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Disney's Finding Nemo, jr!

Disney’s Finding Nemo JR. is a musical adaptation of the beloved 2003 Pixar movie Finding Nemo, with new music by award-winning songwriting team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Marlin, an anxious and over-protective clownfish, lives in the Great Barrier Reef with his kid Nemo, who longs to explore the world beyond their anemone home. But when Nemo is captured and taken to Sydney, Marlin faces his fears and sets off on an epic adventure across the ocean. With the help of lovable characters such as optimistic Dory, laid-back sea turtle Crush, and the supportive Tank Gang, Marlin and Nemo both overcome challenges on their journey to find each other and themselves.

Featuring memorable songs such as “Just Keep Swimming,” “Fish Are Friends Not Food,” and “Go With the Flow,” Finding Nemo JR. brings a vibrant underwater world to life on stage in a story full of family, friend ship, and adventure.  


May 16-26, 2024


Greenfield Middle School

1495 Greenfield Dr.

El Cajon, Ca 92020

Christine Cordova

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Christine Cordova has been teaching youth theatre for nearly 30 years. She began as a makeup artist, which she continues to this day. Christine is an NYA award winning director whose favorite YAT credits include The Little Mermaid, Shrek, Wizard of OZ, Willy Wonka and Peter Pan. Returning to The YAT Junior Division is an exciting endeavor for Christine, as she enjoys working with the younger casts. Disney's Finding Nemo Jr promises to be a fun filled production with this stellar production team and our wonderful YAT families!

Music Director:
Kailee Ash-Ray

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Kailee Ash-Ray is excited to return to YAT as the Music Director for their production of Finding Nemo, jr., after last year’s production of Tuck Everlasting! Kailee is a teaching artist and music director who has also worked with San Diego Junior Theatre as well as Lamplighters. Along with her work in community theatre, she works full time as the Band Director at Magnolia Science Academy San Diego! Kailee enjoys sharing her passion for the arts with students in the San Diego area and looks forward to more exciting projects ahead! Enjoy the show!”

Olesia Winbush


Olesia Winbush is no stranger to performing. She loves the joy and excitement being on stage brings. She has won awards for a number of her dance, theatre and vocal performances. She has participated in many shows at YAT including: Bring it on, Newsies, Tuck Everlasting, SpongeBob the Musical, 42nd Street, Freaky Friday, Disenchanted, Shrek the Musical, Songs for a New World, Smile and Into the Woods. She is also well versed in many styles of dance some of her favorites being Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap and Ballet. Now She is excited to be able to share her passion for dance and  present a different side of herself through her choreography. She made her debut as a choreographer while working on SpongeBob the musical where she co-choreographed with director Chrissy Burns. Olesia is thrilled to be apart of the YAT family and hopes to be performing and choreographing for many years to come. 

Assistant Choreographer:
Ashlyn Bradfute


 Ashlyn has been dancing and acting for over 10 years now. She grew up competing in show choir & dance and is professionally trained in many different styles of dance, however her favorites include Hip Hop and Tap. Although she has participated in many shows over the years, she only recently joined us at YAT for Bring It On, as well as Little Shop of Horrors. Ashlyn has been involved at other studios and in other shows on the production side, but this is her first time doing so at YAT as the Assistant Choreographer. Ashlyn is so happy she has found a family here at YAT and is so excited to share what she has to offer with these kids.

Stage Manager:
Devon Jack

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Devon is currently studying to get his Bachelors in Theatre Arts with a minor in Business. He is either on the stage performing or behind the scenes stage managing. He works in the education space where he helps promote extracurriculars in education such as esports, theatre and team sports. Devon enjoys spending his free time coaching his girls club soccer team, and finding opportunities to get involved with theatrical productions. This is his second time working on a production since 2019 and is stoked to be on the artistic team. “The fun for me in collaboration is, one, working with other people just makes you smarter; that's proven” -Lin-Manuel Miranda

Assistant Stage Manager:
Miles Reed


Student Assistant:
Justine Garcia

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Justine is 16 years old and a junior in high school. She has been acting since she was 6 years old and has always had a love for performing and the stage. She has been in several shows at Young Actors' Theatre including, Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, The Wizard of Oz, Into the Woods, The Little Mermaid and more recently, Tuck Everlasting and Bring It On. As well as crewed a couple shows in the last couple years including, Your A Good Man Charlie Brown and Popstars. She is so incredibly grateful for this opportunity to work alongside this amazing team and bring this show to life!!! This is her first show working “behind the scenes” and she would like to thank Christine for this amazing opportunity!

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