The experience with Handful Players was remarkable. my Children absolutely enjoyed being apart of such a wonderful program & Judith Cohen is great. Handful Players has had such a positive influence on my children...they've met new friends, learned stage presence, acting, self expressions, & learned how to over come shyness. I'd recommend Handful Players to all parents, so that they can give their children the oppotunity to experience such a close net social environment for youth. Handul Players is the place to be!
I love Handful Players! They help kids find their creative voice, build self-esteem and learn skills for getting ahead in life. Kids just want to have fun and express themselves. They also learn team work, focus and personal responsibility. What a great opportunity! Every kid loves to be a part of this. It really shows when they get on the stage. Great job Judith! Great program! Well deserving of every kudo!
I have worked as a teaching artist with Handful Players, and I wholeheartedly support this organization's mission. Handful Players brings high quality musical theater workshops to kids in the inner city, and the workshops are absolutely free to the participants. Working with Handful Players last summer was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I got to know many talented kids that would have probably never had the opportunity to engage in a program like this outside of Handful Players. Some of the kids come in, and are already stars...they just don't know it! Some of them are there to learn life lessons...cooperation, team work, self confidence, responsibility. I really saw the kids grow in these areas over the summer. They all took such pride in their final performance which was performed before an audience of about 300 people! This was definitely an experience these kids will never forget. I know it affected them in a very positive way, and I was proud to be part of it. I have just started working as an Artist in Residence for Handful Players at an elementary school in San Francisco and will be working with them again this summer. This is more than a job for me. It is a heart project. Teaching for Handful Players really makes me feel I am giving something back to my community.
I have been involved with Handful Players as a volunteer, helping photograph the young actors and musicians that have passed through this wonderful program. But it wasn't until I saw the packed house at Yoshi's that I truly understood how valuable Handful Players is to the community. Not only does the program take young kids off the street and on to the stage, but its an event and a cause the entire community can rally around and applaud.
I went to the Handful Players annual performance at Yoshi's last year. It was a liberating experience to watch the collection of children perform on such a lovely stage. Their excitement and enthusiasm was infectious. I felt as if I watched self-esteem bloom in front of me.
The youth participating in Handful Players have opportunities to learn "universal" understanding that comes through theater and music. There is not only a musical play that impacts audiences across San Francisco...but the opportunity for children and families to discover talents, creativity, skill building and problem solving! The family and volunteer participation is remarkable...adding mentors and lifelong connections in the community! Handful Players finds new ways to engage children and families, particularly from neighborhoods that need support, and move them along a path to educational and social success.
In my experience, children have their lives changed in two ways: meeting extraordinary people and seeing that they can do something extraordinary themselves. Handful Players offers both. Kids who are in need of a great experience get to work with mentors and coaches who truly inspire. And they get to learn they CAN do amazing things through theatre, whether the hook for them is movement, voice, dance, acting, or just plain being on a stage with an audience clapping for them. It's an invaluable program.
With our every contact with Handful, we have been deeply impressed by the creative and constructive purpose -- not to mention pure joy! -- that its productions give to kids whose lives are challenged by all sorts of "derailing" influences. Through theater, through community, Handful offers them a huge helping handful of love.
We have seen a several shows by the Handful Players and we're totally wowed by the talent of the kids and the committment and creativity of Judith Cohen and her crew. They have built fabulous place to give the children an opportunity to be a part of something that they would never have a chance to experience. Four thumbs up!
Handful Players is an inspiration to all. It offers inner city kids the opportunity to spend after school time creatively and constructively, and to discover something about themselves they otherwise would never have the chance to discover. It's founder, Judith Cohen, tirelessly works to keep this program going, She has provided a safe place for the kids to practice and perform, the creative staff to make it fun, and the funding to keep it going. Hats off to Judith - she and Handful Players is a great asset to our city!