being in Social Action Theatre for almost 4 semesters, I have never been able
to experience performing for such a variety of underprivileged audience
members. When we arrived for performances, I felt a sudden transition
from the usual world that I had been living in. Just being in their
presence and hoping that I could make a difference made me feel more powerful
and important than anyone will ever know. Thank you for an amazing
hard to imagine that in the places we perform student are any different from
those that I attend school with. They are normal kids, able to laugh,
able to ask intelligent questions, and able to feel anger and pain just like
you and I. The questions that they ask us often stump the
actors/actresses as we struggle to find the right answers. Each
questions seem to pose a little bit of 'why did I' rather than 'why did
you'. I feel so honored to have been able to make a difference and be
part of Social Action Theatre."
really think that our skits sunk into the students and that we are not only
helping them, but they also give us insights. Thanks, Bob, for giving
me the opportunity to participate in these performances. It has been an
experience that I will never forget."
to admit that before joining Social Action Theatre I was very nervous, but
afterwards I realized that it was a life-changing experience for me. I
am so excited to have been involved in something, that makes a difference in
people's lives and would recommend it to everyone, with stage fright or
not. It's really worth it!"
that the experience that I had with Social Action Theatre really opened my
eyes. When performing for in schools I was thinking about my future,
the students' future, and how I could do my part in helping teens with
similar situations to those we portray in our skits. It really helped
me gain perspective and insight."
profound experience has been one that I will not soon forget, if ever."
a part of Social Action Theatre helped me to get a sense of what it was like
for my cousin. My cousin from back home was a trouble maker in high
school, but now has his GED and is working hard back home. The last
skit, Bobby's World, was probably the greatest skit I have ever seen done by
the audience in my three semesters in this program. It is something I
will never forget."
was my first year being involved with Social Action Theatre and it has truly
been a great experience. I feel like this program is extremely
influential and provides a powerful experience for the groups we perform for,
as well as the for the students who participate in them. These
performances from Social Action Theatre evoke such positive responses
from our audience and I am glad that I was able to take a part in it
Of the families of the seventh graders that were at the presentation at
prince of Peace Lutheran last night, we received seven evaluations. I
thought it would be good to share these with you.
The first question on the Evaluation Sheet read, "Did you find the
Social Action Theatre Group from UW-L to be a meaningful part of tonight's
program? Why or why not?" These were the responses:
Yes, it got discussion going. Seventh graders relate better to college
Definitely! The kids were very engaged. It was good for them to
see other "youth" doing something good.
Very. It showed real life with good overview of what young adults are
Yes. It involved us all. It was a new entry way into the
subject. People (all ages) seemed to be receptive to the format.
Yes. It gives the kids examples of situations they may encounter.
Yes. They were good topics and it was effective having the young people
Yes. It showed my son some of the choices he will have to make in high
Thanks again so much for your willingness to be a part of our efforts.
Please convey our thanks to the six students. In comparing what we have
done in past years with the seventh graders and their parents, last night's
format really helped our "message" come alive. And thanks for
sharing with me what you did as to how your group has been asked to be a
model for training other groups in our area.