How MTVarts has helped/changed my life was helping me get out of my comfort zone. Being on that stage, with all those people watching you, can be kind of scary. I'm not going to lie, it was pretty scary the first time I did it. It also really helped my self-esteem a lot. I was one of those people who thought they couldn't do anything right, but once I got on stage, that all changed. MTVarts was the reason.
I have been in 2 shows, so far, with MTVarts. I was in The Little Mermaid Jr. I was given the honor of playing Alana, one of Ariel's sisters. I am now in the newest play, Aladdin Jr. I am playing the part of narrator 1. With both shows, I didn't get the parts I was trying for, but I know they assign roles that are perfect for each and every person who tries.
Thank you very much, MTVarts, for helping me with my self-confidence, forcing me out of my comfort zone and giving me the opportunity to be on stage, where I belong.
Chloe – age 13
Being a part of a production like MTVarts makes me feel proud. When I hear people clapping for us, it makes me feel like I am part of something important. MTVarts makes me feel like more than just a little girl. When I am in practice or performing with the group, I feel like an actor, a dancer, and a singer. I love it.
MTVarts gives children like me a place to interact with some of the other children around here and make new friends. It is so fun to be in a group of girls who are all dancing and singing together. I was still friends with some of the people I met in last year's show, and this year I met even more people! I'm grateful that I get to be a part of this show.
Cora - age 9
As our passionate, audience-driven volunteers scurry to mount our 2020 season of making theatre, I must smile. We are all so fortunate to live in this community with access to organizations like MTVarts.
Last year we wrapped up production on our 44th show and, believe it, making theatre is hard work. 2019 ended the decade strongly with 20 performances of 4 shows with 19,848 recorded volunteers’ hours from 263 folks. The dollar value of that (according to the Independent Sector) is $504,727. There is even more when you consider prep work and event support that isn’t recorded. Now that is passion for the arts!
To cover our 2019 production costs, our tickets should have averaged $31
but thanks to amazing support from an engaged community, no ticket was over $20.
We can’t do this alone – partnerships are vital. Cash donors, advertisers, local foundations, and sponsorships from local businesses and organizations make it possible to fulfill our mission of quality, affordable live theatre.