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"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

MARCELLUS WASHBURN  - Ian Ernsberger

MARIAN PAROO  - Elizabeth Barrettt

WINTHROP PAROO - Charlie Mayville 

MRS. PAROO - Luane Campbell

AMARYLLIS - Jillian Short 

CHARLIE COWELL - Nick Zarley

CONDUCTOR - Ted Dingler

CONSTABLE LOCK - Bill Harris
ETHEL TOFFELMIER - Juliet Strinka
EULALIE MACKECKNIE SHINN - Mary Dye
GRACIE SHINN - Joselyn Bates
MAYOR SHINN - Richard McKinley

ZANEETA SHINN  - Annie Robertson

TOMMY DJILAS - Josh Kohler

THE QUARTET . . .

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

NEWSPAPER READERS 

Paul Mayville, Alex Robinson

TRAVELING SALESMEN

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

PICK A LITTLE LADIES

Carrie Swingle, Beth Robinson, Jeanne Griggs, Leann Berg

RIVER CITY TOWNSPEOPLE

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

Breanna Olms, Rick Schlegel, Fredi Bockover

DANCE CORE

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

FEATURED DANCERS

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

THE BAND

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

Grace Mayville, Lily Mayville, Allison Page, Alex Deihl

 
THE PRODUCTION TEAM

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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Of Mice and Men Music Selections

Thursday, 18 April 2013 19:47
Songs used in of Mice and Men:
 

Iron & Wine



Buy the song "Faded From the Winter" on the album: Creek Drank the Cradle

 

http://www.ironandwine.com

 

Horse Feathers



 

 Buy the song "Elergy for Quitters" and "Elergy For Quitters" on the album: Cynic's New Year

 

http://horsefeatherstheband.com/

 

 Euodia Ensemble



 

 Buy the song "Were You There" on the album: Euodia Best Selection 2

 

 

 

 Glen Hansard

 

 Buy the song "Come Away to the Water" on the album: Rhythm and Repose Deluxe Edition

 
 

http://www.glenhansardmusic.com

 

 

 Barton Hollow

 

 

 Buy the song "The Violet Hour" on the album: The Civil Wars

 

http://thecivilwars.com/

 The Wailin' Jennys

 Buy the song "Long Time Traveller" on the album: Firecracker

 

http://www.redhouserecords.com

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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