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February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

The place has an energy which is palpable; just being there I found myself considering myself more of an artist then ever before. They've got something good going that is infused in everything they do, I think.

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

Creating a positive working community and running a training program which clearly gave 40+ individuals transformative experiences.

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have open performances with people from the company routinely in a sort of open-mic style just to keep informal performances a fun aspect of the company.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

I started attending Shakespeare & Co. productions in 1988 when I lived 4 hours away from Lenox, MA. I haven't missed a season since then. Now that I live in neighboring lee, I try to see every production that they offer, sometimes as an usher and sometimes as a paying patron. If Shakespeare & Co. is doing a show, it's a safe bet that it will be excellent. The company chooses works botgh old and new that are some of the best of theater. They are innovative and the acting is invariably wonderful. I have been introduced to new works by writers previously unknown to me and borh new and traditional productions of plays by William Shakespeare. I attend a lot of theater, but none more versatile and none with better casts that those produced by Shakespeare & Co.

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

helping young actors find their voices. A young cousin of mine did summer internship with Shakespeare & Co. in 1994 and has gone on to work in the theater ever since.

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

probably not change a thing.

February 28, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 28, 2011

Each year Shakespeare and Co. comes to my school and allows students to participate in their Fall Festival program. Most students, at first find it daunting, like myself- the prospect of performing Shakespeare is very intimidating. Once cast, and rehearsals began however, I soon realized the magic that this company has to offer the youth. It allows us to explore not only our strengths but our weaknesses and build upon both. We, as young adults and human beings are able to admit to our weaknesses and not necessarily "fix" them but rather improve upon them, work at them- that is what makes a strong human being. Someone who works hard for a cause, and Shakespeare and Company allows and enforces that in every single one of their cast members, even down to their techies.
My school did King Lear this year and the rehearsal process was extremely tough. We all knew this show was going to be a challenge from Stage 1 and we, including the directors, were ready to take it on. After some ups and downs during rehearsals we finally got to a place where we were steadily going up in the quality of our show. Two weeks before our show we had set, costumes, and lighting down and we were allowing people to come watch from the school community if they so desired. One girls' boyfriend who has the reputation of skipping class/school, not doing work, and messing up his life watched one rehearsal approached our directors and asked to be in it and in a heartbeat they were like "YES YES! We would LOVE for you to be a part of it!" Remember, this is TWO WEEKS before we went up. The night of our festival performance he told everyone in the cast that he is ready to make a change in his life. He quit smoking, cutting class, and he started doing his homework and reading books. This is a direct quote "I would never had made this change so late in my high school career if it hadn't been for Shakespeare. I wish i knew how cool this was when i was a freshman so I could get more people involved!"
Shakespeare and Company touches the souls of so many people, parents, students, teachers, the elderly etc. and it it truly amazing to see the growth and development of my peers during our involvement with this truly brilliant and inspiring company.

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

acting. I was participated in their Fall Festival for my junior and senior year and both of those falls were by far the best ones I have had to date.

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

ask them to be more present in high schools. There should also be a Spring Festival. However, due to their motivation to educate and inspire the youth there really is nothing I would fix.

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011


I attended my first S&Co production about 30 years ago and was struck by the creativity and joy that pervaded a glorious production of "Midsummer's Night Dream" that romped through the woods at The Mount.

The creativity, joy and great productions, I am delighted to say, continue in
the wonderful new theatres on Kemble St.

Moreover, as a former teacher of high school Speech and English, I recognize the superior quality of the educational and personal growth experience students engaged in the Fall Festival and Riotous Youth receive.

The Great!

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

an increased understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare's plays and fine directing and acting.

Ways to make it better...

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

Increase their funding so a greater percentage of the staff's time could be devoted to their primary purpose - excellent Shakespeare productions and programs.

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

My daughter began participating in the Fall Festival of Shakespeare for the past two years. This program is invaluable to the students, parents, teachers involved in the program. every year 10 schools are involved. our school has 53 or more students participating. in our school that is 10% involvement; more than any single sports team. 10 of Shakespeare's plays are performed every year. school alternate their performances. a comedy one year, a tragedy or history the next. My daughter, who was shy and just wanted to be in the background began to come "out of her shell". She began to want to do speaking parts and to take on leadership roles in her school. Because of this program and it's immersion into shakespeare's writing and language she performed very well on her state exams which involved writing an essay comparing shakespeares Hamlet to another story.
Students who normally might not be in the same peer groups, for the duration of this program, are working together for 9 to 10 weeks to produce a play with the guidance of Shakespeare and Company, actors/ directors.
As a parent I am involved in costumes, transportation of students to the "tech days" at Shakespeare and Co. and chaperoning the cast to common classes during the weeks leading up to school and Fall Festival performances. I only wish that I had this wonderful program when I was in high school. Like another parent and friend said when we were introducing "new" parents to this program. "I wish I could be them!"

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

my daughter and her fellow castmates have become adept in Shakespeare's plays and language. I've experienced such joy at witnessing positive changes in the students, in all participants and the lasting friendships with students and parents from other participating schools.

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

I would try my best to involve even more schools and students.

February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

I came across Shakespeare and Company in high school through the Fall Festival of Shakespeare program. When I finally mustered up the courage to tryout I was in my senior year. I really repent that it took me so long to participate because even though it was my last eligible year in the program, I had the time of my life. Thank you to everyone who helped make my play experience what it was for me

The Great!

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

My acting experience with the Fall Festival of Shakespeare

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

I just have firsthand knowledge about the Fall Festival, I don't feel like I could give educated advice about how to change the organization as a whole.

February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

As a parent of two children involved in Shakespeare and Company, I have only wonderful things to say. One of my children has Aspergers Disorder, and was welcomed with open arms by both the students and staff. He was able to spread his wings and be creative and feel happy in an otherwise sad day. All children and adults alike should be honored to have this program in their community!

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

High School Productions

Ways to make it better...

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

make it available without budget constraints

February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

The Fall Festival has changed my life. I have gained so much experience from it that I never would have gotten otherwise. I have learned much about theatre and have even decided that I want to major in theatre in college. Without Shakespeare and Company's education programs, I would never have gained this much perspective on things like human language and how actions speak louder than words. I have gained many skills through Jon Croy's teaching that help me not only on stage, but in real life as well. Acting in general teaches you so much about yourself and others, but the Shakespeare and Company programs offer these teaching to such a great extent, it would be a terrible loss not to have that kind of experience and talent in our area. I would not be who I am today if it was not for Fall Festival and the Company itself. I love the people and the atmosphere they provide.
"Make mad the guilty, and appall the free,
Confound the ignorant, and amaze indeed
The very faculties of eyes and ears." -Hamlet

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

Fall Festival 2008, 2009, 2010 and RYCo 2010.

Ways to make it better...

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

Be a part of it! I would love to itern and work here in the future!

February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

Eleven years ago I became a volunteer at Shakespeare & Company; one of the best decisions I made in the use of my volunteer time. The members of this company are warm, friendly, outgoing. The permanent staff is so dedicated, working so many hours for a moderate salary. Many of the staff are also actors as this company follows the Elizabethan tradition in many ways, one of which is the actors not only perform but manage the company, too. If you have never seen a play performed here, and enjoy theatre, then you must see productions here. Not only are Shakespearan plays performed but also new plays or plays with a social message. Presently is The Mystery of Irma Vep. It is hilarious, the costume changes in themselves are worth seeing this show. I will never forget The Dreamer Examines the Pillow with JOhn Douglas Thompson in the summer of 2009. It was outstanding. The Berkshires is so fortunate to have this exceptional theatre located here.

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

I have seen this organization grow and develop over the last 20 years.

Ways to make it better...

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

continue to provide more programming during winter

February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

Go and see the play ‘The Mystery of Irma Vep’ and have a good time…..we did!

Saturday night we saw the entertaining and funny play, ‘The Mystery of Irma Vep’ at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox.

The two stars, Josh Aaron McCabe and Ryan Winkles are marvelous as they assume
several characters and take you on a wild adventure that includes frequent costume changes and clever uses of props and the sets. They will entertain you from start to finish. Kevin G. Coleman does a great directing job.

The play is welcoming entertainment on a cold, winter night.

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

This is a great organization and deserves all the awards and grants they can get. they help the community, schools and in general make this area enriched.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would try to find more grants for them so they can do more good projects in the schools and community.

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