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1 on 1 matching graphic with logo copyDonate now and your gift will be doubled! Thanks to a generous grant, Knox County Foundation will match (1:1) cash donations up to $10,000. We are extremely grateful for this gift in support of our mission to bring affordable, live, local theatre to our community. MTVarts has always been a theatre company built by the community for the community.

We have an ambitious vision for 2023 but we need your help to make it all a reality.  Thanks to our patrons that supported us in 2022 and for those who have already donated for next year. If you believe in the power of the arts, please join us in support  and Imagine more, together! 


It's a "big bright beautiful world" as everyone's favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance.  Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, Shrek JR. is an irreverently fun show with a powerful message for the whole family. Our show will take the stage of the Memorial for 4 performances Friday, September 23rd through Sunday September 25th.

Thanks to First Church of the Nazarene for allowing MTVarts the use of their Family Life Center and Teen Wing to host a week long artsIQ workshop under the direction of Christan Sears.  Instructors Caroline Pletcher, Corey Strinka, Christopher Hartman, Mary Harris, Bruce Jacklin, Leah Miller, Susan Brown, Ruth Frady, Kerri Mahan, Steve Jefferson, and Abigail Tayse led sessions on different aspects of musical production. Chloe Skillman, Taryn Waugh, Rachel Furr, Kristen Campbell, Sarah Gratz, and many parents supported in countless ways to make the week a rousing success.  

MTVarts is proud to announce the cast of artsIQ SHREK JR  

Storyteller Pink Flora

Storyteller Blue Merryweather

Storyteller Green Fauna

Mama Ogre

Papa Ogre

Little Ogre




Lord Farquaad

Captain of the Guards



Big Bad Wolf

Pig 1

Pig 2

Pig 3

Blind Mice 1

Blind Mice 2

Blind Mice 3

Wicked Witch

Peter Pan

Ugly Duckling

Mama Bear

Papa Bear

Baby Bear

Dwarf/Grumpy Farmer




Puss in Boots

Young Fiona

Teen Fiona

Princess Fiona

Princess Fiona Ogre

Knight 1

Knight 2       

Knight 3     

Knight 4

Knight 5      

Pied Piper





Dragon Puppet                









Woodland Creatures


Madelyn Jones

Isabella Oster

Nora Gotschall

McKinley Figurski

Kale Oswalt

Charles Arrigo

Jackson Barrett

Kiarah Smith

Logan Montgomery

Drew Caton

Antonio Rojas

Ashlynn Scott

Esme McDonald

Peyton Hauenstein Cline

Ady DeCosky

Briggs Swallow

Zell Paster

Reese Ferenbaugh

Kailee Foreman

Gabrielle Fuller

Auralie Yoder

Carter Skillman

Kiersten Clinedinst

Rosie Stemen

Ben Stemen 

Jo Jo Lobdell

Will Stemen

Avery Sears

Madison Sichina 

Corra Griffith

Lanah Andrews

Kate Gottke

Kate Marhefka

Minda Bates

McKinley Figurski

Sadie Ryals

Elizabeth Shull

Gwen Brady

Gabrielle Fuller

Jillian Snow

Will Pletcher

Dorthea McCoy

Deyvon Hall

Owen Cook

Simon Ryals

 Maggie Richardson

  • Charlee Clinedinst
  • Izzy Cook
  • Owen Cook
  • Zach Cramer
  • Gabrielle Fuller
  • Clara Hauenstein
  • Dorthea McCoy
  • Will Pletcher
  • Jillian Snow
  • Camilla Witt

  • Rinoa Beard
  • Rosie Bernicken
  • Evelyn Brandenberg
  • Marley Carrico
  • Eleanor Cramer
  • Lily Farmer
  • Charlee Foley
  • Julia Foley
  • Brooklyn Fullington
  • Maddie Graham
  • Ava Hoobler
  • Mira Jedlinsky
  • Anna Miletic
  • Andrew Petersen
  • Anneliese Scott
  • Annie Stemen
  • Josie Snyder
  • Amelia Wells
  • Ryder Witt

Production Crew : Ainsley Sweeney, Joslin Frazer, Maura Lauth, Jenna Jurkowitz, Will Stemen

Additional roles will be assigned once logistics are worked out. No one will appear in just one song/scene. If you are unable to accept your role please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Performance dates have changed. Second weekend cancelled.  See show page.



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!

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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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