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  • Lisa Hannah

    Lisa Hannah Collierville

    We first discovered New Day after their production of Dear Edwina. I will never forget my son telling me he wants to do that!!! Knowing nothing about theatre Leanne encouraged us to let Lucas try out for a play. He did try out and even though he didn't get cast they let him help with the crew. Fast forward 3 years, Lucas still LOVES the theatre and has been involved in several productions. New Day is truly all about the kids and has always been a positive, encouraging and welcoming place for any child who wants to learn about the theatre!
    We first discovered New Day after their production of Dear Edwina. I will never forget my son telling me he wants to do that!!! Knowing nothing about theatre Leanne encouraged us to let Lucas try out for a play. He did try out and even though he didn't get cast they let him help with the crew. Fast forward 3 years, Lucas still LOVES the theatre and has been involved in several productions. New Day is truly all about the kids and has always been a positive, encouraging and welcoming place for any child who wants to learn about the theatre!
  • mkcthc

    mkcthc Tennessee

    My 14-year-old daughter attended the New Day's Master Class in the summer 2012, and enthusiastically signed on again for the 2013 class. She's been involved with theatre since she was ten but this program accelerated her skills to a much higher level. It is very intense and focused, actually better suited for older kids and teens or those ready and mature enough for the more advanced training. The instructors are among the most sought after and professional in their fields and love sharing their talents with kids hungry to learn techniques that will help them excel in the theatre world. My daughter was able to especially improve her improv skills through this training, a wonderful accomplishment since she is least comfortable with improv. New Day Theatre is a very well managed, organized establishment and I especially appreciate the ethical environment used to invigorate the kids to extend themselves toward their potential. While my daughter had fun during Master Class, I do recommend reserving this two-week intensive for the more serious theatre student and taking advantage of New Day's many varied summer camp options for those looking for a more moderate theatre experience accompanied by lots of fun.
    My 14-year-old daughter attended the New Day's Master Class in the summer 2012, and enthusiastically signed on again for the 2013 class. She's been involved with theatre since she was ten but this program accelerated her skills to a much higher level. It is very intense and focused, actually better suited for older kids and teens or those ready and mature enough for the more advanced training. The instructors are among the most sought after and professional in their fields and love sharing their talents with kids hungry to learn techniques that will help them excel in the theatre world. My daughter was able to especially improve her improv skills through this training, a wonderful accomplishment since she is least comfortable with improv. New Day Theatre is a very well managed, organized establishment and I especially appreciate the ethical environment used to invigorate the kids to extend themselves toward their potential. While my daughter had fun during Master Class, I do recommend reserving this two-week intensive for the more serious theatre student and taking advantage of New Day's many varied summer camp options for those looking for a more moderate theatre experience accompanied by lots of fun.
  • Rochelle

    Rochelle Arkansas

    My daughter, Savannah, attended the movie making camp over the summer and absolutely loved it! It was our first experience with New Day, but it certainly won't be our last! She made lots of new friends and all the staff were great! Keep up your wonderful work! Rochelle
    My daughter, Savannah, attended the movie making camp over the summer and absolutely loved it! It was our first experience with New Day, but it certainly won't be our last! She made lots of new friends and all the staff were great!
    Keep up your wonderful work! Rochelle
  • Leanne

    Leanne New Day Children's Theatre

    We hear so many wonderful stories of how New Day has made a difference in our community. Please take just a minute to share them.
    We hear so many wonderful stories of how New Day has made a difference in our community. Please take just a minute to share them.
WHY WE LOVE NEW DAY
Words of Encouragement from our friends and supporters

 
My daughter, Evy, has been in Crash Into Acting camp this week and has had a wonderful time. I just wanted to say thank you for what you do. Evy has always been very shy. A few years ago, she really started "coming out of her shell" when acting and putting on shows with her brother for us around the house. She has wanted to do an acting camp/class for a while now, and this is the first one we've been able to sign her up for. I appreciate so much the environment you create and the people who work for you. Evy has loved Matt Morgan and Carol (don't know her last name). She has felt comfortable, challenged (in a good way) and confident. We are looking forward to doing more at New Day in the future. May you continue to be blessed as you bless others through your work.   In Christ,   Natalie Allen July 2013

Thanks to our partnership with New Day Children’s Theatre the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department has greatly expanded the arts outreach for children and teenagers in The Town of Collierville and the surrounding area. Offering a variety of classes through the partnership, such as film making, improvisation, visual arts, and musical theatre provides many opportunities for youth to experience and participate in the arts. The Department strongly supports the mission of the New Day Children’s Theatre.Chip Petersen  Director Parks Recreation and Community Services, June 2013
 
New Day Children's Theatre is truly a great organization and a asset to the Town of Collierville. Mayor Stan Joyner, June 2013

I wanted to take a moment to tell you how much our family has benefited from the Page Robbins project. First of all, it is very important to my husband and me that our children have opportunities to serve others. This has been a wonderful way to bring the "theater" to people who might not otherwise have an opportunity to enjoy it. Secondly, I am so thankful that the training for the Page Robbins performances has been offered at no expense to the children who are participating. Due to our family circumstances, my children would probably not been able to participate this year if there had been a participation fee. I hope that the Page Robbins Players will continue for a second year. It has been a blessing to all those involved! Sincerely, Kathy June 2012

Katherine enjoyed her week at camp so much! We so appreciate your providing this opportunity for her to participate in a production. Lorraine Cotten did such a marvelous job! Thanks again, Laurie June 2012



Abbie absolutely loves New Day. She has enjoyed participating in camps, workshops and of course Willy Wonka. We will definitely be back for more. Thank you for providing such a wonderful, child centered theatre! Suzanne


I wanted to let u know I signed my 12yr old up for the camp as well. They had a BLAST the first day and can't wait to come back! Thanks so much for what you r doing! Liz 


It’s a Brand New Day…
May 12, 2010 The thought of walking into a performing arts center and sitting for two hours watching a live show on stage scares me to death. I have avoided this and going to the movies for years. It is extremely uncomfortable for me because everyone is quiet and intent on watching the show while me…not so much. I am trying very hard to not disturb the people around me. In the past couple of years, I’ve been able to face this fear, thanks to my son, who has a love of acting and has been cast in a number of productions at New Day Children’s Theatre in Collierville, TN.

New Day Children’s Theatre has welcomed and embraced both me and my son. It is a pleasure working with the women who make this not-for-profit run smoothly and deliver a much needed theatre program to children. It is because of these women that I am able to walk in a theatre and watch a performance, because I know they have “got my back.” They know they are going to hear me, they know they will be asked about me and each one of them will stand proud and tall and talk about Tourette’s Syndrome.

These women also take the time to talk to their children, who are naturally curious, about Tourette’s. If it were not for these women, I would be unable to walk into this theatre and watch my son share his passion for acting with me.
The world can be a cruel place and for the most part does not welcome those individuals who are different. The best way for those who are different to cope is to take each day at a time, educate those around you and be yourself. The people who accept you as yourself will make themselves known through their actions.

These women, through their actions have created a space for me to be myself and to contribute as a valuable team member. They are examples for their children and teach them to accept everyone, despite their disability. What a great lesson for all. (Used with permission, Jenny McIlvain's Blog:  www.whatmakesjennytic.com)