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Education and Theater Combined to Create the Methacton Community Theater

By Elisha Neubauer

In 1977, a group of teachers from the Methacton School District bound together to bring more arts to their community. They founded the Methacton Community Theater, a place for residents of Collegeville, PA to both view and be part of great theater.

Today, Methacton Community Theater is a 501©3 not-for-profit organization. Although their affiliation with the Methacon School District has come to an end in recent years, they are still extremely proud of their history, continuing to employ an educational aspect to their daily operations. Scholarships and youth theater programs have remained at the forefront of the MCT.

Shows are performed in a variety of locations, such as the Shannondell in Audubon and the Variety Club in Worchester. The Methacton Community Theater has always been a volunteer operation, so those who are involved truly love the world of theater. Jude Adams, President of MCT, has been a member of the theater for over 20 years.

"I caught the theater bug in high school, and my friends and I were looking for some fun shows to do over the summer," Adams said. "We found out about MCT, and here I am 21 years later, still involved."

The group now has over 100 members of dedicated theater amateurs and professionals.

"MCT has always been known as a welcoming place for everyone," Adams said. "We have people of all ages and abilities."

As the organization's original inspiration involved the educational aspect of the theater culture, the group has continued to offer their scholarship program every year without interruption since its original inception back in 1977. Once only offered to seniors from Methacton and Perkiomen Valley High Schools, the group has recently expanded its eligibility to cover all local high schools in the area. The program is available to help cover some of the costs of a college education and is available to high school seniors who have been involved with the theater in some way over their high school career.

"I was lucky enough to win the scholarship myself in 1996," Adams said.

One of the biggest things that the theater wants to stress to the residents of Collegeville is that they want everyone to get involved. Regardless of whether residents are hands-on or simply observing the performances, the group strives to see everyone find their place within the theater.

As their website reads, "Whether you simply enjoy sitting back and watching a great production, are a new talent and want to unleash your potential on the world, are returning to the stage or want to try your hand for the first time at this thing called community theater, MCT welcomes you."

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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