November 30, 2020

Village Arts became a part of our lives in the summer of 2014 when my daughter, then 6, joined the cast of Peter Pan as a mermaid named Della. She spoke one line and sang along with the ensemble, beaming the whole way through. Since that production, she has performed in 13 productions, her most memorable starring as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz alongside her twin brother as the lion and a cast of some of her dearest friends. Over the years, Village Arts has become an extended family to us. Pam, John, Jane, Jeanne, Melissa, and all of the wonderful teen helpers have worked with our children to help them shine on stage. The confidence and love of theater that both of my children have gained in our years with Village Arts is beyond compare. I cannot imagine their childhood years without the performances and friendships they have made because of Village Arts.  I am so grateful to Village Arts for so many reasons. Valley Village is a community made up of top-tier professional entertainment talent including Broadway and television actors, professional actors and scores of below-the-line professionals. Their universal support and investment in Village Arts is a testament to the level of quality and importance Village Arts brings to our community but could also serve as a role model for similar programs around the country. There would  be no better use of grant funds than to support the premiere quality programming at Village Arts.