Kids Act - Parents Comments
"It's hard to describe all the great things that we have experienced about Kids Act. It's not only the imaginative plots that the children design, or the esteem-building structure and guidance from idea to script, or even the fact that they get the opportunity to be on stage in front of people and perform their creations; for me it's the loving, embracing nature of Aleta and her "anything goes" attitude that is the backbone to this program. You can enroll in any acting program, there are many of them, but this one is truly special. It gave my son the foundation from which to go on...he is actually now in the entertainment industry, doing films and commercials. He has only studied under Aleta, no other acting coach. It's a fantastic program that allows the children to not only see, but be involved in all facets of each creative process."
—Mary Jo McCaffery
"Kids Act has been so wonderful for my daughter. Not only has it been lots of fun for her, but it has also brought up her self-esteem and made her more confident. Aleta has an incredible and warm way in which she teaches our kids about theater,working together, and having fun at the same time. I highly recommend Aleta and Kids Act to any parent looking for a fun and educational experience for their child." —Vera Fischer
"My daughter loved the playful environment of Aleta's Drama class, enjoyed the creation of the play together and fell further in love with performance. Aleta's energy and enthusiasm is infectious and the kids take in her solid instruction on projection, line delivery and set building naturally while they enjoy their classmates and their creation together. I am thrilled to have found someone with such amazing skills to work with my child." —Jennie Starr
“My daughter has taken this class for almost 4 years now. The class fosters creativity, not competition. The emphasis is on the process of putting on a play, not the pressure to perform perfectly. It's great for kids who already have a dramatic flair and those just curious about this kind of creative play.” —Sophy Chafee
"Aleta's love of theater is evident from the first class. She is equally adept at helping to channel the energy of active children in a positive, expressive direction; and patiently helping soft spoken or introverted children to develop self-confidence and alleviate fears of public speaking. Most importantly, while the kids have fun, Aleta is introducing them to the creative writing process, memorization, and set design. My children always look forward to the classes, and as a parent, it has been wonderful to watch my children enjoy and benefit from the program." —Katie White
Aleta Barthell is a wonderful lady whose passion for theatre is evident in her experienced but gentle and patient manner, and has a special way with the kids that makes acting even more fun than it already is! My son is 7 1/2 and just finished a camp with Miss Aleta and loved it, and she has some great classes for different age groups that start soon in different locations. We highly recommend her, and hope to see you there! —Julia S.
My daughter, Aubree DeLaVara, participated in the Improv class in Carlsbad... she told me, "I feel more confident, like I can do anything". This was such an excellent experience for her. She was nervous at first but the environment was very relaxed and invited creative expression. This went a long way to helping her feel more comfortable in her skin and less fearful of sharing her ideas in a group setting. We will be participating again in the future. —Nycole DeLaVara
Quotes from parents and kids:
"Loved the creativity..."
"My child liked being herself and growing to the next level."
"The chance for creative expression."
"It fostered my child's interest in theater and taught him basics like language used in theater settings and expectations of performers in a fun way. We love this program!"
"I liked making my own play."
"My child liked the interaction with other children."
"Everyone is encouraged to express themselves as they are."
"A reasonable price and a nice opportunity for kids."
"Madi always came home excited about what she'd learned and couldn't wait to show us. She also liked meeting new friends and having fun."
"I liked the small group instruction."
"It is easy to commit one hour per week..."
"Thank you, Aleta! You are a gift to our children! Thank you for nurturing the children's imagination and creativity! That is the best!"
"The fact that Aleta incorporated all aspects--set design, costumes, performance and that the students were involved in all of it."
"I liked the Shakespeare!"
Please email to let us know what your child is getting out of Kids Act. This helps us make the program even better!