Michelle Marie Trester and Eric Hellmers Lead Cast of SAME TIME NEXT YEAR

By: Sep. 30, 2017
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Oceanside Theatre Company (OTC) announces casting for Same Time Next Year, by Bernard Slade, the first show in their 2017/2018 Season. Their four show season starts in October of 2017 and runs through May of 2018. They perform at the Brooks Theatre in Oceanside.

Same Time Next Year, by Bernard Slade runs from Oct 6 - 22, 2017. The story follows a love affair between Doris and George, married to others, who rendezvous once a year. Twenty-five years of manners and morals are hilariously and touchingly played out by the lovers. Same Time Next Year is directed by Ted Leib and features active San Diego artist Michelle Marie Trester as Doris and Eric Hellmers as George.

OTC Artistic Director, Ted Leib shared, "As the new Artistic Director of Oceanside Theatre Company, I'm thrilled to announce casting for the first show of our upcoming season. Same Time Next Year is one of the most popular romantic comedies of the century. Michelle and Eric are both active San Diego Artists who each bring wonderfully versatile performance skills to this comedic and touching gem. For the remainder of the Season 2017/18, we've got some familiar favorites and exciting music. We're looking forward to sharing it with the Oceanside Community and beyond."

OTC's 2017/18 Season continues:

Miracle on 34th Street, A Radio Play, based on the LUX Radio Theatre Broadcast

Directed by Heather Reba

Dec 15- 23, 2017

Travel back to a 1940 radio studio at the holidays in this classic story of Holiday miracles. Do you believe in Santa Claus? When a jolly bearded man named Kris Kringle is hired by Macy's Department store, he claims to be the real deal. Some believe him...some think he is crazy. This charming holiday favorite is transformed into a a live staged radio broadcast straight from the 1950's, complete with manual sound effects, holiday carols, original classic commercials and a cast of all ages.

Outside Mullingar, by John Patrick Shanley (a co-production with Scripps Ranch Theatre)

Directed by Kathy Brombacher

Featuring: Jim Chovick, Vanessa Dinning, Dagmar Fields & Steve Schmidt

Feb 23 - Mar 11, 2018 Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits straddling 40. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, a state of affairs that - due to his painful shyness - suits him well. Rosemary lives right next door, determined to have him yet watching the years slip away.

The Pirates of Penzance

Directed by Ted Leib

May 4 - 20, 2018

A new twist on the classic Gilbert & Sullivan operetta. Set in 1962, these Pirates are a waterfront street gang in leather jackets led by a Pirate King of Swing;, the Major General is a MacArthur-esque figure complete with corncob pipe and deep southern drawl; and the music is updated to a mix of contemporary styles of the era - Rock 'n' Roll, pop, big band swing, bluegrass, & more.

Same Time Next Year, Cast Bios

Michelle Marie Trester (Doris): Select theatre credits include: The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (Cygnet Theatre), 4000 Miles (ion theatre), Hackathon (Playwrights Project, The Old Globe), Noises Off (Premiere Productions, Welk Resort), Flemming (An American Thriller) and On Air (Scripps Ranch Theatre), Fight Dreams (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The XYZ Files (Off-Broadway), Little Piece of You (NYC International Fringe Festival), Rabbit Hole (Theatre Arts West), and the title role in Henry VI (The New School for Drama). She has also toured with her solo theatrical clowning show TO DO: to various festivals including the NYC International Fringe Festival. Film/Television credits include: Deadly Devotion (Discovery ID), Mary Pillard 2016 (Safe Circle Productions). MFA, The New School for Drama. www.MichelleMarieTrester.com

Eric Hellmers (George) Eric is a local actor/director/singer/teacher/crooner who works all over San Diego. Theaters include Moonlight Amphitheater, Welk Resort, Cygnet, the Avo, San Diego Musical Theatre (SDMT), the Brooks Theatre, Ion, and the Lyceum. He teaches and directs children's theatre for Carlsbad Community Theatre, Aviara Oaks Middle School and Carlsbad Performing Arts Academy. Select Theatre Credits: Titanic (Lightoller), Cabaret (Cliff), Meet Me in St. Louis (Mr. Smith), Boeing Boeing (Bernard), Catch Me If You Can (Agent Cod), Young Frankenstein (Ziggy), Leading Ladies (Jack/Stephanie), Fiddler on the Roof (Fyedka), Gypsy (Tulsa), Drowsy Chaperone (George), Sweeney Todd (Sweeney Todd), West Side Story (Riff), Once Upon a Mattress (Dauntless), Into the Woods (Baker), Music Man (Harold Hill), Arsenic & Old Lace (Mortimer). Eric also has a Sinatra/Buble/Rat Pack style act that he does, as well as an album of Jazz standards. You can see him next, returning to the Horton Grand Theatre in Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play for SDMT.

About Oceanside Theatre Company

Oceanside Theatre Company (OTC) was formed in January of 2011 and was awarded management of the Brooks Theatre by the City of Oceanside. Their mission is to create professional quality theatre for a vibrant and diverse population. OTC produces a 4 show mainstage season in their 198 seat venue as well as ongoing play-reading and music series in their blackbox theatre - Studio 219. Passionate for community outreach and sharing the arts with youth, OTC runs a four week Youth Academy during the summer. To learn more, visit www.oceansidetheatre.org


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