Hi - I'd like to start by saying that I WORK FOR THE PLAYGROUND. This is not a review! Because we do not advertise with Yellow Pages I am not allowed to respond to other reviews and we (The Playground) believe that we need to comment on the review titled "It's really a shame", Posted by by khalintiger… on 06/11/2011 Thanks for your opinions, we rarely get critical feedback from actual clients! We'll use this to make a good program better. You can see that your child's ambivalence about The Playground was not shared by the other students - you could have talked to us, or stopped classes, when her lack of enthusiasm became apparent. We would have satisfied you if you come to us earlier but it's hard for us to help you now. Calling us a "pretend" school is nonsensical, if your goal was to build confidence and for your child to come "out of her shell" then we're proud to have given her that life-long gift. If your goal was to prepare her for professional acting then you stopped before she had any chance to succeed. Our student's success, both in life and in entertainment, speaks for itself. We invite you to look at our blog, web-site or Facebook page to see great comments from student and parents! We take some very valuable insight away from your comments and we are going to begin working to address them right away: •Staff should be proactive in talking to you about your child. Most parents participate in the students' homework - reading lines and practicing scenes between classes - and get to see their kid's progress first hand. Since your review, instuctors have begun trying to speak to every parent at least once a month. •Our hand-outs for the information meeting are extensive and bound. (32 pages plus a table of contents). They look great and are full of great information. We get nothing but praise about them. If you feel that you did not get the complete package please contact Gary at the school and he will give you a replacement. •Gary and the teachers spend a long time preparing the end of class reviews for each student and generally take the time to write thoughtful (and long) comments. I apologize for your terse report - I have begun reading random reports to make sure that they are up to our standard. While you are not likely to come back we want you to know that every parent is encouraged to speak one-on-one with Gary about their child at any time. While I wouldn't dream of telling you that your feeling about the program are wrong I do need to address a few factual errors: ⁃Gary does spend some time in every class on a regular basis. I suggest that you ask your daughter if Gary came in. He doesn't make it in every week but, more often than not ⁃Agents are never invited to classes but we do have invitation only Performance Nights where agents can attend (25 at the last one). As a rule the beginning students are not yet ready and are not invited and we make that clear to all the parents in the beginner classes. ⁃The "party" you mention is our graduation ceremony for children who complete the full 2-year program. It happens once every year. ⁃We do not submit fake reviews, ever, anywhere. ⁃We aren't trying to make stars - we are teaching kids how to act. How to speak clearly and confidently and how to succeed in life. Some kids go on to a careen in acting. Many do not. We work to replace any dreams of fame and fortune with a realistic sense of what it takes to work in the entertainment business and prepare the kids for that if that's what they choose to do. ⁃We do not think the children benefit from having parents in the class rooms. Usually, children are inhibited when their parents are watching.
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Our son expressed an interest for acting after we took him to see the popular musical, “Wicked”. We thought it was just a phase, but now we see him trying to “act” out different “scenes” with his friends or even make a comedy show with our DV Camera. It has been non-stop and I have never seen him so passionate about anything else. With that being said, we knew that enrolling him into acting school would be a great investment. If he decided not to be an actor, I could see him sprouting another interest in some other facet in the entertainment industry such as being a writer or being part of the crew behind the scenes. Whatever it may be, my wife and I thought that Gary Spatz’s The Playground would be a great foundation for him to be inspired. Sorry if I ran a little off track here, but I’m sure that I am not the only parent whose child expresses an interest to pursue a part in the entertainment field. Like many of you, our problem was that we didn’t know where to begin. Trying to research everything about acting classes online proved to be too overwhelming for us and it didn’t help that every acting school claimed to be “the best” in the business. Thankfully, another parent whose child attends The Playground help shed some light. Her son is also taking the standard drama class with my son in the junior high and she was just as eager to tell me about Gary Spatz as her son was eager to attend the acting workshops. My wife and I honestly thought it was all bunch of hype but when we arrived, the staff and management couldn’t be any more helpful and welcoming. Gary Spatz is down to earth and genuine and we really appreciate that. I agree with a lot of the testimonials on here as far as the whole “vibe” of the classes and staff. This is one of the best things we’ve done for my son and when our other little boy gets older and also expresses an interest for the arts, we know right where to send him.
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