Exciting Feature Films Spawn Summer Acting Classes; Young Actors, Professional And Up-And-Coming, Flock To Gary Spatz’ Playground Conservatory This Summer

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Oddly enough, Super-8 and Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer are scheduled for release on the same day: June 10th. "I'm sure both films will find their audience and I suspect will be huge hits." For more information about The Playground Conservatory and 2011 Summer Courses, 310-286-6770.

Oddly enough, Super-8 and Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer are scheduled for release on the same day: June 10th. "I'm sure both films will find their audience and I suspect will be huge hits." For more information about The Playground Conservatory and 2011 Summer Courses, 310-286-6770.

It was less than a year ago when Joel Courtney (then 14) spent the summer in Hollywood with his older brother Caleb (Sol, Endurance: Fiji), took some private acting classes with Gary Spatz at The Playground Conservatory, and to gain some experience went on a few auditions. He ended up cast as the lead in Super-8, produced by Steven Spielberg.

A few months later, Gary Spatz was hired as on-set acting coach for the 2011 summer release Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer.

None of this was new for Gary. For over twenty years, Mr. Spatz has been one of the most highly respected teachers and coaches of young actors. His initial project was Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989) segueing into being the acting coach for MMC Mickey Mouse Club (1990-1995), Roseanne (1990-1997), Everybody Loves Raymond (2003 – 2005), The Suite Life of Zach and Cody (2005-2008). These credits and many others led to Gary founding The Playground Conservatory, which quickly became one of the top training grounds for young actors in the United States. “It was the one-two punch,” said Gary. “We are involved with two big summer films , and the word is out, that The Playground Conservatory, with its creative environment and amazing staff, is today’s premier young actor's studio.” The formation of Summer Classes this year was purely based on demand. “We really weren’t thinking about it, and weren’t prepared for the high number of perspective students,” Gary said. “But we arranged everything, and will offer complete courses during the summer.

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