Director Biography

Ricardo Valenzuela

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.

Pippi Longstocking

Adapted for the Stage in a translation by Thomas W Olson
Music by Roberta Carlson
Lyrics by Roberta Carlson & Thomas W Olson
Based on the Books by Astrid Lindgren

The adventures of Pippi Longstocking and her best friends.

Mister Popper’s Penguins

Directed and Choreographed by Ricardo Valenzuela
Book and Lyrics by Jody Davidson
Music by Brett Schrier
Based on the Novel by Richard and Florence Atwater

Mr. Popper is a restless dreamer who spends his time reading of famous explorers in faraway places. His life changes when a package from Antarctica turns out to be a live penguin!

Junie B. Jones, the Musical

Directed and Choreographed by Ricardo Valenzuela
Book and lyrics by Marcy Heisler
Music by Zina Goldrich
Adapted from the Junie B. Jones Series of Books by Barbara Park

A musical abaout sassy little diva Junie B. Jones’ first day of first grade.