By Blake Ashley Frino-Gerl

By The Sea Productions (BTSP) is Morro Bay’s only live theater company. Its members aspire to create a community through their passion for theater and storytelling with an intent to provide quality entertainment for everyone to enjoy.

Formerly the Pewter Plough Players in Cambria, they moved to Morro Bay in January 2017 and adopted their new name. BTSP is a volunteer-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a Morro Bay business license. Its location is now at St. Peter’s by the Sea Episcopal Church, where performances take place on a permanent stage in Erickson Hall.


Board members include President Rhonda Crowfoot, Vice President Sam Gottlieb, Secretary Janice Peters, Treasurer Kelli M. Poward, and Directors Anita Schwaber, Sheridan Cole, Jean Miller, and Russell Snow. The members have many roles, including as performers.

“We are delighted to be in our seventh season of stage productions in Morro Bay,” Crowfoot says. “This year is especially exciting because we presented the world premiere of an original musical revue, ‘It Takes Two,’ which played to sold out shows.” 

BTSP is a member of the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce and makes it a point contribute to the economy by utilizing local businesses. It also donates tickets for fundraisers as well as partner with the church in awarding a Morro Bay High School student scholarship each year.

“Local support has been enthusiastic and our audiences are growing with each show, often to full houses (50 seats),” Peters says. “Other than acting, my favorite part of BTSP is getting to know our audience members, both local and from out of town. It’s rewarding to know we’ve given them an enjoyable evening or afternoon’s entertainment.”

By the Sea Productions

P.O. Box 2032 Morro Bay

(805) 776-3287