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The Marquis Theater Trains Young Actors and Entertains Families

By Pamela Sosnowski

Paul Newman once said, "To be an actor, you have to be a child." Perhaps that's because roleplaying and make believe come very naturally to children, and something we lose touch with as we become adults.

The Marquis Theater of Northville is committed to helping children explore their inner thespian by giving them the safety of learning the craft in a judgment-free zone while encouraging them to audition for the annual children's stage productions.

According to the theater's Owner, the confidence that children learn from acting on the stage spills over into other areas of their lives. One study found that students involved in dramatic fine arts can expect to see their SAT scores 10% higher than non-acting students. Children that act are also less likely to miss school.

The theater hosts several summer acting camps for ages 6 through 16, where kids learn everything from singing to improvisation from professional, patient instructors. Weekend acting classes are also offered which incorporate theater games and creative play in addition to the basics about stage movement and vocal warm-up techniques.

In addition to classes, children ages 8 to 15 are welcome to audition for the four annual stage shows that the theater produces. "Our auditions are a friendly and rewarding experience," says the theater's owner, Christina Zayti. "We welcome and encourage everyone who has an interest in theatre to attend. Previous stage experience is not necessary."

The theater itself is used to present other entertainment; upcoming 2016 events include a Motown and Doo Wop show and a Beatles tribute band. "The Marquis Theatre is a historic Northville landmark," explains Zayti. "The theatre is a restored Victorian building built in 1924 and opened in 1925. The lushly upholstered seats, with wrought-iron frame work, are a reflection of the Victorian era." The 500+ seat Marquis may also be rented for recitals, concerts, weddings, and other special events.

Conveniently located twenty minutes from Detroit and Ann Arbor, it is also equipped with an exterior Marquis sign that may be customized with a message. After a children's stage performance, the theater may also be rented for a child's birthday party, complete with provided balloons, tables, charis, and backstage passes to meet the cast.

The current show running through Halloween is Annabella Broom, a (non-scary) play for children about a witch that would rather wear pink than black. No matter what type of show you're attending at the Marquis Theatre, the vintage atmosphere and talent is sure to entertain. "Here at the Marquis Theatre we place an emphasis on live, children's theatre performances," says Zayti "However, there is no dispute that children and adults of ALL ages will be entertained!"

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Pamela Sosnowski is a freelance writer, social media manager, contributor for REBEAT...

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