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Mary Poppins Cast Announced

Wednesday, 06 May 2015 21:44
Mary PoppinsJane Banks: Kennedy Aikey
Michael Banks: Eli Wilson
Mary Poppins: Amanda Mayville
Bert: Ian Ernsberger
George Banks: David Hammond
Winifred Banks: Taryn Barton
Mrs. Brill: Kate Ernsberger
Robertson Ay: Joseph Saks
Bank Chairman: Glenn Hissong
Miss Andrew: Megan Evans
Mrs. Corry: Kris Wilson
Fannie/Annie: Elle Pavao, Lily Mayville
Northbrook: Jared Pierce
Miss Smythe: Carrie Haver
Park Keeper: Jared Pierce
Policeman: Ryan Severance
Bird Woman: Sabina Anderson
Valentine: Thor Fox
Teddy Bear: Elle Pavao
Doll: Rachel Murray
Toys: Charlie Mayville, Eli Widrig
Mrs. Lark/Willoughby: Carrie Swingle & Picard
Admiral Boom: Bill Bridges
Katie Nanna: Norita Hissong
Bank Doorman: Ted Dingler
Queen Victoria: Julie Smith
Dancing Chimney Sweeps: Thor Fox, Ryan Severance
Chimney Sweeps: Bill Bridges, Ted Dingler, Glenn Hissong
Board of Directors / ClerksDaniel Barich, Bill Bridges, Ted Dinger, Thor Fox, Lauren Lanz, Jan Reynolds, Ryan Severance

Ensemble: Sabina Anderson, Daniel Barich, Bill Bridges, Ted Dingler, Megan Evans, Colleen Fitzpatrick, Thor Fox, Deanna Hasty, Carrie Haver, Glenn Hissong, Norita Hissong, Kristin Kaufman, Lauren Lanz, Charlie Mayville, Grace Mayville, Lily Mayville, Rachel murray, Taylor Osborn, Elle Pavao, Jared Pierce, Rachel Postle, Jan Reynolds, Ryan Severance, Julie Smith, Carrie Swingle, Eli Widrig, Kris Wilson


The Little Mermaid Jr Cast List

Thursday, 14 August 2014 21:18

The Little Mermaid Cast List has been announced! Tickets are on sale now!


LITTLE MERMAID KIDS 4CAriel -- Maya McDonald
Prince Eric -- Matthew Dinnen
Sebastian -- Kennedy Aikey
Flounder -- Megan Campbell
Ursula -- Rachel Rinehart
Grimsby -- Andrew Ruckman
King Triton -- Kahlil Karya
Flotsam -- Myranda Overley
Jetsam -- Lauren Fithian
Scuttle -- Fredi Bockover
Chef Louis -- Aidan Scott
Pilot -- Hunter Harris
Seahorses -- Cora McFadden, Kalyn Zak
Carlotta -- Samantha Bailey

Aquata -- Karly Jacklin
Andrina -- Lacey Blubaugh
Arista -- Victoria Risko
Atina -- Michaela Hauke
Adella -- Rachel Murray
Allana -- Chloe Skillman

Ella Ackert
Anna Dinnen
Maddie Donabauer
Luna Moreland
Alaina Pullins


Isabella Fontaine
Hunter Harris
Kieran Karlovetz
Stella Kauffman
Isabel McDonald


Kelly Anglin
Anna Dinnen
Katelyn McKinley
Tartiana Suddreth

Kieran Karlovetz
Johnny Manning
William Manning
Aiden Scott

Sea Creatures Chorus:
Starfish --  Mia Tracey
Blowfish -- William Manning
Dolphins -- Maggie Jacobs, Stella Kauffman
Sting Rays -- Isabella Fontaine, Tartiana Suddreth 
Jellyfish -- Ella Ackert, Isabel McDonald
Marlin -- Johnny Manning
Dori -- Ashlynn Scott
Chiquita Banana Fish -- Julia Manning

School of Fish:
Daisy Abbott
Tressel Bockover
Paige Currier
Elizabeth Diehl
JJ House
Miranda Karlovetz
Bethany McClain
Allison Page

Lagoon Animals Chorus:
Turtles -- Elizabeth Diehl, Esme McDonald
Flamingos -- Dance Ballmer, Tressel Bockover
Frogs -- Anne Douglas, Miranda Karlovetz, William Manning, Tartiana Suddreth
Fish -- Julia Manning, Bethany McClain, Mia Tracey
Seagull -- Luna Moreland

Tentacle Puppeteers: Kelly Anglin, Anne Douglas, Maggie Jacobs, Katelyn McKinley, Alaina Pullins, Ashlynn Scott


"How I Became a Pirate" Book Donation

Wednesday, 06 November 2013 19:45

Thanks to the generosity of Houghton-Mifflin Publishers, author Melinda Long, and Theatrical Rights Worldwide, MTVarts was able to present autographed copies of the book "How I Became a Pirate" to Mount Vernon City School libraries.

JJ House, Luna Moreland and Tressel Bockover presented the books to Principal Karen Boylan and Library Coordinator Marilyn Chidester.

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JJ felt good about giving to the schools. "Books are important and kids need to read," he explained. "This is a fun book that everyone can like. This book is good for kids to use their imagination." Tressel admitted to being "a little scared" presenting the books in front of a whole class but says, "This is good because now the kids have one more book to read."

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Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman, the composer/lyricist team that wrote the musical, as well as Fred Stuart, the Director of Marketing and Development for Theatrical Rights Worldwide, attended the finale of the book reading tour and opening night performance in September. All the guests were thrilled with our community and the reception they received due to the support of folks at Ariel Corp., Paragraphs Bookstore, MVNU, WNZR, First-Knox National Bank, and so many more. "What an amazing few days I had as your guest. You and your organization are remarkable! I sincerely hope to return and would really like to work with you again," said Stuart.


Braid Beard with bookThe musical version of "How I Became a Pirate" was performed to more than 1,000 people as part of The JJ Project, where MTVarts volunteers mentored an all-youth production team. The cast of pirates and a young Jeremy Jacob took us all on a hilarious, swashbuckling adventure reminding us the simple things in life – like being kissed and tucked into a warm bed each night – are the most important.


When asked how she felt when presenting the books, Luna admits with a giggle, "Um, happy. Famous." She went on to say, "Kids can be entertained by reading instead of watching TV. They will be really entertained by it. I think it's a good book for everyone to read. It's awesome because one book can be made into a whole opportunity like a play."


The generous donation of books was facilitated by Steve Spiegel, CEO of Theatrical Rights Worldwide.  The publisher shipped 100 books to author Melinda Long who in turn autographed each one and then shipped them onto Mount Vernon.  Books were given to all the volunteers (cast, crew, mentors, and youth production team) who participated in The JJ Project, awarded as prizes at the book reading tour finale at Paragraphs Bookstore and MVNU Hunter Hall, given to patrons and sponsors, and donated to libraries.  

MTVarts is blessed with the support of an awesome community; a community that broadens each day.

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The Pirate in All of Us

Wednesday, 28 August 2013 15:29 Matt Starr

On becoming “Sharktooth” in the musical How I Became a Pirate, I am fulfilling my childhood fantasy of sailing the seven seas, engaging in vast encounters with danger, living a life of adventure, and being able to tell stories about it to others. Pirates have scars, missing limbs, disfigurements, and other injuries all that tell a tale of overcoming tests of will, enduring a painful battle, and escaping danger time and again.
This escape into the world of make-believe as a pirate does more than take us away momentarily from the real world. This story reminds us of our own scars, tests, encounters with evil, and pain in our lives. While the pirates in this musical are portrayed more as caricatures of the buccaneers we know compared to those in classic stories, they still symbolize a way of life that some of us would like to have from time to time. Pirates are resilient creatures, matey!
Some of our scars (or wounds) are visible to others; some are tucked deep away in our souls. In the metaphoric state of the pirates on stage in this musical, I am allowed to entertain audience members as well as be free to allow my inner pirate to sing, dance, and be truthful. (It really is a cathartic and rewarding experience to perform on stage.)
So, what do I get to do specifically? I get to combat other people in sword fights. I get to battle the forces of Mother Nature. I get to come to terms with my own inner conflicts (you will know when you see the moment of the true “Sharktooth” character).  These challenges make the happy ending that much sweeter. The scars, bruises, broken bones, and “boo boos” make life that much more meaningful. The losses in battle make the victories more momentous and significant. Facing the dark side of humanity makes our lives in the world that much more treasured.  Isn’t that real life?


Cast Announced for How I Became A Pirate

Friday, 12 July 2013 18:45

Jeremy Jacob - Conner Triplett
Braid Beard - Joe Bell
Swill the Pirate - Aaron Moreland
Sharktooth the Pirate - Matt Starr
Pirate Pierre - William Harris
Max the Pirate - Ian Frasier Ernsberger
Pirate Seymour Braunschwagger - Nick Zarley
Pirate Scurvy Dog - Richard McKinley
Maestro de La Guitarro - Rick Schlegel
Calico Jack - Ted Dingler
Jeremy's Parents - John and Tonya Morgan



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