>I was a student at Beginning's last summer.
>I wanted to tell you...please, PLEASE have NOTHING to do with it
>Let me tell you about my experience.
>I'll get the lighter stuff out of the way first. The cabins were
>spiders, and either freezing cold or extremly hot. You were given 3
>the shower. You got very little sleep at night. Meals were terrible. I
>agree with eating healthy...I eat tofu, drink soy and rice milk, eat
>food, and eat soy nuts, etc. I eat very healthily normally. The food
>pure CRAP. Lunch would be... one piece of soggy spelt bread. With a
>plain tofu, plain lettuce, and a lot of raw onions on top. You were
>eat the entire thing. And maybe some slightly rotton mixed greens
>dressing would be served. Or maybe overdone, slimy roasted peppers
>tofu that made many kids sick and throw up, yet forced to eat the
>I threw up and was accused of being bulimic, which I am most
>And lets talk about the classes. NOTHING like advertised. Basically
>beginner's acting classes and improv classes. Broadway Vocals was
>sang together like a chorus. Half the kids could barely sing. There
>piano accompianment. You were grouped by age,and not by talent. There
>film acting. No commerical acting. No audition preperation classes.
>basically took the same kind of classes. Beginniners classes. I have
>several professional musicals, taken 6 years of vocal training, and 9
>acting training and found the classes to be extremely basic. When I
>this I was told "you're nothing spectacular. just stick with the
>chaperones were not friendly and nice. In fact they were insensitive
>more wrapped up in themselves than the campers. And the off-Broadway
>showcase...very few agents attended. Not one person I know out of
>either session (which is very many) got representation or auditions.
>I haven't yet started with the bad things yet. Peter sexually harrased
>me and 4
>other girls. He made me come to his cabin, away from the main camp
>made me go inside alone even though I didn't want to. He began to hug
>stroke my face and hair, touch my behind, and knead my shoulders. I
>him away and tried to leave but he wouldn't let me. He called me "his
>girl" and "baby" and "my sweet baby who wants to be loved". He said
>your daddy, baby". These innapropriate behaviors continued throughout
>front of people it just looked like affection. They couldn't hear his
>and didn't see that when his arm was around my shoulders...it would
>I was terrified of what was happening. I couldn't talk to anyone. I
>talk to my chaperone's. They did not care. I basically suffered in
>until another girl came forward. Apparently Peter had been doing the
>to her. I did the same, and told the owner of the camp ground he
>rents. I was
>promised he would know nothing about anything I said. The girl who
>went home. That was not an option for me since I live so far away.
>Everything went fine until we were in the theatre in the morning
>before the off-
>Broadway showcase. Peter stood up and said that he had some unpleasant
>to bring up. He made me and 2 other girls stand up in front of
>said, "These girls are liars. They have been spreading lies about me
>frightening the other students." He said "They are poiseners. They
>about me. Don't believe any of it. We will be putting them in a place
>they can tell each other their stories and they can spread their lies
>other." He then put us in a tiny room backstage with orders not to
>Every once in a while a chaperone would come back to take us to the
>was scared because I am claustrophobic. I was hyperventilating and
>Sklar did not even bother to check and see if we were ok.
>We were completly isolated from the other campers. Even the chaperones
>given orders not to talk to us. After several hours, one of the girls
>to tell Mr. Sklar that I was sick. I felt sick and was dizzy and
>breathing. We had opened the door a crack so it wasn't as bad but it
>very small and closed in. He moved us up to another room upstairs
>bigger, and I felt better then. I got a chance to talk to the other
>who had similar stories about what he said or did. People said we were
>and no one believed us. But I have to ask...why would 5
>girl who left earlier and a girl I knew in the past who went) want to
>something as serious as this? We had absolutely no motive! None of us
>upset with Mr. Sklar in any way. Also, 3 of the girls were older. I
>talked to them at all before this, yet we had basically the same
>stories as to
>what was said or done!
>After 10 hours of being completly isolated with each other (1 girl
>early showcase), we were finally let go. I told my parents what
>wanted to press charges but unfortunatly I had no proof of what had
>No addresses of the other girls or anything. We went around and told
>the places he had visited in the area what had happened. Hopefully
>not happen to girls around this area again. And hopefully my sharing
>with you will prevent this from happening to someone you know or your
>children. I have known people who have gone there and loved it. Then
>people like me who become his victims. I have undergone therapy since
>experience. I have nightmares about him all the time. I am taking a
>defense class so that if this happens again I will be able to protect
>am just begging you...tell everyone you know about this. Please.
More can be done than you think.
"SinginDiva17" <StarT...@aol.com> wrote in message
> I was a student at Beginning's last summer.
> I wanted to tell you...please, PLEASE have NOTHING to do with it
> Let me tell you about my experience.
> I told my parents what
> happened. They
> wanted to press charges but unfortunatly I had no proof of what had
> No addresses of the other girls or anything. We went around and told
> some of
> the places he had visited in the area what had happened. Hopefully
> this will
> not happen to girls around this area again. And hopefully my sharing
> my story
> with you will prevent this from happening to someone you know or your
> children. I have known people who have gone there and loved it. Then
> there are
> people like me who become his victims. I have undergone therapy since
> experience. I have nightmares about him all the time. I am taking a
> defense class so that if this happens again I will be able to protect
> myself. I
> am just begging you...tell everyone you know about this. Please.
I respectfully urge you and your parents to contact the authorities, both
local law enforcement and those in the jurisdiction where this program is
conducted. Also consider hiring an attorney for advice. I don't know
what the statute of limitations are in a case like this, but since these
incidents allegedly occurred last summer, and since you shared with your
parents and your therapist, you've met some of the conditions of
documentation which might help in criminal or civil action.
If these allegations are true, then my heart goes out to you. You're doing
the right thing, in a proactive way, by talking to your parents and
working with a psychologist. Sexual harassment is a crime. Sexual and
psychological abuse of a teen or pre-teen by a person-in-trust is a worse
Respectfully, writing a public post like this might create problems for
you. Should the acting teacher get wind of this post, he might take
protective action, just as he did in your explanation.
But if you go to the authorities, it's possible that someone might do some
investigation to track down the other victims and other sources of
complaints, and it's possible that a sopena can be issued to examine the
enrolment records. My point is that you can build a case, using the right
resources, even if yours is the only current voice.
Some personal history: there was a coach in Colorado a couple of decades
ago who used NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) as an actor training
technique. He used NLP not only to train his actors, but also to seduce
his female actors. He was only occasionally successful, and complaints
were rampant. (Some of his former acting students came to me for coaching
in a professional environment.) I was retained as an expert witness....
not to discuss what I had heard in allegations, but to describe in
deposition how an acting coach should conduct himself or herself with
acting clients. The evidence was overwhelming, the case never went to
court.... a settlement was designed.... the coach agreed to financial
settlements and also agreed to cease operations as an acting coach. He
subsequently went chapter 13, but at least he was out of business.
Break a leg,
THE ACTING STUDIO