San Diego Junior Theatre is pleased to announce that Ricardo Valenzuela is set to direct and choreograph Junie B. Jones, The Musical. The pre-audition meeting is April 15.
Ricardo Valenzuela is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, NYC. As an actor, he recorded two full seasons as a lead character in the Latin American television show titled Dos y Dos. He has performed at the Starlight Bowl, Moonlight Amphitheatre, San Diego Musical Theatre, Hispanic Arts Theatre, San Diego Asian Repertory Theatre, Coronado Playhouse, Christian Community Theatre, and on the Holland America Cruise Line as a contestant of Dancing with the Stars at sea with celebrity judges Kym Johnson and Carson Kressley. Ricardo comes to us from our neighbor program San Diego Civic Dance Arts where he choreographed countless musical theatre style numbers for recitals, productions, camps, and their award winning showcase Collage for over 11 years.
The father of Meg Murry and her brother Charles Wallace has been missing for more than a year. When the siblings are visited by celestial creature Mrs. Whatsit, they find out he has been held captive by wicked forces on another planet and might be able to rescue him through a tesseract, a wrinkle in time and space. Meg and Charles Wallace are joined by their friend Calvin O’Keefe and learn more details from Mrs. Whatsit and her companions Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which about Mr. Murry’s location: Camazotz, one of several planets that’s been taken over by a great evil called the Dark Thing. The trio of Mrs. W’s transport the siblings and Calvin there and advise them to stick together. Their quest is dangerous and its encounters are frightening. Ultimately, the adventure reveals to them that love triumphs over evil.
There IS such a thing as a tesseract. Based on the book by Madeleine L’Engle.
ASL-Interpreted performance 2pm, Saturday, March 18, 2017.
Carlos Mendoza is the founder of the Hispanic Arts Theatre, an innovative theatre company that promotes Hispanic cultural awareness. One of his main projects has been creator and producer of The New Mambo Kings, a musical revue with a blend of Latin culture through voice, music, and dance. Carlos has an extensive resume as actor, director, choreographer and producer. He has won several awards: San Diego Critics Circle Awards for his productions of West Side Story and Ragtime; the 2014 BRAVO (San Diego) award for body of work , the 2015 National Youth Arts Award for his production of In the Heights at San Diego Junior Theatre and the Inland Theatre League Award for his production of In the Heights at Performance Riverside. In addition, Carlos choreographed two full seasons of Dos Y Dos for the Latin American Multimedia Corporation, a groundbreaking educational TV/DVD Series. When not working in theatre, Carlos can be seen sailing the seven seas as Cruise Director for Holland America Line. He is currently a project coordinator for Beyond the Bell Broadway, for the San Ysidro school district.
New video from Junior Theatre’s 2017 production of Little Shop of Horrors.
Little Shop of Horrors at Junior Theatre
The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” – after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!
Recommended for audiences 13 and older due to mature humor and themes.
ASL-Interpreted performance, 7pm, Saturday, January 21, 2017.