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Angela Frost Baltezore email Angela
Education Director
Angela is a long-time area resident. She served as Drama Instructor at Woodland High School and has an extensive background in education and theatre. She graduated with a degree in Theatre Arts from Santa Clara University with an emphasis in Dance. She owned and directed the Yuba City and Chico franchises of TheSunshine Generation Children's Performance group for twelve years. Angela teaches our musical theatre classes, directs the Rising Stars productions, and has directed and choreographed such WOH productions as; Suessical, the Musical, (Elly Award-Best Choreography, Elly Nomination- Best Youth Musical) Beauty and the Beast, (Elly Award - Best Set Design, Elly Nomination - Best Musical), and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Chesley Award- Best Production.)




Eva Sarry email Eva

Dance Director & Ballet Instructor
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 has earned Elly nominations  for her work in “Beauty and the Beast” and “Peter Pan”.  She is also choreographer/director of the Opera 
House summer  musical theatre “Show Biz Kidz” program. Eva just recently made her directing debut of “Stuart Little” in the Theatre for Families 2012 season.



 Emily Jo Seminoff email Emily Jo

 Education Program 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 Productions and enjoys performing as well.  For her performances, she has received fourteen award nominations and is the recipient of four Elly Awards, three 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.    

Crissi Kessler 

Performance & Drama 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.



James C. Glica-Hernandez email James 

Vocal Music Educator

James has music directed shows at the Woodland Opera House since 1998. He is a eight-time nominated and three-time Elly Award®-winning musical director in the Sacramento area. He taught vocal music and music directed the musical theatre productions at Natomas Charter School Performing and Fine Arts Academy from 2001 to 2008. His vocal music teaching experience dates to the late 1970s. He studied music and theatre arts at CSU, Sacramento, and was mentored in conducting by Maestro Monroe Kanouse of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He sang and music directed the small vocal ensembles for the Sacramento Opera Association, an organization for which he was also Managing Director.  



Staci Arriaga

Tap Instructor

Staci has been teaching dance for over 20 years and choreographing musical theatre for the last 16 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. Her work was last seen at the                       Woodland Opera House in the production of White Christmas.


 Anna Walton

 Ballet Instructor

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.






 Brianna Daniels

 Ballet Instructor

 I am a junior at UC Davis majoring in genetics with the intent of becoming a genetic counselor. This will be my  fourth year teaching at Woodland Opera House but before I was a teacher, I danced here myself. Before I  began ballet with the opera house I danced hula for four years. 





Eric Catalan

Dance Instructor

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 for the last seven years.  As a participator in the Opera House’s Theater for Families, Erik’s performances have been nominated for three Elly Awards and winner of one local Chesley Award.  With an eclectic style and experience in jazz, tap, ballet and modern dance, Erik’s passion has always been for hip-hop.