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dgarrett1411

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Review for Longview Act, Longview, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

ArtsView Children's Theatre has been an incredible blessing for both of my children. At age 13, my son auditioned for one of ArtsView's first performances, Alice in Wonderland, and got the part of Tweedledee. That was it--he was bit and bit hard by the acting bug. It was like a whole new world opened up for him. He was fortunate to have the opportunity to be in many ArtsView productions, which led to his participation in high school theater. Brett, now 20, is studying theater at Oklahoma City University, where he received one of the largest talent awards given by the university, in large part due to the skills he learned at ArtsView.

My daughter has also benefited from ArtsView Children's Theatre and continues to benefit. Regardless of whether she decides to pursue theater in college, she has learned life lessons and skills, like work ethic and self confidence, that will benefit her in whatever career she pursues. ArtsView Children's Theatre provides opportunities for adult/children productions. Through this opportunity, my daughter had the opportunity to work with Jason Richards, an accomplished actor. She was able to learn alot through this interaction.

ArtsView also allows students to participate as interns. My son, at the time in his early teens, had the privilege, under the direction of very competent and skilled adults, of designing the lighting for a produciton. Both of my children have gained significant leadership skills through their participation either as an intern, crew or actor with ArtsView.

Obviously, I am a HUGE fan of this wonderful organization. The positive energy, professionalism and caring spirit of this group permeates everything ArtsView does.

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

If it had not been for ArtsView Children's Theatre, I really do not know what my son would be doing. When he stepped on to the stage, he found his place. That experience was an aha experience for him, and he knew what he needed to do with his life. My daughter has grown and matured through her experience at ArtsView. She has made wonderful friends through her experience. She experimented with piano, dance and gymnastics, but found her niche through ArtsView in acting.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

ArtsView has an incredible staff; however, the staff at ArtsView Children's Theatre is seriously underpaid. I would love to see ArtsView get to the point that the staff could be paid competitive wages.

Role:  Board Member & Personally, I am a member of the Board of Directors and have served as an usher, angel wrangler and crew member for ArtsView Children's Theatre. One of my favorite experiences with ArtsView is reviewing scholarship applications and contest entries for the.