CHILDRENS EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE INC

Rating: 5 stars   6 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: PO Box 3381 Carmel CA 93921 USA

Mission: CET was founded to provide a theatre arts curriculum that encompasses lessons in history, art and literature, as well as an education in traditional stagecraft and performing arts. Through training, performance and outreach touring of the classical theatre arts, CET reaches more than 25,000 students of all ages every year. The magic of theatre opens our children's minds to all the arts and humanities, as well as the social issues of today's world. By participating in the "acting out" of our myths and legends, fairy tales and true stories, original and classic plays, the children of CET are honoring traditions as venerable as the history of civilization. By touring their productions to other children, they gain self-esteem through public service, developing their own sense of worth through contribution to the community as a whole. Through the adult company - SPRC - older students are brought to the next level of training and area adults, both amateur and professionals looking to enhance their craft, are given an opportunity to hone their skills in classical theatre forms. Allied with several local colleges, no other arts group in Monterey County provides such a breadth of outreach nor such a renaissance education in the classics to all ages.

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I learned so many skills at CET that I still use today, and yet it didn't seem like learning, it was tons of fun and a constant adventure. It definitely improved my confidence, helped get me over my youthful shyness, taught me public speaking skills, team work, physical expression, and to think on my feet. The traveling troup, traveling to schools was basically professional experience...years later I performed with a dance company touring schools and it was no different! What an amazing experience for any child!

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every aspect of my life that includes communication.

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One time

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2000-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

CHILDRENS EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE was an awsome experience as a child, I learned I loved live productions and created a career in live stage shows. I wish there was a place like this in my area for my children. I suggest it for every kid!!!!

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help a lot of children

Ways to make it better...

more money for the staff

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One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I took classes at CET from age 6 to 14, and can't think of a better way to have spent my childhood. The school is a truly rare and extraordinary place that honors and gives scope to children's imaginations, instills poise and confidence, celebrates folklore, mythology, and Classical plays, and gives young people many opportunities to experience the excitement of ensemble playing. In short, CET offers serious fun, positive empowerment, and unforgettable memories.

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My personal, and professional life as an actor

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I remember one of the first times I saw a live performance in the amphitheater outside in Carmel. I attended the outdoor production of Dragons Blood written by Marcia Gambrell Hovick and performed by the children and youth of CET. I was blown away by the performances as well as the quality of the production. I think this is such an important organization especially in hard times when the first cuts from donation budgets are generally in the arts. I would love to see CET continue its work. In the age of video games and all things electronic, children need this more than ever.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated to the arts. Every performance the volunteers and staff came out to greet the audience. There was always coffee and cookies in a very intimate atmosphere.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach so many more children, create a huge endowment that could foster scholarships.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

CET was so many things to me-a place to learn acting...a place to perform...a place to let my imagination run wild in every possible direction under the loving eye of the instructors. It was here that I learned the confidence to speak up, the ability to take critiques, and I learned the ever-true actors creed: The Show Must Go On. It was also an opportunity to cross all the boundaries of age and grade. One month, I'd play an old man in a Greek fable...the next I was my real age in a Moliere show...I learned about love, death, and everything in between. This is an acting school, true...but for me, I learned as many life-lessons as I did stage combat techniques. When my kids are old enough, I KNOW where they're spending their Saturday mornings...

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my professional career. Getting up in front of an audience of high-powered finance professionals to deliver presentations is much easier than playing a singing Donkey.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the fun I had while learning how to be myself under the grease paint and when the roar of the crowd is stilled.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fantastic, talented, and brave.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach and teach so many more people how to be confident, expressive, and how to have fun.

Ways to make it better...

There had been script writing workshops in the high-school age group

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

CET is the kind of place that nurtures kids to be and do what's in their hearts. The experience at CET is about the student-not the parent, not the kid's school or their college admission, but about the kid themselves. How often do we get to experiment?

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

While I did not attend the CET as a student, I WAS a student of sorts under Marcia. She illuminated my life and gave me inspiration when I had none by showing me the importance of community, the imagination of children and the far reaching effect of nurturing the artistic and creative expression of a child in an APPROPRIATE environment. Let's face it, Public School Systems today are in dire need of an over haul. We know that funding for arts programs has all but disappeared and our teachers are overwhelmed with budget cuts and more. The Traveling Troupe was offered to schools at NO CHARGE - - the kids were thrilled and the adults inspired. I was not just a volunteer, I was on the staff of the CET for a term and joined with the Hovick Family in their quest to bring culture and theatre to a world in need of enlightenment through the arts. Marcia Hovick was a pioneer for this form, and many have tried to imitate her passion. Few have succeeded; and if imitation is the highest form of compliment, than Marcia has been complimented too many times to count. We cannot, nor should we allow this Institution fade in to memory.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

produce a documentary film featuring the life of Marcia Hovick and the inspiration she gave to thousands of children. The additional funds would go to scholarships and the successful future of this art form at the CET.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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