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September 30, 2009

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September 30, 2009

Our daughter has attended Cal Shakes youth theater programs for 3 years running now. When we originally enrolled her it was mostly to help her deal with some performance anxiety issues and to give her a creative outlet for her big (and sometimes overwhelming) imagination and emotions. We got what we were looking for, that's for sure. She has received support for those issues, for sure. The teachers have been amazingly supportive of her, even through some of her more challenging moments. And she loves the programs so much -- she looks forward to summer conservatory all year long. What amazes me most, about what these programs have accomplished, is how they have really fostered her love of Shakespeare. At age 10, she knows the plots of more plays than I did as an English major at age 21! She asks questions like "who do you think is the most evil - Regan or Goneril?" or "Who would you rather be friends with - Horatio or Hamlet?" Did I mention she's 10? The key is that the programs never patronize or insult the kids' intelligence - but they do deliver the goods in a way that opens kids' eyes and gets them seeing the connections between Shakespeare's characters and their own lives. Talk about magic...that's the kind of magic that can change lives.

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

seeing my daughter grow as a person and a lover of Shakespeare and theater.

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

the great performances I've seen from both youth and professional actors.

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

dedicated, engaged, thoughtful, talented.

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

foster a love of language Shakespeare and build the confidence of all the youth in the Bay Area.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 25, 2009

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September 25, 2009

CalShakes is a fantastic organization. My personal experience with CalShakes is as a 15-year season ticket holder and supporter. The staff approach both the shows and the student outreach with contagious enthusiasm and zeal for life and beauty and the arts.

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

reach every teacher and student in the greater Bay Area to help instill an understanding of and love for performing arts, which would also help children be better students as they learn critical thinking skills.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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