Danny Douglas, featured in the Santa Barbara Independent and boasting both a culinary degree and a decade of experience, passes on his kitchen know-how during three-hour cooking classes using local, seasonable cuisine. Novice spatula wielders mingle with fellow students and sip on home-brought beverages as the expert culinarian teaches them how to craft a four-course meal as fresh and elegant as Grandmaster Flash at the opera. An in-season and locally caught seafood dish stars in the tongue-pleasing production alongside locally harvested produce and humanely raised meats. The communal cooking experience bonds couples closer together while solidifying friendships through the art of crafting consumables and dining together on meals on a white tablecloth. Those more interested in letting a chef cook for them may apply their Groupon toward Danny Douglas' catering services.
Success as a child actor depends almost as much on parents' managerial knowhow as it does on a kid's acting skills. During three-day weekend excursions at The Acting Camp?held at the more than 300-acre El Capitan Canyon?aspiring performers and their guardians develop their respective roles in each youngster's career. Under the tutelage of John D'Aquino ? a veteran of hits like Seinfeld and Hannah Montana ? kids refine techniques such as auditioning on camera and improvising.
These sessions culminate in prepared scenes that groups of campers perform for casting directors, agents, and managers from networks like Nickelodeon and the CW. Beforehand, these insiders as well as parents of working child actors meet with parents to discuss the business end of the entertainment industry, where money and Beanie Babies exchange hands at a rapid rate. Amid all these career-focused activities, The Acting Camp leaves plenty of time for families to relax and bond with fellow attendees.