5-Star Academy




5-Star Academy, Guiding Kids Toward Their Inner Star


5-Star Theatricals has officially launched their 5-Star Academy of Performing Arts, an extensive and professional theatrical training ground for youth. This educational program, run by Educational Director and Artistic Associate, Tal Fox, will foster connections between theatre performance and the Conejo Valley/Ventura County community.

We aim to introduce children and teens to professional theatre and give them the opportunity to develop into skilled actors for our mainstage productions and beyond! Through work in the classroom, onstage, and in the community, we strive to develop future theatre leaders by offering a program led by industry professionals.

In addition to offering ongoing classes each session, 5-Star will also be offering Master Classes with theatre professionals such as actors, choreographers, casting directors, agents/managers, musical directors, etc. providing kids and teens in the community an opportunity for top-notch expert feedback.

Winter 2019 Session Starts January 10th, 2019. Registration opens October 29th!


  • Star Lite (ages 3-5)
  • Rising Stars (ages 6-13)
  • Shooting Stars (ages 12-18)
  • Musical Theater Technique (Intermediate and Advanced – ages 8-18)
  • Beginner/Intermediate Acting (ages 8-15)


To sign up, email: EDUCATION@5startheatricals.com with the following document!

Registration Packet – Winter 2019


All classes take place at:


1489 E Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite C

Thousand Oaks, CA 91362


To contact us with any questions please email EDUCATION@5startheatricals.com or call (805) 497-8613


STAR LITE (Ages 3-5)

This toddler class is for students who are old enough to be in a classroom without their parent/caregiver, open to ages 3-5. Our Star Lite kids will play games and learn songs and movement from a show in 5-Star Theatricals’ season. This class culminates in a short performance for family at the end of the session. This class runs for 8 weeks.

  • Dates: Thursdays 3-3:45pm, January 16th – March 6th
  • Performance on Thursday, March 6th at 3:15pm
  • Tuition: $250 (plus $20 materials fee)
  • 8 students minimum. 14 students maximum.


RISING STARS (Ages 6-13)

This intermediate level performance class is for students ages 6-13. In addition to learning group musical theater numbers, each student will be assigned at least one solo, duet, or intimate group number to showcase his/her skills. Choreography will be intertwined into group numbers and acting technique will be emphasized. A performance for family/friends will be at the end of the session. This class runs for 12 weeks, followed by a performance in the 13th week.

  • Dates: Saturdays 12pm-2pm, January 12th – March 30th
  • Performance on Saturday, April 6th at 2pm
  • Tuition: $675 (plus $20 materials fee)
  • 8 students minimum. 20 students maximum.



This advanced level performance class is for students ages 12-18 who have an understanding or some experience in musical theater. In this class, students will be expected to spend time outside of the classroom to research and finesse their songs. In addition to putting on a performance at the end of the session, this class will focus on musical theater technique and focus on each student’s development of acting in a song. With guidance, students will create their own musical theatre revue and have the opportunity to choreograph their own numbers. A performance will be at the end of the session. This class runs for 12 weeks, followed by a performance in the 13th week.

  • Dates: Saturdays 2pm-4:30pm, January 12th-March 30th
  • Performance on Saturday, April 6th at 4:30pm
  • Tuition: $695 (plus $20 materials fee)
  • 8 students minimum. 20 students maximum.



Musical Theater Technique will focus on expanding a deeper, more precise understanding of the student’s acting ability and development of his/her acting skills in a song. This class is for intermediate/advanced students who are comfortable learning material outside of class. Students will be assigned songs appropriate to their age and development, and workshop it over 12 weeks. Each student will have the opportunity to perform and observe other students during each class. Throughout the session, a guest from the entertainment industry (actor, choreographer, musical director, agent, etc.) will attend to provide feedback.

  • Dates:
    Intermediate (ages 8-12) class Thursdays 4-6pm. January 10th – March 28th
    Intermediate class Sundays 11am-1pm. January 13th – March 31st
    Advanced (aged 12-18) class Thursday 6-8pm. January 10th – March 28th
  • Tuition: $675 (plus $20 materials fee)
  • 8 students minimum. 10 students maximum.


Anneliese van Der Pol (TV: Raven’s Home, That’s So Raven; Broadway: Belle in Beauty and the Beast) with some of our Musical Theater Technique classes – Fall 2018

Ashley Argota (TV: True Jackson VP, Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures, How to Build a Better Boy, Lab Rats, The Fosters; Broadway Tour:Young Nala in Lion King) with some of our Musical Theater Technique classes – Fall 2018



This class engages students in acting exercises, monologues and scene work to develop and increase their acting technique. Using active listening and physical actions to demonstrate character choices, students will work on defining acting objectives within texts. During the session, students rehearse scenes and monologues, as well as learn audition strategies.

  • Dates: Sundays, 1pm-3pm. January 13th – March 31st
  • Tuition: $675 (plus $20 materials fee)
  • 8 students minimum. 14 students maximum.



5-Star Academy offers specialty master classes with theatre professionals. These include classes with actors from Broadway/TV/Film, actors and members of the creative teams from our Main Stage productions, Directors, Choreographers, Casting Directors, Talent Agents/Managers, and Musical Directors/Musicians. Master classes are scheduled sporadically and updates will be posted on this page.



Tal Fox

Tal Fox

The 5-Star Academy of Performing Arts is run by educational director and artistic associate, Tal Fox. Tal has worked professionally for more than 10 years in the entertainment and education industries. She holds a bachelor’s in fine arts in musical theatre and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Pace University in New York City, and has lectured and taught across the United States at schools, acting programs and theaters. In her five years as a talent agent at Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin & Associates she ran the bi-coastal (Los Angeles/New York) Equity/Theater department and developed the Youth TV/Film/Theater department. She has advanced many careers and put a multitude of actors on Broadway, in television and film, in national tours and in regional theater productions. Tal has experience performing, casting (credits include Center Theatre Group, Kirk Douglas Theatre, Theatre @ Boston Court, Bleecker St. Theatre in NYC…), theater tech, and in producing (with Broadway theater producer, Ken Davenport). With all of these resources, she brings an extremely high quality of understanding of both acting technique and business savvy to her students.


A $120 non-refundable deposit (deposit + material fee) is required to sign up for a class.

Payment options:

  1. 5-Star will bill the remainder of the class tuition on the first day of class
  2. 5-Star will bill half of the remainder of the class tuition on the first day of class and the other half mid-way through the session
  3. 5-Star is happy to coordinate and work on a payment plan with any of our students. Please email EDUCATION@5startheatricals.com with any requests.