The plays I have seen, including the most recent one, A Mighty Fortress, have been of very excellent quality. The actors are very talented and work really hard to connect with the audience. Jadon Moore's portrayal of Martin Luther was inspiring and really drew me into the story. I really love the way the entire production company has as its goal to bring quality, family-friendly theater to our community, and to honor God in everything they do. I highly recommend all-for-One!
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.
From the moment you walk in the door, whether you are cast, crew, or patron, you feel welcome!
Each volunteer, from the ticket taker to refreshment server, works to create a fun, uplifting environment.
All for One's plays are truthful and relevant, crafted under directors whose passion and attention to detail shines through every performance and every part.
Patrons who linger after each show have access to the cast and directors. Even AFO senior staff members are on hand to greet guests and build connections that further the arts community.
In sort, All for One knows how to entertain!
I have been familiar with AFO for 3-4 years now and the people that volunteer for this organization are seriously a cut above! Their productions are unique, interesting and fun! I appreciate their heart and commitment to the Arts in the community!
I came to afO as an actor because I loved the play; I stayed as a costumer, prop-maker, set worker, dresser, and all around gofer because of the people. Not only are the plays top notch, but the people are wonderful to work with. When you see a play put on by this group, you not only know that it was well-researched, professionally directed, and acted with integrity but also that everyone in the cast had a great time!
I have directed nearly 30 full-length productions for afO. One of the things which stands out to me is the great kindness that our casts and crews demonstrate to one another. I have seen seasoned actors encouraging greenhorns, adults taking child actors under their wing, and generally an esprit de corps which is consistent and which makes working with afO sheer joy. I am also so impressed with the dedication of actors to making each production the best it can be by their investment of personal time: doing outside reading, research, memorization and practicing skills such as accents. Three members of the most recent cast spent untold hours mastering a convincing Polish accent. All this without shows of temper or ego, but with a genuine desire to create something special.
As an actor and director in the city, I have attended numerous afO productions. I've also directed and acted on the afO stage. I have found this company to be a rare exception in the arts. It is an organization that values artistic excellence and also individual people who hold the image of God. I highly recommend any afO show. They have integrity from the seats to the backstage!
We enjoyed Friday night's performance of The Little Princess.
The young and the experienced actors and actresses did a remarkable job with their lines and accents.
I know that there was some difficulty hearing the soft spoken young people.
I hope that there can be some discussion about up dating the sound system.
In our modern era of video games, tv, and electronics, kids don't have much exposure to live theatre, or even writing. ttyl, lol, g2g -- that's how kids write! What are punctuation, capitalization, grammar, and spelling? Idk. They don't know how to communicate face-to-face or show emotion without an emoticon. Challenging kids to write plays teaches them not only how to use the English language, but give them the experience of live theatre where they can see communication through tone and body language as well. Kids have important things to say, and the Young Playwrights Festival is helping them learn how to say it in a rewarding, safe environment.
I've been involved with YPF since it first started three years ago. Every year I come back because I believe in its purpose. When I read the play entries, write playwright bios, or step onto the stage, I keep the playwright's picture in my mind. I've been in the shoes of a young playwright. Anticipation and excitement build as the stage is set for their play, and once the last line is done, their mind is filled with wonder and a determination to write more. Doesn't every young writer dream of a chance to see their work published? I think it's so cool to see this opportunity for kids even as young as Kindergarteners to have their work not only published in a book, but performed for a live audience of family, friends, teachers, and even complete strangers who just have a passion for theatre. With groups like afO, the next generation of children are going to do something great.
It is such a delight to bring our nursing home clients to your productions because we know they will not see anything offensive, or hear God's name used in vain. Your plays are thought-provoking, professionally staged and the performances superb. I have been involved in radio and television production most of my career and enjoy live theater very much. At one point in time, I wrote and directed promtional ads for the Civic Theater, so I know good production values when I see them. Yours are the best!!! God bless you for honoring Him.
The plays are very captivating. The adult performance plays are not just entertaining, but also thoughtful, leaving you with conversation afterwards. The student performances are so professional and the kids really seam to enjoy themselves. I especially enjoyed the young playwrite's festival. We will be attending again this year!
I love afO. As a young person who enjoys all aspects of theater, I search out any and all opportunities to act or just be around the stage. I actually first encountered afO when I saw their production "Crime and Punishment" (which was probably the most heartbreaking and well-acted play I've seen in my short life), but I only really became involved when my director for summer Dramatics asked if I'd be interested in helping stage scripts from the Young Playwrights' Festival winners. I was. The one week I spent at the main library practicing was a great time and I learned a lot about acting, God's provision, and myself. The way we would pray before each practice was so encouraging and I could feel the love in every corner of that place. I wasn't really sure what to expect, but I enjoyed my time with afO and I hope they'll consider me for roles in the future, and maybe look favorably on the play I'm planning entering this year for YPF ;)