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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

M-F   9 am - 12 pm

June 1 - June 27

Rehearsals @ Franklin Elementary

To Our Academy


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.

Workshops Include:

  • A quality printed program including Cast Headshots and credits for memorabilia/keepsakes

  • Printed headshot

  • Cast shirt

  • Costume

  • Free nutritious snacks

  • Friends and Fun!!!!

Be a Part of Our


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

M-Th   1 pm - 4 pm

June 8 - July 11

Rehearsals @ Franklin Elementary

Be a part of Broadway's timeless classic musical that whisks you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up!  Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time. This high-flying Tony Award-winning musical has been performed around the world and delighted audiences for 60 years and is now adapted for young performers.

Peter Pan Jr.

Ages 5-17

M-Th   1 pm - 4 pm

June 8 - July 18

Rehearsals @ Armstrong Youth Center

No Rehearsals the Week of July 4 Holiday

Meet The Team

Frank Sierra

To say the least, Frank is a busy guy! When he isn't on stage performing, he is a choreographer for BMT/Stars, a summer theatre director for The Boys & Girls Club of Kern County and Stars School of Performing Arts and a fine arts teacher at Bessie Owens Intermediate School. He also finds time to coach acting and modeling at Extraordinaire Model & Talent Agency where he has won several awards from I.M.T.A. He is the most proud of his talented kid's performing group that has qualified to perform at 3 National Conferences.

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

Coming soon.

Tessa Ogles

Coming soon!

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.