Thursday, April 15, 2010

Stories of Engagement

Jill Margraff
Owner/Creative Director, Margraffix
I have been working with People’s Light and Theatre since 1998, creating graphics, brochures and advertising materials, branding productions with art and show titles, and designing, building and maintaining the website.  My experience with this company has always been positive, and the design work that they have allowed me to produce is some of the best in the regional theatre community.  I have always believed that the quality of this design work reflected the quality of the theatre, in both its work ethic and what is produced, both onstage and within the community.

This is why I have enjoyed working with People’s Light for so long. Their productions are some of the best in the region.  Their commitment to the community through educational programs is unmatched, and the company itself is dedicated to upholding this standard.  I have also worked with several other theatre companies, both producing and presenting, and I can say that none of the companies have the same type of commitment to excellence that People’s Light has been able to uphold over the years.  The theatre has been able to maintain a strong vision that works.  It is an honor to be associated with them as they have set the standard for many years.

Jeep Pyne
Director of Design
My daughter Alexis has attended classes and Summerstage for four years.  During that time she has expressed her involvement in and love for theatre to several of her friends.  Three of them have enrolled in regular classes, as well as in Summerstage.  There are now a few more shortly to join the ranks.  The mother of one of the new students is an elementary school librarian in the Unionville School System and has told me that sometimes the runners-up to the Caldacott and Newberry Award-winning books are as interesting and popular with her students as the winners.  She is compiling a list for us.  It will be interesting to see how this list compares with our own.  She also does an exercise with her students, where they take the inner book jacket blurb and adapt it from narrative to dialogue to help the students assess their interest in the book and its potential for stage adaptation.