According to The Iliad, acting was invented when a group of Achaeans, disguised as a large wooden horse, surprised their Trojan audience with a stirring performance of Hamlet. The military tactic has since blossomed into an art form that continues to evolve, and today's Groupon lets you take part in its evolution. For $150, you get your choice of six-week acting course (an up to $299 value) at Boston Casting in Boston. Upcoming classes and times are available here for adults, here for teens, and here for kids.
Boston Casting offers courses for aspiring child, teen, and adult actors at its Media Performance Institute. Your Groupon can be used toward classes such as Beginner Acting/Improv for Adults, Acting for Teens, Musical Theater, or any of the other classes listed to the right. Acting for the Camera will teach you how to act naturally in front of the most terrifying piece of machinery outside of a confrontational killer robot. In Acting for Film, you'll learn how to project your voice in its proper 16:9 aspect ratio. And after a session of Acting for Commercials, your teeth will begin to twinkle automatically every time you hold something up and smile. For a truly in-depth exploration of the acting process, try the Acting for the Camera course, which runs until one of its participants says "And… scene." Classes are taught by some of New England's most experienced teachers and performers.
Graduating actors and actresses of Boston Casting have gone on to be cast in Boston-filmed commercials, TV shows, and recent features such as Edge of Darkness, The Fighter, and Paul Blart: Mall Cop. The staff includes six casting directors and a team of talented teachers, and the facility's 3,000 square feet of space house two studios. This creative environment is a sanctuary to shore up acting chops and learn the ropes of the Hollywood ring. But you don't need to be an actor to take a course; many working professionals use the classes to improve their public speaking, build confidence, and learn how to pretend to like potential clients. Call ahead or sign up online to schedule your class.