WESTBURY - Many Long Island families who hoped their children would make it big in Hollywood were shocked to find the talent agency they were working with mysteriously closed recently.

Families say they found John Robert Powers talent agency in Westbury shut their doors after they brought their children for their weekly acting lessons.

Many parents say they spent thousands of dollars on the acting lessons for their children.

"I'm outraged, we spent a lot of money for this, and they ripped us off," said Peter Tzotchev, of Sea Cliff.

"I was upset and disappointed. I thought I was going to be an actor," said student Katiana Pierre.