0916-ssu-day-of-serviceThursday Sep 8, 2016
By William J. Dowd

Marblehead Little Theatre was infiltrated Friday by a dozen Salem State University theatre majors who helped the nonprofit with some heavy lifting and cleaning as part of the school’s “Moving Forward, Giving Back” program.

“They arrived yesterday for their first year, had dinner together and played activities,” said Janet Neely, SSU’s associate director of Career Services and MLT Board of Director’s member. “They literally woke up today and came here.”
Nearly 40 SSU freshman kicked off their undergraduate experience by rolling up their sleeves and getting to work at three different service project sites in Marblehead Friday. But the inaugural day of service paired over 200 students and 100 faculty and staff members with 30 greater Salem nonprofits.

“This event is part of an initiative being launched at Salem State University this year to connect incoming students with their surrounding communities while serving those communities and fostering a commitment to civic engagement,” said Nicole Giambusso, the university’s director of public relations


Marblehead Little Theatre announces grant from Marblehead Bank supporting Partnership with Boys and Girls Club

Sep 2, 2016

Marblehead Little Theatre’s efforts to raise money to support its partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem received a boost when Marblehead Bank made a grant to MLT to help pay for the program. For the past five years MLT has been collaborating with the Boys and Girls Club on their spring theater activity that encourages Club members to learn theater skills through a semester-long workshop, ending with a production. Before MLT’s involvement the effort was quite basic and interest in the program was meager. Once the members heard the play they would perform would be in “a real theater” with full costumes, theater lighting, and a set, the number of participants doubled.

The collaboration starts in the spring when MLT personnel help the Club staff pick a script and develop rehearsal techniques and a rehearsal schedule. MLT blocks a week off in the Firehouse Theater in late May or early June for “tech week”, which includes dress rehearsals, and 2 to 4 productions (depending on cast and tech team size). This is essentially a “free” rental of the Firehouse Theatre, and of course the “donation” of the staff time is also free. The response from Club member’s family and friends to the final product is remarkable. For many of the audience – parents, grandparents, siblings and friends – it is their first live theatre experience. Seeing the children decked out in elaborate costumes with sophisticated lighting is a special treat.

imageMarblehead Little Theatre selects new Childrens Program Director

August 30, 2016

Ali Mahon is thrilled to be joining the wonderful community of the Marblehead Little Theatre.  She began her community theatre experience back in the Poconos in Pennsylvania at the Pocono Playhouse where she could be seen doing everything from being on the stage performing to ushering to running the concession stand.  From there, she attended Emerson College receiving a B.A. for Theatre Education and later Lesley University where she received her M.Ed. for Integrating the Arts into the Curriculum.  For over ten years she has been the middle school drama teacher in Saugus, MA where she teaches sixth-eighth grade students during the day and runs the after school drama club, which regularly has more than 100 members.  During the past summer months, Ali has been the Senior Camp Director for the Chestnut Hill School Creative Arts & Sports Program where she and her campers partake in bi-weekly field trips.  Along with working in Saugus and Chestnut Hill, Ali helps with the Marblehead organization, Stone and Compass where she travels with students to Bulgaria to help make cross cultural connections.  She is looking forward to what the new chapter of her life will bring in the position of Director of the Youth Theatre Program.

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