LYRIC ARTS COMPANY OF ANOKA INC

Rating: 5 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 420 East Main St Anoka MN 55303 USA

Mission: Founded in 1995, the mission of Lyric Arts Company of Anoka is to present music and theater productions in order to promote awareness of, appreciation for, and participation in the performing arts. Lyric Arts educates cultivates, and nurtures performing artists and audiences of all ages by providing high-quality opportunities to experience and celebrate these art forms in the Twin Cities' northern metropolitan area. Lyric Arts is dedicated to making the performing arts accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have directed and performed at Lyric Arts, but for the past several years I've just been a very loyal and happy audience member. This place is amazing -- the theater space itself is beautiful, intimate, and comfortable -- a great night out! The quality of the shows is fantastic, people are often totally amazed to learn that it's "just" a community theater where the actors are not paid -- some of the shows are as good as anything you will see in Minneapolis! Lyric Arts puts on a great variety of shows too, and the prices are very reasonable. GREAT value, wonderful night out whether it's "date night" or "family night". Two thumbs up!

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

Theater

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

Get the word out beyond the northern suburbs -- people don't know what they're missing!

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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife and I have been attending shows at Lyric Arts since we first moved back into the area 16 years ago. We've always been impressed by the quality of the performances we've seen. Some three years ago, I tried out for, and was cast in, a show at Lyric Arts. Since then, my children and I have participated in a number of shows at this fine organization. I've had the chance to see how deep Lyric Arts is involved in the Anoka area community, and the wonderful experience they provide not only for audiences but also for the volunteer actors, families, stagehands, staff, ushers, and others who come together to make a show happen. I would highly recommend Lyric Arts to anyone who is interested in a good play, a good concert, or in general a great time - as an actor, an audience member, or simply a member of the community. I'm proud to be a part of the excitement at Lyric and look forward to participating for years to come.

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

Reconnecting with old friends, meeting new friends, getting my children involved in quality theater, seeing and enjoying the excitement of audiences

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

Make it bigger, so it could reach more people!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Moving to the area in 1995, I knew no one. Lyric Arts provided a great place to gain a sense of community, while enjoying and participating in an art form near and dear to me. It was then, as it is now, truly a COMMUNITY theater. The board is comprised of active participants in the craft and/or the community, people who clearly represent the views of the community at large. This has allowed the theater to grow and morph as needed to continue to be an asset to the community. Now, 16 years later, my dearest friends are either from this group or have joined in the experience. This theater gave my children their wings and self confidence, even the introverted one! My life was irrevocably changed for the positive by the influence of this theater.

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

more ways than I can list. Simply of the people, by the people and for the people. So much the American way. :-)

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

Create a living and perpetual endowment.

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Rating: 5 stars  

A beautiful organization that knows what it wants to be to the community and has matured beyond the whims of individuals by developing processes to separate functions. Yet with the cement of purpose that keeps its eye on the vision fostered in the original black box theater of yesteryear. It provides literally anyone, the opportunity to overcome any esteem issues, accomplish more that they thought was possible, and allow the audience to share the pride.

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

As I was trying to get my daughters involved in a small personal theater, I was told that the community theater needed adults as well as kids. What followed was over 2 dozen productions where I was sweeping the stage as well as being swept onto it. The other dozens of productions, I just enjoyed from the house seats.

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

Find a way to support the theatrical mission without having to resort to the slam dunk crowd pleasers which can be found in any community theater in the metro area. Unfortunately...

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes, it showed me I could introduce myself to anyone and be accepted.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 5 stars  

My family has been involved in Lyric Arts since its inception. It is one of the greatest organizations we have ever been involved with. From a professinal standpoint they put on teh best performances I have ever seen, and are on par with any professional theater in Minnesota. From a personal standpoint I have met so many great and dedicated people and have become great friends with many of them. Thank you Lyric Arts for all that you do!!!

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

Both a professional and personal manner. It has allowed me to grow as a person and actor, as well as meet many great friends.

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

Do more advertising throughout the Twin Cities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife and I started by going to a few shows here and there. It didn't take very long before we were attending more than we we're not. Next thing you know I'm being asked as a local businessman to be on the board. I was honored to be part of the theatre. So I said yes of course. As soon as you walk in the front door I feel like I'm with family.

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

Becoming great friends with multiple people from the staff. The club events are one of the highlights of our month for my wife and I.

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

Lyric Arts does incredible things with what the have but like everything else a little more money never hurts.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've seen a few shows at this theater over the last year. I find it amazing that a theater this size is able to put on so many consistently solid shows in a single season. The staff has been very friendly and it's clear that everyone who works and volunteers there cares a great deal about this space.

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

I watch shows there and enjoy the fruits of their labor. I see the community come together and watch shows.

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

Larger budgets. More federal funding.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife and I have enjoyed this artistic gem since its infancy. It has been very rewarding to watch it evolve and mature from a small pocket theatre to a year 'round theatre of professional quality. The staff, volunteers and artistic participants continue to challenge themselves to elevate the quality of each production and to increase the outreach to the community.

This extraordinary company brings classic and contemporary theatre to folks of all ages in an impressive and comfortable venue that allows the audience and intimate artistic experience.

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

It has been my pleasure to see audiences drawn in and take an active role each performance. The smiles, tears, laughter and meditative moments describe the experience at Lyric Arts better than mere words.

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

Rather than change, I would simply encourage the Company and all the participants to continue to strive for higher and higher levels of artistic excellence.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My family has long been going to the wonder that is Lyric Arts. From the evolution of watching a step-sister as an actor to today when I have the joy to be able to attend all the great shows provided with my wife-to-be. The staff is always a pleasure to work with and they don't hesitate to share their love of the theater with those that come. I travel around the Midwest for work and people all over have heard of the great community oriented Lyric Arts and their support staff.

I look forward to many more years of great shows and always will be telling friends I meet to come and share with me.

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

meeting the actors and staff and hearing how much they love being a part of Lyric Arts. Their dedication is a great inspiration.

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

Attempt to involve more "corporate" groups as a source of potential ticket sales.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started volunteering at Lyric Arts as an actor and fell in love with this theater! Their mission of building community and nurturing artists and audiences of all ages through the magic of live theater is lived out every day with quality productions everyone will enjoy and appreciate. Whether it is a comedy, drama, mystery, musical or a children's play, the entire building becomes energized as Lyric Arts works its magic with both volunteers and the guests in their "community".





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

As an actor, I have grown & stretched in ways that I never could have imagined. But the best part of this theater is the friends you are able to make from all walks of life. My community of friends from the theater are of all ages and diverse in their careers, religion and politics. Everyone's love for this theater bonds a unique group together as friends.

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

I would try to help fund a building remodel/expansion so there was more room to grow their programing.

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