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Review for Creative Kids Playhouse Children's Theatre of Orange County, Mission Viejo, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

All 3 of my children have been participating in CKP's theater programs for the past 6 years and we have been so impressed with this organization. It's no wonder they have grown as fast as they have and are producing such a large number of shows. They truly love these kids so much, are always very affirming of them, they make it fun for them and the kids all love being together because of that. The thing that I love the most about CKP is that they care first and foremost about teaching the kids important character lessons. Each and every script they choose has some type of character lesson in it and they do not produce musicals that do not align with their values. In addition, I love that they do not choose the same kids to always play the lead roles so different kids get a chance at being a lead. In fact, every child has at least one line in each of the Mainstage productions they do (Mainstage is the younger chilren). They place kids in roles where they can grow and learn new elements of theater that they haven't been exposed to yet. They are very purposeful with their casting. Also, durng rehearsals, unlike many theater programs, the kids are never just sitting around. If they are not on stage working on a scene, blocking or learning a dance, then they have staff that is keeping them busy with theater games that teach them elements of theater. Lastly, CKP is a soundly run business organization so it never feels confusing or chaotic. Having worked in the business world for years, I've seen both well run and poorly run organizations and CKP is definitely run very well. The two owners are a great compliment to each other with backgrounds and strengths that balance each other, one being more of the creative lead and the other being more of the business lead. I cannot recommend CKP highly enough, especially if you have a child that is shy or not as confident in front of others. One of my children in particular was this way and it's quite amazing the progress she has made from literally hiding behind someone in her first production while quietly say her line to loudly proclaiming her lines during her last production in an animated and convincing manner appropriate for the character she was playing.

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