Youth acting classes open at conservatory

ROLE PLAYER— Young actor Leo Summer tries out his acting chops with the Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory. A series of new theater classes will begin Saturday for youth in grades three through 12, meeting at the Four Friends Gallery in Thousand Oaks. Courtesy photo

ROLE PLAYER— Young actor Leo Summer tries out his acting chops with the Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory. A series of new theater classes will begin Saturday for youth in grades three through 12, meeting at the Four Friends Gallery in Thousand Oaks. Courtesy photo

Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory will begin its fall session for students in grades three through 12 on Sat., Sept. 15.

Classes are offered in all aspects of the theater arts from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the Four Friends Gallery, 1414 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.

The 13-week session will run through Dec. 15. Students are expected to attend all classes due to the rehearsal time expected for the final production.

Extra rehearsals will be held in the two weeks prior to the performance. Class will not meet Thanksgiving weekend, Sat., Nov. 24.

Students will present a one-act comedy at the end of the session at 1 and 7 p.m. Sat., Dec. 15 on stage at Four Friends. The conservatory will choose a show after the first class specifically for the students enrolled.

“Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory trains actors to really act, not perform,” says Stephanie Wilson, founding artistic director. “We teach you how to understand your character, how to find that character from within. We’ve all trained in serious theater program, and that’s what we teach. Today, so many kids just want to be in a play, which is fine, but they don’t learn their basics.”

Each Saturday, students begin with a vocal and physical warmup, followed by segments for studying.

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, National Theater Institute and Moscow Art Theater, and Wilson, recent recipient of a Twilight Award for her work in local performing arts and the Civic Advocate Award from Conejo Players.

Tuition is charged for classes. Some partial scholarships are available.

For more information, call (805) 427-5314 or email Gold- CoastTheatre@gmail.com or visit goldcoasttheatreconservatory.com.