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February 24, 2013

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February 24, 2013

We enjoyed Friday night's performance of The Little Princess.
The young and the experienced actors and actresses did a remarkable job with their lines and accents.
I know that there was some difficulty hearing the soft spoken young people.
I hope that there can be some discussion
about up dating the sound system.

Thanks again

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

May 26, 2011

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May 26, 2011

In our modern era of video games, tv, and electronics, kids don't have much exposure to live theatre, or even writing. ttyl, lol, g2g -- that's how kids write! What are punctuation, capitalization, grammar, and spelling? Idk. They don't know how to communicate face-to-face or show emotion without an emoticon. Challenging kids to write plays teaches them not only how to use the English language, but give them the experience of live theatre where they can see communication through tone and body language as well. Kids have important things to say, and the Young Playwrights Festival is helping them learn how to say it in a rewarding, safe environment.

I've been involved with YPF since it first started three years ago. Every year I come back because I believe in its purpose. When I read the play entries, write playwright bios, or step onto the stage, I keep the playwright's picture in my mind. I've been in the shoes of a young playwright. Anticipation and excitement build as the stage is set for their play, and once the last line is done, their mind is filled with wonder and a determination to write more. Doesn't every young writer dream of a chance to see their work published? I think it's so cool to see this opportunity for kids even as young as Kindergarteners to have their work not only published in a book, but performed for a live audience of family, friends, teachers, and even complete strangers who just have a passion for theatre. With groups like afO, the next generation of children are going to do something great.

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

Walking around after the performances of YPF I could see so many glowing little faces of young playwrights who probably thought they were in a dream. That is why I do this. Their expression as they see the play they wrote on paper performed with actors, set, costumes, and lights on a stage is something that can't be explained, you just have to see it. I love it when kids tell me afterwards that they are working on more pieces, that this experience has inspired them to write more.

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

There isn't much I would change about the Young Playwrights Festival, except to get more people to come! I would love to see the entire auditorium packed for every performance.

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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?

A lot

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.)

Working as the administrative intern for YPF has taught me so many things and I feel extremely blessed to have had this experience. I've learned there is so much stuff that goes on behind the scenes of a play that I never knew even as an actress. It was awesome to try my hand at graphic design for programs and books, researching how to write press releases and contact media, organize registrations, and assist with the load-in and building of set. As a playwright, it has taught me more about the stage and it's possibilities, as a person it has given me more confidence in myself. I learned that even though I may only be 17, there is nothing that can hold you back if you try hard enough. And certainly, I learned that when we lean on God, miracles can happen.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

November 7, 2010

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November 7, 2010

It is such a delight to bring our nursing home clients to your productions because we know they will not see anything offensive, or hear God's name used in vain. Your plays are thought-provoking, professionally staged and the performances superb. I have been involved in radio and television production most of my career and enjoy live theater very much. At one point in time, I wrote and directed promtional ads for the Civic Theater, so I know good production values when I see them. Yours are the best!!! God bless you for honoring Him.

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

being inspired and looking forward to bringing nursing home residents to other plays.

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

You're doing great!!!

September 15, 2010

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September 15, 2010

The plays are very captivating. The adult performance plays are not just entertaining, but also thoughtful, leaving you with conversation afterwards. The student performances are so professional and the kids really seam to enjoy themselves. I especially enjoyed the young playwrite's festival. We will be attending again this year!

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

the students that have been impacted by the Character Plays.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 11, 2010

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September 11, 2010

I love afO. As a young person who enjoys all aspects of theater, I search out any and all opportunities to act or just be around the stage. I actually first encountered afO when I saw their production "Crime and Punishment" (which was probably the most heartbreaking and well-acted play I've seen in my short life), but I only really became involved when my director for summer Dramatics asked if I'd be interested in helping stage scripts from the Young Playwrights' Festival winners. I was. The one week I spent at the main library practicing was a great time and I learned a lot about acting, God's provision, and myself. The way we would pray before each practice was so encouraging and I could feel the love in every corner of that place. I wasn't really sure what to expect, but I enjoyed my time with afO and I hope they'll consider me for roles in the future, and maybe look favorably on the play I'm planning entering this year for YPF ;)

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

"Crime and Punishment"

Ways to make it better...

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

make it bigger! Give it a leg up so it can reach more people and touch more hearts.

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

being onstage with other young people who love the lord and want to show that through the talents He gave them.

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

loving. So very loving and understanding and sweet.

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

be too good for ME that's for sure! No, for real, it could do so much good impacting people's hearts and minds.

Ways to make it better...

I'd had longer to experience them! One week wasn't long enough to get a really good grip on things.

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

getting known in the community. Just being recognized as a legitimate theater company that's here to stay.

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

Mrs. H rocks my socks...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 4, 2010

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September 4, 2010

I have been interested in theater ever since I was a little girl, but when I first started out, I got discouraged because most of the productions I was involved in (with other companies) required me to do things that contradicted my values. But when I was fourteen, I auditioned for allforOne Productions' Character Counts program – and the rest is history! They cast me in a major role, and helped me develop my acting ability. A couple years later, they promoted me to the position of Director's assistant; at first I wasn't sure if I liked that idea, because I thought that acting was the only element of theater I would ever be involved in...not! Working side by side with a professional director opened up a whole new world to me. But the most incredible experience I've had with allforOne has been the Young Playwrights Festival (YPF). I've loved writing since middle school, but I had never shared my work with anyone before. I decided to enter a play my senior year, thinking that I wouldn't win but it would be a good idea just to try. To my astonishment, my play won first place in the 10-12 grade division! You can imagine the confidence boost that gave me; and ever since then, I have been using my writing skills more and more! Each May, the winning plays are staged by local professionals. There, I was able to see my own work come alive, and it was unbelievably encouraging and exciting to me - I would recommend YPF to any young writer, because it lets you visualize your own imagination and see how it plays out on stage. During YPF, I was also invited to direct the K-2 division winning play. I had never actually directed anything by myself, so I was really nervous. But it turned out so well that now I hope to direct many other shows in the future, because I discovered that I really enjoy it! allforOne, and the Young Playwrights Festival in particular, has really been the jumping-off point for me as an actor, writer, and director. Sharon Henderson and Lauren Nichols are my mentors, and they've helped me develop and pursue the talents, abilities, and dreams that God has given me. But most importantly, they share my values and my faith in Christ. I know that although working with allforOne will most certainly challenge me to achieve new levels in my personal theater journey, I will never be forced to do anything that goes against what I believe. I am deeply grateful and blessed to be a part of this professional, God-centered company.

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

my development as an actor/writer/director.

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

the relationship factor - I am incredibly blessed to have been (and continue to be) nurtured by the wonderful people in this organization.

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

professional, yet friendly and personable.

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

reach people worldwide!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 24, 2010

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August 24, 2010

I have enjoyed the Afo team of artists that share their love of the craft in a professional and enjoyable way. For a team made up of volunteers that put together beautiful theatrical works of art. It is awesome to see that they take the arts seriously and use their gifts to share history and thought through the theatre arts. Every piece that I have come away from has made an impact of my thought processes. I am thankful for this team of artist and that they are serious about doing theatre for the love of the craft and the positive impact that the artst have on their community.

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

When I attended one production on John And Abigail Adams, I was impacted by the incredible sacrfice that the founding fathers of the United States endured for the freedom that I now enjoy. It really made and impression on me that I still consider.

Ways to make it better...

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

Give them everything I could to keep the productions going as often as possible.

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

The pleasure in which that share their carft.

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

Kind, enjoyable and knowledgable.

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

Make a great impact in the live of the community with positive stories of life through history and biography, and other thought provoking productions.

Ways to make it better...

I lived closer to Fort Wayne, IN.

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

consistant volunteer base and funding.

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

Art is the spice of life, isn't it. :)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 19, 2010

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August 19, 2010

Each production I have seen has been quality all the way from the time you enter until the time you leave. The venue (Allen County Library auditorium) is comfortable and enjoyable. My daughter has been and will be involved with Young Playwrights and it has been an encouraging, growing and fun experience for her.

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

being involved in fund raising events and knowing the folks that are All for One.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 6, 2010

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August 6, 2010

For me All for One has been a delightful theater company work with. They hold them selves to a high standard of excellence and integrity. Being a faith based company they flesh out material that is thought provoking and insightful. At times they present timely issues that are controversial and other times they present family dramas that are inspiring. But everything they do has a thread of hope and a promise that things can be better, that God does hear. As an actor I have been challenged, inspired and prayed over by the group. I have performed in several All for One productions and I feel quite spoiled to work with such a talented and optimistic group artists. If you have not had the pleasure of experiencing an All for One presentation I entreat you to do so. This coming season is rich with drama, insight and comedy. Don’t miss out.

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

As both an actor, writer and audience member

Ways to make it better...

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

Fervently pray about it.

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

The spirit of the group, enthusiastic, creative and God centered.

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

Talented and very creative.

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

It could reach out more powerfully to the community.

Ways to make it better...

If we could draw a larger audience.

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

Getting the word out.

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

Fort Wayne is blessed to have such a delightful theater company as part of its arts community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 6, 2010

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August 6, 2010

A great director really knows the script and knows how to read between the text. Sam Ward is such a director. I had the opportuinity to be cast not once but twice as Juliette in "I Have Before Me A Remarkable Document Given To Me By A Young Lady From Rwanda". I was fortunate to work with Sam because he knew the play so well and helped me to learn it too. Sam and Sharon Henderson gave me the chance to shape my character into a fleshed-out human being with hopes, dreams and deep emotions. I had a wonderful time working with Sam and the rest of the crew for my first play with allforOne productions. Sam had a very interesting show technically as well. When I played the role the second time, it was not as technically sound aas Sam's. These are comments from other people. For instance, the lighting was too dark in some places where the actors' faces were in shadow and the ending of the play was misunderstood by the director who changed the ending when Juliette throws the paper on the floor. Juliette really comes into her own by the play's end and for Lauren to take this out was an oversight. I had a great time showing who Juliette is to all those who came to see the play. Kudos to allforOne for bringing it back a second time. allforOne is an important voice in the Ft. Wayne community.

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

As an actor.

Ways to make it better...

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

Welcome more actors of color to audition for all shows and not only when the script cals for it. Take a risk.

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

The friendly and caring people.

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

wonderful.

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

Have enough money for wonderful advertising and costumes.

Ways to make it better...

We had had the same director.

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

Lack of money for ads

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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