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 30 years of showbiz experience and more than 13,000 live performances to their credit, are happy to live, create, and dream in Marion, NC, 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.
Lucinda was born and raised in Taylorsville, North Carolina and began her dance training at age 6. She studied with Ann Freeman and Jackie Freeman Olson in Hickory, NC 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 28 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 has served as a judge and master class instructor for regional and national dance competitions for over 20 years. She is thrilled to be in her fourth season producing and choreographing shows with Mario.
Mario is a native of San Antonio, Texas. He has performed across the US and beyond for the past 32 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 and a choreographer and judge for regional and national dance competitions. He is looking forward to his fourth season producing and directing shows with his wife and dance partner of 21 years, Lucinda.
Q & A with Mario & Lucinda
How did you get into showbiz?
Give us the scoop on you and the company.
Mario: I was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, and married into North Carolina over 20 years ago.
Your musicians really bring down the house. What's the story on the band?
You've got a live band on stage, dancers, kids, and a partridge in a pear tree in this show! How do you put it all together?
The theater looks like Christmas morning! That must take a lot of hands.
A big show like this doesn't come cheap. How do you make it happen?
What's your favorite part of the process?
"In every community, there is work to be done."
Beyond the shows, the Morins are committed to supporting dynamic local, WNC, national, and international non-profit organizations. Mario and Lucinda appreciate the time and dedication these groups devote to ending hunger and homelessness, improving education, teaching and inspiring young artists, discovering cures for diseases, and making the world a safer, better place.
McDowell County Schools delivers excellence in education where students are engaged in collaboration, communication, and innovation. Donations for school food pantries and meal programs and donations of volunteer time are always needed.
New Hope of McDowell provides services that support, empower, and protect victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
serves communities across 16 counties of WNC, providing food to people experiencing
hunger in our 6,434 square mile region.
Eliada is a non-profit agency founded in 1903
which serves over 600 children in Western North Carolina each year.
American Cancer Society is on a mission to free the world from cancer. Donations go toward research for a cure, support for patients, and spreading the word about cancer prevention.
Montford Park Players has presented the works of William Shakespeare free of charge to audiences in Western North Carolina for the past 40 years. They provide quality productions of classic drama in an authentic outdoor setting.
The NAACP's Legal Defense and Educational Fund https://www.naacpldf.org/ is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks to fulfill the promise of equality for all Americans.
Foothills Food Hub .foothillsfoodhub.org/ is a project of the McDowell County Local Food Advisory Committee. Through its commercial kitchen, food storage facility, multiple pantries, and weekly deliveries, the Hub actively and effectively addresses the community's need for food..