MACC posts fall workshops

MARQUETTE – The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center has announced the second annual Halloween Spectacle Oct. 26. The City of Marquette and the Downtown Development Authority will host a large-scale community outdoor performance of giant puppetry, percussion, and theatrical dance. Members of the community may create, build and perform in this years event, as well as take part in the free workshops happening at the art center leading up to the main event.

The MACC seeks volunteers: individuals, groups, teams, organizations, co-workers, and families. Individuals or groups with an idea, or who want to take part in the free workshops leading up to the Spectacle should contact the MACC. Needed are actors, musicians, set builders, stage managers, costume designers, make up artists and security personnel. All ages are encouraged.

The free workshops include:

– Chinese Dragon Puppet – 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 3-26 and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 7 and 21. Deb White will lead the life-size dragon project. Needed are community members with skills in sculpting, painting, sewing and carpentry.

– Marionette – 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 23 and 25. Create a bird-like marionette from recycled materials

– Luminaria – 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 12 and 19. Make a luminaria from recycled bottles. Bring a bottle and a stick and staff will instruct how to create a lantern using a few simple techniques.

– Pumpkin Carving – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19 and 26. The annual pumpkin carving will be at the Farmers Market. Staff will teach alternative methods to develop pumpkin creation.

For more information and full workshop descriptions, call the MACC at 906-228-0472, or email