“My daughter is benefitting in ways I couldn’t have ever imagined,” exclaims mom Sharon . “Thank you so much for helping me overcome my self-consciousness,” adds Violet R. It’s the ever-popular, Santa Monica Playhouse youth theatre program “where young people learn true appreciation for theatre arts, revel in the creativity, teamwork and enthusiasm it takes to put on a show, and have the best time while doing it,” says theatre artist and Playhouse Director of Education Serena Dolinsky. “They get to feel what it’s like to be the first person to ever play that special role. Their self-confidence soars!” See your kids make friends, gain self-confidence and have tons of fun as they act, sing, play theatre games, work with costumes and make-up and are featured in an amazing fully-staged play created just for them. A 50s musical! An American Idol parody! SciFi! Fantasy! Always an original production. Kids – shy and want to express yourself? Done every musical there is and want something new? Santa Monica Playhouse Adventures in Acting is the place for you. The internationally acclaimed Playhouse Youth Theatre Program, now over 4 decades strong, combines the fun and excitement of working as a team to create and perform a brand new play, with the joy and fulfillment of bringing out the unique, individual artist’s voice in each participant. Working actors share their love of the craft with young people in all stages of development, in a stress-free, creative, arts-oriented environment. Enhanced teamwork skills and improved communication are welcome by-products of this unique program, developed with more than 25,000 students to date. Alumni of this acclaimed theatre program include performers Kate Hudson, Oliver Hudson, Jason Ritter, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Deschanel, Jason Segel, Azura Skye, Monet Mazur, Terri Nunn, Jon Kasdan, Obi Ndefo, Emmy Award winner Aisha Waglé, filmmaker Shana Feste (Country Strong), singer/songwriter Inara George, novelist Rebecca Donner, television writer/producer Rina Mimoun, casting director Liz Dean, journalist Gadi Dechter, Newark Superintendant of Schools Cami Anderson and Maroon 5s Mickey Madden, who calls the program “Great in so many ways!” Enrollment is now open for Spring: Thurs, 4:00 to 6:30 (Feb 7 – Apr 25) or Sat, 9:00 to 11:30 (Feb 2-Apr 27). Actress/mom Jill Jaress raves, “It was a turning point in my son’s life!” And alumni Mickey Madden (Maroon 5) raves, “Great in so many ways!” Dues are only $495 for a three-month session. Financial aid is available.