Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory Begins New Session with Classes for kids in grades 3 – 12

On September 9, 2017 Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory begins its Fall Session for students in grades 3 – 12. Classes are offered in all aspects of the theatre arts on Saturdays from 9:00 to noon at the Four Friends Gallery, 1414 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA  91362.  The dthirteen week session will run through December 16, 2017 with students presenting a one act comedy at the end of the session on stage at Four Friends on December 16 at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm.  Students are expected to attend all classes due to the rehearsal time expected for the final production.

The Conservatory will choose a show after the first class specifically for the students enrolled.  “We have several published plays to choose from,” says instructor and director Billy Parish.  “We enjoy personalizing the play just for the students, so each will have something challenging to do that fits their skills and comfort level.”

Since 1994 Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory has been giving young people a solid foundation in the basics of theatre. The fun and engaging training at Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory is designed for young actors to work with their peers, providing a unique youth theater opportunity for all ages. The best education is a well-rounded one, so The Conservatory encourages students to explore every aspect of the theater.  In addition to rehearsing for the final production, students attend master classes with guest teachers in Audition Technique, Stage Combat, Character Breakdown, Movement, Diction, and Comedy.   Classes are taught by Billy Parish, graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, The National Theater Institute and the Moscow Art Theater, and Stephanie Wilson, recent recipient of a Twilight Award for her work in the furtherance of the performing arts in this community and the Civic Advocate Award from Conejo Players.

“I love the experiences, the people, the learning, and the friends that you make,” says 16 year old Conservatory student, Aaron.   But he adds, “That’s not all there is.”

Aaron’s mom, Wendy, says Aaron has learned to work on a long term project and toward collective a goal. “He’s learned that it takes a team to create a great performance”

“It’s more than just the acting,” says Aaron.  “It’s more than just that you can always improve how you act and respond to different things; it’s that you’ve got to understand and know yourself first.”

 Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory is supported by tuition and through the support of private donors and the City of Thousand Oaks.  Tuition for Saturday Conservatory is $350 per student.  Some partial scholarships are available. For information call 805/427-5314, email or visit


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Saturday Conservatory

WHAT:  Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory presents Saturday Conservatory for students in grades three through twelve.  Saturday classes have been the cornerstone of the Conservatory since 1994.  Each Saturday students begin with a vocal and physical warm up, followed by segments for studying comedy, audition technique, theatre history and stage combat – all within a master class setting.  The Session will end in a performance of a published one-act comedy chosen specifically for the students.

WHEN:  Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to Noon.  September 9 – December 16, 2017.  Extra rehearsals will be held in the two weeks prior to the performance.  There will be no class on Thanksgiving Weekend, Saturday, November 25, 2017.  Students are expected to attend all classes.

WHERE:  Four Friends Gallery, 1414 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA  91362

HOW:  To enroll please call (805) 427-5314 or email Tuition is $350 for the session.  Some financial assistance is available. 

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