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October 16, 2012

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January 12, 2011

I became involved in PYT because my younger child loved acting--and because I loved watching young actors grow. I've stayed involved with PYT because I've seen how transformative a place it is: for ki... more

October 16, 2012

PYT is a source of consistent joy, especially in its Stories on Stage series of works from children's literature. Adventurous and imaginative shows that are a great and affordable way for young audiences to learn about theatre and for young actors to hone their skills.

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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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

January 12, 2011

I became involved in PYT because my younger child loved acting--and because I loved watching young actors grow. I've stayed involved with PYT because I've seen how transformative a place it is: for kids, for parents, for audience members.

One of my special loves is children's literature
and PYT provides a unique service in the Bay Area with its Stories on Stage performances. These are great, accessible, gold-spun-from-straw shows based on children's books--some classic, some contemporary. It's always difficult to turn your eyes away from the creative stuff that's happening on stage in these shows, but if you do, you'll see little audience members whose imaginations are being positively ignited.

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

My child's personal growth, and my own.

Ways to make it better...

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

Wish it much great visibility.

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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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I've consistently met wonderful people through this group, learned more about theatre, and been given great insight into how an organization can be responsive and kind without comprising on high standards and scruples.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

January 27, 2011

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January 27, 2011

I started performing for PYT when I was eight. I didn't have any prior experience in theatrical arts or performance, but I did find singing and dancing extremely fun. During the course of my first show, I learned about performing and discovered it as my passion. I'm sixteen now, and after my nineteen shows at PYT, I have built a strong support system of friends and approachable adults with whom I maintain lasting relationships. That's one of the amazing things about PYT: the memories of a show and the frienships formed remain even after significant time has passed. The environment of the entire process is amazingly professional for a youth-based, non-profit organization, yet it is simultaneously light-hearted and extremely enjoyable. PYT has been a very positive influence in my life. It has allowed me to meet so many talented and wonderful people that I would not have been able to meet otherwise. One of my best friends lives twenty minutes away and is home schooled, and we would not have met if it had not been for our shared love of musical theaterand access to PYT. Additionally, PYT has enabled me to enrich my passion for theatrical arts with their diverse array of professional directors, choreographers, and music directors. Every staff member I have worked with has taught me a skill or been a great friend to me. The production staff always looks for a way to bring the best out of us, and they challenge us to better ourselves on a daily basis. During my eight years of working with PYT, I have learned important life lessons, built a sturdy structure of frienships, and worked to perfect my skills.

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

I have performed in numerous shows with PYT, built many friendships, and worked to improve my skills in theatre.

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

focus more on the show itself rather than the sets and costumes.

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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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I met many various people and worked on my skills as a performer.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

January 23, 2011

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January 23, 2011

My kids have grown up with PYT starting with their wonderful program, Theater in the Park. Through these summer camps, my kids discovered their love of singing & acting. All of my kids were very shy originally & the stage has turned them into confident young adults. PYT provides an incredible program designed for all kids --- whether they want to work behind the stage, just sing in a group or be a star onstage. This type of community activity is crucial to providing access to the arts to younger people. It instills an appreciation for the arts that continues into their adult life.

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

My kids have done 20 main stage shows with PYT (I have 4 kids participating), 8 Theater in the Park camps, Dickens Carolers, Hollywood Hosts, Sure Thing! & a few of their training classes.

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

create a management staff that is determined to build PYT into a much stronger community theater program designed for kids. I think all the pieces are there but a strong individual with a strong desire to build the program into something bigger & better would be great.

January 19, 2011

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January 19, 2011

PYT is our other family! We have had 3 children participate over the last 12+ years. They have each performed, worked backstage, helped with auditions and have made friendships that will last a long time. This organization is a true community.

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

I have had a lot of fun volunteering on many shows helping with props, costumes, marketing and ticket incentives. My husband has worked backed stage. My kids have all enjoyed performing not matter how big or small the role. They have gained confidence and have learned respect. They also have a deep appreciation for the all the hard work that is involved - and that is great learning experience for them.

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

I am not sure I would make any changes. I would only hope the local community will continue to support an enriching program such as PYT. I know I will.

January 12, 2011

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January 12, 2011

I started participating in shows at PYT as a 12 year old looking for a new theatre experience with a new youth theatre company. I grew up with PYT performing in their productions and eventually working for them both as choreographer and class instructor. I am also now an active member of the PYT Alumni Association (PYTAA), serving on the Alumni Council since 2008. PYT has given me so many opportunities to learn, make new friends, and grow with a supportive and nurturung theatre family. The company is dedicated to creating the best theatre experience for kids and I will always be grateful for my time spent with them.

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

teaching me about the world of theatre and eventually giving me the opportunity to work as a theatre professional.

Ways to make it better...

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

create many more studios across the country so that kids everywhere could participate in theatre productions.

January 12, 2011

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January 12, 2011

My daughter's involvement with PYT has been a very rewarding experience all around. She has participated in numerous productions that have provided her with expertise teaching and have encouraged her growth and self confidence. She has had the opportunity to volunteer and work directly with the kids which is a great way for her to give back to the community. Recently she traveled with a choral group from PYT that performed and participated in a workshop at Disneyland.

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

With my daughter's growth and self esteem.

Ways to make it better...

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

Get more kids and parents involved.

January 12, 2011

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January 12, 2011

If your child has any theater interest, try out Peninsula Youth Theater in Mountain View. You will not be disappointed. They have many different types of theater programs on site and through local school or camps. My youngest son has been involved with PYT for almost 3 years and it is the best thing he has done to promote self confidence and his theatrical talents...

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

As a prent volunteer and through the various committees I have worked on

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

Try to get the word out to more people about this gem on the peninsula

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