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California Shakespeare Theater
September 29, 2009

Cal Shakes is THE best summer camp around. My 10-year-old daughter has attended the 2-week and 5-week conservatories for the past two summers. Before that, she had no interest in Shakespeare, but did enjoy performing. I was looking for a camp that would give her a safe environment to become more comfortable and proficient as an actor. Cal Shakes provided that and so much more. Of all the fabulous musical theater camps, tech camps, arts and crafts camps, science camps she has attended, she will tell you Cal Shakes is her favorite. The Teaching and Adminstrative Team truly have a gift for teaching kids not just the skills of acting, but the comraderie, teamwork, and importance of conquering your fears and supporting others as they conquer theirs. I continue to be amazed at how well everyone gets along in a camp the spans from 8 to 18-year-olds. To see the professional productions that are put together in such short periods of time are truly awe inspiring. The kids are challenged and they rise to the occasion. I highly recommend the 5-week conservatory. The experience is so rewarding, you'll want more than 2 weeks! And I encourage everyone to donate to Cal Shakes, because I've seen first hand what a difference they make in people's lives with their scholarships.

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

summer camp. The lessons the kids are learning go so far beyond learning Shakespeare. And they've helped interpret these classic works for modern youth.

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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...

Watching such a diverse group of kids and mentors come together so quickly to launch a professional quality production.

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

Professional, knowledgeable, and truly caring to the campers.

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

Have a performance group in every elementary school in the area and really change our school aged children in remarkable, positive ways.

Ways to make it better...

They had more funding to lower their rates so even more kids could attend camp.

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

Like all non-profits, it is in need of more funding.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Client Served & My child attended summer camp.