I have benefited from Encore's mission as both a participant and a young professional. As an Arts Apprentice, I gained valuable workplace experience from the staff of Encore. Their creativity and integrity were and remain inspiring to me as a person working in the world of arts administration.
I've also had the joy of participating in two of Encore's summer theatrical productions, which are open to members of the local community. It's a wonderful thing, to see theatre-makers of all ages join together to create with and learn from one another. It's also a ton of fun!
Encore gave my shy son the confidence to perform, first in a class and then in front of many many audience members. It was magical watching his face light up as he created his performance. For kids who still live in their imaginations (long may they do so!) Encore provides many open opportunities through classes, camps, and shows for kids to shine.
Encore has been a wonderful part of our family's experience over many years. When my first daughter was a preschooler, we started attending Encore theater performances (called The Children's Theater at that time). Fifteen years later, she's in college, and I still enjoy my relationship with Encore, as my other two children are currently benefiting from their activities here. It has been the best single place for all three of my kids - and all three of my kids are very different from one another. A remarkable degree of responsibility is given to kids both on the stage and behind the scenes. My kids have friends they've made at Encore who are different ages and genders and who attend schools in other counties. They always feel downhearted when a show ends, but they keep up to date with the new friends they've made, and time and again, they have ended up working on another show with them. The shows are appropriate, clever and FUN. The atmosphere is enriching, encouraging and appealing. Thank you, thank you Encore!
I started working at Encore Stage and Studio 2.5 years ago, when I started I was not in a great place however encore is such a great environment that it brought me out of that and is now the most important part of my life. Aside from this I have learned a huge amount about theater, leadership, and carpentry. Skills which I use all the time out out side encore. I cannot properly express how good encore is in almost every way.
Encore Stage and Studio has been the most wonderful place for me and my family to spend a few years working in theatre together with other families and theatre-lovers. The work is remarkably creative and professional. Gratefully, Susan
Participating in Encore shows taught me how to work in a team and speak in public. It also inspired my interest in theater. I am grateful for all the lessons learned and memories created!
I performed in my first show with encore when I was nine. It was an awesome experience! I have seen many shows at encore over the years. Everyone is so nice and it's a great organization!
My teenage twin daughters have been involved with Encore since their elementary school days. Their Encore experience has taught them invaluable lifelong skills, such as teamwork, resilience, poise and resourcefulness. I joined the board of directors because I saw first-hand what this powerful community theatre organization can do for kids in building their confidence, meeting new friends, and introducing them to the performing arts.
I watched a performance for the first time last year and it was darling! The theater was packed and I was impressed by the professionalism of the cast and crew. Looking forward to another great show
It's fun to see the students enjoy the programs and shows that this organization provides for the community! I started volunteering for Encore last year and I can see why the staff members are so dedicated. They truly believe in the organization and making sure that students have an outlet of the arts.
Encore is an amazing organization. My first contact with Encore was through attending shows in which my students were performing. I saw these students grow with their continued interactions with Encore. Both in front of the stage and behind the stage Encore offers opportunities for young people to be involved with theater in real, meaningful ways. I have enjoyed taking my own daughter to shows and she has now had the opportunity to attend the camps. As a board member I feel privileged to be involved with an organization that infuses theater into the lives of youth and the larger community.
I got involved with Encore a few years ago, after my daughter was cast in a show. Now I am the President of the Board of Directors. To me, Encore is an amazing organization. On the one hand, it is a children's theater. But on the other, perhaps less visible, side, it is really a laboratory where young people learn leadership, responsibility, teamwork, accountability, poise, thinking on their feet, and how to develop others. I have never seen a place with groups of young people working together quite like this: they are mixed gender and range in age from 9 to 18. Schools are segregated by age. Sports are segregated by skill and/or age and usually by gender. But here, they are all working together and the older kids - the teens - take care of and nurture and guide and support the younger ones - who are usually in elementary school. I have never encountered anything like it before and its really remarkable to watch.
My first exposure to Encore was as a parent, bringing my very young children to many shows. It was the perfect introduction to theater for them, and always a special outing for all of us. (Even better because the shows were 10 minutes from home, with very reasonable ticket prices and free parking!) I was always amazed by the professionalism of the young casts, the fabulous sets and costumes, and the obvious commitment to creating a positive experience for all involved. Once my children were a bit older and I was better positioned to indulge my longtime passion for musical theater, I won roles in two of Encore's summer productions (in 2010 and 2012). I was fortunate to get to know Encore even better from an insider's perspective, and Encore now holds a very special place in my heart. What a joy to be part of a thriving community theater experience once again, after so many years! I was always particularly happy when busloads of audience members arrived from local senior citizen centers (they actually got all the jokes in "Anything Goes"), or when little kids were excited to meet us "real actors" in the lobby after a show. And wow, what a fabulous summer experience for high school and college kids. I feel quite fortunate to have worked with so many talented young people. And now I have come full circle...one of my children will soon audition for an Encore show herself!
If a children's theater company can win a Tony Award, ENCORE STAGE AND STUDIO would win! Encore’s children shows and productions are sooo good! A great mix of professional actors with professional staff members, which creates a wonderful ensemble of CREATIVE ARTS for our youth!!
Encore Stage offers wonderful performances that are on par with those in larger cities. You don't have to travel far to watch a terrifically orchestrated live theatre show. The theatre offers a ton of family friendly productions. I highly recommend supporting this theatre and all their productions!
This was the very first non-profit I had volunteered for. I came to know this organization through one of their employees. Immediately, I was welcomed with open arms. Throughout volunteering, I realized that Encore has the ability to encourage arts among the youth and young teens. I believe that this is extremely important, especially for self expression. I have nothing but positive things to say about Encore and I definitely enjoy volunteering for them.
I joined the board last September, after reconnecting with Encore after many years. I was a participant in Encore's program's when I was growing up. I participated in the Stage Door summer camp as a young person, I performed on the stage in shows, and I worked behind the scenes on the crew of a number shows. I learned so much from the individuals involved in this organization and it was with Encore that I developed my love of the theater. I could not think of a better way to give back to an organization that taught me and meant so much to me, then get involved and serve on Encore's board. I can't say enough great things about this organization. Theater by kids, for kids!