Break a Leg at Acting Summer Camp in Los Angeles

You might see nervous actors gather together backstage whispering, “Break a leg,” before the the Pali Showcase starts. They aren’t being mean to each other. 

Quite the opposite, actually. It’s just how performers wish each other well before a performance. 

At Pali Adventures, we want all our budding actors to feel that sense of belonging that comes when someone tells them to break a leg before a performance. Our camp family is important to us and we want all of them to do well during every single performance throughout their exciting time away at camp.

Here’s some of the fun lessons and activities campers can expect when they sign up for Acting Summer Camp with Pali Adventures.

Learning Techniques at Acting Summer Camp

There isn’t a right way to learn how to act. Our master actors and instructors will take campers through various acting techniques so they can learn which way is right for them.

girl performing at acting camp

The most common acting techniques are:

  • Meisner Technique – This technique revolves around the idea of “truthful acting.” It encourages actors to dive into the emotions behind whatever they’re performing. Sanford Meisner, the creator, wanted students to learn how to use their heart in their acting instead of their head.
  • Stanislavski’s System (Classical acting) – One of the most taught techniques, Stanislavski’s System is based on making actors use their personal experiences and memories to develop a character’s response to a scenario. Actors must constantly ask themselves, “If I were really in their shoes, what would I do?”
  • The Chekhov Acting Technique – This technique is all about bringing the mental and physical parts of acting together. Actors are encouraged to put a physical movement to the character’s internal conflict.
  • Lee Strasberg’s Method – Strasberg’s method encourages actors to dive deep into their characters by essentially living as that person during the entire rehearsal and performance period. This gives actors a better connection to the emotions driving a character.
  • Practical Aesthetics Acting Technique – There’s two parts to this technique—Think Before You Act and Act Before You Think. It pushes actors to really analyze their scripts to understand the story. They then use that information to build the character that makes the most sense within the script’s story.

Practicing Monologues and Performing Skits

Monologues are solo scenes for actors to show their skills without needing a scene partner. It’s a great way for young actors to practice their craft. They’re also a requirement for a lot of auditions, so it’s good to work on monologues as often as possible. 

Throughout the session, campers will also write and perform original skits. This helps them learn what it takes to build believable characters, as well as allowing them to flex their creativity in a fun group project. These skits will be performed during the Pali Showcase toward the end of their week-long session.

Improv Games

Improv comedy is the art of making things up as you go. Actors use improv games as a way to not only break the ice when entering a new class, but also to hone their acting skills. They have to be able to think quickly on their feet just in case something goes off-script during a performance. 

A few common improv games are:

  • Yes, and – Actors perform a scenario given by the audience, but the catch is every time they reply, they must start with, “Yes, and.” This is actually one of the basic concepts of improv, never saying no to an idea. Once you say no, the scene possibilities are too limited.
  • Fairy Tale in a Minute – Is exactly what it sounds like. Actors have sixty seconds to perform the entirety of a popular fairy tale.
  • Freeze Tag – Two actors start a scene. At any point another actor can yell, “Freeze,” and replace someone on stage. They then must use the frozen position to inspire an entirely different scene.
  • Word at a Time Story – Actors sit in a circle and are given a story idea. One at a time, they add a word to make a coherent story. They can’t just yell whatever comes to mind.

Making a Short Film

The Acting Summer Camp program will partner up with the Filmmaking Camp to create an original short film. This film will be screened during the Friday night Pali Showcase. 

During this time they’ll learn what they need to do to audition for a movie. They’ll also get invaluable experience while rehearsing and making their short film. Actors will get the chance to learn what it’s like to collaborate with a director to fully bring a character’s story to life.

kids filming at acting camp

Starting a Portfolio

All actors need to have a headshot handy for auditions. During their time at camp, kids will learn what goes into a successful headshot photoshoot. The professional headshots they take during Acting Camp are theirs to keep and use in the future.

Traditional Camp Fun

All work and no play makes for a not-so-fun time at summer camp. We fully understand that while they may be actors, at their heart the campers are also just kids. Campers spend their mornings working on acting basics, but the afternoons are all theirs to plan as they wish. 

Pali Adventures offers quite a few exciting electives for campers, including:

  • Yoga
  • Zip Lines
  • Archery
  • Trapeze
  • Basketball
  • Skateboarding
  • Cooking
  • Inflatables – Water Slide, Bounce House, Jousting
  • Paintball
  • Jet Skis
  • And more!

Come Join the Fun at Acting Summer Camp!

Whether you’re new to acting or not, there’s always something to learn during Acting Summer Camp at Pali Adventures. There are classes for every skill level to make sure no one feels like they’re getting left behind. Our staff are highly trained actors and instructors who want to help your kid grow into their full potential. 

But we also want them to have fun. That’s what summer camp is all about, after all. Kids get the chance to come together, practice their craft, and relax in a camp setting that’s pretty unique. 

We can’t wait to meet your camper. Contact us for more information about Acting Camp!