Marion Art Center News

There will be open auditions for two roles in Anton Chekhov’s “Seagull”: August 28 and August 29, 7:00 pm. Production dates are November 1, 2, 3 (matinee), 8 and 9.

Rehearsals start the first week in September, two to three nights a week.

All actors are welcome to audition, but their age should be somewhere between the ages of 20 and 30. The Marion Art Center is a community theater and actors are not compensated. Role 1 (male – character’s age is 25-30): Konstantin Treplev; Role 2 (female – character’s age is 19) Nina Zarechnaya.

For more information, please call: 508-748-1266.

The Marion Art Center is offering adult and children’s classes this fall. The Marion Art Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the visual and performing arts. It has been offering classes for adults and children for over 25 years. Members of the Marion Art Center are offered a discount on tuition for all classes except piano. For more information about all the classes, please visit

Adult Classes: Watercolor Painting for Advanced Beginners, October 2 to November 20, Wednesdays 9:30 to 11:30 am; Patricia White, Instructor. Tuition: $175 for MAC members/$190 for nonmembers (materials not included).

This course is designed for people who have had some experience with watercolor painting. Each week, the participants will build upon their previous painting skills to develop their individual styles. Proposed topics include the still life, painting from memory, figurative painting and the landscape. At least one session will be on location (weather permitting).

Children’s Classes: MAC Dance Academy, Mondays, September 9 through November 11; Instructor: Teah Mazzoni. Preschool (age 3-4) 3:00 to 3:30 pm; Beginner (age 4-5) 3:30 to 4:15 pm; Intermediate (age 5-6) 4:15 to 5:00 pm.

The Marion Art Center is now accepting registrations for its Fall Dance Academy. Classes are held on Mondays and run for 10 weeks. The fall session is grounded in classical dance, whereas the Spring session focuses heavily on choreography and recital performance.

Preschool Dance: Preschool instruction is for children between the ages of 3-4. The class is 30 minutes and involves ballet warm-up, jazz stretches, basic mat tumbling and basic tap steps. The fee for the 10-week Session is $145 for Marion Art Center members and $160 for non-members. (Child must be 3 years of age at the start of the session.)

Beginner: Beginner instruction is for children between the ages of 4-5. The class is 45 minutes and involves ballet warm-up and barre, jazz stretches, beginner mat tumbling. The fee for the 10-week Session is $155 for Marion Art Center members and $170 for non-members.

Intermediate: Intermediate instruction is for children aged 5-6. The class is 45 minutes and involves advanced ballet warm-up, barre and adagio, tumbling, jazz stretches and combinations and tap combinations. The fee for the 12-week Session is $155 for Marion Art Center members and $170 for non-members.

Little People’s Theater (ages 6-9): Tuesdays 4:30 to 5:30 pm; Instructor: Nancy Sparklin. Tuition: Each six-week Session is $80 for MAC members and $95 for non-members. Session I – September 24 to October 29; Session II – November 12 to December 17; Session III – January to February 11; Session IV – February 25 to April 1.

Each week, the children will learn basic theater craft through drama games, readers’ theater and experience the fun of the stage while rehearsing for a small production to be performed the last week of each session. Nancy Sparklin is the instructor. Nancy is the Director of MAC’s summer art program “ArtStart” and has been the Musical Director and accompanist for many shows both at MAC and around the community. The fee for each six-week session is $80/$95.

Young People’s Theater (ages 10-14): September 5 to November 14; Thursdays, 4:00 to 5:30 pm. Students will learn basic theater craft through improvisation exercises, theater games, and the process of putting on a production through selection, rehearsal and production of a small show presented at the end of the session. Kimberly Teves, instructor. The fee for the 10-week session is $170 for MAC members and $185 for non-members.

Preschool Piano (age 3-5 years): September 21 to December 7; 25-minute private lessons for children ages 3 to 5. Friday mornings at the Marion Art Center. $20 per lesson (includes cost of music/materials/recital).

Little Mozart’s Preschool Piano is an early music enrichment program for children, ages 3 to 5. Lessons are designed to introduce children to the piano and teach basic foundation skills that will inspire an early appreciation for music. Individual lessons place an emphasis on rhythm, finger position, music vocabulary, music notation, note reading and encourage overall fine motor development. It is offered 3 times per year at the Marion Art Center for 10-week sessions during the fall (September to December), winter/spring (January to April), and summer (July to August) Each session concludes with a short recital. Children may repeat sessions through age 5, to enhance their knowledge and performance skills.

To reserve a lesson time, contact Jamie Wiksten: or 508-295-0379.

Saturday Morning Piano Lessons: Piano lessons for beginners and intermediates are offered on Saturday mornings, by appointment only, with instructor Nancy Sparklin.

Fall 2013 Session begins September 14 and runs until December 7 (none on November 30) – 12 weeks. Recital on December 14. Winter Session begins January 4 and runs until March 12 – 13 weeks. Spring Session begins May 3 and runs until June 7 – 6 weeks. To make an appointment, please call Nancy Sparklin at 508-763-2327.

The Marion Art Center is located at 80 Pleasant Street (the main entrance is on Main Street). For more information, please call 508-748-1266 or visit

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