From Sara, Parent of Actor
“I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating such a phenomenal opportunity for young people to appear in a first-class production. [My daughter] not only grew as an actor, but she matured and blossomed as a person this year, and I attribute a significant amount of that growth and maturity to her experience with MAINSTAGE.”
From Arianna Bilas, Alumni
“Where can I start? When I think of MAINSTAGE, the first thing that pops in my head is when I had first heard about it and I knew that it was something that I would hate to miss out on. Looking back to that thought now 3 years later, I KNOW that it would be a huge loss if I had never auditioned for a MAINSTAGE show. I love it!
I think MAINSTAGE is a great pre-professional program because the students truly develop their skills in singing, acting and dancing as well as make many new friends, some you will never forget. I know I certainly have grown and improved over the past years and made many friends that have a very special place in my heart.
This past year, we performed in Les Misérables, and Fame, the Musical. My first thought when I heard Gina announce that our next production was Les Misérables was “Oh boy, this is a tough one”. Not only did we sell out on all the tickets but it ended up being one of the greatest shows MAINSTAGE had ever put on! With the success from that show we knew that Fame, the Musical was going to be just as good maybe even better! Fame the Musical ended up being as much of a hit as Les Misérables. This past year was the best year MAINSTAGE has ever had. We had all kinds of new talent join us, and they are some of the nicest people I have ever met! I’m so looking forward to this next season of MAINSTAGE – to welcoming new friends, growing professionally, and to the shows that just keep getting more brilliant!”
From David Klein, Alumni
“When Gina introduced her new program, MAINSTAGE, I was euphoric. I thought it an amazing opportunity to continue with my theatre practices. Three shows later, I can say that my feelings towards the company have only become more enthusiastic. With a strong, and challenging program that thoroughly explores the three disciplines, acting, singing and dancing, it has me always thinking about the next audition. I thank Gina and all of the staff that have made me a proud and independent person and actor.
From Jacqui Sirois, Alumni
“As a first time MAINSTAGE actor, I was so nervous to join a new company where I didn’t know anyone and didn’t know what to expect but I was welcomed with open arms and nothing but a positive atmosphere. Being a part of MAINSTAGE has really given me many opportunities that I didn’t even image I could get out of the program. I have been given the chance to expand my talent and take on roles that I could only dream about playing. The productions that we do at MAINSTAGE are so amazing and they are put together by some of the best directors and choreographers in the city. Rehearsals for our shows is what I look forward to every week. I have made some of my best friends there and I really feel like I’m a star and I’m a part of something truly special.
It was a thrill to work with such a wonderful group of kids and such talented people. Our choreographers, Tanya and Kat, brought the 1922 spirit alive with their fun dances and Matt’s musical direction gave ‘learning a song’ a whole new meaning. Most of all, none of this could have happened without Gina Anki. She put so much of her heart and soul into this show to make us look marvelous and have us be the best we can be. The experience I had with Thoroughly Modern Millie was a great one and I look forward to many more with MAINSTAGE. “So beat the drums ’cause here comes thoroughly modern Millie now!”
From Alex Doward, Alumni
“I will always remember my first experience at [MAINSTAGE]. I was an awkward, geeky pre-teen who had just switched schools, and had no idea how to make friends. When I walked in for the first time,the whole room was bursting with excitement. Now, five years later, I have blossomed into a completely new and better person. Because of Gina’s program I’ve also realized my passion for the performing arts. At MAINSTAGE, every cast becomes a family, every show, costume, line, musical number, dance step, or final bow becomes an amazing experience from start to finish, and a memory that will stay with you forever.”