Midsummer Stages @ the MAC is a summer theater company consisting of young adults in grades 7-12. The program incorporates movement, acting, and performing for a complete theater experience. The team will run a full production from start to finish. The company meets for three hours, three days a week for seven weeks. During the weekend following the final session, there will be three performances of Shakespeare's greatest rom-com, A Midsummer Night's Dream, at the outdoor Bandstand at Island Wharf in Marion.
Jacob Sherburne, Acting Leader
Elke Pierre, Movement Leader
Join a summer program that combines acting and movement of the body! This youth theater company will consist of young performing artists in grades 7-12. Each day actors will meet to rehearse, create costumes, and perform. Young actors will also develop their own yoga practice along the way. Actors will work with local theater teacher and Equity actor, Jacob Sherburne, alongside the Marion Yoga Loft’s very own Elke Pierre. Program guests will include local actors who have been seen on the MAC stage.
The summer public production of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream will take place Friday, August 13 - Sunday, August 15 at the Bandstand in Island Wharf Park, Marion. Performance times will be determined at a later date. No stage experience is required to be part of this production. People of all gender expressions, races, languages, abilities and neurotypes are encouraged to sign up!
Have questions? Think you might be too young or too old to participate? Have schedule conflicts? Please call the Marion Art Center at (508) 748-1266 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
All theater company meetings, rehearsals, and productions will adhere to current CDC and state guidelines regarding COVID-19 protocols. Actors are expected to wear a mask at all times while inside, or when six feet of distance cannot be maintained.
About the Instructors:
Jacob Sherburne is a stage and television actor, a director, and a teacher. He will appear in HBO Max’s Julia this coming fall, and you may have seen him in musicals, commercials, and Shakespeare tours throughout New England. He received his Masters in Fine Arts in Acting from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory, where he practiced an acting technique based in mindfulness, ease, and joy. Recently, he directed Good People at the Marion Art Center as well as four productions for the Old Rochester Regional High drama club. He has taught Theatre and Stage Combat for a decade at City on a Hill in New Bedford and Creative Arts Camp at Tufts. He is currently a private acting coach and an English teacher at Pierce Middle School in Milton, MA.
Elke Pierre has loved and taught yoga for over fifteen years. She is an instructor and the owner/director of Marion Yoga Loft, which she opened in the fall of 2007. Pierre is certified in Hatha, Vinyasa, and LifeForce Yoga. She was certified by Paul Jerard of the Aura Wellness Center in Attleboro, MA and by Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga for Depression. She has studied with Richard Freeman, Vyas Houston, Tom Gillette, Ann Greene, Priti Robyn Ross, Bryan Kest, Anna Forrest, and Sean Corn. Pierre is "committed to helping others help themselves through yoga and the traditions of yoga - with the focus on living with greater happiness, peace and truth." Pierre is also fully certified as a Reiki Master.
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