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M M A S Inc

Rating: 4.92 stars   12 reviews 2,485

Nonprofit Issues:

Arts & Culture

Address:

377 North Main Street P.O. Box 1283 Mansfield MA 02048 USA

Mission:

MMAS is to foster the arts in southeastern Massachusetts and to proved a home for them In our community. MMAS provides a platform from which fine and performing artists may hone their skills through presentation and continuing education. MMAS host the annual Southern Mass Arts Festival each September at which artists from all over New England have the opportunity to make their works known to the public. MMAS is the home of the Black Box Theater that has a season of eight and ten theatrical productions staged every season, offering local playwrights the chance to have their works performed, and giving area actors, dancers and singers the ability to exercise their talents on our stages. By offering fine and performing arts education to regional children, teens, adults and seniors, MMAS reaches across generational lines to provide a safe environment in which all may explore their talents.

Results:

We recently renovated our theater space and increased our seating from 50 to 80 seats. The renovation also added educational studios, a new art gallery, and a wonderful lobby. MMAS is looking to raise funds to purchase the building and protect this asset for the arts community.

Geographic areas served:

Southeastern Massachusetts

Programs:

80-seat MMAS Black Box Theater (8 - 10 productions per year)Annual Southern Mass. Arts FestivalSummer and after-school arts educational programming for childrenArts educational programming for children, teens, adults and seniorsMMAS BackStage Concert Series. The Morini Gallery exhibitsthe works local artists of all abilities and provides opportunities to aritst to exhibit and sell works.

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Rating: 5 stars  

When my boys were 7 & 9, they were conscripted into a school play by their teacher. My youngest was a bit shy and cried at the thought. But both agreed to give it a try. After one rehearsal, they were hooked. They tried out for every school play all the way through high school -- happily working backstage when not cast.
Today both are ministers, and they credit their theater experience for helping them in their chosen profession. They have self confidence, amazing memorization skills, great stage presence and empathy for others. One of them -- a hospice chaplain -- takes his guitar everywhere, integrating a music therapy program into his work.
There is no doubt that being a part of the theater greatly impacted their lives and how they help meet the needs of those they serve.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am consistently amazed at how professional the productions at MMAS are. Last week's Streetcar Named Desire was wonderful, as pretty much EVERY show I've ever seen there has been. The space is lovely, with a wonderful artists' gallery serving as the lobby of the theatre; it's really nice to be able to look at the fantastic art before and after the show and during intermission. The theatre seats are comfortable, and there's not a bad seat in the house. Parking is easy; the whole experience is perfect. What a gem!

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

all the wonderful shows I've seen there.

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

can't think of anything!

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

MMAS is a wonderful intimate space where every seat is a great seat. The lobby hosts a collection of local art providing a great space for mingling during intermission. The staff is welcoming and eager to share information about the the production and the theater. The production I attended was well cast and the actors quickly had everyone involved in the story.

All in all, this theater is a true gem for Mansfield and the surrounding area!

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

while attending a play

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

promote it more... I've lived in the area for years and just found it!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

MMAS offers local talent a place to meet with others who share their values of entertaining the public with laughter, drama, music, comedy, artistic ability, and more. The 80-seat black box theater offers the audience a unique experience by letting them feel "in on the action". The new art gallery is a wonderful addition to the theater and the adjoining classroom allows practice time and meetings to be held even while performances are going on in the main space. In my 6 years of involvement with the group, I have seen people come from miles around (literally) to join in the fun. I highly recommend this group.

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

seeing the faces of the audiences whom we have entertained.

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

Give them the funding to expand the space in another location.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Wonderful theatre in an intimate setting. The gallery features local artists, all of whom are so talented! So many excellent programs that appeal to everyone in the community. We are lucky to be home to this little gem!

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

Seeing what they mean to the community.

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

Give them the resources to have a full time staff to further develop programs and outreach.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

"Streetcar Named Desire" was just amazing! Dawn Tucker blew my socks off with her portrayal of Blanche DuBois. It was wonderful to see such a powerhouse performance up close in the Black Box Theatre. The entire cast was outstanding and the set was incredible. Kudos to Director, Mike Keirnan, for a terrific show.

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

I've had the pleasure to perform and direct at MMAS. It is a unique place with very talented and dedicated professionals.

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

Someday, MMAS will have a huge theatre to handle the enormous crowds!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Many years ago my wife and I went to see the play "the Man From La Mancha".It was terrific! A couple weeks ago we went to see it again with the same person doing the lead. As we left I remarked to him it just keeps getting better. Not the performences, they we great the first time,but the sets and staging this time belie the fact that this was done locally. We invited frends of ours that are great thearter goers and also have been involved in regional theater for many years. They were so enthused that they want to return on a regular basis. I yhave long held the belief that the arts are undersupported at all levels and MMAS fills a very important void in this town.

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

Thr art shows and events they sponsor are a big additon to life here in the comunity.

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

get them more support.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Recently I worked with the Morini Gallery director to coordinate a first time abstract show. The response was fabulous; over 73 pieces of quality artwork were submitted. He curated and hung the works with style and respect for this eclectic body of work. The response from theatre goers viewing the works at intermission was extremely supportive, the opening reception well attended and the sale of artwork was active.

The theatre is a wonderful community resource and inclusion of the Morini Gallery adds richness to the theatergoing experience. Kudos to all for their enthusiasm and efforts to promote the arts in the broadest sense.

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

As an artist who has shown work in the gallery and as a theater-goer

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

Expand the space they have

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

What a great place! The theater is a fabulous setting with a maximum of about 75 seats - you're always close to the show. In fact, you're so close that you sometimes feel you're in the show. The performers do a great job and the scenes are very professionally done. Everything from musicals to one-man shows, they have it all. We've been attending every show for years and have yet to do disappointed. Our dollars fund a great source of entertainment. If you've never been, drop by. Once you go, you'll be hooked :).

In addition to putting on great performances, the group sponsors students in the performing arts. This is a place where your dollars make a difference.

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

As a small local group, you get to know the people involved. Each works many long hours and the results are outstanding. The shows are comparable to large theater productions in Boston, but set in an intimate local environment.

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

It's hard to think of something I'd change. I suppose nicer seats would be nice. Keep doing what you do. We enjoy it!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

MMAS is a wonderful community arts organization. I have participated in their events since the beginning and have been extremely impressed as it has grown from a home-based group to a well-organized community institution. It supports the visual arts through exhibitions and an arts festival and as the location for the town Art Association. The plays presented in the black box theater are of professional quality. The group also provides classes and scholarships.
I have participated as an exhibiting artist, a member of the audience, and as a member. Mansfield is so fortunate to have such a source of entertainment and education.

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

enjoying the exhibits, festivals, plays, and shows, and enjoying the company of members and administrators

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

increase financial support

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

live in Mansfield

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

encouraged me and given me the opportunity to exhibit artwork, provided entertainment via the shows, plays and other events, gave my children to chance to perform and exhibit artwork

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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