MET History

Brief MET History

When Joseph S. Jarvis became head of Mesa Parks and Recreation Department in 1937, his desire was “to make Mesa a beautiful place for all to live”. Recognizing the need for a community recreational and cultural program, one of his first orders of business was to start a theatre group. From its humble beginnings on a school stage, to loading flats and properties on a truck and traveling to performance locations, MET has remained a part of Mesa’s cultural experience for over 75 years.

Throughout those years, thousands of volunteers have worked to carry on the Jarvis legacy. By donating their time, talent and financial support, MET has produced over 200 full length plays and musicals. MET has brought together members of the community to act, sing, build sets, stage manage, run lights and sound, plus much more. We believe that’s what community theatre is all about!

Today, Mesa Encore Theatre still operates through the efforts of volunteers working to provide a wonderful evening of live theatre season after season. We hope you will join us and share in the experience as we present some of theatre’s greatest theatrical productions, both historical and current. Join us for the truly magical experience of live theatre!

 

Mission Statement

The mission of Mesa Encore Theatre (MET) is to produce live theatre with integrity and dedication to excellence. We strive to contribute to the cultural experience of our community as well as provide fun and educational opportunities that nurture the talents of local theatre artists of all ages.