MARLUMOR 

is dedicated to producing family-friendly, Broadway-style, live entertainment shows in Western North Carolina featuring local singers, musicians, dancers, actors, youth performers, and visiting guest artists. Founders Mario & Lucinda Morin, a husband/wife creative team with over 25 years of showbiz experience and more than 13,000 live performances to their credit, are happy to live, create, and dream in the Blue Ridge mountains, supporting and sustaining meaningful relationships with WNC's diverse community of dedicated instructors and gifted performers. 

Bringing talented artists together to celebrate music, dance, and comedy is the heartfelt mission of MARLUMOR. 

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Lucinda was born and raised in North Carolina and began her dance training at age 6.  She studied with Ann Freeman (former teacher with Asheville's Beale & Peggy Fletcher) and Jackie Freeman Olson and attended the NC Governor's School and UNC-Greensboro.  Lucinda, a former Radio City Rockette, booked her first professional job at age 19.  She was the featured dancer at Alabama Theatre in Myrtle Beach, where she met and married her dance partner, Mario Morin.  She performed at Opryland USA, Bally's Casino in Atlantic City, American Music Theatre in Lancaster, PA, House of Blues in Los Angeles and Myrtle Beach, on Holland America and Celebrity Cruise Lines, with Moranz Entertainment in Charleston, SC, and in numerous commercials, TV appearances, and voiceovers.  In addition to 27 years as a professional performer, Lucinda is also an accomplished choreographer, with credits including fourteen original revue shows and musicals over 7 years at the Savannah Theatre in Savannah, GA, The Ultimate Variety Show and Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry for Fee-Hedrick Entertainment in Tennessee.  She is thrilled to be producing and choreographing the Christmas show, now in its third season.

- Producer/Choreographer

Lucinda Morin

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Mario is a native of San Antonio, Texas.  He has performed across the US and beyond for the past 31 years. A self-taught artist who got his start as a break-dancer on a weekly tv show, Mario got his first taste of showbiz as a competitor on Star Search.  His career in musical theatre began at age 18 when he was cast as a dancer at Sea World of Texas.  He then joined Opryland USA as a gymnast and dancer. Mario was a featured dancer with the Alabama Theatre in Myrtle Beach and with the American Music Theatre in Lancaster, PA, and he was the featured comedian/singer/dancer/impersonator at the Savannah Theatre in Savannah, GA.  His credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), A Chorus Line (Mark), Grease (Sonny), Circo Magnifico (bungee aerialist), contracts with Celebrity and Holland America Cruise Lines, Country Tonite in Pigeon Forge, Calvin Gilmore's Carolina Opry, industrials for Proctor & Gamble, Dr. Pepper, and AutoZone. Mario was a featured dancer and comedian at the Smoky Mountain Opry in Tennessee and in Let the Good Times Roll in Charleston, SC.  He is also an accomplished commercial/TV and voiceover actor.  He is looking forward to his third season as producer and director of the Christmas Show.

- Producer/Director

Mario Morin

The Morins are members of Carolina Dance Masters Chapter #15 and

Dance Masters of America and have served as regional and national dance competition judges and master class instructors since 1998.

"In every community, there is work to be done."

 

In December 2018, we collected donations of non-perishable "grab & go" snacks for Asheville High School's Homeless Education Support Group. Last year, Asheville City Schools identified 192 students experiencing homelessness...kids who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. Special thanks to our audience members, cast, crew, and band for joining us in generously donating much-needed food for Asheville High School students.

We're proud to support Food Connection https://food-connection.org/ ) in working to fight hunger in Asheville!

 

Our January 2019 contribution went to MANNA Foodbank, which serves communities 

across 16 counties of WNC, providing food to people experiencing hunger in our 6,434 square mile region.  https://www.mannafoodbank.org/how-you-can-help/donate/

 

In February 2019, our support went to Steadfast House,

a transitional housing facility in Asheville that gives hope, healing, health, and home to single women,

mothers with children, and female veterans in need.  

https://www.abccm.org/steadfast-house

Our March 2019 donation went to Eliada, a non-profit agency founded in 1903 which serves over

600 children in Western North Carolina each year.

https://www.eliada.org/donate-today

 

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, founded in 1983, was NC's first Habitat affiliate. Through Habitat home programs, nearly 1,600 adults & children in Buncombe County have achieved the strength, stability & self-reliance they need to build a better future.  Our April 2019 contribution went to Habitat to help folks in need in Asheville.

https://www.ashevillehabitat.org/how-to-help/donate/donation-form/ 

 

In May 2019, our support went to the American Cancer Society and its mission to free the world from cancer. Donations go toward research for a cure, support for patients, and spreading the word about cancer prevention. https://donate3.cancer.org/

Beloved Asheville seeks to end homelessness, poverty, prejudice, & injustice through its Homeless Voice empowerment project, the Beloved tiny home Village, Free Village farmers markets, Rise Up Studio Art & Music Collective, its unstoppable Street Medic Team, Sanctuary, House Hunters, & the Grove Street Gardens. We're happy to give our June 2019 donation to Beloved and its mission to create solutions for Asheville's toughest community challenges. 

https://belovedasheville.com/get-involved/ 

Open Door Ministries Soup Kitchen, based in Haywood County, NC, provides hundreds of free meals to women, men, and children in need.  Volunteer cooks prepare the nourishing meals on site using ingredients donated by local stores and supplemented by home-grown donations and purchases made with ministry funds. 

Our July contribution went to Open Door's mission:

http://opendoor-waynesville.org/kitchen/

Back to school!  We delivered our August donation to the students and teachers at North Canton Elementary School.  Check out the list of supplies needed: 

http://nce.schools.haywood.k12.nc.us/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2019/07/Supply-Lists-2019-2020.pdf

For the past 40 years. Montford Park Players has presented the works of William Shakespeare, free of charge, to Western North Carolina. They provide quality productions of classic drama in an authentic outdoor setting.  Our October contribution was given to the Montford Park Players in support of their 2019 Parking Lot Challenge. The funds received will be used to make MPP's current venue ADA compliant.  Info, if you'd like to join us in donating: 

montfordparkplayers.org.