Morgantown Theatre Company (MTC) was established as a non-profit organization in 1998 by Hillary Phillips, already the successful director of numerous children’s theatre performances.
MTC provides school age children with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a variety of theatre arts activities. Each semester, every MTC student “gets a part” with direct on-stage experience. Besides acting, singing and dancing, MTC students develop behind the scenes skills in set and prop design, lighting, sound effects, makeup, stage management, and even directing. These activities help build self-confidence, teamwork, responsibility, problem solving, communication, and leadership skills.
MTC students undertake intensive preparation for plays and musicals, which requires great dedication and diligence – but throughout the process they have fun and develop lasting friendships with children throughout the area. Approximately 4-6 productions are performed for the general public each year on the Metropolitan Theatre stage after MTC moved to the lower, mid-level of the Metropolitan Theatre in April, 2005. The first production on this new stage was Beauty and the Beast in February, 2006.
Additionally, MTC students often take their show “on the road.” In 2000, MTC students entertained Secretary of State, Colin Powell and former West Virginia governor Cecil H. Underwood at “West Virginia’s Promise: The Alliance for Youth Celebration: in Charleston. MTC students have entertained “cabaret-style” for Make-a-Wish foundation benefits in Clarksburg and Wheeling, WVU Children’s Hospital Curtain Call for Kids, a benefit for the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, the West Virginia Special Olympics State Competition, and held audience participatory performances for senior care facilities. The theatre company has performed at Morgantown’s “Kids Day,” the BOPARC Balloon Festival, and worked in after-school enrichment programs, HSTA programs, and the opening/closing ceremonies for Energy Express.
MTC strives to be inclusive so that every interested child may participate in the program. Full and partial scholarships are offered based on financial need. The theatre relies on grants and donations, in addition to tuition, to keep its doors open.