Summer Stock for Kids at an Oscar-Winning Price!

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Like many actors, I got the bug early in life. As a very young girl, I would round up visiting cousins and friends and enlist them in the idea of presenting a play for the grownups. It was always a barrel of monkeys to stretch our young imaginations and try out new character roles for a chance to see into another perspective and make other people laugh or cry. 

All the world's a stage and there's nothing more fun for kids than to get creative with their minds, bodies and voices all at the same time. The craft of acting exercises all of these creative muscles and lots of kids of all ages love to do it. 

As a parent of either a budding young star or a child who wants to experiment, it can be a challenge to identify the best place in Tinseltown to get your youngster going with the tools (s)he needs to make it all happen. 

Have I got a tip for you! 

Elise Robertson is an award winning actress, director and all around artist extraordinaire! She's won Garland awards for her stage direction in Hollywood, five star reviews for her Edinburgh Fringe show and a Northern California Emmy for her directing on the PBS series, "The Adventures of Konga Roddy," featuring actors, puppets and full sized suited characters. At PBS, she also won numerous awards, including the Cine-Golden Eagle award for her adaptation of "King of the Bingo Game" in their "American Storytellers" series. 

Summer break is the perfect time for youngsters to get creative and you're in luck because enrollment is now open for Elise's summer classes for kids. Theater Games for Young Kids (ages 5-7); Improvisation (ages 8-12); and Acting 101 (ages 8-12) are all on offer with both weekday and weekend options. 


The regular price is right, coming in at just $250 for 12 WEEKS OF SUMMERTIME FUN! 

The classes take place in the heart of Highland Park at Twinkle Toes Dance Studios, so all you Highland/Echo Park/Silverlake/Eaglerock types are right down the road! 

I studied with Elise myself at her adult pro class on Tuesday nights and I can tell you that she has an uncanny eye for the right role to try on for both comfort and stretch. She's also an outstanding human being who gives wholly and generously in the creative process. Just think, when little Cheyenne wins an Oscar someday, she could be thanking you for the summer of 2016, when she first got the bug. 


When: Sunday afternoons for all three classes; Thursdays time TBD

Dates: next session begins mid-August

Where: Twinkletoes Dance Studio

5917 N. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90042 (in the heart of Highland Park)

Cost: $250 for 12 week session 

Send an email of interest to: or call 323-496-6659 

You can also find examples of loads of Elise's work, including her needlepoint, woodwork and prints at    


(Jennifer Caldwell is a an actress and an active member of SAG-AFTRA, serving on several committees. She is a published author of short stories and news articles and is a featured contributor to CityWatch. Her column at is dishing up good deals, recipes and food for thought. Jennifer can be reached at  Facebook: - Twitter: @checkingthegate)