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Theatre Arts

Theatre Arts at Grace Brethren is a highly competitive and rewarding program. Students of every age and interest level are encouraged to come and see why the Theatre Arts department is one of the most thrilling programs on any campus! Over the years, the GBS Theatre Arts program has produced some of the most engaging productions in Ventura County. 2016 and 2017 both saw major nominations from the Jerry Herman Awards for the Theatre Arts program. From fall plays, to spring musicals, summer theater camps, workshops, and classes, there is always something happening on any of the Grace campuses.

Recent high school productions include “White Christmas” and "Beauty and the Beast".

Junior high productions and elementary productions are produced in both the fall and spring, and summer offers special opportunities for elementary students to get a full musical experience, with recent productions of “The Jungle Book: Kids” and “Willy Wonka Jr” delighting audiences of all ages.

Here at Grace, we encourage our students to develop as artists, as well as men and women of God. We want our students to be able to find their voice so that they can impact society through ministry. 
-Christi Ebenhoch, Fine Arts Chair

Theatre Arts


In our elementary theatre classes, we teach students how to develop and improve creative skills through a variety of theatre experiences and performances. We give students opportunities to apply their imaginations in theatre activities in order to perform with self-confidence, participate collaboratively, and enhance problem-solving abilities. We believe that developing Godly character and excellence in our younger kids though the arts and creative learning helps them to develop into well balanced students.

Grace Brethren After School Musical Theatre Workshop
Fall 2018 Presents:

If you attended last spring's "Aladdin Kids" you know you're in for a treat with this fall's as production, Grace Brethren After School Musical Theater "Annie Kids!" 

The Musical Annie is about an orphan in a facility run by the mean Miss Hannigan, Annie believes that her parents left her there by mistake. When a rich man named Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks decides to let an orphan live at his home to promote his image, Annie is selected. While Annie gets accustomed to living in Warbucks' mansion, she still longs to meet her parents. So Warbucks announces a search for them and a reward, which brings out many frauds.

The program is an instructional musical theater workshop emphasizing musical/vocal training, acting and choreography for grades 3rd through 6th culminating in a theater production in the Fall.

We are delighted to welcome back our amazing director is Mrs. RachelPolcyn.  Mrs. Polcyn is a Grace Brethren School alumni.  She holds a BA in Musical Theater from American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She formerly worked at West Valley Christian Academy as their after-school care choir, dance and drama teacher.  Rachel is married with two young children.  We are thrilled to have her!

Workshop Details

The five-week workshop is three days per week (Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays) and runs from Monday August 27, 2018, through Thursday September 27, 2018 from 3:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. with an additional rehearsal Wednesday September 26, 2017.   Cost for the 5 week program is $450.

Early Bird Discount*  If you pay in full on or before Monday August 20, 2018 you pay only $400 for the 5 weeks.

A $50 non-refundable deposit and completed on-line registration packet reserves a spot for your camper.

At the end of the sixth week we present the show (Thursday September 27, 2018). 

Once your student is paid in full invitations to Annie Kids Dropbox, which will contain audition materials such as a character list, a few rehearsal tracks, and certain scenes associated with certain characters. Auditions will happen on the first day, August 27, 2018. 

Any questions may be directed to RachelPolcyn, Director, or Mrs. Bernardo at the High School, or

*Please note that due to scheduling conflicts, the fall 2018 session will be 5 weeks instead of the regular 6 weeks, with a $50 discount to the regular $500 program fee. The spring session will be back to the regular 6 week session at $500 with early bird discounts of $450 TBA.

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Jr High Theatre Arts
In this junior high period, individual development is key. Each year’s courses provide students with opportunities for growth in concentration, sensory awareness, imagination, physical awareness, speech, emotion and genuine presence. Courses mirror students’ natural development in the passage from childhood into adolescence— helping them discover their own resources, explore their environment, and display a sensitivity to others who share it—thus making this program is an essential Middle School art experience. Courses offered: JH Film Studies, JH Drama

Sr High Theatre Arts
During these four years, our rich electives encourage students to dig deep and find their own voices to express themselves creatively. At the same time, our courses require students to cultivate a variety of personal resources and academic skills: listening, concentration, physical flexibility, emotional self-awareness, openness to others, critical reading skills and analysis, problem solving, etc. At the core of the work is the development of the dramatic imagination, learning that is unique to the dramatic arts. Courses offered: SH Drama, SH Film Studies, SH Film Production/Industry

Technical Theatre
Tech theatre is a high school program that prepares individuals to apply artistic, technical and dramatic principles and techniques to the communication of dramatic information, ideas, moods, and feelings through technical theatre methods. This class includes instruction in set design, lighting design, sound effects, theatre acoustics, scene painting, costume design, and technical direction and production and use of computer applications to support these functions.

2018-2019 Performances

You Can't Take It With You (Sr High) - December 8th, 9th, 10th
Drama Show (Jr High) - November 15th
Charlie Brown (Sr High) - February 28, March 1st, 2nd
Drama Show (Jr High) - April 17th

Fall 2018

Spring 2019!

Past Productions

Beauty and the Beast (Spring 2018)


White Christmas (Fall 2017)

About The Production

Irving Berlin's White Christmas is about two World War II vets who have become partners in a song-and-dance act after the war. Looking for love, they follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters to a gig at a Vermont lodge, which happens to be owned by their former army commander General Waverly.

Godspell (Spring 2017)


The show is composed of various musical parables from The Gospel According to Matthew. Jesus Christ recruits a group of followers and teaches them various lessons through song and dance.

The Crucible (Fall 2016)


The Crucible is a 1953 play by American playwright Arthur Miller. It is a dramatized and partially fictionalized story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Guys and Dolls (Spring 2016)


Set in Depression-era Times Square, Guys and Dolls is about a couple of big city gamblers and the women who love them. It tells the overlapping stories of high-roller Sky Masterson, who falls in love with mission worker Sarah Brown, and lovable rapscallion Nathan Detroit, engaged for 14 years to Miss Adelaide, a headliner at the Hot Box Club.

Les Misérables (Spring 2014)


Based on the classic novel, Les Misérables, by Victor Hugo, and the classic Broadway stage show of the same name, Les Misérables is the story of Jean Valjean, a prisoner who breaks parole, and the police inspector, Javert, who tries to hunt him down for breaking parole

Les Miserables

The Little Mermaid (Fall 2016, Elementary)


The Little Mermaid is a stage musical produced by Disney Theatrical, based on the animated 1989 Disney film of the same name and the classic story of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen about a mermaid who dreams of the world above the sea and gives up her voice to find love.

Ariel & Eric

Christi Ebenhoch, Educator of the Year


Spotlight Awards 2017 - Each year, the the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Foundation sponsors an awards dinner to honor a select group of people who have made extraordinary contributions to the Simi Valley performing arts community. Christi Ebenhoch was chosen as the educator of the year in 2017.

Fine Arts Calendar

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Awards & Memberships

  • Jerry Herman Awards Participants
  • International Thespian Society
  • National Youth Arts Association (Theater)

Our Theater Arts Team


Christi Ebenhoch, Fine Arts Chair
David Carter, Drama
Austin Smith, Tech Theater
Rebecca Ryan, Jr High Theater
Leah Sumner, Dance Instructor
Rachel (Balich) Polycn, Elementary Theatre Arts
Anneke Bernardo, Fine Arts Assistant