Theatre Operations Manager
Emily Jo Shepherd
School Outreach Coordinator
Dance Showcase Director
Interim Marketing & Managing Coordinator
Andrea St. Clair
Interim Education Director
House Manager & Concessions Manager
Angela Frost Baltezore email Angela
Angela has more than 40 years experience in education and theater, having taught and directed theatre in San Diego, Chico, Yuba City, and at Woodland High School. She has a long history at the Woodland Opera House, beginning in 1975 when she appeared on stage with the Way Off Broadway Players as Ruby in “Dames at Sea”. In 1997, Angela developed the WOH Show Biz Kidz summer camp program. She became the Education Director in 2002 and has built a comprehensive theatre and dance program that now serves hundreds of local children.
Emily Jo Shepherd email Emily Jo
School Outreach Coordinator
Emily Jo has been active in the local theatre community since her elementary school days. After studying Creative Writing and Children’s Theatre, she graduated magna cum laude from California State University, Sacramento. She directs and choreographs Theatre for Families and Rising Stars productions and enjoys performing as well. For her performances, she has received twenty one award nominations and is the recipient of four Elly Awards, five Chesley Awards and an Arty Award. She teaches theatre arts classes at the Woodland Opera House and at schools in Solano and Yolo counties. She enjoys working with students of all ages and loves introducing them to the magical world of theatre.
Ms. Eva Sarry (Director of Woodland Opera House Dance Program) trained extensively in San Francisco at the Academy of Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet, American Conservatory Theatre, and Pacific Ballet. She has been teaching for over 10 years. She is currently teaching ballet and jazz as well as choreography for “Broadway Bound” the advanced musical theatre performance program at the Opera House. Ms. Sarry has choreographed several productions at the Woodland Opera House and earned an Elly nomination for her work in “Beauty and the Beast”, an Elly Award for “Peter Pan”, along with a Chesley Award for her performance in “Thoroughly Modern Millie”. She is also choreographer/director of the Opera House summer musical theatre camp “Show Biz Kidz” program. Ms. Sarry also directs and choreographs Theatre for Families
Dance & Musical Theatre Instructor
Crissi has been performing on the Woodland Opera House stage since 1995. She has been a Drama Instructor at WOH since the fall of 2010. Crissi graduated from Woodland High School in 2002 and since has studied at Sacramento City College, Woodland Community College and Sacramento State University. Crissi spent six years teaching Pre-Kindergarten at a private preschool and has an extensive background in Early Childhood Education. Involved in musical theater since age eleven, Crissi has performed in numerous productions in the Sacramento area. She received an Elly Award in 1999 for Leading Actress and was nominated for her choreography in “Grease” at Woodland High school in 2003
Anna has been taking ballet since she was 4 and dancing for the Woodland Opera House with Miss Sarry since she was 14. Her work teaching ballet to younger students helped inspire her to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education. She is currently taking classes at Woodland Community College and hopes to transfer to Sacramento State.
Erik has been performing in music, theater and dance in the greater Sacramento area for over 20 years, and has been involved in productions, both on and backstage, with Woodland Opera House since 2007. As a participator in the Opera House’s Theater for Families, Erik’s performances have been nominated for three Elly Awards and winner of two local Chesley Awards. Erik brings an eclectic style, with experience in hip-hop, jazz, tap, ballet and modern dance.
Katie received her Masters of Music in vocal performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and her Bachelor of Music from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music. Katie performs with the San Francisco Opera Chorus and has performed in their productions of Manon, Turandot, La Bohéme, Aida, Andrea Chénier, Don Carlo, Die Meistersinger, Les Troyens and Mephistopheles. She has performed the role of Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Despina (Cosi fan tutte), Spirit (Dido and Aeneas), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), and Yum-Yum (The Mikado). She has performed with and was on staff with AIMS (American Institute of Musical Studies) a summer program in Graz, Austria. Katie currently resides in San Francisco but was born and raised in Woodland and is a graduate of Holy Rosary School and Woodland High School. She has studied voice since she was twelve years of age and her first performance was at the Woodland Opera House. In addition to performing, Katie worked for seven years with Yolo Stage Company, and taught music for 3 years at Holy Rosary School.
Caryn is a long-time Woodland resident. She has been an educational specialist in the home school community for over five years teaching musical theater, history and mathematics. She is certified through the Leadership Educational Mentoring Institute as a Shakespeare Leadership Mentor, giving youth tools to learn and love his great works through intense immersion and actor’s training. Since becoming a mentor she has directed two full length Shakespeare production for teens: The Comedy of Errors and Much Ado About Nothing.
Justine received her BA in Drama from San Francisco State University. While there, she performed in and choreographed several plays. She also directed shows as part of the Brown Bag Theater. She has trained extensively in modern, jazz, and hip-hop dance. When not dancing or teaching dance, Justine writes fiction, practices bankruptcy law, and spends time with her husband and two young sons.
Joshua was blessed to grow up in a family that loved music and as a child he performed piano, cello and vocal music. In his teens he began study at Palomar Community College where he was the youngest member of the Palomar Chamber Singers and studied the American Kodály Methodology. He graduated from The Master’s College with his B.M in Vocal Performance and a minor in Business Administration. He is the owner of Golden Oak Music Studios in Santa Clarita, California. He personally teaches music students in southern and northern California. His music students are an ambitious group serious and include series regulars on The Disney Chanel, Showtime, ABC and in major film and voiceover rolls. Josh has personally had the opportunity to perform in both exciting and somber locations from Carnegie Hall to Ground Zero, NYC. He believes that music can both inspire and heal. He encourages his students to remember that every roll, from lead to ensemble, is a member of the cast, and that in our interactions with each other we are a powerful influence on the show.
Ania Mieszkowska has been teaching ballet in the Davis Area for the last 5 years. As a character dancer she has performed roles such as Dr Coppelius, Herr Drosselmier and Widow Simone. She previously spent many years teaching acting in England. She was a founding member and the first Artistic Director of the Festival Shakespeare Company in Brighton, England.
Lori Jarvey, born and raised in Woodland, has played the piano since age 7, and has taught privately for over 25 years. She holds a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in Piano Performance from University of Redlands. Lori Jarvey has been with the Woodland Opera House since 2005. She began as a teacher/music director of the Show Biz Kidz Summer Camp and branched out from there. She has musically directed several of the Theatre for Family productions including Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin, Mulan, Pinkalicious, and How I Became a Pirate. Her main stage productions include Mary Poppins, Footloose, My Fair Lady and Shrek. In addition to her work with the Woodland Opera House, Lori teaches piano at her private studio and also at Musictown Studios, is the Music Director at American Lutheran Church, visits local retirement facilities to lead sing–a–longs, is the accompanist for Douglass Middle School choir, and is the accompanist for the Woodland Chamber Singers under the direction of Lenore Turner-Heinson. This group performs at least twice a year in Woodland and has also performed at Carnegie Hall and in Europe. When she is not working, Lori spends most of her time with her family, but she also enjoys working out, reading, and puzzles!
Crystal Rea comes to the Woodland Opera House Dance Education program with 10 years of teaching experience, emphasizing classical technique, strength, and performance skills. Crystal has over 20 years of ballet training with Hanneke Lohse and has garnered solo performances in such full-length ballets as Coppelia, Napoli, and as Clara in The Nutcracker.
Staci has been teaching dance for over 20 years and choreographing musical theatre for the last 18 years. She spent 10 years dancing with The Lisa Clark Dancers and spent 20 years on their faculty teaching tap and jazz. Ms. Arriaga’s choreography has been seen in Solano, Contra Costa, and Sonoma Counties as well as the San Francisco Bay Area. She has earned two Dean Goodman Awards, one Elly Award and several Arty Awards as well as a Bay Area Critics Award nomination for her work.
Jeff Teague has been involved in most areas of the performing arts but has found choreography to be his true passion. He is the resident choreographer for Lincoln Theater Company, Placer Pops Chorale and the Davis Senior High School Choirs. Jeff has Choreographed/ Directed with companies throughout California including Alameda Civic Light Opera, Contra Contra Costa Music Theater, Diablo Light Opera Company, The Bracebridge Dinner in Yosemite, Bay Area Educational Theater Company and Inland Valley Repertory. Favorite productions include CHICAGO (Inland Valley Repertory-Outstanding Production of a Musical and Best Choreography-LA Stage and Screen), RAGTIME (Diablo Light Opera Company/Shelly Award), HAIR, AIDA and EVITA (Alameda Civic Light Opera), and DAMN YANKEES (Contra Costa Music Theater-Shelly Nomination). He was Executive/Artistic Director at ACLO and Associate Artistic Director at IVRT. Jeff also taught at the Westlake School of Performing Arts in Palo Alto and Lamorinda Theater Arts Academy in Lafayette. As a performer he worked for 4 years at the Curtain Call Dinner Theater in Tustin, Ca, toured with the Young Americans and danced at Disneyland. Other productions include No, No, Nanette (LaMirada Civic Light Opera) starring Susan Egan, Babes (RK Productions) starring Stephanie Block, Pajama Game (California Music Theater) starring Pat Harrington, Mary Jo Catlett, and Patti Colombo and The Man Who Came to Dinner (Inland Valley Repertory) starring Nedra Volz. Other favorite roles include (The Snake, Balleader) and Narrator (The Apple Tree) and Scarecrow (The Wizard of Oz.)
https://m.facebook.com/JeffTeagueDirectorChoreographer Jeff is also the Project Coordinator for Uplift People of Elk Grove, a nonprofit that helps individuals and families break the cycle of poverty. https://upliftelkgrove.org
Andrea St. Clair
Interim Education Director email Andrea
Originally from the Bay Area, Andrea has been dancing for the majority of her life, though initially she fell into dance after being diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. With a background in tap, ballet, contemporary, jazz and musical theatre, Andrea danced competitively for many years with Schumacher’s School of Dance under Dolly Schumacher-James and Wendy James as well as technical training with Dance Arts Center with Berle Davis. It was under Berle where Andrea grew to truly appreciate tap and jazz technique and credits his tutelage for her love of the craft. In addition, Andrea has had the privilege of studying both in San Francisco and NY under the likes of Cecelia Marta, Michael Raine, Tony Stevens, Marilyn D’Honau, Sam Weber, Frank Hatcher, Kobi Rozenfeld, Terrill Mitchell, and Meghan Way Stinson. Andrea holds her BA in Theatre Arts from San Jose State University and is an alumnus of the CAP21 Summer Professional Intensive. A proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, Andrea has performed in musical theatre up and down Northern California, including holding Dance Captain credits in many shows. She also teaches at and choreographs for the competitive companies at Capitol City Dance Academy in Sacramento where her choreography has taken top honors at many national competitions. For the Woodland Opera House, Andrea has directed and/or choreographed: My Fairy Lady, Shrek,The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (choreo. only), and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Her work has earned her an Elly Award and multiple nominations.
With a career spanning over forty years Cheryl Watson has acted and directed in hundreds of productions with area theatres and colleges. Ms. Watson recently retired from the classroom after teaching and directing for both St. Francis High School and American River College. Cheryl has been nominated for over twenty “Elly” awards and received the award eleven times for direction and script adaptation. In 2017, she was honored with the Elly Lifetime Achievement Award. Cheryl has directed for The Woodland Opera House since 1996. Her initial assignment was the first Young People’s Theatre production of A Christmas Carol. Her other plays include To Kill a Mockingbird, Little Women, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Hello Dolly and Curious George: Golden Meatball.
Bailey Robinson-Burmester has been dancing, acting, and singing with the Woodland Opera House for over a decade. He loves helping his students grow as dancers, performers, and individuals! He is currently attending UC Davis pursuing his bachelors degree in Aerospace Engineering and he is so happy to be able to continue working with his beloved theatre community.
Naomi started ballet at the age of 4, and hip hop at age 11. She has been dancing with the Woodland Opera House Education program since she was 5 years old, and began teaching dance at the Theatre and Dance Annex in 2019. She has played two lead roles for the Opera House’s Nutcracker Sweet, as the Mechanical Doll and the Sugarplum Fairy. When not at dance, Naomi likes to explore her other creative endeavors, like writing. She is currently taking classes at Woodland Community College and hopes to major in dance at Sacramento State.
Kaylee started volunteering at the Woodland Opera House 5 years ago to support her sister at the theater. For the last 2 years, she has taught dance and movement classes and has worked as the assistant office manager at TADA. Kaylee has worked with groups of children for several years and brings her high-energy camp counselor vibe to TADA. When she is not working you may find her out on the soccer field or home crafting. Fun fact about Kaylee, she loves Rhinos.
Lela has had a passion for ballet her entire life and began her tap and jazz career later in the 3rd grade. She began her teaching journey as an assistant for Hanneka Lohse and joined the Woodland Opera House family in 2016. You may have seen her onstage as The Nutcracker Sweet’s Gumdrop Fairy, in a variety of musicals including Hairspray, and Sister Act or as part of the performing arts group Broadway Bound. Lela began teaching her own classes at The Opera House in 2019. She is also currently a COVID traveling cosmetologist as well as a personal chauffeur for her four younger siblings.
Rodger McDonald is a third generation performer who hales originally from Los Angeles. He recently completed roles as Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, Doctor Finache in A Flea In Her Ear, Ebenezer Scrooge in Christmas Carol, The Bishop in Les Miserables, the lead in The Miser, Captain Hook in Peter Pan, and Judge Sorell, in The Seduction of Judge Thomas Sorrell at the Geery Theater, after directing Evita in which he played Peron for Runaway Stage. He has completed his fourth season at Music Circus where he has been seen as Lyman Hall in 1776, Mr. Welch in Damn Yankees, Janney in Paint Your Wagon, Admiral Von Schreiber in Sound of Music, and Zoltan Karpathy in My Fair Lady. At Woodland Opera House, he most recently directed Camelot, God’s Favorite, The Miser, and A Flea In Her Ear. He has acted and directed in The Imaginary Invalid and has appeared as King Pelinor in Camelot, Cervantes/Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Father in Ragtime, Harold Hill in Music Man, Higgins in My Fair Lady, and Fred in Kiss Me Kate. With Runaway Stage he has performed as the lead in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, Adam in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and Von Trapp in Sound of Music. With other local theaters he was Cladwell in Urinetown at River Stage, Captain Hook in Peter Pan at DMTC, and Capulet in Romeo and Juliet at Sierra Shakespeare.
Rodger owned the Nottingham Players Children’s Theater in Los Angeles which performed for over One million children in seven seasons throughout California, Arizona, and Utah. Rodger has authored many children’s plays and two full length three act plays, The Beggar’s Deception and Commander.
He has performed with several major theater companies including the Alley Theater in Houston, Pacific Conservatory, Robert Redford’s Sundance Theater, Rod Serling’s Vooheis Theater in New York, Sherwood Shakespeare Festival, Utah Repertory, Solvang Theaterfest, Elizabeth Howard’s Dinner Theater, the Great American Melodrama, the National Theaters of Guatemala and El Salvador and was selected for the Oregon Shakespeare Summer Shakespeare Company in 1978.
He appeared as King James in the National PBS Drama, Passionate Pilgrim, and recently was featured in a new movie with Ellen Green and Kevin Corrigan which will debut in 2016. He has performed his one man show My Servant Joseph over 70 times throughout the West and was privileged to debut Stone Tables the work of his good friend and former roommate, Orson Scott Card, a well known science fiction writer and the author of Ender’s Game. He has been awarded the Best Actor Award in the State of Utah, is a two time winner of Best Actor at BYU, where he both graduated and taught. He won a Los Angeles DramaLogue Award for Macbeth and performed in Europe and Asia with the USO as one of six members of the popular singing group “Collector’s Item”. Rodger is the winner of six Chesleys and four Ellys with 17 Elly Nominations for Best Actor and Director. In 2015, Rodger was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by SARTA at the Annual Elly Awards in 2015.