The Ragtime Benefit Concert took place February 9th-12th, 2017 at 7:00pm.
A very timely piece of art that covers immigration, racial discrimination and social injustice. It's told with powerful music by a stellar cast.
At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing… and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together -- that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician -- united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America.
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.
Danielle has been involved with YAT for the past year, with her first show being the ASM for Hairspray. Danielle has been stage managing ever since high school & now is pursuing a career in stage management. She has received an Associates degree in Technical Theatre from Grossmont College & is currently working on receiving her bachelors in Theatre Arts from UCSD. Some of her past credits include: The Odyssey (Grossmont College, SM), You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (Grossmont College, SM), Kimberly Akimbo (Grossmont College, SM), The Piano Lesson (Set Designer, SM), Spring Awakening (YAT, SM), Addams Family: The Musical (YAT, SM), A Holiday to Remember (YAT, SM), Foreground: Dance Thesis Works (UCSD, ASM), Rocks in Her Pocket (UCSD, Production Assistant). Danielle is absolutely thrilled to be back & working with YAT!