Our Classic Series, OF MICE AND MEN directed by Aaron Moreland was seen by nearly 680 students in the free daytime performance. Our sincere thanks to John Jurkowitz, Mount Vernon City Schools, Knox County Career Center, Fredericktown, Danville, Clearfork and East Knox High Schools as well as the MVNU theatre department for attending. Evening performances were seen by 337 patrons, 53 of which were comp tickets for students. Thanks, Joe Mortellaro! Your $3,000 donation helped us move the production to Mount Vernon, a more central location in the county. Also thanks to the Youth Philanthropy Initiative of the Community Foundation for their gift of $1,000.
Meredith Willson’s THE MUSIC MAN marched into Mount Vernon to rave reviews of over 2500 audience members. Special thanks to Director Leah Andrews, Music Director Diane Dingler, Conductor Dane Heuchemer, and our loyal volunteers that filled out the production team. Our show paid for itself and the profit made went to cover our general management budget.
Something new and exciting, and a true fulfillment of our mission, happened in September . . . THE JJ PROJECT. JJ House had a dream to direct and we made that dream a reality with a production of the musical HOW I BECAME A PIRATE. The cast was stellar and audiences loved the show! MTVarts adult volunteers mentored the all youth production team and as always all worked together to make some magic. The kids had a real chance to learn how this all happens and MTVarts did some building for the future.
Theatrical Rights Worldwide Director of Marketing Development Fred Stuart and the Composer/Lyricist team of Mark Friedman and Janet Vogt were among many special guests. Support from MVNU, Paragraphs Book Store, WNZR, SPI and many others helped host a community event culminating the book reading tour. Thanks to author Melinda Long for her skype appearance. The JJ Project was simply amazing.
We continue to promote performing arts through our website and contact with our database which has grown to over 1200. We rent warehouse space and share that with our partners. We are negotiating now to move our costumes which are housed in donated space to a more accessible, climate controlled rented space. We also offer online ticketing via Vendini and in cooperation with First-Knox National Bank. You can buy tickets online for all MTVarts productions, many of our Partner events and some community events.
MTVarts strives to be audience-driven so your questions and comments are always welcome. Just email us at
Our dreams are as diverse as the volunteers that make up our MTVarts family. Our goal is to provide quality, affordable performing arts for our community. Ticket sales alone cannot fund both "quality" and "affordable. We need your help!
Dreams become reality when you believe. So clap your hands (after writing a check and mailing it or donating online) and say with me . . . I believe! I believe! Dreams will LIVE in 2013!