SHADOW BOX THEATRE INC

Rating: 5 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 325 W End Ave Apt 12B New York NY 10023 USA

Mission: "Our mission is to encourage creativity, multicultural sharing and the joy of theatre through an integrated, three-fold program of performances, arts in education, and storybooks with companion audio."

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I volunteered at the office of The Shadow Box Theatre once a week for about three months. I spoke to teachers who had seen shows at the theatre in the past to see if they wished to continue receiving info on SBT's shows. 99% said yes and loved all the shows and many had been taking their class to the same show or shows for years. All teachers praised SBT for their great work and said that their children always loved the shows, got into reading the books or listening to the tapes and reading along. And many wanted to act out their own versions of the stories! I loved working with the staff and was able to help them with paper work for schools and getting in touch with groups about coming to the theatre. SBT is really trying to build its family and individual audience, as well, and I worked on getting the word out to them about the Sunday shows that SBT has for families. Feedback from individuals was great, but many said they hadn't heard of Shadow Box before, and were surprised to find out that it's been around for more than 40 years. This is a wonderful theatre with great messages about peace and friendship and following your dreams... I wish that my children were still young enough to attend!

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

Schools and with individuals

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

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

the dedication of the staff and performers to reach out to the children and bring them great theatre.

Ways to make it better...

if I was able to stay longer

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

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

I hope I can make the time to volunteer more for this company!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I was a elementary school librarian and brought my grand niece to a show in October. We purchased the book that the show was based on, "Lumpy Bumpy Pumpkin" and she still loves to act out the story for me, even as I reread it to her (and with her, she knows it inside out!). The performers were so engaging and the lesson about individuality clearly came through without being forced. I have seen my grand niece apply the lesson of how everyone is special and unique over and over in her play. I hope to take her to Little is Big in April. She has fish in an aquarium and is looking forward to returning to The Shadow Box Theatre

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

so friendly and attentive to the children. They immediately were engaged and excited about being there.

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

perhaps do television broadcasts or develop satellite companies throughout the country, serving inner city children in other places like New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit, etc.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I've gone to shadowbox theater since I was very little, and recently I've started going again with my younger sister. The show incorporates the audience phenomally, and it's fun for me as an audience member, and especially fun for me as an older sister watching how much my siblings are enjoying the show. The cast constantly interacts with the audience, especially with the children there. The costumes are beautiful and creative, and the shadowpuppetry itself is dazzling. The stories are creative and always have a lesson worked into them, without being preachy.

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

The personal engaging relationship between the cast and the audience.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The Shadow Box theatre has been a experience for me to remeber ever since I was a child! The cast always interacted with you and had a big smile on their face!If I was Sandy right now I would be extrodinarily proud of myself for creating such masterpeices!

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

Books stories plays musicals.

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

do nothing.

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

The cast was always so alive.

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

Kind alive and thoughtful. Multi Racial.

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

Reach out to all of the children of the world.

Ways to make it better...

There was cookies.

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

that there are not enough people comin to their shows!

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

THis is a truly wonderful place run by Sandra Robbins.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The Shadow Box Theatre is a delightful children's theater. Its shows are engaging, full of wonderful songs and colorful images. The Earth and Me combines music, dance and puppetry to tell the moving story of a child and the earth.

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

the faces of the children

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

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

that it brings high quality theater to underprivileged children

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

bring theater and the arts to untold underprivileged nyc children

Ways to make it better...

it had better equipment

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

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I have visted the show when i was a kid multiple times. I have loved going there for the last few years. My favorite is ring around the rainbow.

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

books, shows, movies.

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

do nothing.

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

going back stage.

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

kind, nice, happy, thoughtfull.

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

it could go on a tour around the world.

Ways to make it better...

if they stayed in the same theatre.

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

getting a wider audience.

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

this place is the best!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I have been going to Shadow Box theatre shows since I was born, and I still have not getting bored of the show at age 10. When I was in the second grade, I was taking Spanish class and I forgot how to say time. But in the show Firefly Star by Sandra, They had to visit Father time,or otherwise known as Tiempo Papa. So I remebered Tiempo and answered correctly to my Spanish teacher. Shadow Box theatre is a great sight to see and helps everybody in their everyday life!

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

watching shows and practices.

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

Im a kid how can I answer that!

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

the way the cast was always so alive.

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

kind,nice all different kinds of races.

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

reach more childrens hearts through the world.

Ways to make it better...

they had junk food.

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

Dude I told you that I was a kid!

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

this organization is truly heart warming.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

My three have been to shows over the last 12 years, they're approachable for little ones, 3 or so, and still have meaning and joy for older, 12+. The best ages are three to seven, who'll delight in the images and songs, learn a bit of peace and how important it is to be a helpful member of the community. Highly recommended.

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

Watching shows.

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

Increase the online presence to reach more children through the internet.

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

The joy of the audience.

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

Enthusiastic young folks and older caring people.

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

Reach more children in the world.

Ways to make it better...

There was a concession at the theater.

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

Staying relevant to kids who are used to 30 second youTube videos.

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

Watching these shows made my kids better people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Shadow Box Theater is a hidden gem of New York City children's theater. Over the years thousands of school children have seen, heard and felt the soul warming stories brought to life in dance, music and puppetry by Director, Sandra Robbins and her wonderful company. The productions I have seen always combine the arts with a child's developmental needs so the whole audience relates and responds to what is happening on stage. I loved it!

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

delight more children, reflecting how they feel and validating their experience.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I have been fortunate enough to see the magic of the Shadow Box Theatre as a child, and now as an adult. While viewing at different ages in my life I certainly had different outlooks. As a child I was in awe. I had never seen such a performance. Now, as an elementary educator, the Shadow Box Theatre inspires me to utilize the dramatic arts. I recently had the opportunity to view "The African Drum". It was adorable how mesmerized and responsive the children were. When you are a kid you don't pay attention to the person sitting next to you. But now, to see it was truly amazing. I am also an actor, and have acted in a children's theatre show, but seeing a shadow screen show, with puppets and morals is truly a unique experience. The Shadow Box Theatre is a joy for children and families.

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

their venue in Brooklyn. There were several schools in attendance, and I was thrilled that the kids were enjoying something that was part of my childhood.

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

very friendly.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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