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. 2018/19 both saw major nominations fro the Jerry Herman and National Youth Awards for the Theatre Arts program. From fall plays, to spring musicals, theatre camps, workshops, and classes, there is always something happening on any of the Grace campuses.
Recent high school productions include “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” and “Beauty and the Beast.”
Junior high productions and elementary productions in both the fall and spring offers special opportunities for students to get a full musical experience, with recent productions of “The Music Man” and “Annie” 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
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 2019 Presents:
The Grace Brethren Elementary Theatre Program is very exited to announce our next show. Let your hearts be captured by, "The Music Man." This show exudes joy! Your feet will be tapping, and you will leave with a smile on your face after watching this production. Following the life of the sly and quick witted Harold Hill, this show celebrates music, human connection, and integrity. In this production the kids will further their education in theatre etiquette, and terminology. They will gain more confidence in their skills in singing, acting, and learning choreography. But most importantly, they will have FUN!
If you attended any of our our previous shows such as "Aladdin Kids" or "Annie Kids", you know you're in for a treat this fall as Grace Brethren After School Musical Theater presents, "The Music Man!"
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.
The six-week workshop is three days per week (Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays) and runs from Monday August 26, 2019, through Thursday September 26, 2019 from 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m..
We are delighted to welcome back our amazing director Mrs. Rachel Polcyn. 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 return for her second year with the program!
The six-week workshop is three days per week (Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays) and runs from Monday August 26, 2019, through Thursday September 26, 2019 from 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
The final week (tech week), rehearsals are scheduled for Monday September 30, 2019, Tuesday October 1, 2019, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and the show is Wednesday October 2, 2019. time TBD.
Cost for the 6 week program is $500. We are offering an Early Bird Discount! If you pay in full on or before Monday August 12, 2019 you pay only $450 for the 6 weeks. Siblings do not get the Early Bird special but only pay $450 each, regardless of when they sign up.
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
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.
"The Grace Arts Program has taught me what it means to be part of a family. No one but your family would understand the chaos and exhilaration of tech week. As a group, a cast, and a family, we work together to support one another lifting each other up, and as a result, we grow together in our talents but also in our life long bond." - Rowan Gillette, Class of 2020
The Miracle Worker - November 2019
Drama Show (Jr High) - November 2019
Fiddler on the Roof (Sr High) - March 5, 6 & 7
Drama Show (Jr High) - April 2020
- Beauty and the Beast (Spring 2018)
- White Christmas (Fall 2017)
- Godspell (Spring 2017)
- The Crucible (Fall 2016)
- Guys and Dolls (Spring 2016)
- Les Misérables (Spring 2014)
- The Little Mermaid (Fall 2016, Elementary)
- Christi Ebenhoch, Educator of the Year
- You're a Good Man Charlie Brown
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.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
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.
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION
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.
ABOUT THE honor
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.