Testimonials

Reviews and Comments

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About Face to Face Productions

"The mode by which you educate and entertain children is so valuable.  As a principal and a parent, I truly appreciate what you have to offer.”

           Administrative Assistant, Mannhiem District 83, Franklin Pk, IL


“I am so impressed by the professional quality of your performances. Hats off to the sets that continue to amaze me, the terrific scripts, music and lyrics that make us old folks laugh and the young ones learn.”

           3rd Grade Teacher, Central School. Lake Bluff, IL


“What a special skill you have to be able to entertain, educate and enlighten all at the same time.”

           Cultural Enrichment, Saints Faith, Hope and Charity School, Winnetka, IL


“It is always a pleasure to have Face to Face Productions come into my school because I know that not only will the children be entertained, but they will learn something as well. What a wonderful combination for children.”

           Principal, Wescott School, Northbrook, IL


“Each year yours is the first program that I book simply because I know the program will be on time, beautifully scripted and choreographed, with inventive sets and very professional actors. Yours is truly a worry free program.”

           Cultural Arts Chairperson, St Raymond’s School, Mt Prospect, IL


“Your performance remains one of those that we can always count on to be ‘Top Notch’ when it comes to school assemblies at Pleasant Ridge! I never worry when we book you guys - as we know it fits anyone's and everyone's criteria for great shows. Keep up the great work, and we'll keep bringing you back!”

           Teacher, School Illinois School District 34, Glenview, IL


“Of all the programs we have, yours is the only one where students are so captivated that they sit there paying 100 percent attention.”

           Cultural Arts Chairperson, School Illinois School District 96, Long Grove, IL


"As usual, your production was a huge success. I have requested our PTA to book ‘Face to Face’ every year from now on, since your annual visits to us have truly become an integral part of our culture."

            Assistant Principal, Illinois School District 15, Palatine, IL


"Your presentations are captivating, motivating and engaging. Churchill School will be eagerly anticipating your next visit to us!"

            Principal, Illinois School District 41, Glen Ellyn, IL


“The entertainment that Face to Face Productions provides is relevant and plays an important part in the education of young people. You provide a creative and innovative approach to events in history.”

           The Discovery Center, Rockford, IL


"The teachers had nothing but praise -- they look forward each year to seeing what you've come up with."

           Cultural Arts Chairperson, Euclid School, Mt. Prospect,IL


"We were entertained and taught ... through a stimulating musical theatre experience."

           Principal, Fairview School, Mount Prospect, IL


"Our Fine Arts Committee ... exhibited great judgement. It is a marvelous program that was very well received."

            Principal, Alexander Graham Bell School, Chicago, IL 6


“The decision is unanimous; Face to Face Productions future performances must be brought to our school."

         Principal, Pioneer School, West Chicago


“Face to Face Productions has made our ‘A’ List!”

           Program Coordinator, Lords Park School, Elgin, IL


“Face to Face Productions has been a pillar of our cultural arts programming.”

           Cultural Arts Chairperson, Prairie School, Buffalo Grove, IL


“Thank you again for your ingenious, entertaining and enthusiastic performance. It is a treat for all of us every time you visit. Thanks for spreading your magic”

            Cultural Arts Chairperson, Prairie School, Buffalo Grove, IL


About By The Numbers

“I Loved This Play! Fractions, Subtraction and a pizza pie! The writing is creative and the production brings students on stage to help figure out mathematical problems. The hour goes quick and student hands are up, all in the name of volunteering to help solve the problem.”

           Teacher, Grand Haven Public Schools, Grand Haven, MI


“What a wonderful set - I heard the kids ‘ooohing and aaahing’ as they walked into the room. The music and acting were fabulous. Interactions with the kids were fun to watch. The variety of math subjects covered was amazing. Everything captured the kids’ attention. It was a great success!”

           Cultural Arts Chairperson, Lincoln School, Palatine, IL


“We just wanted to express our thanks to you for putting on an exceptional educational assembly for the children and staff. The kids were having so much fun they didn’t even know they were learning. Anderson Elementary School appreciates your commitment to teaching and entertaining our young people and we look forward to working with you in the future.”

         Assembly Chairmen, Anderson School, St. Charles, IL


“There are very few math programs out there. What makes BY THE NUMBERS so effective and unique is their focus on how students will use math when they grow up. This musical drives that lesson home in a most entertaining and engaging way. Look no further, this is a perfect program.”

            Teacher, Illinois School District 203, Naperville, IL


“What a great way to teach subtraction, addition and fractions with a pizza pie to boot! Even Mozart makes an appearance in this production which calls for audience participation.”

            5th Grade Teacher, Grand Haven Public Schools, Grand Haven, MI


“This is the fourth production we have had from Face to Face. You never fail to amaze our students and staff with the professional quality of the writing, music, and costumes. BY THE NUMBERS was a particular hit with the teachers. Having Einstein show the students how they will use math for what the want to be when they grow up is an ingenious concept taught by the genius himself. The kids did not stop talking about the show for weeks and the teachers were able to integrate aspects of the production for the rest of the school year.”

            3rd Grade Teacher, Illinois School District 203, Aurora, IL


About Edison: The Wizard of Menlo Park

“EDISON was a big hit. The children really enjoyed the fun and innovative ways in which you bring pivotal characters of our past back to life. We look forward to having you return again soon.”

         Vice President Programs, Greenbriar School, Northbrook, IL


“EDISON was absolutely stunning! The songs, the action, the scenery...It was truly outstanding.”

         4th Grade Teacher, Wescott School, Northbrook, IL


“The children and adults of St Raymond’s School loved EDISON. It was everything we could have hoped for: educational, enjoyable, witty and enthusiastically and very professionally performed.”

         Cultural Arts Chairperson, St Raymond’s School, Mt Prospect, IL


“I am sincerely in awe of your talent for teaching through drama and song”

         3rd Grade Teacher, St Juliana School, Chicago, IL


“Thank you for another bang-up performance at Westgate School in Arlington Heights! Your rendition of “EDISON: The Wizard of Menlo Park” was met with rave reviews from students, teachers and administrators alike. That night at the Westgate PTA meeting I mentioned the assembly and I’ve never seen so many heads nod. What a terrific indicator that students who had seen your act first thing in the morning, went home at 4:00 pm with what they had seen still fresh in their mind, and anxious to tell Mom or Dad all about it! This is the most impressive critique an assembly can receive, and you passed with flying colors.”

         PTA Cultural Arts Co-Chairs, Westgate School, Arlington Heights, IL


“It’s always a great experience when Face to Face Productions visits Greenville with one of the very educational and entertaining programs - and this time is no exception!


We have received many letters from students, and several letters from school administrators praising the quality of the production, and asking that we consider other shows that are offered by Face to Face Productions.


We look forward to working with you again in the future.”

         Executive Director, Darke County Center for the Arts, Greenville, OH


“You certainly ‘Sparked’ our students’ curiosity about science. The audience participation was absolutely perfect. What will you bring us next year?”

            Lake County School District, Grayslake, IL


“A lively piece that kept the students entertained, engaged and eager to participate; many seemed stunned that one man could have been responsible for thinking up so many things integral to their world today. They were equally stunned to realize that math and science were the hands-on skills that made Edison such a success. I have high hopes for renewed interest in this year’s Science Fair!”

         Principal, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL


“What an exciting educational brainstorm. The audience participation brought the concept of sound and electricity to life in a way we could never achieve in the classroom. An asset to our science curriculum.”

            2nd Grade Teacher, Illinois School District 203, Naperville, IL


“This is a brilliant production celebrating the world's most prolific inventors. Our students were amazed by the production. Visually stunning, scientifically inspiring and a program our students will not soon forget.”

            Teacher, Grand Haven Public Schools, Grand Haven, MI


“The light goes on in students' eyes as they learn about Edison and science. This was a fun experience for students and kept teachers enthralled as well. It will keep them talking back in the classroom.”

            Teacher, Grand Haven Public School, Grand Haven, MI


About Ben Franklin And Me

“We thank you for your high level of energy, sophistication and professionalism. We feel we made an excellent choice of programs to offer our patrons.”

         Youth Services, Rolling Meadows Library, Rolling Meadows, IL


“Your performance of BEN & ME was truly delightful. The students were captivated and the feedback from teachers and parents has nothing but positive. Many  (myself included) feel it’s the best cultural arts program we’ve had - and we’ve had some good ones!”

         Cultural Arts Chairperson, Westview School, Wood Dale, IL


“Congratulations on once again providing the children of Wescott with an EXCELLENT production.”

            Principal, Wescott School, Norhtbrook, IL


“A charming adaptation of a classic book. You brought us literature, music, science and history in one professional production. Why go downtown when we can bring this quality of program right to our school.”

            Lake County School District, Grayslake, IL


“I remembered this story of my childhood and was amazed how Face to Face could take the story and bring it to the stage. The quality of acting, the set, the interaction with students = money well spent on another way to teach and carry learning forward.”

            Teacher, Grand Haven Public Schools, Grand Haven, MI


“Our 5th grade students had just finished reading the book so this production was a perfect fit for our curriculum. The quality of this musical is equal to that of field trip to a downtown show.”

            4th Grade Teacher, Illinois School District 203, Naperville, IL


“Congratulations on once again providing the children with an EXCELLENT production. Ben & Me was delightful and provided the children with a tremendous amount of factual information while being entertained."

            Principal, Wescott School, Northbrook, IL


"Your performance of Ben & Me was truly delightful. The students were captivated and the feedback from teachers and parents has been nothing but positive. Many (myself included) feel it’s the best cultural arts program we’ve ever had --- and we’ve had some good ones!."

         Cultural Arts Chairperson, Westview School, Wood Dale, IL  


About Honest Abe

“This is the latest in a long line of productions we have had from Face to Face Productions. Our recent performances of HONEST ABE exceeded our very high expectations from this quality theatre company. Along with the obvious biographical elements, we were also treated to one of the best ‘Character Counts’ and ‘PBIS’ programs we have ever had. Add to that the theater experience and we got more than our money's worth from this program. Don't tell them but we would have paid double!”

         Cultural Arts Chairperson, School District 203, Naperville, IL


“What a brilliantly theatrical way to bring the concepts of CHARACTER COUNTS and PBIS to life. My students were enthralled with this show. They had an experience that encompassed music, theater, history and values all in one program. I have never seen them so engaged. Bravo.”

            5th Grade Teacher, Lake County School District, Vernon Hills, IL


“A quality spin on the melodramas of the past. A great avenue to teach character and the life of one of our greatest presidents. They had students mezmorized.”

            Teacher, Grand Haven Public Schools, Grand Haven, MI


"I will remember this play until I get really old.  This is the best play I have ever seen."

            5th Grader, Wescott School, Northbrook


“To keep 400 students attention and focus is amazing. That was fabulous!”

            Principal, Illinois School District 41, Glen Ellyn, IL


“I loved your show. I can’t wait to see another show. Our school wouldn’t be complete without you.”

         4th Grade Student, Wescott School, Northbrook, IL


"Thank-you for a wonderful, professional, and exciting production.  I assure you, Face to Face Productions has made our "A" List!"

            Cultural Arts Chairperson, Lords Park School, Elgin


About Lewis And Clark

"Thank-you for a wonderful, professional, and exciting production.  I assure you, Face to Face Productions has made our "A" List!"

            Cultural Arts Chairperson, Lords Park School, Elgin


"As usual, your production was a huge success. I have requested our PTA to book ‘Face to Face’ every year from now on, since your annual visits to us have truly become an integral part of our culture."

            Assistant Principal, Hunting Ridge School, Palatine,IL


"Your presentations are captivating, motivating and engaging. Churchill School will be eagerly anticipating your next visit to us!"

            Principal, Churchill School, Glen Ellyn


“A fantastic journey through the west as Lewis and Clark hold fast to their dream of a northwest passage. Students attention held the entire production.”

            3rd Grade Teacher, Grand Haven Public Schools, Grand Haven, MI


"The clever staging and the engaging music and lyrics resulted in an excellent educational experience for our students."

            Administrative Principal, Middlefork School, Northfield, IL


“I have been teaching 20 years this is the best program I have ever seen. My children go to another school here they saw you last year. When they found out I was going to see LEWIS & CLARK they said, “Oh mom you will love them.”

            Teacher, Brookdale School, Aurora, IL


“I am sincerely in awe of your talent for teaching through drama and song”

         3rd Grade Teacher, St Juliana School, Chicago, IL


About The Wright Brothers

“You are blessed with a grand gift - the ability to teach through dramatics and song. I believe our children will take the learning of these performances with them throughout their academic lives.”

         Principal, Edgewood School, Woodridge, IL


“Our students were treated to an experience far beyond those of most school assemblies. The writing, music and performances were excellent. In my 20 years of teaching I have never been so impressed and moved as I was with THE WRIGHT STUFF. Bravo”

            Cultural Arts Chairperson, Illinois School District 46, Grayslake, IL


“Watch your own students imaginations take flight as they learn about the Wright Brothers and the determination to take to the skies. Excellent production!”

            5th Grade Teacher, Grand Haven Public Schools, Grand Haven, MI


“What a delightful production! I, along with the rest of the audience, was completely under the spell of the story-telling and actions of the two actors portraying the Wright Brothers. While I thought I knew where the story was leading (successful flight!) it was a complete surprise to suddenly realize that while they were singing, dancing and sharing their story, they were also *spoiler alert* building an airplane before our eyes! When they attached the propeller and gave it a spin, some students actually applauded!!! Great message of how teamwork and persistence can make your dreams become reality.”

            3rd Grade Teacher, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago, IL


“Our principal requests that we bring in “nothing but the best.” THE WRIGHT STUFF is “the best of the best.” We have brought this production in every six years for the last 24 years. Need I say more!”

            Cultural Arts Chairperson, Illinois School District 203, Naperville, IL


“I find it amazing that you shows reach the youngest ( I teach kindergarten ) and the older students as well. After 15 years I always look forward to your visits. See you next year.”

            Kindergarten Teacher, Illinois School District 203, Naperville, IL


"The performance was not only entertaining, but lent itself to further academic growth for our students."

            Principal, Fairmount School, Downers Grove,IL


"We were marvelously entertained and perhaps more importantly you helped to plant the seeds of the idea of perseverance."

            Principal, South School, Westmont,IL


"Never have we experienced such varied disciplines as history, music, drama, and science in a single performance.  Nor have we heard the unanimous praise of our teachers for an assembly until now"

         Vice President - PTC, Sleepy Hollow School, Sleepy Hollow, IL


“My son saw your musical THE WRIGHT STUFF this past November and now he wants to be a pilot. For Christmas he has asked for books about the Wright brothers, a model of the plane as well as a flight suit.”

         Cultural Arts Chairperson, Illinois School District 204, Naperville, IL


"...not only is there a really believable plane which manages to look like the original Wright bothers’ plane, but it almost does seem to take off. This is a very well crafted play about flight, about the brothers who achieved the first powered flight and the miracle at Kitty Hawk. Three cheers"

            Executive Director, Children’s Theatre Board, Winston-Salem, NC


“We found THE WRIGHT BROTHERS to be a top quality theatrical experience. The audience was spellbound by the acting, singing and special effects. Not only was the material thought provoking but the presentation was an artistic triumph.”

            Drama Teacher, Duxberry Park School, Columbus, OH


About Writing Royally

“You guys are so talented! I look forward each year to the shows you bring to our district. You never disappoint. To keep the attention of so many 8 to 10 year olds says a great deal about your ability to engage kids in what you do. Not to mention, you had the teachers on my side of the gym in stitches!


When Arthur organized the 5-paragraphs into a cohesive essay, I caught the eye of one of my third graders. Her eyes lit up, she pointed to the cards, smiled and whispered, “Look! Closing paragraph!” I had just done a lesson plan the day before on closing paragraphs and the kids had worked hard on writing some good ones. Your performance helped to make a very important connection to what we do in the classroom in a way that I can only hope to achieve. Great job!”

            3rd Grade Teacher, Central School, Lake Bluff, IL


“This play is a hoot! What a great way to teach writing skills. Humor even a teacher will crack up about and yet, the skills are taught! Students attention was kept the entire time”

            3rd Grade Teacher, Grand Haven Public Schools, Grand Haven, MI


“Wow! What a magical treat you have prepared for us.”

            2nd Grade Teacher, Wescott School, Northbrook, IL


"Who would have thought that writing could be this much fun?"

            5th Grade Teacher, Wescott School, Northbrook, IL


"Wow! What a magical treat you have prepared for us. You have once again used your wizardry and this time cast a spell over the writing process. Your sorcery is in the same league as HARRY POTTER bewitching stuff!"

            3rd Grade Teacher, Wescott School, Northbrook, IL


“Thank you again for your ingenious, entertaining and enthusiastic performance. It is a treat for all of us every time you visit. Thanks for spreading your magic”

            Cultural Arts Chairperson, Prairie School, Buffalo Grove, IL


“Come back soon. Really Really soon!!!!”

         4th Grade Student, Wescott School, Northbrook, IL


"Your performance helped my students make an important connection to what we do in the classroom in a way I can only hope to achieve. Great job!."

            3rd Grade Teacher, Central School, Lake Bluff, IL


“...the very finest of instruction and entertainment. Bravo!"

            5th Grade Teacher, Wescott School, Northbrook, IL


About The George Washington Follies

“Tremendously entertaining! My students have never been so focused and engaged, including the primary level classes.”

         2nd Grade Teacher, Illinois School District 203, Aurora, IL


"I have taught here for 24 years and have enjoyed many of your productions. This one is my new favorite. Not only were the children delightfully entertained,they were educated into the Writing Process as well. The music is lively, the songs clever, and the actors talented."

            2nd Grade Teacher, Sipley School, Woodridge, IL


“You have brought another ‘wonderful’ show to our students. The children and faculty loved your performance.”

            Cultural Arts Chairperson, Devonshire School, Mt. Prospect, IL


"You brought history to life for the children.  The decision is unanimous; Face to Face Productions future performances must be brought to our school."

         Principal, Pioneer School, West Chicago, IL


Once again you have treated us to a tremendously entertaining and educational performance! It seems as if you get better every year. So much creativity went into the lyrics, music, costuming, props and performance itself. You’re truly amazing”

         Seth Paine School, Lake Zurich, IL


"Wonderful. I now have a wealth of information to take back into my classroom. The production was amazing. My students have not stopped talking about it."

            3rd Grade Teacher, Wescott School, Northbrook, IL


"I thought that you did a superb job!"

            3rd Grader, North Park School, Chicago