When I teach the MVT in a Calculus class, I do three things:
a) Show the one real-world example I know and which everyone gets: Police has two radar controls at a highway, say at kilometre $11$ and at kilometre $20$. Speed limit is $70$ km/h. They measure a truck going through the first control, at 11.11am, at $65$ km/h, and going through the second control at 11.17am, at $67$ km/h. They issue a speeding ticket. Why?
Let the class think about this. Every time I've taught this, someone realised after a short while that the truck passed $9$ km in $6$ minutes, so its average speed was $90$ km/h. Then someone says something like: you cannot go at an average speed of $90$ km/h without ever going at a speed of $90$ km/h (and certainly not without ever going more than $70$ km/h). This is totally common sense, but also it is exactly the MVT. Draw a graph of the position function, realise that the numbers $65$ and $67$ were just red herrings (tangent slopes at the endpoints, irrelevant to the argument), discuss whether there is some way out: Can the function have discontinuites? Well, a jump discontinuity would be a wormhole the truck fell through, or more realistically some shortcut off-highway which would be illegal too. Points where the derivative does not exist?
Actually yes, if the truck braked somewhere, but it cannot have done that more than finitely many times, and then we break down the problem into subintervals. Turns out: No, even sharp braking cannot create a "sharp turn" of the function under standard assumptions of physics, see comments by users @leftaroundabout and @llama.
b) Mention that aside from that, it is a "workhorse theorem" which we never see but which makes the entire curve sketching routine work. How do you prove Positive derivative means increasing function: with the MVT. How do you prove Derivative $0$ on an interval means constant: with the MVT. Of course we never think of the proofs of those, we just use them as "well-known", but without MVT, they would not be there.
c) Related to b, it comes up crucially in the Fundamental Theorem later, compare Arturo Magidin's answer. I point it out when I'm there.
Added: As this answer seems to get a lot of attention, I want to put in one more thing part of which I try to get across in class when the MVT is up.
d) The derivative is a cool thing because it carries a lot of information about the original function, but in a subtle way. To the non-initiated, the graphs of an $f$ and $f'$ would most often look totally unrelated. But the initiated, i.e. your calculus class, at this point should already "get" intuitively "hmm, $f'$ is very negative around here, so $f$ should decrease with a steep slope in this neighbourhood". Now the MVT is the one theorem which attaches actual numbers to this intuition, it is the first result which gives an explicit (albeit subtle) relation between values of $f$ and values of $f'$. That is why it underlies the proofs of all the fancy machinery that, later, gives seemingly much stronger relations between $f$ and $f'$, like Curve Sketching, the Fundamental Theorem, Taylor Series, and even L'Hôpital's rules (thanks @JavaMan for pointing out this one). They get all the limelight, but in a way, they all are refined versions of repeated applications of the MVT plus special conditions.
Further update: Since the "speeding" application of the MVT keeps getting mentioned everywhere (and of course I don't even remember where I got it from originally), I googled a little and see that it's been around for quite a while. This educational video of the MAA's from 1966 is almost of historical value (although I hardly understand the voice-over due to its very American accent). As for the question whether this is actually done, thanks to User Bracco23 for providing one source from Italy in a comment. Here is another one from Scotland: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/4681507.stm The internet has more hearsay and debates: 1 2 3.