According to The Iliad, live theater was invented when a group of Achaeans, disguised as a large wooden horse, surprised their Trojan audience with a stirring performance of Hamlet. Give children siege-breaking skills with today's Groupon for classes at KU Studios. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get one month of performance or dance classes for preschoolers (3- to 5-year-olds; up to a $50 value), plus the studio's initiation fee (a $10 value; up to a $60 total value).
- For $30, you get one month of acting, Intro to Voice, Ensemble Singing, or dance classes (up to a $65 value), plus the studio's initiation fee (a $10 value; up to a $75 total value).
The experienced artistes at KU Studios groom young performers for the stage with once-a-week theater, dancing, and singing classes. The preschool performance classes blend dance, voice, and drama into a mélange of theatrical fun, teaching youngsters the joys of the playhouse and providing a more constructive outlet for self-expression than crayon-drawn reproductions of Guernica. Dance classes encompass a range of genres including ballet, hip-hop, tap, and jazz, and in-depth classes are available for advanced practitioners. Singing groups transform young voices into euphonic, melody-crafting pipes while acting classes impart children and pet robots with theater terminology, vocal projection techniques, and methods for feigning human emotion.
Classes meet on a weekly basis and are separated by experience level to accommodate participants of all skill sets. Though each session provides a foundation for its focused technique, classes are meant to be completed as part of a larger series.
Carol Sottosanti inherited her love of hitting high notes and cutting rugs from her father, an opera singer who inspired her to pursue a degree in vocal performance from the University of Arizona. Naturally, Carol wanted her children to also experience the beauty and exhilaration of performing on stage, but she couldn't find a program that would grant her kids the proper exposure and practice they needed. Teaming up with other moms in the community, Carol organized a few small shows starring the neighborhood's charismatic children, and subsequently, Kids Unlimited was born. Since its inception in 1986, KU Studios still produces shows regularly, preparing their young performers with various classes in vocal performance, dance, and acting. Aspiring triple threats can dive into a wide variety of camps designed to hone singing and dancing skills, while promoting awareness of important topics such as bullying or the proliferation of mimes in Tucson. KU's outstanding performers earn their way into small-group ensembles that perform regularly throughout the community.