TCARIVERSIDE: FIND YOUR SQAUD
TCA has come a long way since our first production (left), Disney's The AristoCats Jr. We had 23 students, most had never been on stage before. Miss Stacee had to stop the show and help little actors come on stage! Now we coach over 100 actors each production, offer voice lessons, workshops, performance groups, and more! TCA is all about opportunity, we try to split roles as much as we can or give parts to kids who wouldn't normally be considered, we're not always going to cast the best singer in the biggest role because we believe theatre is more than talent, it's about the person you are, the person you want to be and the person you're becoming. We believe the lessons our students learn at TCA can be applied to developing their personalities, drives, friendships, and goals in life no matter the path they choose to take.
Stacee Tweedlie Willis
Stacee began taking singing lessons at seven years old and fell in love with the theatre at sixteen. She earned her bachelor's degree in Theatre Education from California State University, Fullerton, her Master's in Business Administration from the University of Redlands and an MFA in Theatre through the University of Idaho. Stacee has performed in numerous musicals; her favorite roles include Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical (twice), Sandy in Grease, Belle in Beauty & the Beast (twice), and Lucy in Jekyll & Hyde. She has been teaching for over twelve years; she opened TCA because she believed theatre should be about building self-confidence not tearing it down. Her goal is to make every child feel a part of the show. Stacee is also a theatre professor at California Baptist University! Stacee loves to teach and thrives on sharing her love of the theatre with others! Her husband, Mr. Chris, supports TCA and builds all the sets! Her 5 year old boy Logan comes to the theatre and eats all the snacks and Landon, her 1 year old steals the props! Stacee truly believes she has a new understanding and appreciation for the trust parents put in her everyday by allowing her to teach their kids.
Vincent Washicko discovered Musical Theater in High School and has never looked back. He has training in Voice, Tap, Hip-Hop, Musical Theater Dance, and Jazz at studios across Southern California, including Cal State Long Beach. Vincent has performed all across Orange County at Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure Park, the OC Fair, various city functions, and private events. Some favorite roles include Prince Eric in “The Little Mermaid”, Adam/Noah in “Children of Eden”, and Ryan Evans in “High School Musical”. Vincent had music directed and choreographed for local school productions of “Cinderella”, “Seussical, Jr.”, & “Little Mermaid, Jr.” before joining the staff at TCA. With TCA, Vincent has performed in the adult productions while also co-directing the productions with Miss Stacee since 2018. He loves everyone at TCA and has truly found his passion in teaching his students, including his favorite, his daughter Fiona. Vincent is currently pursuing his MFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Directing. Vincent made TCA his home because he believes in TCA and their goal to give every student a chance to find their passions and nurture them to exceed the best they can.
Parent Coordinator/Costume Designer
Toni Burink was a shy child by nature until she found the drama club in middle school. She went on in high school to be the captain and choreographer for her drill team and grew to love performing and teaching. She has been an entrepreneur her entire adult life, owning her own hair salon for 15 years in Washington and also 12 years as a sales development and business coach for women in her Mary Kay Cosmetics unit. During this time she has had public speaking engagements from 10 people up to 500 people. She says that the primary skill that she works with her consultants on has been confidence and public speaking skills. She currently homeschools her daughter who has been part of TCA since 2016 and loves it! She is super excited to be part of TCA where she can help build the confidence and public speaking skills of kids in the same way she gained hers through children's theatre!
Chris is a middle school Physical Education teacher at Elsinore Middle School. He has a bachelor's in Strength and Conditioning from Central College and a Master's in Sports Management from California Baptist University. Chris builds sets for TCA by marriage. He has been with TCA since its inception in 2013 and each show he goes bigger and better with set design and Miss Stacee's crazy ideas. He particularly loves dads and moms that volunteer to help put sets together and/or break them down. Chris not only builds the set but can usually be found in the tech booth for productions running lights or sound. Chris is an amazing father and wonderful husband and enjoys watching a show come to life with sets and costumes and the talented kids at TCA!