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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Performing Arts Schools, Theater

Mission: OUR MISSION: The mission of LAMB Arts Regional Theatre and School is to showcase outstanding theatrical productions and innovative arts curriculum that enrich the lives of citizens in this region. OUR VISION: “LAMB Arts Regional Theatre provides its audience, performers and students first class experiences where dedication, excellence, and professionalism are the norm, affirming our belief that quality arts opportunities should be accessible to everyone.”

Results: LAMB Arts LTD is actively undertaking a $17.5 million capital campaign to move from the Market Street location (a former elementary school) to the first Sioux City auditorium in downtown Sioux City. This campaign will restore the exterior to its 1909 appearance, reimagine the interior to house three theatre spaces plus education and meeting rooms so that LAMB can reveal to the Siouxland region even more exciting and innovative performing arts experiences. About LAMB Arts Regional Theatre and School Beginning in July 1979, LAMB was born as a dinner theatre at what was then the downtown Sioux City Hilton. In 1986, with the help and support of Marvin and Frances Kline, LAMB Productions Inc. was formed and moved to 417 Market Street, the former Webster School building; LAMB Productions operated until 2006 when the 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation LAMB Arts Ltd. was created. LAMB began offering theatre education in 1989, growing into The LAMB School of Theatre & Music in 1999. During those 39 Seasons, LAMB has: • a mailing list with 147 zip codes with season members from Sioux Falls and Des Moines. • Produced over 250 plays and musicals. • Produced over 65 productions for children and families. • Had four world premieres of new works. • Six in-house original musicals have been presented. • Toured with the LAMB Caravan with talented young people over 18,000 miles in six states performing for nearly 18,000 children and adults, many performances in towns that were considered underserved. • Recent arts education collaborations with Mary Treglia’s Camp Imagination, Launchpad, Siouxland Y, Girls Inc, Jackson Women’s and Children’s Home, Hunt A+ Schools, Gigi’s Playhouse, and Siouxland area schools. • Projects of Hope (which offers other nonprofits in the area an opportunity to use one of our shows during a production as their own; either as a thank you to donors or as a fundraiser.) Nonprofit collaborations include: NAACP, Sioux City Public Library, Siouxland Mental Health, The Food Bank, Doug’s Donors, Pier Center of Autism, Mary J. Treglia Community House, Sioux City Public Museum, Jackson Recovery, Norm Waitt Sr Y, Jackson Recovery Women's and Children's Unit, Beyond the Bell, and area Schools both public and private presenting music/theatre experiences for their students; worked with the Siouxland Autistic Families in Celebrate Autism (creative dramatics leading toward a public performances).

Target demographics: LAMB targets any individual in the tri-state area of any age who is interested in the lively arts.

Direct beneficiaries per year: LAMB Theatre plays to patrons in 147 different zip codes. The LAMB School serves 5,000 students annually through workshops, lessons, classes, and special performances.

Geographic areas served: Northwest Iowa, Western Nebraska,Western South Dakota

Programs: LAMB Theatre presents 9-12 fully produced theatrical productions annually. The LAMB School serves nearly 3,000 students through young adults) through workshops, classes, lessons and special performances. LAMB has and is associated with other nonprofit organizations in many successful collaborations.

Community Stories

99 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Annika K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I loved seeing Diana Wooley work with our students at Hunt A+. She knows how to keep our little ones engaged through positivite redirection and fun learning opportunities. Thanks Lamb Arts for your dedication to our school!

Board Member

Rating: 5

A terrific place in every way! Writing not as a board member, but as a mom of a young man who has been involved at LAMB Arts Regional Theatre from early childhood, I cannot fully express what a high quality organization this is. Our oldest son received years of top level training at LAMB in every aspect of theatre arts, and also completed a yearlong internship with for high school credit a few years back. LAMB staff is dedicated to inspiring all ages to grow beyond what they ever imagined they could – as both actors and great human beings. We know that the confidence our son exudes, and the leadership and academic honors he tends to receive in college are a direct result of his involvement at LAMB Arts over the years. I am a mental health therapist by trade, and I honestly believe any parent looking for supportive involvement for their child should put LAMB Arts at the top of their list and not wait to make that call.

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jessatlamb 06/07/2013

So great to have him back on the stage for Camp Rock!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Children have been a part of Lamb Arts theatre for several years. They have learned so much and have gained many skills, such as confidence and self esteem. Most recently the Lamb Arts Theatre produced the musical Les Miserables'. This was a wonderful opportunity for our family. Our whole family of 4 was involved in this production. Our son (18) was the character Enjoras, our daughter (13) did tech work running lights, my husband and I were in the ensemble and played many different characters. This was the first time that my husband and I had been on the stage at the Lamb Arts Theatre. This was a positive, and fun experience for our family. We made many new friends and we grew as actors and musicians. I highly recommend Lamb Arts Ltd. to families to participate in. The quality of shows is amazing. we have never seen a "bad" show at the Lamb. We love the skills that our children learn from taking classes and working with the highly qualified staff. Skills such as working hard, being punctual, being team players and self respect. The staff are encouraging and caring and the atmosphere of this theatre is that of family. We now consider ourselves as part of the Lamb Arts family.
Thanks Lamb Arts Ltd., for all of the wonderful memories you gave us and for an opportunity for our family to have this chance to perform together with many wonderful actors.

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jessatlamb 06/07/2013

Andi- The feeling is definitely mutual! We are so glad that the Priors are a part of our theatre family!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm back to write another positive review about the Lamb Arts Regional Theater. My children have grown and matured so much from the experiences they have been a part of in the theater. I continue to be blown away by the talent I see on the stage at shows and how moved I have been by the performances! The dedication of the staff at Lamb is evident whether it be through programs that are offered or the entertainment they provide. We are blessed to have such an organization in our community!

Lacey F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The arts. At first glance, one may assume that Lamb Arts Regional Theatre/School is a place for parents to send their children for lessons in the arts, and a place for all to enjoy participation in the arts. This assumption would not be incorrect. However, it would miss the massive amount of benefits and chain reactions that this entity has caused and provided in their community. Not to be too dramatic, (but come on...I am of the the theatre), they essentially save young people.


Once upon a time, there was a little girl. She was spunky, intelligent, and loved to sing Madonna songs at an inappropriate age. She came from a single parent home from a poor side of town. You can fill in the rest of what could have happened to her. She had an angel of a mother who sought out arenas where this little spark would light fires and channel her energy and talents in a positive way. She found LAMB. Over the next 12 years, the directors/owners/and mentors at LAMB guided, taught, and helped this little girl mature into a young lady. Through music, theatre, and dance, the people of LAMB teach young people to calibrate and follow their inner, moral compass. They help individuals find their OWN way. Especially in adolescence, many of us can go astray due to our risk-seeking behaviors, and our magnetic pull towards taboos. A lot of us have that fire inside. How do we use it? Through fiction, role-play, improvisation, emotional searches, and a slew of other exercises, LAMB allows young people the ability to explore and engage the taboos in a safe environment. They build confidence. They help create goals. They guide people to be their best. They guided that little girl to become me.


The arts and creative thinking are keys to survival in our ever-changing world. I mean that. Nowadays, most of us change careers several times and must have the ability to think on our feet..adapt. Those that cannot become stuck. LAMB trains young people to have that ability. Not all of us that grew up with LAMB followed the artistic path for our livelihood, but I guarantee it helped all of us in whatever livelihood we have chosen. Music and theatre improve test scores and the ability to learn new languages, including math and science. I have no doubt that my experiences at LAMB have accentuated my aptitude for languages and science which I have used in my career.


We are conditioned through our school systems to socialize with mass amounts of peers that are the same age. Is that normal when we go out in the real world? No. It is normal to relate with ALL ages, which is what one gets while attending LAMB. Positive effects with socialization, academics, and behavior are things LAMB is responsible for in this community. I have been involved with the LAMB theatre for over 20 years, and I cannot sing their praises enough.

Charles Bill M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm putting client served, but I'm also a volunteer. Lamb is a wonderful institution that provides quality theatre of a wide rangin type to our entire regrion. The educational aspect is really exemplary. Having frequently worked with the young people involved in their programs, I can tell you they are disciplined, motivated and eager--a joy to work with. It is a delight to be in their shows and attend their events.

Emily57

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began taking classes in middle school and throughout high school. I performed, worked backstage, ran crew, worked on costumes, took classes, taught classes, substituted for other teachers, ushered, and also attended shows. I definitely can say that Lamb Theatre greatly impacted who I am and what I am doing today. I am now currently studying to receive a BFA in Acting at the University of South Dakota in the spring of 2014. Lamb is what created and fueled my passion for the arts and continues to support me in all that I aspire to do. Lamb Arts Ltd. created an opened place for me to express myself freely and create a family while doing so. Russ and Diana Wooley and the Lamb Theatre have and will always hold a place in my heart. I would highly recommend the Lamb Arts Theatre and School to any parents, students, children, actors, and theatre-goers around the area. Their hard work has created such an inspiring place.

ilcurtis12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started acting in this space the summer after my sophomore year. As soon as I got involved I thought to myself, "What have I been missing out on?!" LAMB theatre provides such wonderful acting experiences through the expertise of both Diana and Russel Wooley and I couldn't be more happy with the time I spent acting under their direction and time I still plan to spend with future productions.

Stefani M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

AS A PARENT I WOULD RECOMMEND THAT LAMB. ARTS. MY KIDS HAVE GAINED MORE CONFIDENCE THAN I COULD IMAGINE. THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO GET UP AND TALK IN FRONT OF THEIR CLASS OR GROUP OF PEERS, AND BE COMFORTABLE WITH THEMSELVES AND TALK WITH CONFIDENCE. I KNOW THEIR SELF ESTEEM HAS INCREASED. THEY HAVE ALSO LEARNED TO ACCEPT PEOPLE FOR THEIR DIFFERENCES. THEY BOTH HAVE BEEN ON STAGE IN A YOUTH PRODUCTION. I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN VERY PROUD OF THEM, AND THAT THEY HAVE BEEN A PART OF AN AMAZING SHOW I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THERE CLASSES FOR KIDS AND THEIR PRODUCTIONS AS FAR AS ENTERTAINMENT, NEVER CEASE TO AMAZE ME.

Cindy63

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been season ticket holders for over 23 years! We have been very impressed with how professional and creative Lamb Theatre has been! The actors truly love what they are doing and we have been able to watch many younger actors literally grow up on the stage! We think this is one of the best kept secrets in Siouxland and would love to get them more PR as well as funds!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My children have been involved with Lamb Theater classes in various capacities for the past 15 years since kindergarten. They have developed an appreciation for the arts and have learned the discipline and commitment it takes to be involved in a professional production. After trying several sports, this is the only thing our son is passionate about and has given him the confidence to carry himself through life. We have been season members for several years and look forward to every new season.

Jody14

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son is involved at Lamb and has grown tremendously under the guidance and supervision of the Lamb staff. He had tried several sports and activities in the past and never found that one thing he truly loved until we found Lamb Arts. From the very first class he attended, he has shown a passion for theater. The staff create an excitement in the students that motivates them to develop and enhance their skills. The individual attention he receives has given him a self-confidence that will lead him positively into the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lamb Arts Ltd. brings cutting edge theatre productions to our community and offers an excellent arts education program for all ages. They are a delightful group of professionals who run an efficient organization and are motivated by the love of their craft.

Client Served

Rating: 3

My children have been involved in activities at the Lamb School and Theater for the past 10 years or so. They have gained confidence and poise along with being able to explore their talents and interests. The Lamb School/Theater provides a safe place for kids to be themselves and to develop talents they may not otherwise have the opportunity to explore. Above all, I think the experiences at Lamb have helped my kids to think "outside the box" and to be more accepting of others.

1 Courtney K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have both been in productions at the Lamb Theatre as well as attended performances. This is a great place for students young and old to express themselves, learn and interact with others. I was a student at the theatre for 5 years and have never made better friends, made better memories and developed as an individual. The theatre trains actors/actresses then intertains the public with dramatic and impressing performances. You will never leave the theatre without your spine tingling and the wheels of your mind turning. Whether you are a student at the theatre or a guest watching a performance Lamb Arts Ltd has far more experiences to offer then one can imagine.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The arts are important to any community. But an arts group that also instills in their kids (teens participating as well as witnessing) a sense of what make a good civil society is a true value. Shows like Columbinous, or Anne Franke and Me aren't just great theatrical performances - but life lessons. And not just for the students. As a parent I've watched the transformation of my daughter (an actor) not just in her craft, but as a citizen and a caring member of the community. Sioux City has been in the news spotlight because of the bullying in our schools, and the production of Columbinus couldn't have happened at a better time. The outreach to the schools, the eye-opening nature to parents, the opportunity to dialogue among students and teachers. Organizations like Lamb Arts Ltd play an important role in our community. If they weren't doing it - I don't know who would.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My children have participated in many of the classes at this orginization. The teachers are enthusiastic, friendly and positive . The experiences there have contributed to improving their self esteem and self confidence. The children have had fun while learning many new skills. Our family has enjoyed many of the performances-the actors and staff are phenomenal.

Geana S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Lamb with partaking in the shows, teaching, and helping behind the scenes. Lamb Arts Regional Theatre is honestly a great place for every age. They are making so many people want to be part of Lamb and keeping theatre alive. I have been more than blessed by Russell and Diana Wooley for letting me be part of Lamb. I would not want to know what my life could be like without Theatre. I have made so many new friends, and have been shown how to be more confident with my acting and myself in general. Thank you for being part of my life.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lamb Arts LTD is a phenomenal organization. I have been taking classes at Lamb my whole life. It has not only helped me meet new friends, adults and children, but has also helped me grow as a person. I can't imagine what I would do without this organization. Lamb Arts LTD brings arts education to many children who normally would not have the ability to see live theater or take music or acting classes. Arts education is very important and it is being cut all over the country. This place is my second home and everyone there is my "extended family"

Kristin22

Client Served

Rating: 5

My children have been at LAMB since they were newborns! They began with the KinderMusik program which allowed our whole family the opportunity to attend and support their education in the arts. My daughter has attended the Broadway Babes classes and is currently involved in theatre troop. The classes have given her confidence and have provided her with a structured yet fun atmosphere in which to spread her theatrical wings at her own pace and direction. She has attended the Summer Lamb Ewe program for five years and eagerly awaits yet another opportunity his coming year. Our sone was diagnosed with Autism at the age of three and LAMB has given him an outlet to his creative and musical soul. While he lacks some of the control and focus needed for some of the staff work; the staff and peers at Lamb are accepting and kind allowing his singing and dancing to bring us all joy. I thank Lamb for their dedication and acceptance of our children and helping children in the community become successful in their own unique goals with the arts.

Phyllis8

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been to two plays at the Lamb Theater and I thoroughly enjoyed them both. I am disabled but that wasn't a problem at Lamb because they went out of their way to make sure I could get in and find my seat. I would go back to Lamb over and over. Thank you. Phyllis Johnson

Grace H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I spent a number of summers at Lamb Ewe-niversity. I am now a marketing coordinator for a technology company in Omaha, NE. There are a couple of things that I credit with the cultivation of my people skills. The first one is pageants. The second one is Lamb. Russ and Diana Wooley have created a wonderful program that helps kids come out of their shells, learn how to perform, and make new friends. I am a huge fan of them and their theatre.

Rick15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I see the work they do with all of the youth that they have walk through their doors and how it helps the children to become more confident in their lives. Personally, the opportunities they have given me as an actor have made me a better and more rounded individual.

10

Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

I remember when my kids started KinderMusik--it was brand new. What a great program!! They loved it and learned so much! My son even got scarves, egg shakers etc. for a birthday gift...I look back at the old home videos and it makes me smile. I was really looking forward to my kids being able to continue and grow into all the programs Lamb has to offer, but my husband's job got tranferred and we had to move. Honestly, Lamb is still one of the things I miss most. Take advantage of all the wonderful things Lamb has to offer--sometimes we take things for granted and you don't realize til they (or you) are gone what great opportunities you had!

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Former staff

Rating: 5

I would have to say I feel blessed I ever met the Wooley's! I would not be in the place I am as a performer if it wasn't for them. The memories I will always carry with me from my time there is what motivates me to be a performer! To use all the wonderful things I have learned and motivate the youth to see something on stage and say, "I want to do that." When I get off the stage and I am told by a little kid that they want to be like me when they grow up it makes me more proud than any monetary achievement I may encounter! I am in one year about to embark on a European performing career! After I was excepted into the International Performing Arts Institute with 15 other college students from across the United States, I was lucky enough to be put in front of the biggest casting director in Germany and much of Europe! I will,in one year, be studying at the Joop Van Den Ende Academy in Hamburg, Germany and I believe I truly could not have done it without being welcomed into the performing world by the Wooleys, Donny Short, and the other wonderful teachers at Lamb Productions! Thank You For Everything, Danny Marandola

9

Former staff

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Lamb Arts since I was five years old. As a student, Lamb taught me life lessons that helped me grow as a performer and a person. For the last four years I received the privilege to be a dance teacher at the Lamb school. Through this I got to bring the encouragement and see children just like I was grow into wonderful human beings. Through the arts and theater, Lamb teaches you to take risks in life and reach for your dreams. It encourages you to have fun and shows you how hard work can pay off. This organization is bringing and continues to bring life into the next generation.

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Three out of the four of my children have been involved with Lamb Theater for the past 11 years. Through their experience at Lamb, I have seen their confidence and creativity grow allowing several doors to open for them in school as well as the community. Lamb has provided them with a professional environment for the arts and this fall, two children will be taking voice lessons and the other will be attending Mr Wooley's drama class for high schoolers. We now schedule our vacations around the Summer Ewe sessions. We are hooked on Lamb!

9

Client Served

Rating: 4

The staff and owners of LAMB are great at what they do. They are informed, caring and professional, on top of being fun, kind and encouraging to their students. The highlight of my daughter's week is the time she spends at LAMB.