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February 22, 2010

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February 22, 2010

Music Theatre of Wichita, Inc. is one of our city's treasures. MTW gives so many people opportunities of the finest quality and also attracts well known artists. Wayne Bryan is loved by everyone and has grown this fantastic musical theatre into one of the best outside of NYC. We can hardly wait each year for the season to begin. My husband is president of Wichita State University and it is always a joy for us to attend and acquaint new people to Music Theatre of Wichita.

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

Its leadership both with the director and his staff, which is a small staff of six people. All are deeply committed to Music theatre of Wichita.

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

The very best with a strong personal commitment to Music Theatre of Wichita. The Women's Guild participate in many ways throughout our community to support this organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 22, 2010

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February 22, 2010

I have been a season ticket holder of Music Theatre of Wichita (KS) since its inception in 1972, and have been a member of the Board of Directors since 1978. Words don't do justice to the pleasure and joy MTWichita has been to myself and my family. I have not only attended the productions, but have been involved with their audition process and their Jester program designed to recognize high school music theatre programs and individuals. My life would have been considerably poorer without my relationship with MTWichita. Additionally, for nearly 40 years they have produced five musical theatre shows of the highest quality that can be seen anywhere.

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

completely devoted to the various missions of the organization- -production, education, and providing young people with an opportunity to work in an enabling atmosphere.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 22, 2010

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February 22, 2010

I've enjoyed an ongoing association with Music Theatre of Wichita for well over fifteen years. Some of my appreciation has grown from viewing their work from afar and following the extraordinary but ongoing quality of production they manifest, season after season. I've admired at closer range their audition and preproduction processes when they've spent their annual working visits to New York City. And on three occasions, I've been privileged to serve on-site there in Kansas, helping to promote and publicize two productions of THE WIZARD OF OZ and another of MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS. In my own four decades (plus) of sporadic professional musical theater employment, I've never known a finer aggregation than that assembled, onstage and off, by Wayne Bryan and his compatriots. They never fail to meet (and they generally surpass) their stated goals of offering exemplary entertainment, managing their facility as an intelligent business concession, and providing compassionate and first-class training for those in their orbit.

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

See that they had every thing they require to operate without any day-to-day worries about funding.

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

first-class, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, hard-working, tireless, informed, upbeat, aware, dedicated, determined, and rightfully proud of (and grateful for) their MTW association.

Ways to make it better...

My experiences could NOT have been better.

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

The ongoing financial needs and support faced by so many arts organizations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

February 22, 2010

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February 22, 2010

Music Theatre of Wichita is a wonderful way to get into the arts. I am a beginner and have really grown to appreciate the musicality and talent these actors, dancers, and singers bring to our community. The staff has outdone themselves by bringing such enjoyable musicals to Wichita. Thanks and keep up the excellent work!

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

exposure to talent and other points of view.

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

Excellent! They go above and beyond to make the experience wonderful.

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

really bring about a positive change in the community. Everyone should experience culture and talent. Music Theatre of Wichita provided such a great insight into other points of view.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 22, 2010

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February 22, 2010

Music Theatre of Wichita is one of those "hidden gems" that the majority of the people who live here don't even understand. MTW's performances are on par with, and often exceed ANYTHING I have seen on Broadway. And there's a good reason for that. Many of MTW's alumi are on Broadway at any given time. Wayne Bryan has an eye for picking (and training) talent that has the potential to be on Broadway. In fact, many Broadway producers say when they see "Music Theatre of Wichita" on someone's resume they are more likely to give that person an interview! We have truly been blessed with Wayne Bryan's talents and abilities! And because he's so amazing the majority of stars on Broadway he's mentored come back to appear in MTW performances every year. So when you attend a MTW performance, you're not only seeing the stars of tomorrow, you are getting a chance to see the Broadway stars of TODAY at a much better ticket price!

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

...easily put Broadway to shame. With very little budget and full time staff it easily matches Broadway productions now. If it had 10 million bucks, it would FAR SURPASS it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 21, 2010

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February 21, 2010

My husband and I have been season ticket holders at MTWichita since the mid-seventies. During that time we have seen the theatre's productions go from sometimes awkward renderings with less capable leads to the tryly accomplished and polished productions that we look forward to each summer. While we have yet to make it to NY we have seen "Broadway" musical theatre productions in London and other locales and MTWichita need take no backseat by comparison. In fact they equal or surpass anything we've seen anywhere! For sometime it has been my privilege to serve on the Board of Directors and be privy to the day-to-day workings of this fabulous organization. In addition to presenting top flight musical theatre entertainment, its support and encouragement of up and coming local and midwestern talent is a model which all regional theatres would do well to examine. As the anticipation of the summer season begins to mount, I'm like a child at Christmas waiting to see what wonderful gifts will unfold on stage. The only sad aspect of the whole process is that the season is over all too quickly and leaving us wanting more!

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

the absolute joy and fun which surround the everyday tasks of management and governance.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 21, 2010

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February 21, 2010

I have had the good fortune of working as an actress for Music Theatre Of Wichita several summers. Music Theatre of Wichita has been the highlight of my musical theatre career. Once you've worked there, you are considered a member of the family for life. I've also had the pleasure of seeing shows at Music Theatre of Wichita when I'm not in the cast, so can say that the productions are of the highest quality. I travel to New York and don't even go to shows there because I know they won't compare to Music Theatre of Wichita! The professionalism is top notch, from Wayne Bryan, the Producing Artistic Director, all the way thru the staff and volunteers. AMAZING group of people who all work towards bringing the arts to the people in the best way possible. I'm HONORED to know them all.

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

Hearing the thundering applause and laughter showing the JOY of the audience, both from the stage, and being a member of the audience.

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

Make the season longer.

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

Love, Laughter, and Respect.

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

Better than any other staff and volunteers I've met and worked with ANYWHERE.

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

Continue bringing the arts to people in ways MOST people could never experience ... passion behind the scenes shines forth on stage, and with 10 million bucks, even I can't imagine the MAGIC Wayne and Music Theatre of Wichita could show the world.

Ways to make it better...

Music Theatre of Wichita had longer season.

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

The economy ...

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

Anyone reading this who hasn't had the pleasure of seeing a production at Music Theatre of Wichita should schedule a vacation around their schedule and go to Wichita to see a show. You won't be sorry! ... www.mtwichita.org

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 21, 2010

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February 21, 2010

There are not enough superlatives to heap upon this fabulous organization. When I met director Wayne Bryan, I was so impressed with him that I flew from California to Wichita to see his production of Camelot. The production values were first-rate, comparable to what I've seen in New York and San Francisco. While shopping and dining in Wichita, I met salespeople, waiters, and production staff members who all raved about Wayne and the shows he creates. One woman called him "The Treasure of Wichita." The entire organization is suffused with enthusiasm and esprit de corps, which is apparent on stage.

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

the theater itself.

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

The way staff and volunteers love and respect the director, Wayne Bryan.

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

Friendly, enthusiastic, dedicated.

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

perhaps have a longer season to delight audiences and provide employment for singers and dancers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 20, 2010

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February 20, 2010

In the last 20 years Music Theatre of Wichita has not only entertained its audience. They have not only brought the highest quality of Musical Theatre to this community,but has involved each and every school in the area in so many ways. Their teen choir has not only entertained but has served as a training ground in musical theater. Their Jester awards brings an interest in music theatre to the same heights that a good football team brings to a school. They have enhanced the quality of life in Wichita as has no other arts organization. As a former board member I realize they put on more and better shows on a low budget and small staff than probably any theatre in the country. It is the most noteworthy of arts organizations to support.

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

the five shows presented every summer. An amazing thing to completely build sets, make costumes-everything -in just ten days for each show.

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

Their bottom line is good, wholesome, quality entertainment for this community.

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

Amazing

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

Perhaps have a better theatre to work in.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 20, 2010

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February 20, 2010

I've worked in the paint shop at Music Theatre for 6 years and really feel that I've grown up as an artist there. I've advanced within the company and feel that my work there has defined the artist I've become. Though the schedule is demanding, I know that the pressure has forced me to expand my knowledge and technique to match the high level of quality we all expect form the company.

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

knowing that, like myself, our company helps foster education in theatre by pairing young artists with experienced working professionals.

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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