ST. MARYS — Laura Marsee has spent years becoming somebody else. It is a feat she manages on a regular basis. Marsee has been a member of the local theater troupe, Crescent Players, since she was 9.
She became hooked on acting after landing a part in a production of “The Sound of Music.”
“I’ve always taken music lessons and my mom saw there was an audition and I got on the cast,” Marsee, 18, said. “It was great. I had so much fun. That’s why I do it every year. I like the people. I’ve met a lot of people over the last 10 years, people from all over the area, Celina, Marion Local, St. Henry.”
Marsee’s résumé includes such plays as “Beauty and the Beast,” “Oklahoma!,” “Wizard of Oz,” “Orphan Annie” and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” She had the lead, Belle, in “Beauty and the Beast” and will appear this year in the chorus of “The Music Man,” which will be produced in April at the James Dicke Auditorium in New Bremen.
“We just started practicing,” Marsee said. “It’s going to be good. It’s really fun. You can bring the family. You can bring the kids. There’s a lot of singing and dancing. It’s funny.”
Marsee is a senior at Memorial High School, where she is a member of the choir program and the Drama Club. She is a member of the youth group at St. Paul United Church of Christ and volunteers with St. Marys Goodfellows, which holds Christmas food and toy drives.
The teen has a 3.5 grade-point average and is taking advanced-placement classes in English and government. She played soccer her first three years of high school and has been named a scholar-athlete.
At the high school, Marsee has appeared in “Pirates of Penzance” and “Into the Woods.”
“I like being on stage because I like being able to make people happy, people who like music and like exploring other worlds,” Marsee said. “It’s really fun to be somebody else, too. People pay to see your shows and I want to help them see the best show. That’s what I like about being on stage.”
Marsee said choir is fun for the same reasons, adding it was also a nice break in the school day. Her feelings for the piano, however, are different.
“I’ve played for four years,” Marsee said. “I love the piano. I try to practice a lot. I love being able to make something, to make music, to make noise, to be loud. It’s a lot different than singing. You have to practice. You have to train your fingers instead of your voice.
“I like classical music better than modern,” she added. “It sounds prettier when I pluck it out.”
Marsee works in the kitchen at Otterbein-St. Marys Retirement Community. After high school, she plans to study psychology at Heidelberg College at Tiffin.
Marsee is the daughter of Billie Kay and DeWayne Marsee. She has two brothers, Dane, 28, and Scott, 25.
For fun, she likes to watch athletic events, go to the movies and hang out with friends.
St. Marys teen bit by acting bug