at Young Actors' Theatre
July 21-31, 2022
Christine Cordova is thrilled to direct The Little Mermaid with Marc Caro-Willcox (Asst. Director & Choreographer) and Brice Cloke (Choreographer), and to introduce YAT students and audiences to her dear friend Leigh Scarritt as Musical Director. The Little Mermaid has a beautiful score, fantastic production numbers, rich characters, stunning costumes, physical comedy, and truly touching moments. This show promises to be a fun-filled experience for all involved!
Christine has been teaching youth theater for over 25 years. She began as a theatrical make-up artist, which she continues to this day. Favorite directing credits include Shrek (NYA Award), Wizard of OZ, Willy Wonka (NYA award), Peter Pan, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Beauty & The Beast and Godspell. All 5 of Christine’s (now adult) children performed on the YAT stage, including the inaugural production of Bye-Bye-Birdie many years ago.
Miss Leigh Scarritt is a veteran of film, television and stage and has performed all over
North America. When not on stage Leigh is a mentor and coach to dozens of San Diego’s up
and coming young talent. Many of her students have attended such prestigious universities
as NYU, Yale, Boston Conservatory, UCLA, Syracuse, Pace and USC. Leigh is an award
winning director, choreographer, musical director and composer. Over a hundred of her
students have appeared in The Old Globes’ production of HOW THE GRINCH STOLE
CHRISTMAS. Her students have been finalists on The Voice, America’s Got Talent and
American Idol. She currently has students on Disney and Nickelodeon. Her “Girl Band” has
won awards throughout Southern California and is a much sought after performance group.
Some of her favorite roles include Velma Von Tussle in HAIRSPRAY, Grandma Who in HOWTHE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, Nana Lu in BLUE BONNET COURT, Billie Dawn in BORN YESTERDAY, Eva Peron in EVITA, Marjorie in the ALLERGIST’S WIFE, Queen Aggrevaine in ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, Delores in WORKING, Woman 1 in I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE, The Agent in NINE, Frenchie in GREASE, Ms. Pennywise in URINETOWN, Morgan Le Fae in CAMELOT, Sally in CABARET, Audrey in LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and Mrs. Peachum in THREE PENNY OPERA.
“Leigh Scarritt is San Diego’s Premier Voice and Acting Coach.”
Director and Co-Choreographer:
I am honored to be back choreographing at Young Actors' Theatre alongside fellow YAT alum, Brice Cloke. My first show with YAT was High School Musical in 2005. Since then I performed in 6 productions and choreographed 3. Working at YAT feels like coming home to me. Theatre education is what inspires artists to be their very best, on and offstage. Fostering creativity and professionalism are cornerstones for aspiring performers. The Little Mermaid will challenge these actors by creating magic together and uplifting fellow artists to continue making YAT a place people can call home for years to come.
Marc Caro (He/Him) is a native San Diego actor, director and choreographer. Directorial credits include: The Spongebob Musical, Vanities (CPH); The Wiz (VSPA). Choreographic credits include: She Loves Me (SRT); Mamma Mia (CPH); The Lightning Thief, Seussical, Newsies Jr., Tuck Everlasting (SDJT); Willy Wonka, Wizard of Oz, Xanadu (YAT). Marc currently serves as the choreographer for the show choir program at Helix Charter High School and is a teaching artist at SDJT.
I am SO thrilled to be co-choreographing this show! The Little Mermaid will forever be a show close to my heart. I played Grimsby when I was 12 years old, and it was the show that truly made me fall in love with musical theatre and performing. There is something for everyone in this show with the many large dance numbers and wacky characters it is sure to be a blast!!
Brice is thrilled to be joining this fabulous team & co-choreographing Little Mermaid alongside the insanely talented, Marc! Little Mermaid has always been one of Brice's favorite Disney movies, and he is so excited to bring it to the stage. Brice has trained in all styles of dance including advanced tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical and contemporary. His production credits include most recently co-choreographer for Beauty and the Beast (YAT) and the Production Assistant for The Addams Family (Steele Canyon High School). His favorite performing credits include Shrek the Musical, Freaky Friday (YAT), Les Miserables & A Midsummer Night's Dream. Teaching is Brice’s passion, and he is currently going to school to obtain a degree in Theatre Education. Growing up, choreographers were always such important mentors to him, and he is so blessed to be able to have the opportunity to be a mentor for the next generation! He can't wait to see you all under the sea!
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 first 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