I heard it again the other day, "It's just community theatre." And, yes, we are amateur, community theatre--the whole organization is run on ticket sales and donations. No one is paid; everyone volunteers. Those making it possible are your neighbors and co-workers who all have day jobs. No one is a professional. But, what is being a professional? Is it just being paid? No! MTVarts is filled with multi-tasking volunteers... amateurs... working full time, as professionals. It is about passion; the quality of the work; the willingness to pursue, to learn, to excel--just for the love of theatre.
Very noble, don't you think? Someone reminds us every year, "It's not about you; it is about the audience. We are giving our community a wonderful gift." But, in the end, it can lead to burnout and frustration. Many of us come to the point of, "I just can't do this anymore. My family is right; this is ridiculous." You pledge to take a summer off and know in your heart that you may not be back. But then you get an email.
My daughter loves this musical (from attending a local school production and from watching the DVD). But we would be driving from Indianapolis, Indiana. What are the performance times, please?
The evening performances are 7:30 and, unfortunately, this year, because of theatre availability, we only have one matinee... Sunday July 13, at 2:00.
If you chose to stay overnight, we do have some very nice local hotels as well as Holiday Inn Express.
Hope this helps.
Thanks for the super-fast reply! I'll plan to make this trip with my daughter.
Great. You do know you can purchase tickets online?
Let us know how you like the show. We try to be an audience-driven theatre company so feedback is our lifeblood. :)
May I ask how you heard about the show?
My angel daughter is a special needs child, and she loves to go to musical productions of her favorite stories. So I Google-search anything possible related to her favorites, and will take her to see them. Most 2014 productions of "Shrek" are on the east and west coasts and Texas, with few in the Midwest. I found your show after narrowing the search to the year and state, along with the name "Shrek the Musical."
Thank you. I will order online.
As the dates get closer, remind me and we will arrange a back stage tour. We work with people with disabilities and two will be in the show. JJ House is the assistant to the director and he could perhaps chat with your little angel. Here is JJ's adventure with us. www.thejjproject.org.
See you in July.
Thank you. Sarah loves to meet performers after the shows, and I have dozens of photo albums of her with cast members. To her, everyone in the show is real, and maybe that's the way she connects with them. She is not very communicative verbally, except when at a show and talking about it afterward. The photos of Shrek from the performances we attended last year were in one of the photo books I sent along with her to school yesterday for her weekly speech therapy. We listened to part of the cast CD on the way to school today, and she told me she wanted to see Shrek and Fiona again. That is what inspired my search for performances that were within a manageable driving distance. We talk about Shrek being a nice ogre, and she said, "He's my friend. He said my name", which is true, as the cast were so kind to her at that school production last year. I always introduce Sarah by name, as she is too shy to speak, but they respond kindly to her, and she remembers everything about who she meets and if they said her name.
Thank you again.
We will do all we can to make this special for Sarah. Our cast is fabulous and will be wonderful with Sarah. We always do a meet and greet after the show where she can personally meet all the cast. If JJ is able, he could be her host. This could be wonderful. :) Keep me posted on your plans.
Meet Sarah She will be traveling to attend 4 of our performances. We can't wait to meet her.
So, you see, it is much, much more than community theatre. This year our inspiration will be Sarah. And we will remember to say her name. Let's keep doing this thing together. It can be so much more.