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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



Music Man Cast List

Monday, 29 April 2013 01:09

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Here is the cast!


HAROLD HILL - Mike Andrews


MARIAN PAROO  - Elizabeth Barrettt

WINTHROP PAROO - Charlie Mayville 

MRS. PAROO - Luane Campbell

AMARYLLIS - Jillian Short 


CONDUCTOR - Ted Dingler

GRACIE SHINN - Joselyn Bates
MAYOR SHINN - Richard McKinley

ZANEETA SHINN  - Annie Robertson

TOMMY DJILAS - Josh Kohler


EWART DUNLOP - Mitchell Gale

OLIVER HIX - Shawn Barrett
JACEY SQUIRES - Michael Harris
OLIN BRITT - Steve Jenkins

MAUD DUNLOP - Megan Evans

ALMA HIX - Amanda Mayville

MRS. SQUIRES - Kate Redfield

MRS. BRITT  - Pamela Faust


Paul Mayville, Alex Robinson


Walker Griggs, Steven Meeker, Brian Munson,Ryan Serverance, Doug Reitsma


Carrie Swingle, Beth Robinson, Jeanne Griggs, Leann Berg


Daniel Barich, Mary Harris, Jennifer Walters, Jennifer Geiger, Clara Bradley,

Breanna Olms, Rick Schlegel, Fredi Bockover


Gina Barone, Alex Robinson, Graham Hughes, Marie Marzarotto, Brian Munson


Veronica Morgan, Rachel Murray, Erica Browning, Emily Waters, Brianna Coventry-Smith


William Manning, Julia Manning, David Van Slyke, Tartiana Suddreth, JJ House, Danae Jenkins,

Grace Mayville, Lily Mayville, Allison Page, Alex Deihl


Director - Leah Andrews
Music Director - Diane Dingler
Choreographer - Katie Delozier
Accompanist - Corey Strinka
Set Design - Bruce Jacklin
Set Construction - Steve Herbst, Joe Bell, Dan Bockover, Ian Ernsberger
Tech Director - Scott Swingle
Assistant TD - Ian Ernsberger
Tech team - Carrie Crouch, Joanna Manning, Matthew Omahan, Ali Trudel
Assistant Director - Steve Meeker
Head Costumer - Mary Ann Calhoun
Costume Secretary - Carrie Swingle
Seamstresses - Susan Brown, Megan Evans, Luane Campbell, Chris Aust
Stage Manager James Michalovich
Asst SM - Bonnie Pickett, Ashleigh Zarley
Stage Crew - Cathern Collier, Jake Pido, EJ Pido, Fred Mayville, Lexy Murray, Madison Murray, Chris Aust, Rachael Aust, Dan Bockover
Fly Supervisor - Sam Vance
Painters - Bruce Jacklin, Chris Aust, Elaine Ambroisiani, Rachael Aust, John Kolberg
Prop Mistress - Megan Evans
Prop Manager - Katie Pido
Front of House Team - Kati Bockover, Kim Bradley, Kailey Bradley, Joellen Hunter, Sadie Hunter
Head Usher - Joanne Snow
Ushers - Friends of MTVarts
Publicity and Playbill design - Carrie Crouch
Photographers - Scott Swingle, Justin Aikman
Producers - Scott Swingle, Janis Stone

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