Category: 2020



Dear friend of MCCT,

Please join Monroe County Civic Theatre Sunday, August 2nd at 2 pm for our 2020 Revue -a showcase of performances including drama, comedy, song, dance and pure entertainment for the whole family. 

You can join the live performance by Clicking HERE to Register or using this link:

After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email with info about joining the webinar and a link to get you in. We encourage you to register for the webinar so you can interact with other audience members, cheer on your favorite performers and offer live commentary.
You can also visit our Facebook page by Clicking This Link – where we’ll be livestreaming the event beginning at 2pm on Sunday, August 2nd. You can also find us by searching ‘People’ on Facebook for: MCCT Live Streams. 
Make sure to forward this e-mail (and post a notice to your Facebook account!) to let your friends and family know about this FREE family event! 

MCCT presents “All’s Well that Ends Well” in virtual performance

MCCT presents “All’s Well that Ends Well” in virtual performance

MCCT’s been adapting Shakespeare’s works in Waldron, Hill, and Buskirk Park for over 30 years. We’re no stranger to improvising when we have to. This year, we’ll be staging an online performance. Please join us on June 7 at 2 pm for our “virtual” Shakespeare in the Park performance of “All’s Well that Ends Well.” Stay tuned for the audience link via ZOOM on Youtube Live!

MCCT Podcast now online!

MCCT Podcast now online!

Join DJ Billy Speares as he presents some of William “the Bard” Shakespeare’s greatest hits, as well as, a few golden oldies from top poets, read by members of our very own theater community.

Just a reminder, we’re still accepting your audio recordings. Lend your voice to the poems or monologues of your choice and send it to and we’ll be sure to include it in a future episode!

Thanks to everyone who contributed in making this possible!

CLICK HERE to listen to the podcast!

CLICK HERE for more information about how to get involved!

Podcast Information for Submitting Recordings

Podcast Information for Submitting Recordings

“…But if the while I think on thee, dear friend,
      All losses are restored, and sorrows end.”

    – Sonnet 30, by William Shakespeare

Dear friends,

We hope this email finds you well during this time of “social distancing.”

The Monroe County Civic Theater (MCCT) would like to announce The MCCT Podcast; an opportunity for our community members to stay active in theater (while at home) and celebrate the works of poets, authors, and playwrights.

We’d like YOU to create a vocal recording of one of your favorite poems, sonnets, or monologues to share on our podcast. You can also record famous speeches, short stories, essays, or excerpts from books if you’d like!

We’re accepting audio recordings only.  If you need help selecting something to read and record, please let us know, and we can provide you with our recommendations.

At the beginning of the recording, please introduce your reading with a “lead-in” before you recite the text… 
Here is an example of a lead-in for a poem or sonnet:  “Sonnet 18, by William Shakespeare…”
Here is an example of a lead-in for a monologue:  “A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by William Shakespeare, Act 3 Scene 1, Titania…”

We will be sure to attribute the reading to you in our introduction.

When you’re happy with your recording, just send the audio file to this email:

Please let us know what reading you choose, as soon as you can, so that we can add it to our list so nobody else chooses the same one!

Here’s a list of readings that have already been chosen by other people:

  • Sonnet 8
  • Sonnet 18
  • Sonnet 29
  • Sonnet 37
  • Sonnet 98
  • The Tempest – Iris’ Monologue
  • Macbeth – Act 3, Scene 5 – Hecate “Have I not reason”
  • Macbeth – Act 5, Scene – Macbeth “Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow”
  • Hamlet – Act 3, Scene 2 – Hamlet “Speak the speech”
  • Hamlet – Act 4, Scene 7 – Gertrude “There is a willow”
  • Antony and Cleopatra – Act 4, Scene 15 – Cleopatra “No more but e’en a woman”
  • Edwin Arlington Robinson – Richard Cory
  • William Earnest Henley – Invictus
  • The Merchant of Venice – Act 3, Scene 1 – Shylock “To bait fish withal”
  • All’s Well that Ends Well – Act 1, Scene 2 – King “I would I had”
  • All’s Well that Ends Well – Act 2, Scene 3 – King “T’is only title”
  • All’s Well that Ends Well – Act 1, Scene 3 – Steward “May it please you”
  • All’s Well that Ends Well – Act 1, Scene 3 – Helena “Then I confess”
  • Othello – Act 5, Scene 2 – Othello “A word or two before you go”
  • Romeo and Juliet – Act 2 Scene 2 – Romeo “But, soft!”
  • Henry V – Act 4 Scene 6 – Exeter “In which array, brave soldier, doth he lie”
  • Julius Caesar – Act 4 Scene 3 – Brutus “You have done that you should”
  • King Lear – Act 4, Scene 2 – Duke of Albany “Goneril, you are not worth”
  • A Winter’s Tale – Act 5, Scene 3 – Pauline “Music, Awake her”
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Act 1, Scene 1 – Egeus “Full of vexation”
  • Langston Hughes – Dreams
  • Langston Hughes – Mother to Son
  • Langston Hughes – I, Too
  • Langston Hughes – Let America Be America Again
  • Langston Hughes – Love Again Blues
  • Maya Angelou – Still I Rise
  • Nikki Giovanni – The Women Gather
  • James Wheldon Johnson – Lift Every Voice and Sing
  • John Patrick Shanley – Doubt: A Parable – Sermon
  • Gwendolyn Brooks – We Real Cool

Here’s a link to all of our episodes:

We’d like to give you a few more directions before you start recording…

Remember to take your time while you’re speaking/recording, speak clearly, and enunciate.  Convey the meaning of the text by emoting.  Express the words with feeling.  Also, try your best to follow the meter (basic rhythmic structure) of the text.  For example, Shakespeare’s sonnets are in Iambic Pentameter.  His monologues can vary between types of verse and prose.

Practice before recording.  You’ll get the hang of it!  If you need help, please let us know.  If we notice anything that we think you can improve, we’ll let you know.  

A few more things

It’s NOT necessary to go out and buy a new microphone for this.  Most cell phones, Ipads/tablets, laptops, and computers are equipped with microphones that have sufficient audio recording capabilities, and, if necessary, our audio software can help to improve the sound quality of your recording.

You should still try your best to minimize background noise by recording in a quiet space.  A few tips for creating better sound quality in vocal recordings are recording in a small to medium-sized room with some furniture like a bed, couches, curtains, rugs, clothing, or blankets around to absorb any echo. 

If you have any questions or concerns about your recording space or microphone, or anything else, please let us know, and we’ll be happy to assist you:

Have fun!

We’re looking forward to hearing your readings! Thank you for participating!

Dear friends,

Dear friends,

As a member of the arts community, Monroe County Civic Theater (MCCT) takes the current situation very seriously.  In order to preserve the health and welfare of our patrons and our artists, we have cancelled a revue, suspended rehearsals, readings, and podcast recordings as we continue to monitor the situation.

The Board of Directors is working to continue the operations of MCCT by working remotely from our homes, meeting via phone, and working over e-mail.  It is our hope that once we are all past the current situation, and our artists and patrons can gather safely, that we will be prepared to resume our season and continue our mission.

Until that time, please stay safe.


MCCT has been nominated for The Be More Awards

MCCT has been nominated for The Be More Awards

The in-person celebration on March 31 has been canceled. We look forward to celebrating the recipients in an alternate fashion. Please stay tuned for updates!

The Be More Awards is our community’s way of honoring and applauding the outstanding, but often unrecognized efforts of our community volunteers. Ten awards will be presented during the community celebration honoring all of the nominees at the event.

For more information please visit the website: