Excerpts from Letters
"What she [Ms. Van Ann Moore] has done with these characters [Dona Tules and Susan Magoffin] has been nothing short of spectacular". ... "I could praise Ms. Moore as a person, an instructor, and an actress for several pages. Perhaps it is best to conclude by simply stating that in all my years as a college administrator and professor I have never met such a talented, enthusiastic, pleasant individual". ... "... I can say without a doubt that I have never encountered a person I could recommend more highly as a professional actress and instructor than Van Ann Moore".
~ Richard Melzer, Ph.D - University of New Mexico
"Wednesday, March 2, 1990 was a red letter day in the week-long celebration of the opening of the New National Frontier Trails Center in Independence, Missouri, for that was Santa Fe Trail Day. As the final entertainment of the final day, Van Ann Moore's spectacular characterization of the 1846 historic bride, Susan Shelby Magoffin, brought down the house. Her program was an historically accurate impersonation from which she never deviated; an hour-long feat impossible to copy or to plagiarize. The appreciative audience was held spellbound by her charming ability to empathize with them".
~ Pauline Fowler, Chairman - Santa Fe Trail Day
"The Susan Shelby Magoffin performance drew the largest audience we have had to date for a Chatauqua Program at New Mexico State University. Part of the increased attendance was surely due to the continued record of excellence for the Chatauqua selections in general, but the obvious increase for the Van Ann Moore appearance speaks for itself. Ms. Moore has proved time and again her professional capacity for holding audience attention - literally gluing them to their seats with a well-orchestrated show which included history, character interpretation, music, period wardrobe, and her own delightful personality. All in all, a truly grand production"!
~ Bradley Blake, Museum Director
"Ms. Moore is a truly professional performing artist who typifies the essence of a gifted individual. She dedicates her time and talent to a project with sincere devotion and complete professionalism".
~ Burton Dikelsky, Executive Director - Albuquerque Civic Light Opera Association
"Ms. Moore's vocal ability and acting versatility are boundless. She sings pop, musical comedy, and opera with ease, and her performances fill the auditorium with exuberance, clarity, perfect pitch and diction. She can play either drama or comedy with aplomb".
~ Bill Potenziani, Guest Director - Albuquerque Civic Light Opera Association
"Van Ann's beautiful singing voice and marvelous characterization captured the audience's attention and held it for over an hour. Her historical insight into Jenny Lind was fascinating, and she was able to bring the character to life; it was as if Jenny Lind herself were there talking to and singing for the audience. Perhaps the best part of Van Ann's performance, though, was the enthusiasm and energy with which she presented the program. Not content to merely sing and talk, she danced around the room and masterfully adapted her program to the situation and the audience. She is a true professional, and her performance was certainly worthy of the standing ovation it received".
~Judy Armstrong, Assistant Dean of Instructional Support - Eastern New Mexico University
"Van Ann's repertoire seems limitless... anyone could prescribe almost any program. Our audience was totally enchanted, responded with standing ovations and requests for a return engagement"! ... "The program included selections from Puccini and Mozart; Jerome Kern and George Gershwin and others... from opera and musical theatre". ... "We enthusiastically recommend Van Ann Moore and her talents to all who enjoy great entertainment".
~ John Stermer, President - Silver City Arts Council, Silver City New Mexico
Van Ann emerged as the "shining star" of the Festival with her exhilarating one-person show which was the most uplifting of the evening. She captivated the audience and brought smiles to their faces. It was our pleasure to sponsor her quality entertainment...We highly recommend her to all for a thouroughly enjoyable performance.
~ Filomena Baca, President - Valencia County Arts Council