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About the Melodrama


The Great American Melodrama & Vaudeville is a professional non-Equity theatre located in Oceano, California, just three miles south of Pismo Beach. It first opened its doors in the summer of 1975, and has been operating year round since 1976.

Performances at the Melodrama are fun for the whole family. Guests arrive and are ushered to their seats to the sounds of live, honky-tonk style piano.  Our snack bar is open prior to the show and during intermissions. It serves stadium-style fare such as soda, beer, wine, nachos, hotdogs, popcorn, and the like. The snack bar is staffed by the actors performing that night, adding to the lively, interactive feel.

A night at the Melodrama gets you two shows for the price of one. Each night we perform a two act play – typically comedies, musicals, and spoofs – and follow it with an original vaudeville revue stuffed with song, dance, and comedy.  As the theatre’s name suggests, many shows are performed in a classic melodramatic style, with patrons encouraged to cheer the hero and boo the villain. An evening at the Melodrama promises affordable fun and laughs for all ages.