Our City = Our Stage
We Are Montevallo
Montevallo Main Street Players exists of, for, and by our community.
We love our home and are proud to be part of it.
We are Montevallo. What does this mean?
"Montevallo is an intentionally distinctive small town that embraces a culture of community, respect, and innovation. We are a Designated Main Street Community, one of twenty cities in Alabama! The Main Street Program is designed to revitalize the social and economic institutions in the downtown area. Over the next few years, residents and visitors to Montevallo can expect our downtown to build on our energetic culture with shopping, eateries, parks, festivals and events in our Main Street district. We already host a number of unique events including Art Stalk,
[The] Fire Prevention Parade, Future Farmers of America (FFA) Farm Day, and Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day Parade to name just a few." - (http://www.cityofmontevallo.com)
Without the support of the Montevallo community MMSP could not survive, let alone thrive as the oldest active community theatre in Shelby County, Alabama.
We would like to thank the entire Montevallo community for its support of the arts.
We love Montevallo!
We are Montevallo!
Parnell Library Theater
Montevallo Main Street Players began some forty-five years ago and has performed in various city locations, including the Depot-in-the-Park and the city recreational building, the Strand Theater, the Montevallo Grille, and Reynolds Studio Theater.
For years, MMSP needed a theatre, complete with an up-to-date lighting and sound system, that it could use consistently for production and storage.
In June 2001, representatives from the Parnell Memorial Library Foundation, the Montevallo Library Board, the Library Staff, the Montevallo Main Street Players, and the City of Montevallo agreed that the community needed a new library in a new location to meet diverse community needs and to house the Parnell Collection of historical books and documents.
The group requested that the city locate property suitable for building a new library that would also serve as a community cultural center.
In August 2001, Mayor Grady Parker announced that the new facility would be located adjacent to Orr Park, where it was subsequently built. Groundbreaking took place on November 1, 2004, and the grand opening was held February 25, 2007.
The new library included an art gallery and a quality theatre used by the Montevallo Main Street Players, the public schools, and other area groups. Along with the large meeting room, the theatre is a much-needed venue for productions by touring theater companies and musical groups and for City of Montevallo meetings and other civic gatherings.