Jan 17, 2014

Youth Congress Leadership at Civic Arts Plaza

Story by Heather Melendez:

On Wednesday, January 8 2014, the Youth Congress Leadership Program kicked off the new year with their third meeting at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Here, Mr. Jonathan Serret gave us an in-depth idea of what it is like to work in a recreational theater today.  He not only touched on everything needed to make a production successful, but he also explained the current state and importance of the Arts in our community.

We began our meeting with a tour of the smaller theater which we learned is also used for City Council meetings.  Here Mr. Serret explained theatrical terms that came from the early Roman times. He also explained the importance of maintaining the theater to preserve it for the community. We then walked across to the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza where we learned about volunteer opportunities, cultural arts in the plaza and how this art plaza differed from the rest with its unique capacity both back stage and in the audience.

We finished with a back stage tour of the Fred Kavli Theater. We learned about both the technical and mechanical tools needed to make a production successful. We also learned about the history of the “Green Room” and how it got its name. Without a doubt, Mr. Serret changed our perspective on community services and how imperative recreation through the Arts is to our community.

Story by Heather Melendez

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