PEND OREILLE PLAYERS ASSOCIATION

Rating: 4.8 stars   5 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: PO Box 1934 % Alice Booth Newport WA 99156 USA

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Rating: 4 stars  

Pend Oreille Players is a small theatre company in a small town, but we serve quite a large area. We work very hard to present good quality productions while involving as many youth from the area as we can. Between our youth group, POPIT, our youth production in Nov. our multigenerational productions in April and June and Theatre Camps throughout the summer we manage to keep the young people quite busy. We encourage anyone to volunteer with whatever skills they might have.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

I first became aware of the Pend Oreille Players when my oldest son was asked to audition for the original play 'Family Secrets' in 2005 (he was 10). He had a wonderful experience and everyone involved welcomed him (and me) with open arms.
Since that first play I gradually got more and more involved with POPA and now spend most of my free time doing something for the playhouse.
Both my sons do the Junior production in the fall and at least one other production during the year. They also help out as ushers and my older son has been assistant director on multiple occasions. Both are involved in POPIT (Pend Oreille Players in Training) the youth group which produces their own shows during the season.
My role at the playhouse has expanded, I am now Vice President of POPA, I ran the Summer Theatre Camp this past summer, and have been in a few productions. I thoroughly enjoy the people I meet through spending time at the playhouse and the children that come to 'play' with us. I wish more members of the community would drop by and see what we do here.

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

Members of the community tell me how much they enjoyed a production and how much it means to them to have an active theatre in their community. When children who have participated in the programs tell me how much fun they had and what an impact being part of the theatre had on them.

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

Provide them with more technical help (electrical, carpentry, A/C etc) and more funds.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Our family has been positively impacted by the Pend Oreille Players Association since 2004. Our daughter then in the sixth grade was given the opportunity to work as a "grip" and sing in the chorus for a production of "Fiddler on the Roof".This was the beginning of a life impacting relationship. Since that time she has been in more that nine productions. Because of the excellent instruction given by skilled volunteers in singing, dance, acting, stage makeup and set direction our daughter has skills to share with others for a lifetime. We live in a rural community where there is not much for teens to do that is constructive.Through Pend Oreille Players Association our daughter has made life long friends and gained the confidence to maintain a 4.0 grade average all the way through graduation of high school. Our daughter now attends Eastern Washington University as a Honors student in her freshman year. She is majoring in nursing with plans to be a surgical nurse. We live in a very low income rural community. Without the skills and confidence she gained through her experience with" P.O.P.A." she would not have pursed and received the scholarships and grants allowing her to work toward her goal. I am truly thankful to have a child that understands what it means to give back to the community. I am also thankful to all the dedicated giving volunteers at P.O.P.A. for their gift to our community.

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

Through the impact it has had on our daughters life. Also as a teacher at a private school I have seen the positive impact P.O.P.A. has had through the opportunities made available to our students.

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

I really think this organization is well founded and very organized.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Pend Oreille Players Association (POPA) serves the Pend Oreille county and surrounding areas. Not only have many schools have dropped drama, but there are many home schooled children in our area who participate in our productions to fill their arts requirements as well as volunteer hours. We offer many opportunities for community service work.
POPA also provide summer drama and music camps for the area youth.
Our building is available for rent and has been used for wedding receptions, baby showers and memorials. We have had artists receptions as well as concerts for our local talent.
POPA also gives back to the community by gate splits and fundraisers. Most recently CASA and Mt. Home Assisted Living.

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

I have been involved in productions in many way from acting, lighting and sound to props and sets. I have served refreshments and sold tickets and enjoyed every one of those jobs. POPA gives me purpose.

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

I would like to see POPA continue to grow. I would like to be able to reach more people that could experience the family that theater come to be.

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Pend Oreille Players works very hard to be a multi generational theater for this small community. Forming the Pend Oreille Players In Training "POPIT" group has increased the youth participation and filled the void caused by our local schools dropping drama and chorus classes. The last youth production "Willie Wonka Junior" was fantastic! My granddaughter made many friends and had a great time at last summers music theater camp. Two weeks of camp for $50.00 was amazing!

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

the growth of the youth programs and the interaction with other non-profits. Also with how my grand daughter who has social skills problems was able to connect with her peers. This years opening night of Annie will be a benefit for our local CASA group.

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

focus on the impact to the community and try to find more ways to connect.

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

the friendships made and the connection with the students. A lot of them keep in touch and come back whenever they can after they leave for college.

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

varied, these are artists, actors, singers, musicians, parents supporting their children.Some who would don't want a spotlight but need to be a part of something. There are a lot of people that can't donate, but give from the heart.

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

reach out more. A lot of people are not able to get involved just for the lack of gas money. It could create jobs and training, increase scholarships and help build thriving communities. Something about theater builds confidence to keep moving forward.

Ways to make it better...

I could only find a way to get more financial support for this group. I see the need but have donated pretty much to my limit.

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

of course the financial end as with all non-profit groups. Opening this theater during a recession was maybe not the best timing. The biggest challenge is making everyone feel welcome and important to the organization.

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

I feel community theater can be a vital part of any town. I have met so many people I never would have met. I have become aware of the needs of other non-profits here that I didn't know existed and took a class on protecting kids in youth groups.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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