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Deb J.

Board Member

Rating: 5

For almost ten years, Delaware All-State Theatre has been providing theatre arts students (ages 7-18) an opportunity to perform with the "best of the best" in our state (and surrounding areas) and experience all that is involved with producing a professional musical production. Beyond rehearsals and performances, all students (actor/singers, pit musicians, and tech folks) are provided with master classes with professionals from local theatre, as well as Broadway. Amazing productions have included Les Miserables School Edition, West Side Story, Urinetown, Ragtime, Hairspray, Jekyll & Hyde, Drowsy Chaperone, Spamalot, and Titanic. Each production has been professional quality and many state that you "forget you are watching kids onstage". It is always a joy to work with this organization and witness the growth of the many youth who come through the doors each year.

1 Linda440

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that offers children in Delaware and surrounding states (Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey) the opportunity to perform together in performing arts at the highest levels. The concept was birthed by Jeffrey Santoro. He felt that performing arts students should have an opportunity to have an "all state" experience like athletes, choirs and bands do. So "the best of the best" get to perform together, coached by an adult volunteer team who are all respected professionals in the theater world. The kids have reported that the experience is amazing and the audiences are treated to a broadway worthy performance. As part of the program, the children also have the opportunity to attend master classes in New York City with broadway performers. The children pay no fees to participate (unlike the all state athletes, choirs and bands) as all costs are covered by the non-profit organization. So children of all economic backgrounds are able to benefit from this amazing experience. This organization is truly a "labor of love" for kids and for theater and deserves your support !