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February 17, 2010

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February 17, 2010

There are a number of theatre organizations in the greater Huntsville/north Alabama area, and each has its own strengths. However, no other organization offers the opportunities or rewards that Renaissance Theatre provides. Simply put, few other companies would tackle the edgy, sometimes controversial plays often seen at RT, while at the same time providing "family friendly" and children's performances. It truly is a place with something for everyone, the most daring and exciting place for live theatre in town!

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

the pleasure it has given both to the performers onstage and the people in the audience.

Ways to make it better...

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

try to increase its "presence" around town and in the area and introduce as many new people as possible to the joys of live theatre.

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

the opportunity to be a part of the creative process and share in it with so many great people.

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

the best kind of people.

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

keep doing what it's doing right now, only do it better and on a bigger scale.

Ways to make it better...

we had a bigger budget to play with.

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

money.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 17, 2010

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February 17, 2010

I have only recently gotten involved in community theatre and it was because of RT. I have been delighted, and often thrilled, by their productions. RT is brave enough to produce contemporary plays and musicals, and savvy enough to mix in just the right type and number of classic plays and musicals to please and entice a broad section of the Huntsville’s population. If you've ever been involved with theatre, you know that everyone is welcome to get involved; RT has something for the youngest to the most experienced. I cannot say enough good things about the positive impact of RT on this community. They set a high standard not often found in community theatre, to continue to operate such an award-winning community theatre, with top-notch productions, talent, sets, direction, music – on very little money. My wish is that every person has the joy of experiencing and loving RT as I have. Every time I walk into the lovely foyer, and into the depths of that stately building, so full of history, I transcend to another place. After seeing each show, I walk out those doors a better person.

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

I learned that live theater is much more exciting than movies! What a surprise. You're so drawn in and you're there! You positively vibrate with the excitement that the actors produce. You run the gamut of intense emotion.

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

Wonderfully warm and caring people. Professionals by day and extraordinarily talented actors, singers, and dancers by night! They made me feel at home.

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

Turn on most of the population in North Alabama to the joys of live theatre!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 17, 2010

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February 17, 2010

As the parent of an actor involved with Renaissance Theatre shows, I can tell you it is a wonderful group! From both standpoints. He has made lifelong friends through Renaissance that he will always respect for the experience and opportunities they gave him. I loved the professional yet family closeness of Renaissance. They encouraged everyone to become involved and made us all feel like we are Renaissance. As a patron, I also enjoyed sitting back and being highly entertained for every performance that I have watched.

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

Always encouraging new people of the theatre to participate and feel like they were a part of Renaissance. The staff continues to check up on our family and ask if we would like to help them in future performances by building, working box office or acting

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 17, 2010

I am a patron of the theatre who has quickly become a friend to most of the major players. This is a very well-run and energetic bunch of people! They are serious about their craft and their work without taking themselves too seriously. I am impressed and amazed that they have taken the facilities at hand, and turned it into a first-class community theatre!

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

watching some of the actors approach new roles with apprehension and within a few days deliver outstanding rehearsal moments.

Ways to make it better...

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

install a lift in their lobby to assist mobility-challenged patrons to the upstairs auditorium.

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

the way this group made me feel included in their activities.

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

down-to-earth "real" people. These are not your typical pretentious theatre types.

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

install theatre-style seating in both auditoriums, upgrade bathroom facilities, install a lift in the main theatre lobby, and erect a more proper marquee.

Ways to make it better...

the seating in the theatre was a bit more comfortable.

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

money. As with all non-profits in this weakened economy, they are struggling to provide top quality services on a nearly non-existent budget (when compared with "for-profit" theatrical venues.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 4, 2010

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February 4, 2010

The theatre was founded in October of 1998 and I have been involved in keeping the non profit operating since that time acting as Artistic Director. WE have produced approximately ten productions a year on average since opening. We also produce "new" works by regional writers along with Broadway hits and musicals. We are located in a historical old mill building once used as store fronts and a basketball court upstairs, now turned into a theater with dressing rooms and storage. We lease this space and the rent has not changed since we moved opened.

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

Directing, set design, set dressing, costuming, lighting and other tech areas. Expanding to have two performance spaces. Working with other non profits to raise funds for their various causes.

Ways to make it better...

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

Put in an elevator to serve our clients with special needs who cannot negotiate the many steps. We have a fund and have been raising money for the past two years.

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

To see the growth of regional writers and actors, some who have never been on a stage. Also watching children develope their skills and grow in confidence.

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

All professional level or very willing to learn.

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

Expand to house educational facilities for both adults and children in the process of theater tech and performance. Add an elevator, upgrade the facility with better parking, lighting and curb appeal.

Ways to make it better...

We would have had more operating capital.

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

Ticket sales to cover operating costs.

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

Being involved in the operating level of a community theater can be an eye opening and human growth experience in dealing with many situations and other peoples needs.

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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