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Youth Theatre


Youth Theatre

at Market Street Music Conservatory


Dennis and Linda Smith

High School & Middle School Ages


All children (people) have some kind of aesthetic potential. 

Their outlets are mostly music, art and theater. Theater is the art of imagination. Performers experience divergent emotions as they live the life of the character they play. 

Youth in theater learn to budget time with a long-term goal in mind. Working toward an opening night, and all that has to get done before that, teaches the discipline of step-by-step building. Each rehearsal is cumulative, building to the final product. 


Our Next Production

Youth Theatre Rehearsals begin in October, 2023.

Our Youth Christmas Play will be Friday, Dec. 1st and 2nd at 7:00 p.m.

If you have a middle school or high school student interested in participating, send us a message! 

There will be a nominal project fee and more details will be shared at a later time. Please reach out to us if you have any questions!

Youth Theatre Christmas Play

Friday, Dec. 1st and Saturday, Dec. 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in Market Street Hall.

The Rented Christmas

By Norman C. Ahern, Jr. and Yvonne Ahern


"John Dale hasn't enjoyed a 'real Christmas' for years. So, on the spur of the moment, he decides to 'rent' a Christmas from Anne Weston, who owns the local rent shop. Anne is at first flustered with the requirements: a tree with presents, Christmas carols and also a wife and five children Anne feels she has solved the problem of a Christmas family by calling the actors' guild. But the young actors come down with the measles, so she turns to the local orphanage. When the guild can't locate a 'mother,' Anne steps in to play the role herself."

Based on the short story by J. Lillian Vandervere, the story of how John Dale's rented Christmas turns into a new life for all concerned makes this a warm story for the holiday season.

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Our Instructors

Dennis Smith with assistance from his wife Linda are organizing the Market Street productions at this time. 

Dennis spent parts of four decades as a public school 5-12 band director and school administrator (principal and superintendent). He has directed school plays and musicals and has directed adult and children’s community theater - while also performing in numerous pit bands and orchestras. He has played music professionally since high school and current musical activities include church praise band, Southern Illinois Concert Band, and he has been a member of the newly formed Marion community chorus. 

Linda has been with him through all of the above and directed Middle School plays and talent shows in Harrisburg for a couple of years.  She was a lifelong teacher and guidance counselor in elementary and Middle school.  

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