This is a community theatre event!
With a perfect combination of street-smarts and optimism, Annie warms the hearts of the audience as we witness her rise from next-to-nothing in New York City. She is determined to find her parents, who left her at the orphanage years ago. Though things don’t quite work out the way she has planned, she does manage to thwart the plans of the evil Miss Hannigan and find a new family with billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his secretary Grace Farrell, and her lovable pooch, Sandy.
December 7th - 17th, 2017
9620 Campo Rd.
Spring Valley, CA 91977
Jean has been working with kids and theater for nearly 25 years. After growing up in a youth theater that was a major part of her extracurricular activities, Jean felt the need to get her own children involved in theater. What started as a desire to present a school play through the PTA at her kids’ elementary school soon evolved into a regular program offering after school drama classes. Shortly thereafter YOUNG ACTORS’ THEATRE was born. Over the years, YAT has produced over 50 productions, and has seen hundreds of students train with us. Some directing favorites include: The Music Man, Beauty & the Beast, Seussical, Peter Pan, Legally Blonde, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Les Miserables, Ragtime, West Side Story and Fiddler on the Roof. Jean is extremely grateful to her children, grandchildren and her husband for all of their ongoing support.
Jim began his musical theatre career as an actor at the age of eight, as a musical director at the age of fourteen, and as a director at the age of nineteen. He began his formal musical education at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, studying choral conducting and vocal performance. He then attended Arizona State University. In 1989, he was a Jeopardy champion and appeared on the Jeopardy Tournament of Champions, fulfilling a lifelong dream. He has toured the world as a singer with the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers of Los Angeles, singing spirituals, Gospel, musical theatre and jazz. Jim operates a busy voice studio in San Diego and is the artistic director of Pacific Coast Chorale, a 75-voice community choir.
Mr. Nettles has been a professional performer, director and teacher for a few decades or so, spending much of his time in his San Diego area. He has also worked throughout the country as a director and teaching artist He has been music director at City Ballet of San Diego since 2006. He currently teaches show choir at Vista High School and El Capitan High School. At YAT, he has served as music director for Ragtime and Legally Blond and choreographer for Oliver and Fiddler on the Roof, just to name a few. John also owns and operates A Class Act Productions, producing events and entertainment for all occasions.
Alexa Cohen is a current college student studying theatre and elementary education. She has had the pleasure to work and train with some amazing mentors at YAT and other companies in San Diego. Some favorite roles include, Marcy Park in "The 25th Annual Putnuam County Spelling Bee", Peppermint Patty in "Snoopy", Anybody's in" West Side Story" and Pilar in "Legally Blonde". After graduating as captain of her high school dance team, she has gotten to continue her passion for dance by teaching. Recent work include choreographer for Peter Pan at Mnt Helix Academy, and YAT's productions of Schoolhouse Rock, A Holiday to Remember, The Jungle Book, High School Musical, along with YAT camps/classes. She is extremely excited to be working on the show that sparked her love for performing!
Jerrica began playing the piano at age 4 and it quickly became her life passion. In high school and college she began to pick up other instruments and has played and sang in musical ensembles at Grossmont, SDSU and the City Ballet. Jerrica now performs around San Diego in multiple ensembles. She played in the orchestra for YAT'S production of Beauty and the Beast and Ragtime, was the stage manager for Wizard Of Oz, Peter and the Starcatcher, and was the music director for Thoroughly Modern Millie and Into the Woods.
Assistant Stage Manager:
Ethan is a junior in high school and has been involved with theatre for the last four years. What started as backstage help for one of his sister's shows, has progressed into sound tech and stage management for his high school, YAT, and CYT. Ethan's past credits include Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (Saints Players, SM), The Odd Couple (Saints Players, SM), Joseph (Saints Players, SM), Spelling Bee (YAT, SM), and Willy Wonka (YAT, ASM). He is happy to be a part of any of Jean and Jim’s productions.