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Review for Shakespeare Youth Festival (formerly Los Angeles Drama Club, Inc), Los Angeles, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I was a part of Los Angeles Drama Club for six years. That is nearly half of my life. It is a very rare thing to find a seven year old that can recite and confidently explain complex works of Shakespeare, and even rarer to find an entire group of them. I am so amazingly proud to have been part of those few Shakespeare-spouting first graders, thanks to this extraordinary program. Drama Club taught me about William Shakespeare and his works, but it also taught me about teamwork, patience, leadership, tolerance, confidence, and responsibility. Everyday with the instructors and the other students taught me more and more about myself, and as a person who will be a freshman in high school this August, I can confidently say that this experience prepared me for life. Having such a background in interpreting Shakespeare has put me ahead in school and made me a more astute student. Also, the lessons in Shakespeare's work that the LADC has helped me to discover have stayed with me to this very day. I will never forget the cost of revenge, the desire to rebel, the longing to be loved, or the struggle that one in a position of power must face. These lessons have empowered me in my life to feel that not only can I do anything I want if I put my mind to it, but that I CAN change the world, and that I WILL succeed!
Over the summer, I was able to go back to LADC and volunteer with their Shakespeare In The City Program, giving children from all over Los Angeles the same life-changing experience that I was fortunate enough to receive. The impact that one week of Shakespeare can have on a child is unimaginable and inspiring. The work that Blaire, and everyone else affiliated with program, is doing is beyond incredible, and I could not ask for a better gift than the ability to work with kids who taught me just as much as I was able to teach them.
In my entire life so far, I have never been in a place where I feel as appreciated, loved, and safe as I do within the walls of the Lost Studio. This experience changed my life and made me the person I am today. For that, I can never thank them enough.

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