South Bay Conservatory, or SBC, is a non-profit organization started in 1966 to provide music instruction to students residing in the Los Angeles area. Since its inception, SBC has grown to include dance, drama, and voice training with over 30 professional performers. While these classes go on and off from time to time, SBC mainly focuses on their Fall, Spring, and Summer musical theatre productions.
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The Conservatory offers two simultaneous productions. One is for ages 5–12, while the other is for ages 8–18, although there have been exceptions. Since the beginning of these productions, some directors/choreographers/musical directors have come and gone, while others have had a long history with SBC. Currently, Larry Watts is director for the older group's productions, accompanied by Kathleen Sullivan, musical director. Debra Attridge is director of the younger group, with Jodi Rerucha as choreographer, and Jessica Porter as director's assistant.
Performers pay a tuition fee, since they are not only enrolling to perform a play, but to be trained in musical theatre. All who audition are given roles. Also, SBC provides scholarships based on need and merit.
SBC recently had a setback in the beginning of 2006, when the facility it used for classes was demolished. Because of this, SBC has suspended all private and group classes until further notice. Until then, the organization has maintained its ability to put on full musicals for the South Bay area.