For Kansas farmgirl Dorothy and her little dog Toto, getting swept up in a tornado is only the start of their problems. When she and her house plonk down in the colorful, magical world of Oz -- right on top of the vile Wicked Witch of the East -- she's hailed as a hero by the local Munchkins, who send her off along the Yellow Brick Road to Emerald City, where the fabled Wizard of Oz might be able to help her get home. Along the way, Dorothy meets a Scarecrow in search of a brain, a Tin Man in need of a heart and a Cowardly Lion looking for courage, all the while pursued by the Wicked Witch of the West. A talented cast of young actors ranging from 2nd-8th grade will have you singing, clicking your heels and repeating, "There's no place like home!"
Christine Cordova has been teaching youth theater for over 20 years. She made her directorial debut with The Wizard of Oz, and is excited to return to OZ with this cast. Favorite directing credits include 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! Christine is thrilled to once again be working with her son, Marc Caro-Wilcox (choreographer), and her dear friend Moriah Angeline (Music Director). She would like to thank Robb, Jerry, and the amazing parent volunteers for their invaluable help creating this show!
Marc Caro is a San Diego native and recent returnee from the Bay Area where he was working as the Director of Youth Dance at the New Conservatory Theatre of San Francisco. Marc has choreographed and taught dance technique at Helix Charter High School, Young Actors’ Theatre, Visionary School for the Performing Arts, The Rock Academy as well as being a Teaching Artist for San Diego Junior Theatre. He studied ballet and modern dance growing up and has been blessed to be a working dancer/actor in San Diego County and beyond. Performance/Production credits include:Tuck Everlasting (SDJT, Choreo), Avenue Q (OB Playhouse), Shockheaded Peter (Cygnet), A Chorus Line (CHP), Seussical (CHP), Willy Wonka (YAT, Choreo), Helix Show Choir (Choreo), Godspell (The Rock Academy, Choreo).
Moriah Angeline is excited to return to YAT after a long hiatus! Moriah has directed, musical directed, and choreographed youth shows for YAT, CYT, Poway High School, and Granite Hills High School. She is a professional actor who has performed on stages across the US and in Japan and loves sharing what she has learned with young actors. She can be seen singing all over San Diego and is co-owner of Lip Service Singing Telegrams. Moriah is happy to be soaking up the gorgeous San Diego weather once again after living in Las Vegas (starring in Mamma Mia) and New York City. There's no place like home! www.moriahangeline.net
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 Peter and the Starcatcher, and was the music director for Thoroughly Modern Millie and Into the Woods.
Caedyn is excited to be making her Assistant Directorial debut. She has been performing for many years, and is thrilled to be on the creative team! This has been an amazing experience for her and she has learned so much from this talented artistic team. Caedyn would like to thank Christine, Marc, and Miss Moriah for giving her this incredible opportunity.
Assistant Stage Manager:
Max is 14 and in 9th grade. He has been in 11 productions with YAT. Max is excited to be the ASM for Wizard of Oz. Recent credits include: Peter (Peter and the Star Catcher), and the Baker (Into the Woods). In addition to acting, Max has also taken an interest in the technical side of running a show. Max would like to give a special thanks to Jerrica for this opportunity.