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Review for Out Of The Woodworks Productions, Woodbridge, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I got my family started volunteering for this group in 2005. Since then, it has really grown! Not only does OOTW put on one of the most affordable shows in the area, it's also one of the most educational. They put a lot of effort into historical accuracy. When I started, I played as a trumpeter, and was required to research and portray a trumpeter from actual pay rosters of the Renaissance. My sister plays as a noble, and she spends most of the year researching every scrap of data on her character. There is a children's area in which anyone (any age) can try their hands at trades from the period, such as spinning or papermaking. Most recently, I worked as a part-time volunteer helping in the children's area, learning how to use various looms and demonstrating those looms. I've also gone as just a patron (geography prevents me from volunteering regularly), and they really make the effort to entertain and engage you.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that it's very educational; it led me to do a fair amount of research on Renaissance and music history.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

performing for people in an improvised environment.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and enthusiastic about their roles.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Former Volunteer & I performed in a historical role and helped entertain and teach visitors.