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March 28, 2010

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March 28, 2010

ACT’s adolescent troupe performance of All Shook Up is a joyous ,roust about musical of the misadventures of cris-cross forbidden unbridled love. The cast and ensemble group had the audience gyrating and swooning to the50’s tune of Heart Break Hotel, Jail House Rock, and Hound Dog. The musical direction of George Croom, choreograph work of Jan Paganelli and stage direction of Jen Langford gives us all the thrills of a Broadway show with what seems to be a seasoned group of youth performers. Kudos to Joe Picard as Dennis whose comedic timing is masterfully done, and also to Olivia Paganelli whose rendition of There’s Always Me rocks the house. All voices and performances are in good form, but its Nick Paganelli arousing, robust recreation of an Elvis persona that fuels the audience’s engines. The sold out toe tapping laugh rock -a-Billy musical leaves us to wonder whats next, as we can’t help to want for more, more, more!! ACT is Yonkers’ treasure that never ceases unearthing the precious talents of adolescent theatre.

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

seeing my childrens interest in the arts grow.

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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...

Their dedication in making it enjoyable for whole families of diverse backgrouns.

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

excellent people

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

WOW thousands!!!

Ways to make it better...

It should have two weekends of performances.

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

funding for musicians

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

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 28, 2010

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February 28, 2010

I have had the pleasure to attend on stage plays with actors conservatory theare.My daughter has had the pleasure and opportunity to be part of this great organization for the past 4 years. She loves every minute including rehearsals and has gained a second family. I am amazed how professional these shows are. The talent is amazing.alot of time is put into this and it shows. Im proud to be part of it

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

the kindness and friendship that comes along with all the hard work everyone puts in on there own time. besides a great performance.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 23, 2010

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February 23, 2010

My son Michael walked into ACTs audition four years ago. Michael had mixed emotions at this point, he was excited and nervous and a little bit on the anxious side. I went with my son into the audition because he was nervous not knowing anyone. As soon as we stepped through the door, they greated us with open arms as newcomers. I knew from this point on I was leaving my son in good hands. As I later saw, I wasnt only leaving my son with caring people, but professionals. Even though this group is a non profit organization as well as a community theater, I have to admit there shows look and sound just like broadway! This theater group has opened many doors from my son. It's given him confidence as well as the correct training. But most importantly, its shown him how to let go and live. Its shown him to have self confidence and responsibility all while having fun. You can tell that the director, cheorographer,producer,and muscial director have such passion and love for what they do as well as teaching to young men and women. Each show gives me goose bumps as I sit there watching the children have fun and light up the stage. Its a true blessing to have found this group and I couldnt be any more elated. My son as well as my family arent just part of a show, we are apart of a family.

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It is the best experience ever.....

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

Kind, caring and supportive.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 22, 2010

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February 22, 2010

Live theater is something that is invaluable to a community. It's a means for people who otherwise would not get to see live theater (on Broadway)to see quality productions. In the case of ACT, a means to introduce children to the arts - and to learn by letting them get involved! ACT has produced wonderful children's theater productions, in addition to their consistently great quality of adult-based productions. They produce musicals, comedies, and dramas -- all of extraordinarily good quality. They draw fine talent to their stage for all aspects of theater, because they are a well-run organization that appreciates the people who participate, in whatever capacity. It is SO important that wonderful organizations like ACT get the support they need to continue to make the quality of life better in the community.

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

Not only have I experienced the fulfillment of being part of a production that brings laughter and happiness to an audience, my own daughters have also been able to be involved and have grown in confidence and ability, thanks to the opportunities with ACT

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

The only thing I could hope for is that more people from the surrounding area would find out about this terrific experience and volunteer to keep it alive in the community.

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

It's very rewarding to be a part of a team effort, such a a show, and know that your energy went toward the end result.

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

Everyone from their board of directors to the set people and costumers.

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

Make a whole lot of people extremely happy! The money would be put to the best use possible.

Ways to make it better...

The only thing that would make anyone's experience better would be if the group had additional funds to get the equipment, set construction, and costumes they need more readily.

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

To Keep their head above water, financially. It's quite expensive to pay rights and a musical director, and musicians for the musicals. And to get more volunteers.

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

I really commend the people who have been involved any running the group for the past 40+ years. Without their endless hours of devotion, dedication, talents, and perserverence, the group wouldn't be there. And that would be a terrible thing.

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

ACT has presented some wonderful shows, including the shows featuring the students. The cast and workers get along great together and support each other. I make it a point to see every show that opens.

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

perform act on a bigger stage in a bigger theatre and be able to better their marketing to a bigger audience

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 22, 2010

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February 22, 2010

ACT has put on many fabulous shows in recent years. Especially memorable was Death of a Salesman. The community is fortunate to have such a talented theater company so close by.

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

The wonderful, caring, talented people I've met.

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

It is my pleasure to write a review for ACT, an exemplary model of good community theater attracting families to partake in all aspects of youth and adult musical comedy and drama productions. I personally enjoyed participating in musical productions with this group many years ago. Their longevity in Westchester County allows my daughter the advantages and opportunity to hone her theatrical for which she is passionate. This group provides opportunity for all who show an interest, fosters and nurtures, not only the talent they find but, confidence, self-esteem, team play, a sense of pride in hard work, a total sense of community within a cast and crew. The directorial staff are excellent role models to the junior troupe. ACT has always enjoyed a reputable image of quality theater productions, directing, casting, choreography, set design, along with many other components. They are an icon in community theater, and continue to be creative in order to survive in today's economy while not charging cast members any kind of fee which remains refreshing in light of those groups capitalizing on running theater for tuition. ACT knows and understands the meaning of Community Theater.

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

watching my daughter grow due to her participation in several musical comedy productions produced by this nonprofit

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

The people! The sense of community one feels when participating with this nonprofit.

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

excellent role models within this nonprofit, sharing their talents.

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

build it's very own theater inclusive of all the best lighting and sound equipment, costumes, hire the best musicians, etc.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 22, 2010

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February 22, 2010

It has gotten harder and harder to find grassroots organizations, real "community" theatres with a dedicated core group of people that do what needs doing to get a show up. What ACT does year in and year out is put good theatre on the boards, and give anyone with time and commitment the opportunity to be involved. Bravo!

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

the audience and on the stage.

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

the people. Focused and dedicated, but also lots of fun.

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

ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

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

reach even more audiences, and also bring the thrill of performing live on stage to many many more adults and kids.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 21, 2010

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February 21, 2010

My children and I have been in several shows. they are high quality performances and involve a diverse cross section of the community. ACT is very grounded in the community. -Chuck Lesnick, Yonkers Council President

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

the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and To Kill a Mockingbird and Wait until Dark.

Ways to make it better...

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

have morepeople ccome see their productions.

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

the community spirit.

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

committed.

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

improve the theater.

Ways to make it better...

I could sing.

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

Money

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

the volunteers work hard and are talented.

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

I became a volunteer at the suggestion of a friend who has appeared in several productions. I was immediately welcomed as part of the "family." The actors of all ages are dedicated, talented, enthusiastic,and very professional. The productions appeal to all ages.

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

Meeting the people involved.

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

Warm and welcoming.

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

Move to its own venue, generate more publicity, enlarge its repertoire.

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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