Journey "under the sea" with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney's The Little Mermaid JR., adapted from Disney's Broadway production and the motion picture (featuring the enormously popular Academy Award-winning music and delightfully charming book and lyrics). Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories, Disney's The Little Mermaid JR. is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance.

In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home — and her fins — behind and live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's been seeking.

Little Mermaid

Ages 5-17

June 1 - June 26

Monday - Friday

Instructional Training  9 am - 10 am

Individual Enrichment 10 am - 12 pm

Registration Deadline, May 29, 2020

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Directed by: Frank Sierra and Jill Burdick

The Boys & Girls Club’s Stage Door Academy is committed to providing all children the optimal summer performance experience by providing engaging, experienced and talented instructors/performers that have a robust background in all facets of musical performance including stage direction, acting, singing, and dancing.

Our young actors will be prepared to enter the stage for their very best performance through workshops focused on skill-building, high yield learning activities, social bonding, performance resume building, and confidence-building.

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Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr.


Music by

Alan Menken


Lyrics by

Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater


Book by
Doug Wright


Music Adapted and Arranged by

David Weinstein


Based on the Hans Christian Andersen Story and the Disney Film produced by Howard Ashman & John Musker and written & directed by John Musker and Ron Clements International (MTI). 
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Disney's The Little Mermaid JR.

Is presented through special arrangement with


Music Theatre International (MTI).

All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Dance to beat as the 1984 musical, "Footloose" comes to life on stage.  Footloose celebrates the exhilaration of youth, the wisdom of listening to one another, and the power of forgiveness. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, he is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.  Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.


Ages 12-19

June 8 - July 3

Monday - Friday

Instructional Training 1 pm - 2 pm

Individual Enrichment 2 pm - 4 pm

Registration Deadline, June 5, 2020

Music by Tom Snow

Lyrics by Dean Pitchford

Stage Adaption by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie

Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford

Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar,

Kenny Loggins, and Jim Steinman


Getting to Know Footloose, the Musical is presented through a special arrangement with R& H Theatricals, a Concord Theatrical Company:

Meet The Team

Frank Sierra

Frank Sierra is a staple of the Youth Theatre community in Kern County and has been sharing his creativity and passion for the arts with students for the past 21 years. Since 1999, Frank has been the director of the popular Performing Arts Academy at Bessie Owens Intermediate where he has directed and choreographed such memorable productions as The Lion King, The Wizard of Oz, and The Jungle Book. He makes it his mission to work with students and teachers to create high-quality performances, cross-curricular creative opportunities, and talent shows throughout the school year. Frank was part of the founding team to develop the Performing Arts program at the Boys and Girls Club of Kern County. He coordinates the summer Performing Arts programs and is the director and choreographer for their popular youth performing arts group, Music Fusion, who perform at various events both locally and nationally as they have been chosen as the headlining group for numerous national Boys and Girls Club conventions. Frank served as the artistic director for the Bakersfield Youth Fine Arts Academy for several years and is now the artistic director for the Stage Door Academy for the Boys and Girls Club. He also coaches the acting and modeling students at Extraordinaire Model and Talent Agency, where he has won several awards from the International Model and Talent Association for his inventive runway choreography. Frank also finds the time to continue his own passion for performing at Stars Theatre Restaurant where he has portrayed such roles as Harry in Mamma Mia, Judah in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Radames in Aida and John in Miss Saigon.

Jill Burdick

Jill is no stranger to the Bakersfield stage! This seasoned actor/singer has been performing Shakespeare, musical theatre, dramatic plays and opera for over 25 years at multiple reputable theatre companies in the community. She has studied classical voice for 20 years and is currently the Vocal Director at The Boys & Girls Club of Kern County for the nationally acclaimed kids' performing group "Music Fusion". Jill loves educating and working with young talent and believes that growth in the fine arts is an essential addition to the standard curriculum.

Kelci Cerri

Formerly known as Kelci Lowry, she has grown up in the performing arts arena in front of the camera, on the live stage and in the study of many types of dance. At the age of 13, Kelci got her big break when she was cast in her first film that was accepted into the Brussels International Film Festival. Her favorite claim to fame was being able to film on the Universal Studios backlot. Kelci shines as one of Bakersfield's up and coming actors/choreographers. She has choreographed and starred in many shows at BMT/Stars and is currently the choreographer of CSUB's "Pippin". She is also a drama teacher at Bessie Owens Elementary. Kelci offers a young, fresh style to our workshops this year!

Mary  Bellah

Mary has a passion for both music and children. This is exactly why she is a perfect  fit for BYFA’s summer program. Aside from being an onstage performer, she is one  of the best music instructors in Bakersfield. She is currently a vocal/piano instructor at Bakersfield College and she has her own private studio of students. She is a professional piano accompanist for several churches around town, as well. She is overjoyed to be working with such an experienced staff this summer and is excited to be doing what she truly loves doing…sharing the blessing of music with our youth.

Jake Wattenbarger

Jake Wattenbarger is beyond thrilled to be a director for Stage Door Academy! He has been performing in Bakersfield for over 20 years in various musicals and plays! He is mostly known for his roles as Joseph in the show “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Davie “Newsies,” and Sky “Mamma Mia.” However, his big start in the Bakersfield community scene was the summer workshops he attended when he was 10 years old! He is excited to be on the other side of the table this year and knows how to make this summer one that the kids will never forget!

Charlotte Smith

Charlotte is a sophomore at Bakersfield College majoring in Theatre Arts and Education.  She has been performing since the age of four years and has studied dance locally at the Civic Dance Center, American Kids Dance Program, and Experience Dance.   Through local theaters in the past year, she has performed in “The Outsiders,” “Addams Family,” “A Christmas Story,” “Les Miserables,” and much more.  Charlotte has been attending the Boys & Girls Club programs since she was an infant and enjoys working with children as they develop their skills, talents , and passion for the stage! She is excited to be back this summer assisting with choreography and other aspects of the theater experience.

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