Stardom plunges its luminaries into a new world where smiles are literally glued on and signatures are restructured for optimum autograph efficiency. Equip yourself for success with today’s Groupon to Young Actors Camp on the Azusa Pacific University campus. Choose from three options:
- For $95, you get a weekend-long parent-support camp, held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 25–26 (a $195 value).
- For $225, you get a weeklong acting day camp, held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 27–July 1 (a $500 value).
- For $225, you get a weeklong Glee experience day camp, held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 25–29 (a $500 value).
Young Actors Camp furnishes kids and their parents with the resources and knowledge to make an impact in the competitive LA film and theater scene. The weekend-long parents’ seminar, hosted by actor Joey Lawrence of Dancing with the Stars and Blossom, educates adults on the first steps of a child’s career. Current and former child stars of film and television, as well as their siblings and parents, divulge wisdom and advice about how to keep families stable and regrettable hairstyles to a minimum during your child’s ascent to silver-screen celebrity. Industry professionals offer presentations throughout the weekend about moving (or not moving) to LA, making smart business decisions, acquiring agents, and choosing between competing late-night talk shows. Parents have the option to bring along spouses or children aged 16 and up for an additional adult fee of $100.
Aspiring actors can take part in the weeklong acting day camp for a sampling of studies, including on-camera scene work and audition techniques. Commercial classes help kids sharpen smiles and ask piercing questions about on-set apple-juice availability during Q&A sessions with two celebrities. The celebrities will also briefly join students in an improv class, designed to loosen up actors, encourage resourceful performances, and enable quick recoveries when gaffers dematerialize. An industry-related field trip gives kids practical knowledge of their prospective career. Participants also receive headshots for papering agents’ offices, theatres, and public restrooms with their grinning mug.
The Glee Experience combines highlights from the acting program with choreography lessons and vocal work to create a musical masterpiece. The weeklong camp culminates in a live performance in the Los Angeles area (location announced on the first day of camp), allowing family and friends to experience kids’ high-kicking interpretation of “Theme from M.A.S.H.”
Neither kids' camp requires previous experience, just the desire to make an Andre the Giant–sized dent onscreen. Students can bring a lunch or purchase their own ($10/day), and extra camp hours are available for $25 per hour. For an additional $100, students can opt for bus service. Call the office for more details.
Body Kneads Yoga
During her frequent travels, owner Lisa Golde has trained under some of yoga’s modern pioneers, including Ana Forrest, Bryan Kest, and Dharma Mittra. But no matter where her globetrotting lifestyle takes her, Lisa always returns to share what she has learned at her home studio, which consists of the sunlit Rasa Room and Shanti Room. Lisa and her team of talented instructors adapt yoga flows to meet skill levels while still challenging practitioners to open their bodies, minds, and belly buttons' secret portal to a different dimension.
Yoga classes teach traditional styles, such as Forrest yoga, and integrative flow, as well as upbeat, experimental classes like Nia. The fast-paced style of expressive dance blends yoga, modern jazz, and a type of martial arts to get hearts pumping faster than swimming in a pool of pudding. After class, guests can grab a snack in the boutique or rinse off in onsite showers.