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February 13, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 13, 2011

I had the pleasure of attending the Broadway series of the Florida C hildrens Theatre on February 5, 2011. From the beginning the quality of the performances, ambiance of the surroundings and the superior professionalism exhibited by both the
Performers and the adult mentors was clearly
apparent. I enjoyed the entire experience and would highly recommend this organization. Thank you.

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Observing at risk children reach their Potential

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

Have more Events

February 13, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 13, 2011

Put aside personal involvement; do not forget that this is the cradle of cultural future. Not only can our children play and act, they will be more open minded to greater projects when they grow up. And there is the fun factor! Have you ever been to a performance of the FLCT? You should! They do a really great job!

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I was attending several shows and I just enjoyed those!

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

Add a hint in the opening speech of every play that the audience need to behave, too (no talking, sneezing, coughing, texting, etc.)

February 13, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 13, 2011

We moved to Florida when my daughter was 8 years old. It was very hard on her -- having to leave the only school she'd ever know, leaving friends and leaving family. I prayed for something that would make her feel like this was her new home and she belonged here. Her passion had always been singing and "putting on performances" and magically, we found FLCT. I say magically because that's what FLCT is -- it's magical. Children of many ages working together toward a common goal. The older "veterans" mentoring and nurturing the younger ones. A place where everyone matters -- regardless of race, ethnicity, body type, level of talent or income bracket. A place where children can be themselves and they are not under pressure to be anyone else. A place that is a family and every member is loved and valued. Oh, and of course, the Magical Productions>
In a world where children often have a time fitting in, because of peer pressure and judgmental people, FLCT teaches them the importance of their individuality while teaching respect for others and the community. The Outreach Program furthers their reach and impacts many lives in the under-served populations in the community with anti-bullying programs, literacy programs and more. They also offer scholarships to children who otherwise would not be able to attend classes or summer camps.
Fort Lauderdale "Children's" Theater is just that -- the Children's theater.....the safe and positive place where kids grow to become better people in a world where you can't have enough better people.

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I have watched my daughter flourish. For years, she would only work behind the scenes working crew. Although the work behind the scenes is as important as the work on the stage, I felt like she had talent that she wasn't sharing and she was holding back. I am sure it was because of the confidence building nature of FLCT -- no pressure, just affirmation -- that she recently performed a solo that brought tears to my eyes. My daughter is so comfortable in her own skin and I have FLCT to thank for that.

Ways to make it better...

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

help with the building of a new theater.

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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?

Quite well

February 13, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 13, 2011

My youngest son was 9 when he joined FLCT's Summer Camp. I left him with a tear in his cheek and his little hard pounding. He was a bit shy and cautious at interacting with other kids even at school. From that day on, our family started to observe a wonderful transformation. He began developing great self-confidence which grew more and more as he continues to participate at FLCT's classes and performances. He loved his improv classes and continues to the day.

Suddenly, this little kid was improving at his school work, winning poetry and speech competitions, enjoying stage performances, and becoming president of his class and of his middle school.

FLCT's Staff are a wonderful group of people who care about the well-being and development of all the kids. Most are young professionals who enjoy the interaction with the students/performers and whose ability to see through and obtain the kids’ best can surprise the kids, the parents, and even themselves.

I got involved with the Board as a Member at Large a year ago and have been helping FLCT with its strategic planning. FLCT has been hit very hard during this past economy, as is the case with other non-profit art-related organizations. Nevertheless, FLCT managed to provide full and partial scholarships to many kids whose parents could no longer afford the expense. This has been done with a lot of sacrifice and tight budget. I remain hopeful, encouraged, and committed to see FLCT grow. This institution really deserves recognition from its valuable contributions to the South Florida community.

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

My own family, as well as in many of the families who entrust their kids to such a wonderful place

Ways to make it better...

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

I would like to see more volunteers and community support for the theater

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

2006 Summer Program advertisement

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

To provide a nurturing environment for develop students/performers' skills and love for the arts

What is its top priority in the long run?

Teaching the art of life through the magic of theater

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 12, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 12, 2011

I am so thankful that our family discovered Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre several years ago. FLCT has been our second home ever since. I've always been impressed with the way the staff interacts with the children. The bar is set high because FLCT productions are top quality, yet the cast and crew always seem to surpass the one before, due to their passionate hard work and the support from staff and peers. The children benefit from interacting with various age groups, and in addition to practical performing arts skills, they learn valuable life skills such as effective communication, resilience, poise, and self-control. I am proud to be a mother of a performer, member of the audience, volunteer and board member of this incredible organization.

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

Seeing how it has contributed towards my child's growth and development and by enjoying and being entertained by its productions.

Ways to make it better...

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

want it to continue to grow and thrive as it has for almost 60 years now, with support from the professional, philanthropic, and local communities.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Email and word of mouth

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Continued funding for programming, scholarships, staff development and other needs.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Continuing to serve the involved families and community at large through quality programs and outreach efforts.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 12, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 12, 2011

I offer two viewpoints. I am proud to be an integral part of FLCT as a teacher and director for nearly 14 years, and I am forever thankful that my daughter went through FLCT's program from age 7 until college. She returns to FLCT whenever she can, and performs or works there when the opportunity arises. It is her second home.
In particular, FLCT's teens develop bonds as strong as any family connection. While some parents might be threatened by that, my experience is that positive peer pressure and exposure helps teens develop into their very best selves. As any parent of a teen knows, their peer group aids their identity.
FLCT provides all children the opportunity to become their most positive selves without fear of negative reaction or isolation.
It is my privilege to watch children grow into responsible, creative and caring adults as a direct result of FLCT's commitment to youth.

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

Both my personal satisfaction as an employee, and as a parent whose child has benefited from her amazing years of experience gained at Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find FLCT an endowment so that: - employees could be paid better salaries - FLCT's outreach programs could be implemented in schools, such as anti-bullying programs and literacy programs - FLCT could finally build and own its own theatre

February 12, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 12, 2011

I have been fortunate enough to experience FLCT from many different perspectives: as a student when I was younger, as a spectator at their productions and as a mother of one of the performers. If you get a chance you should experience it for yourself, the shows are extremely professional and it is amazing when you think about the fact that all the performers are children ranging from 6-18 years of age.

There are many children that are on scholarship; in fact 55% of the summer campers received financial assistance to participate this summer. FLCT, like many others have lost several grants making it more challenging to assist families that would other wise not be able to give their children exposure to the theater.

If we were to help this organizations to maintain their programs we would be helping to ensure that these children always have the means of having arts and culture in their lives.

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FLCT is an amazing example of how one organization can make a difference in so many lives. Theater allows children to express themselves as individuals, and nurtures notions of acceptance, leadership, creativity and public speaking. These are qualities that will help them in their academic performance as well as molding them for their future achievements.

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

I feel that they do an amazing jobs with both their classes and their shows. I wouldn't change a thing. Keep up the great work!!!!

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

My family has been involved in FLCT for well over a decade, starting with our daughter Abby, now in college, when she was 5 years old in "Jellybean" camp. Our second daughter, Beth, caught the bug and has participated in many shows over the years. Her most recent experiences as a member of the new Sound Wave show choir and stage manager of the winter mainstage production have turned her into a strong, confident young woman.
I can't say enough good things about this phenomenal arts organziation, its respect for children and families and its very special place in our hearts.

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The real results come from seeing the children grow into mature, caring people. Many FLCT students go on to careers in the arts, but all of them learn to appreciate and love performing arts. It's a huge win for the entire community.

Ways to make it better...

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

get more people involved!

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

I have been involved with Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre for 8 years and just want to share what an amazing organization it is. The opportunity it gives kids to learn different forms of expression is a tool that not only helps them in their youth, but throughout their lives. I have witnessed first hand how FLCT brings children together from all walks of life together and create unique bonds that grow to become lifelong friendships. In addition, theatre classes and productions leave participants with enhanced self-esteem, self-awareness and self-confidence - all tools that help prepare these young people for a life of and success. Being involved with FLCT has reinforced my belief in the power and importance of the arts and it is something that I absolutely intend on incorporating into my life forever! Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre is an incredible organization that I am proud to promote!

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

my own lifelong friendships with so many people involved in FLCT - they're the best people I know!

Ways to make it better...

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

I wouldn't change a thing!

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

Our family has been involved with FLCT for many years. It started with our son, Ryan, who auditioned for his first play "Alice in Wonderland". Our daughter, Samee, also became interested in FLCT and performed on stage but also enjoyed the behind the scenes work of putting on the shows. Both my husband and I have also been in summer productions. One of the many wonderful things about FLCT...is that it is an experience the whole family can enjoy together.

One of the things our family has learned over the years is that...there are no small roles...everyone, no matter how big or small the part...is vital for a successful show. Being a part...no matter how small...of a production is something to take pride in and work hard and enjoy.

But it is not all about the perforamances...FLCT helps students do better in school and even was instrumental in helping our son select the perfect college. FLCT students learn how to volunteer, organize, create and become friends...with relationships bridging age groups. The older students are looked up to by the younger ones and an informal mentoring program helps keep students on track at the theatre and in their everyday lives.

Our family has loved all of our time spent with FLCT...from building sets, working boxoffice, acting, moving sets, dancing...you name it...but most of all we are very grateful for the dedicated staff who take every opportunity to make each and every child feel special and each family to find some special times together that they will remember forever. Thanks to all involved for being such a great influence on our whole family.

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

I have seen hundreds of children benefit from being able to go on stage and perform. The gain confidence and also learn a very good work ethic. I have seen families enjoy working on a project together. I have seen many children continue on to college and become successful adults.

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

I just wish our family had found this organization sooner.

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