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March 1, 2010

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March 1, 2010

My daughter (8 years old) got involved with Ashland Productions and has loved every minute. She has learned alot at Ashland and I have learned alot by help with the back stage and spotlight operator duties.

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

there dedication to bring the theatre experience to so many people and they always want to do what they can to expand the experience to so many more.

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

The people I have meet have been great and they always have the children and the productions best interest in what they wanr to accomplish. They want to make it the best experience that they can have.

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

It could build its own theatre and use that to bring alot more experiences to the youth of our schools who can't afford to get the opportunity to experience this in any other way.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

Ashland Productions is an amazing nonprofit. It is a place for children of all ages to learn about the different aspects of theater and life skills as well. I have had the privilege of knowing and being taught by the founders of Ashland Productions and my siblings have been involved in recent productions. The children performing with Ashland have really great leaders that care about each actor/actress and work hard to make each production a rewarding experience for everyone involved. My sister loves the people at Ashland, the adult leaders and the older students. She comes home from rehearsals singing and dancing around the house. It is incredible that Ashland can provide kids with an activity where they can learn to express themselves through theater arts and be taught by amazing people. I have known many friends that have been involved with Ashland Productions and each has nothing but good things to say about the program. My friends in Ashland continue to go back show after show because they have found how beneficial it is for them and it also gives them a chance to be leaders for younger children. Being an audience member to several Ashland productions, I am always in awe while watching a performance. The things kids can do if you give them a chance are unbelievable.

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

very involved and generous with their time and talents. They are individuals dedicated to helping kids learn to express themselves through theater and have fun.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 26, 2010

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February 26, 2010

Ashland Productions is a top notch theater company. All three of my children have participated in their shows over the last several years. Each Ashland opportunity builds friendships and confidence. After each experience my children are already looking forward to the next "time." The shows are high quality and the staff outstanding! We are proud supporters of this 5 STAR company!! We would highly recommend Ashland to everyone!! The Hackman Family

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

with my children. My oldest daughter participated in a show in 3rd grade and has been hooked ever since. Eight years later, she credits Ashland for a lot of her success.

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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

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

I have been an Ashland Productions Board member for 4 years and have been witness to all of the wonderful things they have done for our children and community. Ashland brings affordable, professional theater to the community and has a huge educational component for children. Not only are children mentored by adult actors during a production, but there are also camps available for children to attend in the summer where they learn acting, singing and dancing and end with a weekend performance. Within the last two years we have implemented the Ashland Collaborative Theater (ACT) that allows us to go into the community schools and offer children a hands on experience with performing a jr musical on stage. Ashland has received numerous accounts from teachers and parents of how childrens self esteem, attitude, excitement, and confidence (among other things) have improved after just one performance with Ashland. Ashland is growing at a phenomenal rate, this is an exciting time for Ashland and the community.

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

Is watching the growth and excitement in the children who are involved as well as watching the outstanding performances!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

I have known Ashland from its conception and it has been amazing watching it grow. The organization is continuously looking for ways to get more children exposed to the arts that would not otherwise have the opportunity. The quality of shows they out on is outstanding. The variety of activities they provide is incredible: thetre camps, music lessons, dance lessons, opportunities to meet broadway performers and choreographers, bringing theatre to area schools and of course theatrical shows themselves. My daughter attended their theatre camp and we had a wonderful experience-very inclusive and fun. We all love Ashland.

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

They are all so professional, talented, fun and inclusive of everyone.

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

There's no telling how far they could take this. They would make sure that any child or person who wanted to be involved with the arts would have the opportunity to be.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 25, 2010

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February 25, 2010

Ashland not only teaches the skills and technique necessary for live, on-stage performance, but it teaches the intangibles that provide benefits for a lifetime. I've seen insecure, shy, timid children progress through Ashland programming and become beautiful, self-assured swans who sing without reserve. The staff of Ashland train and encourage participants to discover their potential, potential that they don't yet even realize exists! They draw the hidden talents out of kids whether it be song, dance, lighting, organizing, choreographing, etc. Each child is made to feel special and important as a team player. Many children find their niche through Ashland and continue on in theater at their high schools. Ashland has even been fertile training ground and the spring board for several stage performers who have gone on to perform on Broadway! One of Ashland's primary goals is to keep class prices, performing fees and ticket pricing at a reasonable level so that all ages/income brackets in the community can be a part. Ashland has never let financial difficulty be a barrier to participation. Because of this, Ashland relies heavily on donations which are scarce in tough economic times. This is one arts organization that makes its community a better place in which to live and is sincerely deserving of endorsement-

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

my own children who never thought they could or would sing and dance on stage. The staff of Ashland helped them to realize their hidden talents and draw out the confidence to perform in front of a live audience.

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

toot my own horn louder!

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

seeing not only my children, but so many others have the opportunity to experience live theater from the vantage point of the stage.

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

wonderful!! Not only talented but kind, considerate, patient, humorous, encouraging and fun!!

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

Provide all children in the Twin Cities the opportunity to experience performing live.

Ways to make it better...

Ashland had its own theater building and storage space.

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

financial-

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

Ashland is Awesome!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

My first experience with Ashland was when my daughter was is one of their shows. I quickly realized what a wonderful and nurturing organization it is. What a fantastic oppertunitiy is being offered to these children and the community at large. A chance to work with experienced adults who loved what they do and are willing to share that passion with children. My daughter went on to perform with the Ashland youth group for many years, and it also was a wonderful experience. With all the mentoring provided and fantastic oppertunties afforded her by Ashland, she has developed a love for theater and music and is now majoring in both in College. I so appretiate everything Ashland has done not only for my daughter, but all the children that continue to benefit from this exciting program, that I have continued to volunteer my time to this worthy project.

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

seeing the joy on the childrens faces as they perform on a live stage, and watching my child bloom in the self confidence that Ashland has helped her build.

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

kind, graious, loving, nuturing, talented, knowledgable,understanding, and compassionate.

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

Get it's own theater, and stop the feeling of constantly struggling to get ahead.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

Ashland's ACT program is AMAZING!!! It gives young kids, who may never have the opportunity to get involved in theatre, the experience of a lifetime. Our school doesn't have a theater, so their concerts and drama club perform on the alter of the church. With the ACT Program, they work in a beautiful theater, with lights, sound, costumes, props, beautiful sets, professional directors, choreographers, and music directors. And the kids are hooked! It's an excellent program and the kids learn so much. Not just about theatre, but you see their confidence level rise...they learn to work together as a team and to focus on something to create a great show! It's an awesome program that should be available to every child!

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

my chilren. My two boys (7 & 10) have been involved with Ashland for a few years now and they LOVE IT!!!

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

they love what they do and it's infectious to the kids.

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

pretty much everyone. Members of the board, Owner, directors, choreographers, music directors, tech crew, as well as many voluteers...backstage, outfront, etc.

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

1. Franchise their ACT program throughout the country...it would be awesome!!! 2. Build their own facility complete with it's own theater; extra rehearsal space; rooms to teach dance, music, etc. Maybe even a recording studio.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 24, 2010

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February 24, 2010

Ashland Productions has done an amazing job to get youth involved with theater. They teach responsibility, organization and the overall love for singing, dancing and music. The production and directing crew are amazing with the kids and provide them with an incredible stage experience! They continue to find ways to bring the community in to share in the joy of live theater.

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

bringing theater experiences to local schools

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 22, 2010

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February 22, 2010

Whether volunteering my time as a performer in a production, or working as a paid professional, I have always enjoyed my experiences with Ashland Productions. The directors and professional staff are creative, hard working and professional in their dealings with everyone who participates in Ashland's projects. In working with younger children, middle and high school performers, I liked that everyone is treated with kindness and respect. The mixed age productions are a wonderful vehicle for younger performers to work with adults in a fun and nurturing atmosphere. AS I've observed young people who have gotten training and experience at Ashland, growth in performing skills and personal confidence are very evident benefits of being a part of this fine theatre arts organization. Parents are encouraged to be involved, so doing a show is a wonderful opportunity for families to work together, as well as introducing non-performers to the world of theatre.

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

1)Vocal directing a production. 2)Performing in 2 productions 3)Working on show for a different production company that rented the Ashland facility. 4)Volunteering during numerous shows.

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

Production staff is well organized and always welcoming. My time has never been wasted - rehearsals are efficiently managed. There is a prevailing atmosphere of respect & support and the goal of producing an excellent show, and having fun in the process

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

There are so many volunteers - costume crews, publicity workers, ushers - it's obvious they enjoy the atmosphere and the people at Ashland. Staff people - Ashland Board of Dir., and production staff, sound/light technicians - talented professionals.

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

1)Expand & improve facilities. 2)Expand workshop, class offerings, season. 3)Stay competitive in compensation paid to professional staff. 4)Possibly add another site, thereby providing more arts opportunities to more people.

Ways to make it better...

Dressing room areas were larger and not needed for extra storage space. Having a separate room, dedicated for vocal rehearsals would be very helpful. The banquet areas are sometimes utilized for this, but not always available for the theatre's use.

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

Financial issues- The cost of everything has increased, and funding has generally decreased. More funds are needed just to keep facilities in safe, operable condition, not to mention maintaining professional, artistic production standards. Expansion??

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

Ashland Productions has built a high quality, family-oriented theatre arts program in the NE metro area. In recent years, they have explored partnering with schools, thereby filling a void creating by arts program cuts in our schools.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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