About Mario "the Maker Magician"
It’s magic through the lens of the Maker Movement! Touring performer Mario the Maker Magician brings you an all-ages theater experience full of original MAGIC, handmade ROBOTS, and modern SLAPSTICK. Fast-paced, interactive, and hilarious… he’s “magic’s punk rock Peter Pan philosopher." Mario has appeared on Sesame Street, Universal Kids, and even live on tour with David Blaine, who calls him “the best kids magician in the world!!”
“the best kids magician in the world!!”
“Mario’s work creates opportunity. The opportunity to inspire people to break free from stagnation and to create. It’s an opportunity to take what’s come before and expand it into new directions. That’s an incredible gift.”
“magic with a soupçon of science”
-The New York Times
“Mario's robots combine really solid magic principles with electronics and a Calder-like charm but more ingenuity and wit.”
-Teller of Penn&Teller
Alban Arts Center
The Alban Arts Center is a small arts organization in the heart of downtown St. Albans. Located within the historic Alban Theater, originally built in 1938 as a movie house, the Alban Arts Center provides a wide array of artistic opportunities for St. Albans and the surrounding community within its intimate 225 seat theater. Primarily focusing on the performing arts, the Alban produces 4-6 productions every year, in addition to hosting several other theatre companies and touring productions. The Alban, as a small and energetic organization, can segue from large, family oriented casts to intimate and intense dramas in the course of their season; and even produces an annual Shakespeare in the Park at St. Albans City Park. The Alban also hosts concerts, movies, and a variety of other performances throughout the year.
In addition to producing and hosting theatrical productions the Alban Arts Center also houses the Alban Arts Academy, a twice yearly extra-curricular academy that has provided artistic education to the greater-metro area, since 2010. Academy classes include Acting, Improv, Musical Theatre and much more. All classes are taught by local artists, and over 1,000 students from 7 counties have traveled to St. Albans for their arts education needs. Every spring and fall semester the Alban Arts Academy offers 15+ classes and awards scholarships to students that may need them.