Marie Groh is thrilled to be fulfilling the incredible role of Director and Vocal Director for this summers high school/college intensive musical production of WEST SIDE STORY! She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in musical theatre from Millikin University. Marie has been teaching private voice for the past 18 years in and around the Chicago area. Here at SPA, she teaches private voice lessons, all of the group voice classes and will additionally be teaching the new sight-reading classes and directing the new opera workshop this summer! Marie has performed extensively with many theaters locally and regionally including Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Theatre at the Center, Light Opera Works, Porchlight Music Theatre, Steel Beam Theatre, Vero Voce and two consecutive seasons with Music Theatre of Wichita in Wichita, Kansas. Some of her favorite performance credits include Maria in WEST SIDE STORY at Drury Lane Oakbrook, Aldonza in MAN OF LAMANCHA, Marsinah in KISMET, Sylvia in SWEETHEARTS, Anna Held in TINTYPES, Tzeitel in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, and Sara Stone in NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY all at Light Opera Works, Claudia in NINE with Porchlight Music Theatre (Jeff Recommended), Svetlana in CHESS at Steel Beam Theatre, and Woman 3 in MIDLIFE: THE CRISIS MUSICAL and Miss Todd in Menotti’s OLD MAID AND THE THIEF at Vero Voce. While at Millikin, she had the wonderful opportunity of playing such roles as Carlotta in PHANTOM, Sara Jane Moore in ASSASSINS, The Witch in Humberdinck’s HANSEL AND GRETEL and Beatrice in A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE. Marie’s directing and vocal directing credits include: MISS SAIGON and CINDERELLA at Jedlicka Performing Arts Center (Vocal Director), THE KING AND I for Magical Starlight Theatre in Naperville (Director), ANYTHING GOES with Summer Place Theatre (VD), and GREASE at Wheaton Warrenville South High School (VD). Additionally, she has served as the vocal director for the main stage productions of LES MISERABLES, MARY POPPINS, CARRIE, THE MUSICAL, and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST here at SPA. Marie has served as a vocal clinician for many years with Indian Prairie School District 204 for their annual IHSA Solo and Ensemble Festival. She spent a year singing with the big band, Swing Assembly and has been singing with The Festive Singer’s as a Dicken’s Caroler for the past 15 seasons. Marie is Mom to many, but most special are her own 2 daughters, Savannah and Gianna who you can find singing, dancing and tumbling around SPA each week!