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Review for Youth Musical Theater Company, Berkeley, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Ours is a family of three generations of professional artists (literary, musical, dramatic and visual) and arts patrons, and though we've had many experiences with nonprofit arts organizations, none have impressed me more than YMTC in terms of the quality of productions, professionalism, artistic and personal mentorship, board involvement, parent/volunteer involvement, planning and organization, and audience satisfaction. Both of my children (now 23 & 15 years old) have been involved in theater since they were small, working with virtually every youth theater program in the San Francisco Bay Area, and I can say without qualification that no other program holds a candle to YMTC -- and that includes the "big" Bay Area theater companies with national and international reputations. My 15-year-old has been singing and acting professionally in musical theater since age 7 and is now in the cast of her 6th YMTC show -- there is no comparison between the other companies she worked with and what YMTC does with its young performers. Once we found YMTC, there was no reason to go anywhere else. As others have said here, YMTC's shows are not great theater *even though* the performers are young -- YMTC's shows are simply great theater. Artistic Director Jennifer Boesing and Musical Director Dave Moschler, together with the crews and live orchestras they put together for each production, repeatedly create a perfect storm of talent, dedication, vision and professionalism that inspires every performer to grow as an artist and as a person, and inspires the rest of us -- parents, volunteers -- to do anything we can in support of YMTC's efforts. YMTC is an exemplary model of what a nonprofit arts organization can and should be.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Volunteer