Enter Stage Left Theater, Inc.

Rating: 4.82 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 98 Hayden Rowe Street Hopkinton MA 01748 USA

Mission: Enter Stage Left Theater, inc. is a 501(c)3 performing arts organization established in 1999. Our mission is to enrich the lives of the people of Hopkinton and surrounding communities, through artistic endeavors, offering a wide variety of artistic opportunities for individuals of all ages to express and hone their creative talents. Entertaining local communities since 1982, Enter Stage Left Theater has recently established its base of operations at 30 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA preserving its local identity and reaffirming its dedication to local citizenry.

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

My son's first experience was with an ESL Workshop 2.5 years ago. At first he was unsure if he wanted to particpate, even after we had signed him up. After the first week, he could not wait to go back the following week. Since then, he has been involved in several productions and with each one, his self-confidence and skills as an actor have grown. And, I have seen the same thing happen to other children as well. The people who run ESL are both talented and caring. Their love for the theater is obvious and inspiring and is why they continue to grow the organization.

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

watching my son grow in confidence both as a person and an actor.

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

getting to know the people who run ESL and understanding their vision.

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

in a word, incredible!

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

build their "field of dreams" and bring theater to many more individuals.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Rating: 4 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

As a mother of a child that started out terribly shy, ESL has down wonders in helping her be more confident. The teachers I've encountered are in tune with how to deal with children, and have impressed me with the way they make all children feel welcome and special.

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

that everyone is so welcoming and enthusiastic. Children can spot insincerity instantly. ESL is genuine in their love of what they do in the arts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I've been participating with Enter Stage Left Theater for almost my entire life. I love watching it grow and prosper, and to see how far it's come over the years. This theater has been a huge part of my life, from first learning acting skills to working around the office every week. I'm always impressed with the work and dedication that goes into not only the productions, but also just managing the theater's day to day needs. I want nothing more than to see ESL become even more successful, and will do everything I can to help. I think it's a great asset to the community.

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

All the plays I've been part of and gone to.

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

The welcoming feeling and friendly atmosphere.

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

Great. All of them.

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

Build a new performing arts center!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Rating: 4 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Having attended various productions of this small theater, I am impressed at the level of talent in our area. It is such a welcome addition to our region, and wonderful to have a local venue to support.

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

make an immense impact on this community.

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  

8 people found this review helpful

When I saw my first ESL production on a tiny stage in a very small church, I was blown away by the professional production, the acting and staging. What had been done with so little far exceeded expectations. A few years later when I met the founders and suggested a fundraiser for the CAA, I was even more impressed by their commitment to quality theater. From when I saw my first ESL play through the summer of 2007, I had the opportunity to support, act, and be entertained. When I saw my first ESL production on a tiny stage in a very small church, I was blown away by the professional production, the acting and staging. What had been done with so little far exceeded expectations. A few years later when I met the founders and suggested a fundraiser for the CAA, I was even more impressed by their commitment to quality theater. From the first ESL play I saw through the summer of 2007, I had the opportunity to support, act, and be entertained. ESL is committed to bringing quality theater to the Boston Metrowest community. They provide a place for theater and music classes for young people and adults. They bring off Broadway quality theater to an audience at affordable rates in smaller venues so that audiences become immersed in the theater experience. With their move to the CAA building and the beginning of fund raising for the new theater, they are on the cusp of becoming a major venue for excellence in theater. I would encourage any theater lover looking for a place to support to look hard and long at Enter Stage Left. You will find a place where your donation joined with others will become the foundation for a theater who's name will be known for quality and excellence in performance. I now live miles from ESL, but my heart is still there and I plan to be a consistent donor and sometimes dream of getting a windfall that I could share with ESL to move them closer to the theater building they need and their performances deserve.

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

performances. As a cast member of All My Sons, I saw the impact of an important drama on members of the community, both older and younger, who were moved by the timelessness of this Arthur Miller play.

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

find professional non profit fundraisers for them.

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

being able to bring affordable quality theater to a community whose members can't all get to major cities.

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

dedicated and professional beyond expectations.

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

become a major regional theater that could not just produce major plays but also become a venue for new playwrights.

Ways to make it better...

Enter Stage Left had the funding to build a fully equipped theater of their own.

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

funding of the size that will bring in the $1 million needed to build a theater.

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

The founders of Enter Stage Left have the artistic ability to present excellent work as well as the management skills to achieve a lot with a little. Given the resources they can be the major regional theater of Eastern Massachusetts.

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've been involved with Enter Stage Left for 4 years now. I started out participating in their shows, and eventually became a pianist there, accompanying various shows. I've musically directed their main stage musicals for the past 3 years, and have had not only an incredible experience working with the directing team, but with the people that participate in the shows as well. ESL provides such a comfortable atmosphere in which people can truly reach their creative potential and just have a wonderful time doing what they love to do.

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

their many theater productions and classes.

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

the comfortable experience and working with people who just love what they do.

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

warm, happy people who love what they do and more importantly, love sharing it with others.

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

build its own theater, and put on unbelievable productions that would no longer be restricted by financial limitations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I started with Enter Stage Left a few years ago during their Summer stock program and it was one of the best experiences I've had in theater. So I kept going back, and surely enough, every show was better and better. The people there are amazingly talented and the instructors are accommodating and absolutely brilliant. It's an amazing place.

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

The summer stock musicals. Absolutely brilliant, so much fun.

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

make the shows be up to the participants, have some sort of a voting committee.

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

the people I've met and the exponential growth I've experienced.

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

helpful, experienced, and had brilliant visions.

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

BUILD A THEATER!

Ways to make it better...

Sometimes the cast lists brought around some drama, but that can't be avoided.

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

monetary barriers.

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

once Enter Stage Left gets the money they've been dreaming of, everything will be the way we've been wanting it to be, and it will be as perfect as anyone could hope.

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

ESL Theater produces quality live entertainment. I have attended many programs/shows and have never been disappointed; in fact, these programs/shows have exceeded my expectations for productions from a community non-profit group.

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

friendly, kind, hard-working

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I have worked with the Enter Stage Left people for years now. They do an AMAZING amount of theater and other artistic activities with a few, really dynamic and devoted staff. Thumbs up!

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

change the world!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-11-01

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I've worked with many theaters, either as an actor, a director or a costume designer. I have a great affection for them all, but ESL is my favorite. I am constantly amazed at how many shows are produced each year, in addition to classes, open mic nights, and special events. But more than that, I absolutely LOVE the number of enthusiastic volunteers I see and hear about, who do everything from loaning a truck for moving large pieces to stage managing full-scale musicals with casts of over 100. There is definitely a lot of community in this community theater, which is its true source of charm. But there's also plenty of professionalism in its directorship, which is what makes it a continually strong operation.

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

build a theater and arts center and establish a trust to keep it in operation for many years to come. It could also pay its executive director, teachers and other administrative staff and creative directors what they're really worth (or close, anyway).

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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