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February 20, 2010

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February 20, 2010

MTW is a rare find and a cultural treasure. As a seasoned travel journalist, I see it as a remarkable attraction with a very positive impact on the community and on the region in general. Obviously, MTW contributes to the local economy by creating employment opportunities, but they also draw attendance from the entire Midwest, and that creates more jobs in the hospitality industry. I've traveled from California on several occasions to attend performances - it's closer than New York and just as good. Wayne Bryan also makes a huge effort to educate local young people in the theatre arts - thereby expanding their options for career opportunities

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

hard working and dedicated. They seem energized by their committment to educate, to preserve an important aspect of America's cultural tradition, and to provide entertainment that families can enjoy together.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 20, 2010

I've worked in theatres across the country (and overseas) for over twenty years and return to Wichita whenever possible to renew my sense of connection with the art form and audience. Wayne Bryan is a unique talent, an impresario who truly loves musical theatre and continually finds new ways to delight and challenge his loyal audiences. The staff, artists and hosts of volunteers seem to recognize the unique value of their contributions and the results can be seen in the quality of the productions.

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

watching the transformation and education of younger artists learning their craft from the professionals around them.

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

the excitement, focus and professionalism of all participants.

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

eager to go the extra mile and a valued network that supports its artists.

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

foster additional theatrical outreach and education in its youth programs, create further foundations or scholarship grants for its brightest young upcoming talent, commission new works bound for the Broadway stage...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 20, 2010

My experience has been the mostly thrilling musical and theatrical experiences of my life so far. I've been involved for the last decade and wouldn't trade any of the years. The producer is one of the best theatre practitioners, businessman and all around great person. He's one of a kind and the success of the company trickles down. The company is committed to excellence in production and education for the many young people involved.

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As an outsider, east coaster, I can't wait to get to Kansas in the summers. MTWichita is the highlight of my professional musical career.

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

Let me just keep it short and sweet. Music Theatre of Wichita is a treasure all over the country. The company inspires audience and young professionals alike, provides work opportunities for the city and produces some of the best theatre in the county.

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

First rate. Top notch, professional and personable in every way.

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

Shine even brighter.

Ways to make it better...

I could have stayed longer.

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

Having exclusive rights to the performance facility during the summer season.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 20, 2010

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February 20, 2010

MTWichita presents performances of the highest quality, year after year. Wayne Bryan, the Director, has an uncanny ability to attract superb talent and the shape that talent into a superb performer. By example, MTWichita has elevated the quality of other musical ventures in this community.

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

attending performances.

Ways to make it better...

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

do nothing.

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

the quality of the performances.

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

outstanding.

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

build a theatre that would knock your socks off.

Ways to make it better...

I can't think of an answer.

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

(is) the economy.

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

The people are wonderful,

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 20, 2010

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February 20, 2010

As someone who has seen over 9,000 theatrical attractions in my life -- and more than 75% of all the Broadway musicals in the last 50 years -- I am in utter awe of Music Theatre of Wichita. Wayne Bryan is nothing less than a theatrical magician in the way that he gets a show up in no time flat and makes it ultra-professional. He knows what his audiences want to see, and sometimes lets THEM know what they would like to see by giving them an unfamiliar but terrific new show. I love attending and seeing the appreciative -- and large -- crowds responding to the work, and afterwards rushing up to Wayne to tell him that he's once again succeeded. This is one of the great musical theaters in the nation, and one of the places to which we can all point with pride.

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

ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, GOOD NEWS, ME AND MY GIRL

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

add to the programming, so that the audiences could have many more wonderful evenings here.

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

Seeing so many young performers from so many musical theater colleges gets their start here. While summer stock used to provide kids with great opportunities, it's largely disappeared, so MTW provides an excellent training ground where kids can learn from

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

Astonishingly nice. Of course, I come from New York City, so I might well be more impressed with their helpfulness and kindness because I'm simply not used to getting it in Manhattan.

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

produce more musicals. I doubt, though, that the quality would be much changed, because it's at such a high level now.

Ways to make it better...

I lived closer to Wichita so that I could drop in more often.

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

money, I'm sure. Isn't it always? Given that Wayne builds so many of his shows from scratch, the materials for them are certainly getting more expensive.

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

I spend a lot of time going to parties here in New York and meeting performers, and whenever one of them tells me he's been at MTW, he always -- and I mean always -- says what a wonderful experience it was for him.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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February 20, 2010

I have worked at Music Theatre of Wichita for 5 seasons now. Ever since my first, in 2002, the company has seemed like home to me. Working there I have met some of my closest friends and most respected business associates. The quality put into our productions is of the upmost care and consideration within every shop and rehearsal hall. MTW's staff is professional yet caring-a characteristic few can manage. In all, I get excited about March in anticipation of the fun I will and the challenges we will meet during the summer.

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

The scene shop, steel hall, stage, grid, etc.

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

Win powerball, give them half of it.

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

It's theatre. It's something new every die. I get to push my skills to my limits. I get to build scenery with great people and they pay me for it!

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

fantastic.

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

be completely unstoppable.

Ways to make it better...

They had a CNC machine.

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

Finding proper leadership in certain roles.

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

I love MTW.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 19, 2010

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February 19, 2010

I've had exposure to Music Theatre of Wichita both as a patron and as a volunteer. As a patron, I can honestly say that the quality of entertainment I get is so much more than I expected when I moved here five years ago. The shows are fresh and fun and a great value for the price. As a volunteer, I feel I am greatly appreciated and my ideas/input are heard and considered.

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

Learning about the behind-the-scenes operations of music theatre.

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

Hardworking and passionate about the organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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February 19, 2010

MTWichita is one of Wichita's cultural gems. It is a point of great civic pride that "we" produce a season of excellent-quality shows that rival those on Broadway, out here in the Midwest, and at a fraction of the price. It is a big part of what makes the quality of life in Wichita so good.

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

serving on its board, attending the shows, and having my children participate in shows with the professionals.

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

Its very high quality, and very accessible.

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

Competent, efficient, and good-natured.

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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February 19, 2010

Having traveled extensively throughout the United States, I was amazed and astounded to discover MTWichita some 10 years ago. the quality of their performances rivals New York & London. The mission of MTWichita will insure music theatre for years to come as they involve so many young people and high schools in their educational venues (Jester's awards). Am I ever a fan!!!

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

seeing young talanted people get the opportunity to perform before thousands of patrons.

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

The consistent quality of the presentations

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

dedicated to see MTWichita suceed.

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

be the leader in more quality productions of music theatre.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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February 19, 2010

It has been our pleasure to be season ticket holders for MTW for over 25 years. Each summer we are treated to wonderful shows, talented performers, great scenery, and high quality theater experience. The organization is an important part of Wichita's cultural experience, and gets rave reviews from many who regularly see New York shows. Thanks, congratulations, and keep up the great work! We love it!

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

being treated to a wide variety of excellent entertainment.

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

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

the talent and show selection.

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

cordial and competent.

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

renovate Century II.

Ways to make it better...

the seats were new.

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

monetary, of course.

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

thanks for all of your hard work!

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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