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To quote the immortal lyrics of Queen,

“The show must go on ...
The show must go on ... 
Inside my heart is breaking ... 
My make-up may be flaking ... 
But my smile still stays on…

The world of theater is asking itself “can the show go on?”
Companies and theater troupes across the world haven’t been able to put on live in-person productions since mid-March. Many, like MTVarts and the Alcove Dinner Theater, postponed or canceled the rest of their spring and summer season. Plans to reopen this fall are tentative at best. While certain restrictions can be worked around for live music and outdoor events  can we still, with these restrictions, do our part to open up live theater soon?

Live theater is an art form that requires a personal intimacy from both the actors and the audience.  It’s to tell the story. How can we tell the story in a world where we social distance wearing face coverings? 

Both MTVarts and the  Alcove Dinner Theater had to cancel six shows this spring and summer. We hope to include the productions in the next season, though even planning that far ahead is in a sense meaningless.

When theater reopens it might be a little different, and it will come back, because it speaks to the human condition and society will need it. I'm optimistic to see how we're going to adapt to  this strange “next normal”. -Artistic Director Bruce Jacklin


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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.

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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, First Knox National Bank, Paragraphs Bookstore, and at the door.

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2018qualityMTVarts 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!

Our summer musical, Bye Bye Birdie, has been cast and rehearsals are well underway. The first public preview will be June 9 in the town square at the First Friday Event. We have some familiar faces involved with production, along with some new people in new positions. It's going to be an exciting show. We also have visual art classes beginning in a couple of weeks. These camps range from ages 3 to 13. Each camp is arranged in three various age groups, and enrollment for the art camps are online. How I Became a Pirate will begin rehearsals next month with most of the original cast returning. Don't miss the fun, tickets are onsale online now! The second show for the Alcove season, Always a Bridesmaid runs from July 28 through August 12. Registration has now been closed for Lion King Jr. The workshop will begin in August. A lot going on in this busy is in the air!