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as Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical!

Grades 2nd through college!


February 22, 23, 24, March 1, 2 & 3 at 7:00pm

February 24, 25, March 3 & 4 at 2:00pm

School days performance is February 28

(please contact the office for more information)


ENCORE! Theatre

9620 Campo Rd.

Spring Valley, CA 91977


Joe Dionisio











Originally from the Bay Area, Joe moved to attend college at UC San Diego where he received his bachelor’s degree in Theatre. After receiving his degree, Joe worked with a few San Diego based theatre companies, including being stage manager for a production with Ion Theatre Company. He also was production stage manager for the Latin American Multimedia Company and their television production of Dos y Dos. For YAT, Joe has been both on stage and behind the scenes, and was stage manager for YAT’s productions of Grease, The Music Man, Hairspray, and Beauty and the Beast, as well as director for Schoolhouse Rock, Legally Blonde and Peter & the Starcatcher.


Assistant Director:

Astrid Pett











Before transitioning to musical theatre, Astrid studied ballet for 8 years, performing at various venues around San Diego county. She has since performed in 12 shows at YAT since 2014, including Grandma Addams (The Addams Family), Queen Aggravain (Once Upon a Mattress), Olive (Spelling Bee), Miss Flannery (Thoroughly Modern Millie), and most recently as Black Stache (Peter & The Starcatcher). Next year she will be attending college to pursue a degree in Theatre Arts. She was previously the Stage Manager for The Jungle Book and High School Musical! She's very excited to be Assistant Directing with Joe for Seussical.


Music Director:

Matt Ignacio











Matt is a cantor and director of the Youth Choir at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, where he recently starred as Joseph in the SJC Drama Ministry's production of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He is always thrilled to musically direct in YAT productions. He loves being able to work with such talented students. Previous shows include Aladdin, Alice in Wonderland, Bye Bye Birdie,The Music Man, Schoolhouse Rocks, The Jungle Book and Mulan.​



Alexa Cohen











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" and Anybody's in" West Side Story". 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, along with YAT camps/classes. She is extremely excited to be working on the show that sparked her love for performing! 


Stage Manager:

Jerrica Stone











Jerrica began playing the piano at age 4 and it quickly became her life passion. She became an masterful pianist before moving to San Diego to study music at Grossmont College and San Diego State University. In high school and college she began to pick up other instruments; cello, clarinet, violin, bassoon, and voice. She has played and sang in musical ensembles at Grossmont, SDSU and the City Ballet. Jerrica now performs around San Diego in multiple orchestras and directs a children's choir in Little Italy. She played in the orchestra for YAT'S production of Beauty and the Beast, and was previously the Music Director of YAT's Thoroughly Modern Millie, Into the Woods and My Son Pinocchio, Jr.


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