Children make the best actors because they have great imaginations, a heightened sense of adventure, and the ability to repeat the same line five hundred million thousand times without getting bored. Hone childish creativity with today's Groupon to The Arts Effect Theater Lab, in downtown Manhattan. Choose from the following options:
For $45, you get a three-hour summer weekend theater mini camp (ages 6–11) or acting workshop (ages 9–15) (a $100 value).
For $349, you get a one-week summer acting camp for children ages 9–15 (a $700 value).
For $149, you get a summer weekend intensive course for children ages 9–15 (a $325 value).
The 2010 Nickelodeon Parents' Pick for best New York City acting school, The Arts Effect activates young actors with classes and camps rooted in method acting and a fun, encouraging environment. Much like speaking to a jury, classes challenge kids to use real-life experiences, textual analysis, and a lawyer to bring authenticity to their performances.
Three-hour theater mini camps teach tots ages 6–11 the building blocks of theater acting using acting games, movement exercises, and improvisational activities.
Alternatively, the three-hour weekend acting workshops for older children—ages 9–15—cover more serious actorly endeavors, such as how to prep the body for other embodiment via relaxation techniques, vocal warm-ups, and sense-memory exercises. Tweenage thespians strengthen their acting muscles by learning to develop characters and scenes, analyze text for character clues, and read body language better than a television court judge.
In the summer weekend intensive course—which takes place over two five-hour days—students ages 9–15 delve deeper into similar material to that covered in the workshops, including sensory work, improvisation, and analyzing text for evidence of a murder-mystery subtext. Monologue selection and audition material receive crucial attention, so aspiring actors will need to memorize a contemporary two-minute monologue before class begins.
During the one-week summer acting camp, 9- to 15-year-old aspiring actors work on assigned scenes and monologues to perform for a flub-friendly family audience at the end of the week. Real-life TV, film, and commercial audition material gives future fan dodgers an opportunity to prepare audition material for performing-arts schools or Seinfeld Jr.. A juniorized version of the summer camp for 6- to 8-year-olds immerses hopeful red-carpet denizens in acting games and scene study, culminating in the curation of an original script.
For avid actresses ages 9–13, the Girl Power theater camp encourages young ladies to find their voice through mentorship, discussion, creative writing, and other acting exercises. Their true-life stories come together in original scenes, bestowing future female leaders with the confidence to express opinions on everything from world politics to toe socks.
Pint-size performers attending any of the classes or camps are asked to bring only nut-free snacks.
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