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 $25, you get a one-day acting camp at Standing Ovation Performing Arts in Boynton Beach (up to a $50 value).
Operating in the 2,000-square-foot studio that houses Standing Ovation's art education center, the camp offers a theatrical smorgasbord of play-acting activities that include pageantry, craft making, and more. Thespians J.R. and Erin Coley have nurtured an abiding affection for the performing arts; now, the dynamic duo is setting the stage for burgeoning young actors to explore their own knack for theatrics in a day-long acting camp. The benefits go far beyond the red velvet curtain, helping to improve children's self-confidence, social interaction, and Guesstures skills. The program lasts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on school vacation days. Included in the deal is a lunchtime meal and a snack, along with one hour of childcare before or after program hours (extended childcare available 7 a.m.–9 a.m. and 4 p.m–6 p.m., extra fee of $5 per hour after the first hour).
Standing Ovation Performing Arts
Not many actors can say they've performed in a production directed by a 12-year-old, but Erin Coley has always had an instinctive sense of how to put on a show. Years later, she and her husband, J.R., founded Standing Ovation Performing Arts, assembling eight other experts in the field to encourage kids to get on the stage as early as possible. Improv comedy, puppetry, and playwriting help students express themselves while giving them the skills to deliver confident class presentations and rousing monologues on the futility of naptime.
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