MTVarts is thrilled to announce our 2024 Season. We are offering a rich array of shows, community engagement, and educational programs. After 17 years of tenure as Artistic Director of MTVarts, I realize more than ever our opportunity and responsibility to deliver on our mission … to inspire dreams, teach skills, instill confidence and courage; and, above all, ensure quality affordable live theatre. We must also envision what our next chapter will be.
This season of making theatre we will offer our traditional productions which includes our classic series in April with August Wilson’s “Fences” and this summer’s July musical “Footloose” based on the popular 1984 movie. Both will be performed at the beautifully restored Woodward Opera House.
In 2024 we celebrate the 10th year anniversary of artsIQ youth productions, a valuable tool equipping the next generation of arts enthusiasts. We are offering two musicals featuring our youth actors. “Honk Jr” is a delightful retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Ugly Duckling and in the fall we will revive our first artsIQ musical when we present “Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR”.
We are honored to partner with Kenyon Hillel House and the Office of Community Partnerships to present the powerful work by Michael Slade "And A Child Shall Lead.” Both artsIQ musicals and this new classroom connection will be presented at the Knox County Memorial Theater.
We have high hopes for warehouse14 in 2024 with an eye toward restoration of Blackberry Alley and another year of Pop Up Blackbox. The intimate “An Evening of One-Acts” was well received and will return in January with productions of “Ascension Day” and “The Whole Shebang”.
An awry of classes and workshops will be taught by theater trained instructors and will be offered year round. Hiring our Education Coordinator will strengthen our relationship with the Knox County Education Service Center and continue building rapport with local colleges, arts education providers, and community partners to raise the curtain on arts education in Knox County.
The mission of artsIQ is to encourage the next generation to find their voice in the performing arts. In the words of the famous opera legend, Maria Callas, "When the curtain raises, the only thing that speaks is courage."
Excitement is brewing in the charming town of Mount Vernon, Ohio as the iconic musical "Sister Act" makes its way to The Woodward Opera House this summer. Known for its vibrant performances, the renowned Knox Memorial theater has been a beloved venue for years. However, this marks the first time the MTVarts Summer Musical will grace the historic stage of The Woodward, promising a unique and unforgettable experience for theater enthusiasts.
The Woodward Opera House:
The Woodward Opera House, nestled in the heart of Mount Vernon, is a cultural gem that has stood as a pillar of the community since its construction in 1851. Recognized as one of the oldest authentic opera houses in the United States, The Woodward is a historic landmark that boasts exquisite architectural details and a rich history of hosting exceptional performances.
Featuring state-of-the-art acoustics and a seating capacity of several hundred, The Woodward Opera House provides a charming and intimate setting that allows audience members to immerse themselves fully in the theatrical experience. Its grand stage and elegant atmosphere offer the perfect backdrop for the energetic and soulful Sister Act.
A Perfect Match:
The decision to bring Sister Act to The Woodward Opera House is a perfect match, merging the timeless appeal of the musical with the historic charm of the venue. As the talented cast takes to the stage, the audience can expect a dazzling production filled with stellar performances, catchy tunes, and a heartwarming story that will leave them tapping their feet and humming the songs long after the final curtain call.
The summer show at The Woodward provides an excellent opportunity for theater enthusiasts and newcomers alike to experience the magic of live performances in a setting that exudes elegance and grandeur. Mount Vernon residents and visitors from surrounding areas will undoubtedly relish the chance to witness the impressive transformation of The Woodward Opera House into a vibrant theater, showcasing the finest talent in the region.
The arrival of Sister Act at The Woodward Opera House in Mount Vernon, Ohio heralds a new chapter in the town's rich theatrical tradition. The move from the Knox Memorial theater to The Woodward promises a fresh and invigorating experience for both performers and audience members alike. With its rich history, stunning architecture, and exceptional acoustics, The Woodward provides the perfect backdrop for the lively and uplifting performances of Sister Act.
So mark your calendars, gather your friends and family, and prepare to be swept away by the infectious energy and soul-stirring music of Sister Act at The Woodward Opera House. It's a summer show that promises to be a memorable experience for all, as the timeless magic of theater merges with the historic charm of Mount Vernon's beloved opera house.
MTVarts grew from a vision to mount “Peter Pan” and fly! No cash, few volunteers, just a dream. Twelve years later, all-volunteer MTVarts has produced 42 shows and has a home-of-our own at warehouse14!
Friday evening at the Kenyon Athletic Center the members of Knox County Chamber of Commerce awarded MTVarts the 2018 Quality of Life Award, given to a non-profit whose work has enriched the lives of Knox County residents.
Creating community theatre is hard work but the reward is a powerful, unified network of amazing people on and off the stage. Many give thousands of hours of their time to engage, educate, and entertain! Together we can do so much to make our community thrive!
THANK YOU Chamber, THANK YOU supporters, THANK YOU volunteers!
MTVarts 2019 Lighting and Sound Workshops were made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.
MTVarts is proud to support the work of The Knox Community Jazz Orchestra by sharing our rehearsal space at warehouse14. Sundays this fall you will hear the sounds of preparation for their holiday concert.
You can also purchase tickets online by choosing the buy tickets button on our Home page.
Here's a performance you won't want to miss as the holiday season arrives: the second annual Christmas concert of the Knox Community Jazz Orchestra. The 20-member big band will present "Swing into Christmas" on Sunday, December 2, at 3:00 p.m. in the Memorial Theater, Mount Vernon. Vocalists Alison Cline and Brad Fox will join the band in a full program of seasonal classics, including "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Jingle Bells," "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," "Joy to the Word," "Christmas Time Is Here," and "Sleigh Ride." This concert will get your toes tapping and put a smile on your face. Tickets cost $10 (free admission for children of 10 and under) and may be purchased at MTVarts.com, First Knox National Bank, Paragraphs Bookstore, and at the door.
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