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Theater Isn't Just Art, It's Life At Susquehanna Stage Co

By Elisha Neubauer

Theater is more than a pastime, it is a way of life for many. For the folks of Marietta, Pennsylvania, theater is a driving force.

The Susquehanna Stage Co was founded in 2008 by a handful of community members who shared a passion for the theater arts and wanted to see it flourish. They believed that every love of the arts has to be built on a solid foundation of understanding and appreciation. To foster this in their own community, they offer annual children's productions, kids camps, and workshops to teach the basics of theater to both individuals and groups.

"We challenge the community to express their lives and those of others through the characters on stage," Stephen Bair, Chairman of the Board, said.

For many children, this often means to learn interaction with one another while simultaneously gaining a better understanding of themselves as a person. The company's summer camps are an opportunity for children to learn about theater, working in a group, and expressing themselves creatively. At the close of each camp week, the children put on a small performance which is often attended by friends and family. This production highlights what they have learned throughout the week, giving the children a chance to develop the love, and rush, of performing live. These camps are offered for students between the ages of 5 and 15.

The theater is the perfect culmination of a community coming together for the benefit of the area. It holds open auditions and has opportunities for a range of people between the stage and the back of the house. The theater also relies heavily on the use of local volunteers who also have a passion for the theatrical arts.

"We're always looking for help with costumes, set construction, set painting, facility cleaning, ushering, box office, fundraising, marketing," the website reads.

Currently, the Susquehanna Stage Co is working to re-develop and restore the historic Marietta Theatre. This historic building was originally built in 1914 and operated as the community's cinema until 1997. It was purchased by the Susquehanna Stage Co in 2016 and has since been in the planning stages of the rehabilitation process. The organization is currently fundraising to help with the financing of the undertaking.

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