What Audiences Are Saying About Pierce to the Soul

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Superb! What a beautiful piece of our city’s history. The characterizations were excellent …. I loved the interactive nature of the show.

Catherine O’Keefe at Ohio Dominican University

Excellent! Very engaging. Interesting story. Really liked the audience interaction.

Emily Uldrich at the Southern Ohio Museum (Portsmouth)

The play was excellent.  He was my mentor – I’ve guided my art career according to his thoughts regarding his gift.

Queen Brooks at the Franklin Park Conservatory

This is an incredibly compelling, dynamic and historically rich show. I was drawn in to the inspiring story and captivated by the acting and direction. This show needs to be seen all over Ohio!

Christopher Austin at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

Divine

Renetta Scott at the Martin Luther King Complex

Thank you for an insiring, moving performance.  Laughed, cried and so connected with the material that Alan delivered so skillfully.

Carol Klekota at The Inn at Honey Run (Millersburg)

Fabulous play and production…. The splendid words and amazing acting truly transported us audience members across time and geographical regions. Kudos!

Marilyn Rofsky at the Columbus School for Girls (Bexley)

St. Andrews 1.0I felt that it was excellently performed and very engaging. I liked how there was interaction with the audience. Both the comedy and drama of the text were well executed.

Sam Grant-Williams, Theatre Student at Fort Hayes Career Center

I caught this marvelous performance tonight at the Dublin Abbey Theater. WOW does not do it justice.

Dawn Farrell at the Abbey Theater of Dublin

This was absolutely awesome! I knew Mr. Pierce personally and the actor was simply phenomenal! Thank you so much for sharing his life with us!

Ruth-Ann Thompson at the Franklin Park Conservatory

The performance was spellbinding and inspirational! Alan so lost himself in the role that he became Elijah Pierce – totally convincing! It was time well spent! Thanks!

Mattie Sterner at Ohio Dominican University

Awesome performance. As good as you would or could see on Broadway.

Josh Greenberg at Wild Goose Creative (Olde North Columbus)

Pierce ODUAmazing writing; amazing acting. So much information and entertainment in such a short time period.

Jack Downs at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

[The actor] captivated a group of teenagers to travel on this journey with [him] and gave us insight on this incredible man that few of us knew before the show. [The] interaction with the audience was funny and engaging and [Alan’s] overall skill as an actor was wonderful to watch. The show was very real ….

Rachel Gaunce, Theatre Student at Fort Hayes Career Center

Truly captivating! So nice that the story is about an actual local artist/character. Well-written & wonderfully performed!

Diane Doman at The Inn at Honey Run (Millersburg)

Wonderful performance, beautifully written & acted.

Elena Silverman at the Southern Ohio Museum (Portsmouth)

An inspirational story with a powerful message. A terrific story untold until now. Something for the whole family to enjoy.

Baylee Royise at Ohio Dominican University

Wonderful performance.  Especially liked the interactive elements.  This is a great way to introduce newcomers & young people to who Elijah Pierce was and what he meant to the community.  Beautiful job!

Charlene Brown at the Franklin Park Conservatory

Amazing performance. I was enthralled and entertained the entire time. I especially liked Alan Jones’s ability to change voices and make each person come alive. I have great respect for anyone who can do a one person show as fantastic as this one. Great plot to the story and I thought the writing was skillfully scripted to simulate casual conversations. Once again, great show and thank you!

J.J. Sheehan, student at Village Academy (Powell)

St. Andrew 3.0

I appreciate this opportunity to learn about Elijah Pierce and am grateful to the playwright. The actor seemed superb. I wouldn’t have been able to see this play without A Portable Theatre.

Dawn Rodeheffer at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

The play was very inspirational and meaningful.  It kept you tuned in and wondering what story he would tell next.

Shay Smith at Franklin Park Conservatory

… really outstanding …. I would love to see you do Pierce to the Soul again, because I really did enjoy it.

Gavin, Theatre Student at Fort Hayes Career Center

Great performance. I learned a lot about Elijah Pierce.

Olivia Johnson at the Martin Luther King Complex

Beautiful story-telling, fantastic acting & wonderful play. Enjoyed it a great deal.

Anonymous at the Southern Ohio Museum (Portsmouth)

That was wonderful!

Amber Toth at Ohio Dominican University

Wonderful show. Portable Theatre is a great idea. It brings theatre to people that otherwise can’t easily or don’t go to the theatre.

Nancy Buehler at Westminster-Thurber Retirement Community

This beautiful piece of work should not be missed! Alan Bomar Jones is stunning.

Steve Black, Director of Career Theatre at Fort Hayes Career Center

Pierce at Fort Hayes 2.0This is a powerfully written play that reflects both a man, his faith and his times. Alan Jones’s talent beautifully meets the challenge of delivering the nuances of Elijah Pierce and the wide range of characters. Audience interaction completes the richness of the presentation.

J. Walker at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

I absolutely adored this show! It was the first one-man show I have ever seen and will definitely recommend it to others. Pierce to the Soul is a creative, endearing work of art.

Kameron Millner, 11th grade student at Columbus School for Girls (Bexley)

Great show – know some of the places you talked about – Bring more theatre to the Inn!

Susan Hughes at the Inn at Honey Run (Millersburg)

So much fun! Great show.

Abbey Peralta at Ohio Dominican University

Performance was outstanding.  Discussion was informative – tour – yes!

Lyn Logan-Grimes at the Franklin Park Conservatory

Bravo! Great show.

M.A. Nivins at Wild Goose Creative (Olde North Columbus)

Pierce Wild Goose

A+ performance, script, story. Glad we came.

Anonymous at the Southern Ohio Museum (Portsmouth)

Excellent! Performance brought Elijah Pierce to life! I learned a lot about Mr. Pierce I did not know.  I did not want the performance to end.

Anonymous at the Franklin Park Conservatory

[The actor] had such a great stage presence and vocal connection, [he] stayed committed the whole 70 plus minutes…. I hope one day I can reach that level of dedication….

Brian Banks, Theatre Student at Fort Hayes Career Center

Very inspiring. This, I believe, is an important story to share. Excellent work. Terrific acting, well-directed, very well staged.

Ellen Nickles at the Abbey Theater of Dublin

Fabulous

Ann Boston Walker at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

The performance was engaging and beautifully done! … The post-performance discussion was very interesting and equally entertaining. Props to all involved!

Abigail Van Fleet, student at Village Academy (Powell)

Really lovely play!

Cornelia Sproat at the Franklin Park Conservatory

TestimonialsWonderful performance!!

Casey Bellisari at Ohio Dominican University

It was good to see great acting & leaning more about Elijah Pierce.

Anonymous at the Southern Ohio Museum (Portsmouth)

Excellent – learned quite a bit.  There are many stories to tell and the play used just the right number to give a good view of his life.

Kathleen Bailey at the Franklin Park Conservatory

Excellent! Alan Bomar Jones really brought Elijah Pierce to life. I want to learn more about him.

Charma Huddy at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

After you left, our entire class raved about [the] performance…. We all loved how [the actor] manipulated [his] voice, movements and emotions to fit the character.

Alicia Batterson, Theatre Student at Fort Hayes Career Center

Thank you for bringing Elijah Pierce to life for us. Thoroughly enjoyable and exciting!

Pat Millett at Westminster-Thurber Retirement Community

Hilarious & exciting!

Sirena Frost at Ohio Dominican University

Pierce ODU 2.0

I enjoyed it very much!

Ethel Ford at the Franklin Park Conservatory

A wonderful performance. Very delightful. I should have insisted that my two girls (ages 6 and 10) attend. Bravo for educational theatre.

Bronya Boykin, M.D., at the Columbus School for Girls (Bexley)

Wonderful one-man performance. It flowed so well and the interactive component was just right.

Char and Dave Penniman at the Abbey Theater of Dublin

Alan’s voice acting itself was phenomenal. I was very surprised when I heard him speak in his actual voice. Fabulous performance.

Drew Dielman, student at Village Academy (Powell)

Loved the performance–very informative and entertaining.

Anonymous at the Southern Ohio Museum (Portsmouth)

I really enjoyed the performance.  It was interactive and entertaining. Very believable and uplifting.

Linda Taylor at the Franklin Park Conservatory

Village Academy III like the comedy in the play. I also enjoyed how the play was interactive with the audience. The performer’s voice is very captivating.

Brittany Price at Ohio Dominican University

I enjoyed the story content.  It flowed very well. [The actor] was so believable. A very enjoyable play.

Patricia Dismon at the Franklin Park Conservatory

Very good–enjoyed a lot

Anonymous at the Southern Ohio Museum (Portsmouth)

What a wonderful evening! What a talented actor! I could identify with so much of the drama. Thank you.

Ethel Johnson at Westminster-Thurber Retirement Community

Good subject … excellent acting … love to see more

David Hetzler at Wild Goose Creative (Olde North Columbus)

Excellent!

Ginny Cipolla at Village Academy (Powell)

The show was very entertaining. Alan Jones did a fantastic job depicting Elijah Pierce. The call Elijah Pierce had from the Lord was moving and was well seen on stage. I will never think of a barbershop the same nor the whittling of wood! I’m interested in seeing more of Elijah Pierce’s work.

Meg Heller at Ohio Dominican University

Outstanding one-man play!

Terry Neal at the Franklin Park Conservatory

Pierce at Fort Hayes 3.0Tonight’s performance was superb.

Jean Lundstedt at Westminster-Thurber Retirement Community

I expected to be entertained and educated a bit about his life. What I didn’t expect was to be included, so moved and challenged by the message ….This all was delivered by Alan Bomar Jones who brought Brother Elijah to us through his awesome talent and gift of portrait acting. We appreciated the extension of the experience with time to chat with Ms. Mullins and Mr. Jones. It was intriguing to hear what all goes into the creative process.

Herchel & Leondra Newman at CSG (Bexley)

It is interesting, informative, and thoroughly entertaining!

Dusty Phifer at Village Academy (Powell)

It is so important to share local artist’s contributions. Elijah Pierce was a critical staple in the Columbus Black community.

Sandra Quick at the Franklin Park Conservatory

Amazing use of voice and tone. Magical! Brought Pierce’s story to life, perfectly.

Bernadette Shay at Ohio Dominican University

Franklin Park for Web Testimonials

Fine presentation. I feel like I spent time with Elijah Pierce and got to know him. Enjoyed the show and I’ll remember it warmly. Thank you.

Anonymous at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

Alan did a great job with the different people in the play.  It is always interesting to understand how the Lord can work in our lives.

Carlton Buck at the Inn at Honey Run (Millersburg)

I really enjoyed the performance. It was entertaining and wonderful to experience. The actor was wonderful!

Anonymous student at the Columbus School for Girls (Bexley)

Alan Bomar Jones brought Elijah Pierce to life in his performance of Pierce to the Soul. Hearing about the artist Pierce through the actor A.B. Jones was so very impressive. Both my husband and I were captivated!

Dot Schweikart at Westminster-Thurber Retirement Community

Loved the audience involvement.  Very entertaining & informative.

Sabra Howell at the Franklin Park Conservatory

I found the performance uplifting and enjoyable.

Anonymous at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

Pierce at Fort Hayes 4.0[The] performance was very moving and I thoroughly enjoyed watching [the actor]…. You are certainly an inspiration to young actors all over Columbus!

Gevima Bush, Theatre Student at Fort Hayes Career Center

Very engaging. Excellent performance. Important contribution. Thank you.

Anonymous at Ohio Dominican University

A wonderful Father’s Day present! Marvelously acted! Loved it!

Kirk Thompson at the Franklin Park Conservatory

Wonderful!!

Anonymous at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

It was amazing!

Virginia F., Theatre Student at Fort Hayes Career Center

I thought the performance was wonderful. Alan is an extremely talented actor. The show was very funny, but it also touched my emotions. It was great and really enjoyable!

Anonymous at Ohio Dominican University

Very enjoyable. Learned a lot about Elijah Pierce.

Anonymous at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

St. Andrew's 2.0

The use of a few audience members was great. You seemed to know who was too self-conscious to select.

Anonymous at Ohio Dominican University

I really enjoyed … Pierce to the Soul. I thought [the actor was] fantastic.

Carlos Jones, Theatre Student at Fort Hayes Career Center

It was a great play.  Alan did a great job keeping the crowd intrigued; very interactive. Great job! Loved the play.

Donald Fullum at the Franklin Park Conservatory

Very interesting & funny. I’d come again.

Anonymous at Ohio Dominican University

Pierce CSGEnjoyed very much! Found out many things about Mr. Pierce. Funny – entertaining – educational as well.

Anonymous at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

Loved the play – wonderful acting.  Very engaging.  Thank you!

Anonymous at the Franklin Park Conservatory

truly inspiring and motivational

Cecilia L-O, Theatre Student at Fort Hayes Career Center

Excellent performance. Important topic.

Anonymous at Ohio Dominican University

Honey Run for web testimonials

I personally enjoyed [the] performance of Pierce to the Soul and that helped motivate me to stick with theater ….

Louis B., Theatre Student at Fort Hayes Career Center

Great work!

Shirley Adkins at the Franklin Park Conservatory

The performance was a touching presentation. I felt that it was a sincere, authentic representation by the performer. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of witnessing a dramatic and artistic show such as this. The discussion provided interesting insight into not only the performance and performer, but also the individual whose life was being interpreted.

Anonymous at Ohio Dominican University

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