Letters




June 4, 2011

Written by Gillian Smith

Camp Parent


Re: TST Spotlight • Isabelle Smith


YOU are unbelievable!!!

How beautiful that you do this for TST kids ... for our community!

Love you all!


Gillian

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December 4, 2010

Written by Elena Muslar

Camp Alumni


Who knew one “yes” could change my life?


Sitting in a theatre about to see a show, my mother and I were approached by a woman named Nancy Renee. She was so excited to tell us all about this free, one-week musical theatre camp that was coming up in the summer of 1999.  She asked us if we wanted to participate. My mother and I talked it over. My family had always exposed me to the arts, my mother could tell I enjoyed singing, and plus this program was free at the time. Why not join?


The success of first TST Musical Theatre Camp led to another one and another one, summer after summer. From the age of 9 until I was 16, TST became an automatic part of my summer plans.  I was there rain or shine because I really grew to love the work that I was able to do and create. TST became my outlet for creativity. Oddly enough, it took about three summers for the instructors to realize I could sing pretty well. I was pretty shy when I was younger but those summers with TST brought something out of me that I wasn’t sure existed, a voice. Through the fundamental classes in acting, singing, and dancing that collaborated to create amazing performances each summer, I found my voice. I found the enthusiastic, determined, and outgoing individual I am today. TST has not only helped me become a better performer, but a better person. The guidance of those instructors so dedicated to the cultivation of children like myself truly made all the difference in the world.


I was a camper for eight years of my life, but I couldn’t let my TST family go. So, I crossed over to the other side and became a camp assistant which I continue to do every summer. Last summer was my fourth time being a camp assistant and I have been able to truly see, be a part of, and understand just how much hard work is put into the continuation of this camp. The children always ask “will TST happen next year?” This is a question I wish would be obliterated because this organization provides such a strong foundation for so many of the lives it impacts. It should be able to continue every summer to help shape more and more children. I am now in my final year at Loyola Marymount University, as a Theatre major with a minor in Dance and a second minor in African American studies. I want to go on and make as much of a difference in someone’s life as TST has made in mine which is why I am in the process of applying to grad schools for Arts Administration. I am but one voice that can attest to the way TST has shaped me but there is so much evidence of how TST nurtures children to have passion for the arts. Other campers have gone on to continue building on the things they learn at TST by attending high schools with great arts programs, participating in shows, and even majoring in some aspect of the arts in college. TST is not just a camp; it is a family that welcomes children of all ages into their home each summer to give them the guidance and the tools for becoming a better person onstage and off.  Sometimes, just one “yes” can change the world.


Sincerely,                           

Elena Muslar

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March 12, 2011 


Thank you Towne Street family for a wonderful opportunity to showcase talent. 

Thank you actors for bringing our words to life in such an outstanding way. 

I look forward to working with you all again in the future.

 

God Bless,

Ten Minute 4 Festival Playwright


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Thank you Towne Street family for a wonderful opportunity to showcase talent. 

Thank you actors for bringing our words to life in such an outstanding way. 

I look forward to working with you all again in the future.

 

God Bless,

Ten Minute 4 Festival Playwright


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Hi TST 10 Minutemen & Women!

 

I have to say that this was one of the most pleasant experiences I've had onstage, and particularly backstage.  With all that talent around, egos could be expected to collide.  Instead, this was the most genuine, fun and supportive group of people you could hope to encounter.

 

Please stay in touch, and let me know of your projects and successes.  And I will do the same.

 

I wish you all the best!

Ten Minute 4 Festival Actor




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