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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Performing Arts Centers, Theater

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.

Geographic areas served: Metrowest

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

8

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

4

Former staff

Rating: 5

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.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.