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COME FLY WITH US! Yellow brick roads, flying monkeys, talking lions, and magical ruby slippers ... It’s not a dream; it's a place, and you can be there July 6-14!

Once again MTVarts will be on the stage at the Knox County Memorial Theater; we can't wait to showcase all the technical upgrades being completed. ZFX Flying Effects from Louisville, Ky. has been hired to facilitate theatrical flight. Performance rights obtained from Tams-Witmark: A Concord Theatricals Company.

Bruce Jacklin and his artistic team, including Music Director Diane Dingler, choreography by Laura Webster, Kristen Michels, Leslie Bell, and Carrie Hyman, costuming by Susan S.B. Brown, Jessica Smarrella, Ruth Frady, Kerri Mahan and their team, and set by Joe Bell will take a fresh look at the classic tale. Stage Management will be led by Samantha Turner working with lighting designer Katie Vicellio, sound designer Alex Thompson, fly caption Steve Jefferson supported by a stage crew which includes Eli Chung and Jennifer Walters.

Keeping with the nationwide popularity of “Wicked, the Musical,” the film “Oz The Great and Powerful” and numerous steampunk versions on the Syfy channel, the audience is hungry for something "new yet familiar” says Director Jacklin. “With all the traditional characters, film dialogue and the MGM score, we are designing some spectacular visual elements with the costumes, set pieces, choreography and lighting. While presenting something familiar, yet new, we never lose the fact that 'there’s no place like home.'”



Dorothy Gale  ~ Hannah Chelle Frye

Zeke / Cowardly Lion ~ Thor Collard

Hickory / Tin Man ~ Aaron Turnbull

Hunk / Scarecrow ~ Mark Mahan

Glinda ~ Colleen Fitzpatrick

Guard of Oz ~ Rodney Cheek

Professor Marvel / Wizard of Oz ~ Ian Fraser Ernsberger

Mrs. Gulch / Wicked Witch of the West ~ Megan Evans

Aunt Em ~ Abigail Tayse

Uncle Henry ~ John Wareham

Mayor Of Munchkin City ~ Carrie Hyman

Muchkin Braggert ~ Joey Ferguson

Munchkin Herald ~ Rebecca Davis

Munchkin Barrister ~ Joselyn Bates

Munchkin Coroner ~ Kate Ernsberger

Munchkin Teacher ~ Kerri Mahan

Munchkin Fathers ~ Madigan Kennedy, Isabella Fontaine

Munchkin Fiddler ~ Emily Hammond

Lollipop Guild ~ Joey Daley, Joey Ferguson, Rogue Griffith

Lullaby League ~ Kiersten Clinedinst, Jillian Snow, Reese Ferenbaugh

Crows / Flying Monkeys ~ Alex Diehl, Kyle Boucher, Samuel Wolfe

Nikko ~ Samuel Wolf

Trees ~ Abigail Tayse, Ella Ackert, Caroline Pletcher

Winkie General - Jay Mahan

Winkies ~ Glen Hissong, Tyler Scowden, Bill Davis, Daniel Barich


Minda Bates

Fredi Bockover

Gwen Brady

Elizabeth Diehl

Mary Rugola Dye

Emilee Fletcher

Vivian Hawk

Gwen Stein

-Featured dancers will be announced at a later date-



Workshop and intensive offer a unique opportunity for hands on theatre education.  Together students will embark on an arduous journey to create a live musical theatre event.  Along the way their multi-tasking will build confidence, teach life skills, foster collaborative relationships, and educate the imaginiation.

Registration is now closed

Sign up will remain open until capacity is reached.  Those participants we are able to accept will be notified by May 18.
Interest sign up does not guarantee a spot in the workshop/intensive however once accepted a role is guaranteed in one of the 2 productions. Although unlikely, JR intensive participants may be offered a role in the KIDS production; KIDS workshop participants may be offered a role in JR production.  Both show casts will be announced around July 20.

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The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder, in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka KIDS is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth.

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR and Willy Wonka KIDS follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory — or suffer the consequences.


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Public Performances:

Friday September 20 @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday September 21 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday  September 22 @ 2:00 p.m.


Roald Dahl's timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir is a golden ticket to adventure. Join us for this delicious adventure presented by seasoned youth performers as a 90 minute full scale musical.  Live theatre for all ages. 

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Public Performances:

Friday September 13 @ 7:30 p.m.
Saturday September 14 @ 2:00 p.m.

KIDS is designed for our youngest patrons in mind and is the perfect introduction to live theatre.  Run time is 60 minutes with no intermission.


Production Team Members for both productions:

Susan Brown, Rodney Cheek, Ian & Kate Ernsberger, Ruth Frady, Carrie Hyman, Joe Jancura, Mary Kepple, Bruce Jacklin, Kerri Mahan, Jessica Smarrella, Laura Webster, Kristen Campbell, Sarah Gratz, ... more to come.