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March 9, 2010

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March 9, 2010

A splendid mix of adult and kid plays happening year 'round! It's a true delight to live in a community with such quality theatre productions. Aside from an audience member, i have yet to participate in a show, but i always feel welcome to assist. There seems to be a place for everyone; from ushering, to costumes, to wrangling props, to make-up, to cleaning the popcorn machine, everyone is important. The Grand Marais playhouse is a true asset to our community and beyond. I'd miss it greatly if i ever moved!

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

participating as an audience member and supporting the arts.

Ways to make it better...

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

give Sue Hennessy a magic potion that would never allow her to tire (or age) =) in order to keep things running as they are, just great!

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

the joy of true community.

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

happy to participate and seemingly knew me both at the box office and also at the grocery store and beyond.

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

assure arts forever within the local school district.

Ways to make it better...

i was certain i could hear every little child's voice on stage, a cronic theatre condition.

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

the on-going struggle to keep ticket prices down, although the Sunday "pay what you can" is awesome!

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

keep up the great work!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 2, 2010

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March 2, 2010

This is where I developed my love for theater. I got a college degree in theater and have worked professionally in theater since graduation. It is a place full of people who care deeply for the arts. This place brings the community together and show the special talent they have to offer.

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

incredibly talented and overly generous with their time.

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

Have an endowment that would allow this organization to survivor for generations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 28, 2010

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February 28, 2010

I am a parent of two girls, both involved in plays. Both have had a wonderful time. As a parent I also appreciate the amazing experience they are getting on stage, the support system of a mixed-age group of kids that continues to evolve and the inclusion of back stage experience that helps them see the entire process of putting together a bit of magic. My husband has been involved with stage-building, I have helped with costumes and my youngest daughter and I have written/performed in 10-minute plays. My kids see multiple community members who are involved as well as getting the chance to work with experienced professionals. It is a rich experience to share as a family. It is also an amazing thing to see in a smaller sized community.

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

participating as well as being an audience member.

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

the inclusiveness - all are welcome to contribute as much or as little as they can.

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

enthusiastic, passionate, accepting.

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

provide even more to the community - play invitationals, writing/acting workshops, more access to play options, internships for students, increase in playhouse support staff, improvements in software for lighting/sound equipement

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 28, 2010

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February 28, 2010

I have been involved as both a consumer, volunteer and actor in the playhouse. The quality of productions are awesome. The impact on the kids in the community involved is noticable. I have watched very young kids become confident, artistic teens.

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

watching the kids on stage stay in character and take their acting (in Cinderella) seriously.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 28, 2010

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February 28, 2010

I have been in theatre all of my adult life, and am proud to be involved with the Grand Marais Playhouse. In fact, it is an important reason that I am here in this area. Sue's level of professionalism is stunning, and working with her continues to challenge my own skills- which were honed as a scenic painter in all of the Twin Cities theatres- Guthrie, Minnesota Opera, Children's Theatre, Heart of the Beast, Dayton's, Science Museum, etc. Wherever there was theatre and display, I was there.

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

The level of professionalism and joy.

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

Absolutely wonderful, in that they bring an extremely high level of expertise to every project that I've been involved with. No grumbling at all.

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

Serve more people- by having classes, and workshops that would draw theatre lovers from the entire country. Being able to house them during their stay, and reward them by sharing the beauty of this land during down time.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

I have had the great pleasure to be able to be involved in many great productions. Everything to acting, helping with sets and tech, ushering... the list goes on and on. I have learned so much during every production. I have also been moved by the great people, both staff and volunteers, and the lasting friendships that have been built.

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

wonderful to work with. They help build the community.

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

stage even more amazing productions, help teach more people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

The Grand Marais Playhouse impacted my life at an early age! I started getting involved as a child and have been a huge fan and volunteer for many years. I rarely miss a production and bring family and friends along whenever I can. It is amazing what this theater can accomplish with all local community members. It is a great asset to the area both for locals and for visitors!

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

Friendships! Great plays! Great experiences both as a child and as an adult with this organization! I'm continually learning new things! I'll keep coming back!

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

The mix of kids and adults working together. Getting to know community members. Great shows!

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

Friendly and knowledgeable

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

do more of the same!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 26, 2010

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February 26, 2010

I have had the pleasure of acting in plays, working for the GMP during the summer, and helping out as a board member. The Grand Marais Playhouse is a wonderful community theater. There are opportunities for everyone: acting, techie, directing, helping in just about any way possible. The plays for for children, high schooler, and adults. There are musicals, comedies, farces, drama, period pieces, and more. The Grand Marais Playhouse puts out plays that can compete with any theater and most of the time far exceed other performances by other theaters.

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

Many different areas from acting to being a current board member. I love the Grand Marais Playhouse and plan of being part of it forever.

Ways to make it better...

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

some how find a way to get more people to the performances. They are really missing out on good theater.

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

The personal growth I have achieved.

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

Have been outstanding. The people that a part of the Grand Marais Playhouse are caring, positive people.

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

give the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota a run for its money.

Ways to make it better...

nothing, it could not be better.

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

funding. We need to bring the attendance to 80-100% for each performance.

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

I love this theater.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 26, 2010

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February 26, 2010

I have enjoyed many plays that the Grand Marais Playhouse has professionally performed over the years. What I feel is amazing from this tiny Northern Minnesota town playhouse, is the dedication of its talented staff, volunteers and actors. Who put these productions on for the community with such little funds, yet power pack the stage with such magic. I have volunteered as usher, ticket sales, secured advertisers and donated props. I am presently a board member who sees and believes in the visions of our Grand Marais Playhouse.

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

Watching my daughter, as an intern, gain organizational skills, confidence, and a passion for theatre. Which in turn, she turned into a career.

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

Viewing the adult community members working along side the school children (K-12) to put on extraordinary productions with professional quality.

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

Energetic, dedicated, extremely talented, and are visionary people.

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

Take some of our productions to other theaters or bring in companies to preform or teach here in our theatre. Pay our director a livable salary & benefits. Give our theatre sound, lighting, stage equipment that need updating or replacement, more storage.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 26, 2010

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February 26, 2010

I've been in and/or assisted with many productions over the last 20 years & every experience has provided lasting memory-highs! As a result of these positive experiences, I now serve on the board, hoping to help in providing similar experiences for even more community members. I am most impressed with how this organization provides such an inclusive atmosphere, especially with K-12 students, yet maintains high artistic standards. I love how each production is a feast for the eyes with creative set design & costumes. Musicals have been a special treat as I watch community members who are given opportunities to share their incredible talents vocally & instrumentally. I'm thankful for the lasting friendships that have been forged through working together on projects through this organization. I'm also thankful for how the Playhouse is developing a strong educational component. Through its resources with the theater world beyond our little county, we get these incredible opportunities to expand our knowledge of theater craft.

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

actually give a raise & health benefits to its employee!! Hire a staff. Expand education programs. Develop a traveling troupe. Remodel the theater space. Provide more versatile seating. Better storage space. Wow! - too mind-boggling to even imagine!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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