be at Ocean as usual from 1-3:00 

*(NOTE: actors in Chaucer's Flying Circus rehearse from 11:30-1:00 and then leave, unless invited to stay and support these groups).

Showcase Performance date MARCH 9 at Del Mar School. 

♦TECH TEAM SET UP 1:00-2:30 PM at Del Mar School

♦TECH TEAM CUE-TO-CUE 2:30-3:00 PM at Del Mar School

♦SQUIRT DRESS REHEARSAL 3:00-4:00 PM at Del Mar School (with TECH TEAM)

♦ACTING CLASS REHEARSAL 4:00-5:30 PM at Del Mar School (with TECH TEAM)

♦TECHNICAL THEATER AND ACTING CLASS DINNER BREAK (bring a sack dinner) 5:30-6:00 PM while WEST sets up for show and Ocean sets up box office


♦HOUSE OPENS 6:00 PM at Del Mar School

♦TWO LEFT FEET Performance at 6:30 followed immediately by ACTING CLASS performance, with TECH TEAM

♦8:00 PM—Strike set, and PLAN TO COME SEE Chaucer's Flying Circus the next day at Broadway Playhouse at 1:00 PM or 7:00 PM.


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 Spectra Class Page 2016-2017

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Welcome to the new school year. We'll again be working with WEST, and our program will resemble last year's configuration:

1. Chaucer's Flying Circus: 1st-8th Full Commitment Theater Experience: This option included an Audition Day on November 4th. The script will be fit to the players, parts will be cast, and scripts will go home over Winter Break. Rehearsals will be from January until the performances at Broadway Playhouse on March 10, at 1:00 and 7:00 PM. (like Outrageous Fortunes last year)

2. Two Left Feet: K-2nd Theater Experience: This option will be developmentally geared for the younger kids, with options to do more as kids are ready. It will include a performance at Del Mar Elementary school on March 9. (like Curious George last year)

3. Technical Theater and Acting Class: 3rd-8th Theater Experience: This option will explore technical theater and acting. For those who commit, it will include designing and running the K-2nd show, with an option for acting in a small student-directed show. (like Tech and Actor's Toolbox last year)


Once again we will work with Terri Steinmann from

West Performing Arts

We again offer a 1st-8th grade play for very committed actors. This play had an audition day on Nov. 4, from 10-12.

This class option is NOT available to Kindergarteners and will require 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 March 6, dress rehearsal on March 10, and the two performances on March 10. There is a fee for this option that can be offset by reducing curriculum/materials provided by Ocean. No family will be turned away because of the cost.

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





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Geoffery Chaucer's Flying Circus 

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 if 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"


Below are details of theater options for those NOT doing Chaucer's Flying Circus:

Two Left Feet Theater Class

For Squirts: Please fill out this survey.

Spectra Squirt Theater Class

(K-2nd grades):

Two Left Feet

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

Rehearsals for TWO LEFT FEET will be THURSDAYS, February 2-March 2 from 
1:00-1:45 for the Squirts. Everyone participating can be at Ocean as usual from 1-3:00 

Showcase Performance date MARCH 9 at Del Mar School. 
♦SQUIRT DRESS REHEARSAL 3:00-4:00 PM at Del Mar School.

♦SQUIRTS ARRIVE AT Del Mar School 5:30

♦HOUSE OPENS 6:00 PM at Del Mar School
♦TWO LEFT FEET Performance at 6:30 followed immediately by TECHNICAL THEATER and ACTING CLASS performance!

8:00 PM—Strike set, and

PLAN TO COME SEE Chaucer's Flying Circus the next day at Broadway Playhouse at 1:00 PM or 7:00 PM.


The Ocean Alternative Squirt theater class is open to ALL students 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


For Urchins and Groupers (not in Chaucer's Flying Circus)

Please fill out this survey. The sooner we know how many students are interested in this option, the sooner we can see if we need to modify the plan. Please complete the survey sooner rather than later so that we can check back in with everyone in time to create the best plan to meet the most needs and wants.

If it supports those choosing this as their theater option, we will recruit experienced actors from the advanced theater option to work alongside them.Thanks!

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Technical Theater and Acting Class with Showcase Performance at Del Mar.

TECHNICAL THEATER for Urchins and Groupers—lights, sound, props, sets, makeup and other theater tech. 

Six weeks of TECH/ACTING for those wanting to act in, direct, and/or design a short show, and/or help design and run the Squirt show (TECH CREW).

Lights and sound operation for the shows on March 9 requires special training and will be for approved Groupers only. Running props and sets during the show will be for any Urchins and Groupers interested in the Tech Team who come to the rehearsals for the shows they want to work.Those interested will need to commit to the productions after the third class. 

Rehearsals will be THURSDAYS, February 2-March 2 from 1:45-3:00. Everyone participating can be at Ocean as usual from 1-3:00. 

Showcase Performance date MARCH 9 at Del Mar School. 

♦TECH CREW SET UP 1:00-2:30 PM at Del Mar School
♦TECH CREW CUE-TO-CUE 2:30-3:00 PM at Del Mar School

♦SQUIRT DRESS REHEARSAL 3:00-4:00 PM at Del Mar School (TECH CREW will be there to work the show)

♦ACTING CLASS SHOW DRESS REHEARSAL 4:00-5:30 PM at Del Mar School (TECH CREW will be there to work the show)
♦DINNER BREAK (bring a sack dinner) 5:30-6:00 PM while WEST sets up for show and Ocean sets up box office.

♦SQUIRTS ARRIVE AT Del Mar School 5:30 PM

♦TWO LEFT FEET Performance at 6:30 (TECH crew will be there to work the show, ) followed immediately by ACTING CLASS performance.

♦8:00 PM—Strike set, and PLAN TO COME SEE Chaucer's Flying Circus the next day at Broadway Playhouse at 1:00 PM or 7:00 PM.