PERFORMERS PLAYGROUND A PERFORMING ARTS STUDIO

Rating: 4.75 stars   4 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: PO Box 595 44 South Main St Newport NH 03773 USA

Mission: The Performer''s Playground is committed to Performance Art Education for all aged 12-112 years of age regardless of circumstance and situation. We aim to work in the most professional way possible alongside established and novice professionals fusing the worlds of amateur and professional performance art. The Playground will join the innovative practices of professional performance art workers with young peoples'' experience, views and skills. The group will produce high quality productions and workshops, and educate in the craft of performance art as professional a standard as possible. The education and training The Performer''s Playground provides will also translate from the performance to life, therefore providing a valuable training for all of our members regardless of their intended destination in a positive and enjoyable environment.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Performers Playground was a wonderful experience for my daughter and our family. My daughter was an actor in two plays (one when she was six years old and one when she was eight) put on by the playground. She learned to memorize lines, work with older and younger children, how to do make up and about costuming. She also learned how to stay with a project until the end. As a family we thoroughly enjoyed the performances and were grateful for the time and energy the devoted people of Performers Playground invested in my child and the other children as well. We still attend the performances and they are still pretty good and a lot of fun.

Although my child was younger at the time of her involvement, I was really impressed at how the director and other adult mentors worked with sometimes struggling middle and high school students and kept their interest and really taught them skills they could use in the theater as well as outside the theater too. I know the kids build the sets and run the lighting and work backstage as well as act.

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My daughter gained some confidence in performing in front of people and made some good friends, older and younger.

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

Have the director delegate more responsibilities to volunteers

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Performer's Playground allowed me to express my creativity without being singled out and embarrassed. I was able to be myself, and learn how to show the world who I really am. The Playground allowed me to find out who I am as a person, and meet many great people. The Playground is a great place for anyone to go and have fun!

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Thanks to the Playground, I was able to compete in two drama festivals. One where I was part of the Performer's Playground in 'Hush Little Celia". And my second, I directed a play called 'The Empty Chair'.

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

Get more people interested so the Playground can grow!

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Rating: 5 stars  

After watching several of the Performer's Playgrounds top notch performances, my 13 year old daughter begged me to let her join the drama group. I hesitated at first because I worked full time at a bank nearly 45 minutes from the drama studio and was basically giving up my entire evening 5 days a week from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. to chaperone my daughter. I did finally agree and held up my part of the bargain by getting her to all her practices.

Without a doubt, all the extra gas money, mileage on my car, and hours spent biding my time while my daughter rehearsed with the talented, friendly, and motivated staff and members of the Performer's Playground was well worth it.

The art direction is excellent (nurturing, but firm) and the kids fast became friends and skilled in most facets of live theater. At the performances, the general audience was repeatedly and consistently rewarded with excellent acting and family members got to see their relatives on stage, happy, talented and productive.

Each production had overall excellence with respect to acting, costumes, makeup, stage set, sound, and lights. Each production was uniquely different from other productions of the same shows by other local theater groups. it was always a guaranteed good time for all involved.

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I have attended many of Performer's Playground's performances, both with my daughter as a companion or with my daughter participating in the cast.

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I am thrilled that they finally have their own theater building to perform and rehearse in, but I wish they were closer since they are currently about a 40 minutes drive away from my home.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've had the pleasure of attending many of the productions arranged, set, and performed by this talented organization. I LOVE the fact that local children are encouraged to try out, then coached along as they progress in their 'new art'. I've seen painfully shy children move from sitting on a rock being a mermaid to actually performing speaking parts! I am proud of this company and talk it up every chance I can and especially when there's an upcoming production!
I feel that in this world where children can fall victim to all manner of bad choices that the opportunity to develop self confidence, and poise that the Performers Playground offers our youth is a veritable gift!

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enjoying the growth of the youth in my area

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

this org is growing according to its own continuum. It has a driven Board that is focusing on marketing which is smart in this challenging economy.

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