Live Oakes Educational Theater

369 Catalina Way

Vallejo, CA 94589


Phone: (707) 643-7819
or (415) 497-1715



Live Oakes
Educational Theater

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Show Descriptions

  This award-winning portrayal highlights the cultural diversity and women’s history of early California. We explore U.S. and world maritime history in word and song, from the Mission Era to the Gold Rush, including the Opium Trade and an anti-drug message.

  We re-create the historic ship-wreck of an 1850 clipper, and the impact of the Gold Rush on the people and the land of California.  The story is based on letters, logs, oral histories, and diaries, inclu-ding Two Years Before the Mast. We also examine the conflicts among archaeologists and collectors who un-earth artifacts, and the descendents of the artisans who crafted them.

  In a diversity of voices we weave a web of connections among the Native, Asian, Hispanic, and European peoples who created the most diverse state in the union. Michael and Renee Oakes involve the crowd in lively sea shanties. Study Guide included for school performances.

  Awards & Accolades

Awards & Accolades

Text Box: In The Wake Of Gold
“The great Bay of San Francisco is a vast soli-tude. Birds of prey and passage swoop about our deck. The waters team with fish. Bears, wolves and wildcats range the oak groves, and all around is the stillness of nature.”

    ~ Richard Henry Dana,        1834

“You were wonderful."

"It supported the Social Studies Standards. The set was beautiful, the actors were professional, and the content was thorough."

"Great rapport. Thanks for doing what you're doing. It's so important."


      -Teachers from Sutter,
   Washington Union, and
  Milpitas Christian Schools