MTVarts presents “Oliver” this weekend and next week

MTVarts presents the musical “Oliver” at the Knox Memorial Theater.
The award-winning musical adaptation of the classic Dickens novel springs to life with some of the most memorable characters and songs ever to grace the stage.

The Morning Thing featured a conversation with Director, Bruce Jacklin and Jillian Snow, who plays the character of Oliver.
We also shared the cast singing the popular song “Consider Yourself” from the musical.

Click HERE to enjoy the conversations and the song!

Ticket information can be found at https://mtvarts.com/index.php/upcoming-events/166-oliver

PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIME:

  • Saturday July 9 @ 7:30 pm
  • Sunday July 10 @ 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday July 13 @ 7:30 pm
  • Thursday July 14 @ 7:30 pm
  • Friday July 15 @ 7:30 pm
  • Saturday July 16 @ 7:30 pm
  • Sunday July 17 @ 2:00 pm

THE STORY:

The award-winning musical adaptation of the classic Dickens novel springs to life with some of the most memorable characters and songs ever to grace the stage.
Consider yourself at home with Lionel Bart’s classic musical based on the Charles Dickens novel, Oliver Twist. The Tony and Olivier Award-winning show is one of the few musicals to win an Academy Award for Best Picture and is widely hailed as a true theatrical masterpiece by actors and audience members alike.
The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. When Oliver is captured for a theft that he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family.

For more information about Oliver and MTVarts, go to https://mtvarts.com/


MTVarts hosts Frozen Junior this weekend! WNZR gives you a chance to meet the cast!

MTVarts presents Frozen Junior this weekend in the Memorial Theater at the Knox Memorial. WNZR has been honored to feature some cast members of the production all this week on The Morning Thing.

Click HERE to hear from these cast members:
Minda Bates – Anna (16 years old, Junior, Homeschool)
Ashlynn Scott – Elsa (16 years old, Sophomore, Homeschool)
Esme McDonald – Sven (16 years old, Junior at Mount Vernon High School)
Maggie Richardson – Olaf (14 years old, Freshman at Newark Catholic)
Sage Szucs – Queen Iduna (15 years old, Sophomore at Mount Vernon High School)
Emily Hammond – Pabbie (16 years old, Junior at Mount Vernon High School)
Peyton Hauenstein-Cline – Oaken (15 years old, Freshman at Mount Vernon High School)

Listen in as these amazing young actors describe their characters, favorite songs, and costumes. They also share with us their favorite memories of this experience on stage. 

You can enjoy Frozen Junior this weekend!

3 performances

Friday September 24 at 7:30pm

Saturday September 25 at 7:30pm

Sunday September 26 at 2:00pm

Go to www.mtvarts.com for ticket information.

Disney’s enchanting modern classic presented by the artsIQ youth ages 13 to 18 will melt your heart.

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!

MTVarts hosts Frozen KIDS this weekend! WNZR gives you a chance to meet the cast!

MTVarts presents Frozen Kids this weekend in the Memorial Theater at the Knox Memorial. WNZR has been honored to feature some cast members of the production all this week on The Morning Thing.

Listen in as these amazing young actors describe their characters, favorite songs, and costumes. They also share with us their favorite memories of this experience on stage. 

Click HERE to hear from these cast members.
Rosie Bernicken – Ensemble/Unicorn (8 years old, 3rd grade at Centerburg Elementary)
Jenna Jurkowitz – Olaf (11 years old, 6th grade at Mount Vernon Middle School)
Reese Ferenbaugh – Elsa (12 years old, 7th grade at East Knox)
Zell Pastor, Storyteller (11 years old, 6th grade at Mount Vernon Middle School)
Gavin Andrews (13 years old, 8th grade at Mount Vernon Middle School) plays Duke of Weselton in Frozen Junior and William Andrews (11 years old, 6th grade at Mount Vernon Middle School) plays Prince Hans in Frozen Kids
Avery Sears – Storyteller (11 years old, 6th grade at Mount Vernon Middle School)
Stemen Family – Will (15 years old, 10th grade at Mount Vernon High School) plays Kristoff in Frozen Junior; Rosie (11 years old, 6th grade at Mount Vernon Middle School) plays Anna in Frozen Kids and Ben (almost 13 years old, 7th grade at Mount Vernon Middle School) plays The King in Frozen Kids

You can enjoy Frozen Kids this weekend!

3 performances

Friday September 17 at 7:30pm

Saturday September 18 at 2:00pm

Saturday September 18 at 7:30pm

Go to HERE for ticket information.

Do you want to build a snowman? Join Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Sven, and all of your favorite characters as they embark on an epic, ice-filled journey of self-discovery, camaraderie, and the real meaning of true love.

The Morning Thing loves musicals

Today for our Friday Favorites, we honored the MTVArts production of “The Sound of Music”.
The WNZR Staff shared about their favorite musicals.

Marcy Rinehart

Kelsi Brake

Wesley Boston

Jonathon Langdon

You still have time to see the amazing local production of The Sound of Music. Click HERE for ticket information.

We salute MTVArts and their cast and crew for this production. Break a leg!

Annie is coming to the Knox County Memorial Theatre

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MTVarts presents 2 productions of Annie this weekend.

Join MTVArts and First Knox National Bank as they take you to New York City with their productions of Annie Jr. and Annie Kids!
It’s the classic heartwarming story of Annie, and her attempts to escape the hard knock life of the orphanage.

The Morning Thing talked with Megan Campbell and Andrew Ruckman about their upcoming performances. Click HERE to hear our conversation with Annie and Mr. Warbucks.

Performances will be held at the Knox County Memorial Theatre. You will have the chance to see two different casts performing two adaptations of the award-winning musical.

Annie Jr is a 90 minute performance at 7:30 PM on Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22 and at 2:00 PM on Sunday, September 23. Tickets are $15.

Annie Kids is a 45 minute performance, the perfect introduction to live theatre for a young audience member. Shows are 7:30 PM on Thursday, September 20 and 2:00 PM Saturday, September 22. Tickets for these performances are $10.

Tomorrow may be only a day away, but tickets for both shows are available now at the First Knox National Bank Main Office in Mount Vernon, or online at MTVArts.com! Purchase a ticket for both shows and save $5. Just click on the Packages button of the Upcoming Events Tab.

For more information, visit MTVArts.com

WNZR considers Annie Jr. and Annie Kids as G rated shows. However, we do recognize that some content can be considered more or less appropriate. That is why we are providing a list of content to keep you informed.

The shows include:
– Characters shoving each other and fighting
– Name calling
– Reference to a character having been in prison
– Characters drink champagne
– Annie is spanked by Miss Hannigan
– Characters say “heck” and “God”
– A character shows a knife and refers to making Annie “disappear.”
– Orphans sing about making Miss Hannigan a “Mickey Finn,” which is a drugged drink.

MTVarts presents “The Addams Family”

WNZR’s Todd McKinley talked with Kelly Lauth, the actress playing Morticia in the MTVarts production of “The Addams Family”.
Click HERE to hear their full conversation.

Kelly is part of a very talented cast that will present 6 shows at the Knox County Memorial Theatre.
Click HERE for more information on the show and to purchase tickets.

 

Would you shave your head for a role? We know someone who did!

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Today on the Morning Thing, we talked with Buck Thompson. He is playing Uncle Fester in the MTVArts upcoming production of The Addams Family. Buck talks about the role and having to shave his head! To hear the full conversation, click HERE! For more information on the production, click HERE!

The Morning Thing Fave 5 – our favorite theater experiences

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All week long, we have been talking about the upcoming productions from MTVarts.
“How I Became A Pirate” will hit the Memorial Theater stage this weekend: Friday 9/15 at 7:30pm and Saturday 9/16 at 2pm and 7:30pm.
“Lion King Junior” will take the stage next weekend: Friday 9/22 at 7:30pm, Saturday 9/23 at 7:30pm and Sunday 9/24 at 2pm.
Click HERE for ticket information.

In honor of these productions, our Morning Thing crew (plus Joe Rinehart from the Afternoon Drive) shared their favorite theater experiences.

Marcy Rinehart

Daria Swisher

Eddie Dilts

Trevor Moore

Joe Rinehart

(Picture is of Eddie Dilts and Rachel Rinehart in MVNU’s Production of “Don’t Take My Penny”)

Bye Bye Birdie!

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MTVArts production of Bye Bye Birdie has its opening performance his Friday, July 7th.  WNZR recommends those attending are ages 12+.  We had a chance to have some conversations with the cast and crew for the musical.  Check them out at the links below

Bruce Jacklin

Ian Ernsberger

Mark Fonghheiser

Amanda Mayville

Aaron Moreland

Annika Wolfe

For more information on MTVArts and where you can buy tickets, you can go to their website mtvarts.com.

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