According to The Iliad, live theatre was invented when a group of Achaeans, disguised as a large wooden horse, surprised their Trojan audience with a stirring performance of Hamlet. As today's Groupon proves, the military tactic blossomed into an art form that continues to evolve: for $50, you get three classes at Joy Theatre (a $105 value), a working comedy theatre in North Hollywood that fosters confidence and teamwork in kids of all ages.
Joy Theatre straps young comedians to a fully packed parachute of theatre fundamentals—confidence, improvisation, acting, sketch comedy, stage fighting, character development, and more—before giving these young talents a chance to jump onstage in front of a live audience. Most classes meet on weekends and offer students the opportunity to perform in one of the theatre's Saturday or Sunday shows, which are open to the public. Kids 4–11 meet on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 3 p.m. for the Giggle Gaggle class (with performances starting at 2 p.m. and running the last hour of class); the older set, ages 12–19, meets on Saturdays and Sundays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. for their own Detention Span class and performance. Shy comedians and outgoing gorillas keeping a low profile in people suits can sign up for The Sunday Funnies. This class for ages 4–19 teaches all the essentials of improvisational comedy through games in a fun and welcoming environment. Instead of a weekly performance, Sunday Funnies keeps young stars in demand with a live performance every 10 weeks.
The friendly and caring instructors at Joy are dedicated to spreading their eponymous emotion, and each class will provide kids with the skills they'll need for future job interviews, first dates, and a lifetime of little white lies. Joy Theatre encourages students to learn from one another, and class members include beginners and professionals alike, including young actors who've performed for movies, television, commercials, and voiceovers.
This Groupon is valid for new students only.
- My friend invited us to watch her son perform at the Joy Children's Theater. The place is such a wonderful setting for kids to watch comedic improvs, just good, clean fun for the entire family. – Calista P., Insider Pages
- Joy Theater has been incredible for putting a structure around my boys enthusiasm. They go to Joy Theater to play games and have fun on stage without realizing they are building their self confidence, thinking on their toes and poise. My 5 year old covered his eyes the entire time the first time he was part of the show. Now he is front and center trying not to giggle his way through what he wants to say. – michelleskimom, Parents Connect