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Onstage and off, the relationship makes the difference at all for One productions. Whether it's lighter family entertainment or hard hitting drama, exploring authentic relationships is key in all their presentations. This concern for authenticity is true offstage too, where cast and crew uniquely bond and encourage one another, not only in their work but also in their personal lives. afO provides a safe environment for local artists to grow in their craft as well as a place to grow in community.
all for One productions is a beacon in our local cultural landscape. While always entertaining, their theatrical presentations are also consistently thought-provoking. Whether light-hearted or more dramatic, each selection illuminates human struggles and triumphs in a distinctive way. Bottom line: all for One represents integrity, both artistically and in the messages they convey to their audiences. The casts/crews and audiences are moved and changed by the work afO presents; it isn't "business as usual" community theater.
All for One is both thoroughly professional and thoroughly Christian. Their rehearsals are run well and they treat both actors and patrons with love and respect. They are enjoyable to watch and enjoyable to work with!
All For One has become an important part of our family. Our family includes theater enthusiasts and aspiring actors, writers and directors! All For One has provided excellent opportunities for each of these. From the Young Playwrights, to acting opportunities, to apprenticeships, to great shows! We count it a privilege to be part of this group. Thank you for fostering my son's love for theater and giving him a positive environment to spread his wings!
As an actor, director and theatre enthusiast, I am impressed by afO's dedication to producing original plays and creating an amazing experience for both the artists AND audience. It has been an honor to work with them as an artist. It is thrilling to see and hear the buzz in the lobby after each show as the audience is inspired by the theatre arts.
I have had multiple wonderful experiences with All For One. Unlike other theatre company's I've been involved with, there are never any big egos to deal with. They strive to create a group that acts more like extended family than people competing for recognition. Truly a family friendly organization that presents thought provoking and high quality theatre!
Review from Guidestar
I'm in my thirteenth year serving on the board of directors for all for One productions. I've seen the organization develop from a theater company scrounging high school stages to perform on to a multi-faceted, faith-based theater ministry that produces a full season of quality community theater shows, hosts Northeast Indiana's only K-12 annual Young Playwrights Festival, and mentors the next generation of believer artists through a program called Faces of the Future. Keep an eye on all for One. It's going places.
As of this writing I am the newest board member of afO. Having attended and participated in two board meetings and one weekend retreat, the board appears to demonstrate a very appropriate balance of oversight between near term opportunities and obligations versus longer term strategic planning. Further, the artistic vision of afO Homestage Productions is top notch, being well-planned and knowledgeable of resources, both physical resources and talent. It seems likely strategic board planning and oversight as well as the artistic vision of Homestage Productions will contribute to the established longevity of afO.
After attending a handful of allforOne productions in their early years of presence in our community, my husband and I began volunteering regularly as ushers throughout each theatrical season. As a professional educator whose passion is stoked by seeing growth, it has been exciting to see the growth of afO in terms of audience.
With every passing production, the numbers and variety of people who pass through the venue doors is like an ever-widening circle after a pebble is dropped in a pond. When we first began volunteering, we recognized many in the audience as "church people" that we knew. We also discovered that many people were attending their first afO production; indeed, there were many people in our circles of influence who had never heard of the company. Now, for any given play, we notice that there are large numbers of tickets from season ticket holders, people from throughout our community who have discovered the organization and are so certain that they will be treated to a whole season of quality theater, that they happily commit themselves in advance for the entire season. Each time we volunteer, we notice a wider variety of attendees--people we see at other arts events, students, families. It appears that the word is getting out in our community that an afO production is the place to be!
An afO production is one event I know I can confidently invite a friend to attend, knowing they will experience something worthwhile--entertainment, inspiration, intellectual stimulation, and emotional connection. It is a pleasure and honor to be affiliated with this group.
I have been involved in theatre for over 26 years. My degree is in theatre and I worked in the professional world for about 10 years. I have performed in all kinds of venues and had all kinds of experiences in theatre, I have to say that all for One is something completely different.
I have never been a part of an organization that , top to bottom, cares about the actors, the audience and the staff as much as they do. If you are in a show you are pushed to be better than you thought you could be. The directors push you and yet are patient and willing to take the time to teach you and help you find a depth you didn't know you could reach. They also allow an actor to play and create a lot of the character on your own. That is a big plus when a lot of directors are strict with their vision and stifle an actor.
I believe in what they do and joined their staff in 2012 as their Technical Director. From that side of things, I was blown away at the unflinching willingness of people to lend a hand whenever one was needed. Set, props, costumes, everyone works together so well toward the finished product. Even the actors take their extra time to help build or sew or paint. In most places, you don't see the actors getting involved unless they have to.
On top of all this, the directors, staff, and actors all take the time to really learn about you and what you have going on in your life. It's not just a "How ya doin?" kind of thing, they truly care and will sit down and talk with you, pray with you help you if it's needed.
All of us on the staff are volunteer. We don't get paid a penny but we give a big chunk of our lives to all for One because we believe in what it offers and are proud to be a part of it.