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Performing Arts Center

Be a Guiding Light! Donate A Light!

With the completion of the Oceanside High School Performing Arts Center, we as a community have an opportunity to encourage the creation, appreciation, and understanding of the arts. This new facility will offer world class entertainment, educational outreach, and community connection in a state-of the-art setting.


With this new facility comes the need for the supplies and equipment required for daily operations. We need your support so that we can furnish the facility with the proper lighting fixtures. This will provide our students and community members the resources they need to create the next generation of performances, events, and activities.


How you can help? Donate a light! Our partners at 4Wall Entertainment have streamlined the process for us. Simply fill out the donation form to authorize your $350.00 purchase. 4Wall will then place the order and ship the light to our Performing Arts Center. That’s it! To recognize your donation, we will place your name on a seat plaque in our auditorium, immortalizing your support for years to come.


Thank you for consideration of this request for support. We look forward to enriching the Oceanside community through the arts together.


For more information, please go to the Oceanside Performing Arts Website

OHS Launches new performing arts center

By Deborah Sullivan BrennanContact Reporter

The $24 million performing arts center that opened Thursday at Oceanside High School is a far cry from the windy quad where choir students staged their performances.

The 29,000-square-foot center offers performance space and classrooms for the students and community of Oceanside, with a 502-seat main theater, black box theater, recording studio and other professional features.

With a gleaming, patina-green facade and a wall of glass windows, the building is visible from the Mission Street exit off Interstate 5. It was constructed with funds from Proposition H, a local school bond measure approved in 2008, and was designed to be both a local landmark and center for arts education.

“Thanks to the voters, our kids will develop skills that will last a lifetime, and discover talents that will lead to careers,” Superintendent Duane Coleman told school and community officials at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday morning.


As the high school orchestra performed on stage, performing arts technician Jeremy Sewell, who manages the facility, guided visitors through the center. The spacious lobby features a concession stand and a digital marquis that can alert theatergoers when a show is about to start. Inside the main hall, 502 red-cushioned seats face a stage rigged with professional lighting and sound equipment. An orchestra pit accommodates musicians, and a control booth houses audio and visual equipment.

“It’s amazing,” said choir teacher Leah Ritt. “We’re used to performing outside in the cold. We have never had a facility like this. It’s top of the line. It’s more than I could have ever dreamed.”

Choir student Gabi Jimenez, 17, looks forward to singing for family and classmates in the new theater, a big step up from the quad where the group has performed in the past.

“With this facility, it will let them experience our vision to the fullest,” she said.


A separate, black box theater adjacent to the main hall can be configured to house various performances, rehearsals or recording sessions, Sewell said.

“This room can be whatever we need it to be,” he said.

In the rear of the building, a classroom and “green room” provide space for student actors and musicians to rehearse and prepare for performances. And dressing rooms, decorated in light green and cream, featured lighted mirrors and vanities.

In the set shop, they will design, construct and paint theatrical scenery for productions. Nearby, a recording studio provides separate booths for musicians and vocalists, and acoustic dampening to reduce reverberation. Students will use the Pro Tools recording software employed by industry professionals, Sewell said.

“My hope is to help some of the students when they’re applying for college,” he said. “They can actually do their demos here.”

The arts center will be pivotal to an academic pathway for arts, digital media and design that the school is rolling out, officials said. Students in that program will be immersed in the art, craft and business of stage productions, learning to build props, operate lighting and sound equipment, manage ticket and concession sales, and produce musical and theatrical shows.

Oceanside High already offers pathways for health and criminal justice that introduce students to subject matter and technical training in those fields. Next year, it plans to add the program for arts, as well as one for environmental science and engineering, and another for business, innovation and global entrepreneurship. Students will choose specialized electives in their area of interest, and take core academic classes that weave the pathway’s theme into subjects, including English, math or history.

Student Zaire Oros, 16, said she plans to pursue a career in lighting and sound, and is thrilled to get started while she’s still a student. The day before the ribbon-cutting, she got her first lesson in rigging lights, she said.

“I didn’t know how to do that before, and since I plan to be doing that for the rest of my life, it’s great to learn while I’m still going to school, so I don’t have to go out into the world unprepared,” she said.

The school will host a community open house on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the new Oceanside High School Performing Arts Center at 1 Pirates Cove. On Saturday evening at 7 p.m., it will present a grand opening benefit concert for the center. Tickets are available at eventbrite or ohsfoundation