Michele Marinace of Yorktown will be showing her acting chops this Halloween at a show and film premiere at The Broadway Comedy Club in Manhattan.
Marinace has lived in Yorktown for 42 years and is the vice president of Marshall Alarm Systems.
Originally from Mahopac, Marinace and her husband Marshall decided to start their own business and relocate to Yorktown. After years of hard work, Marshall Alarm Systems is a second-generation, family owned business that operates out of a storefront on Front Street.
Marinace said that while she always tap-danced and did ballet, she began to perform in plays later on.
“I started doing the show ‘Anything Goes’ for The Spotlight Theater and then I started going to the city,” Marinace said. “I really got serious with acting and I took the class TAP The Actors Project. It’s very strict.”
She honed her acting skills by performing monologues and learned technicalities of the acting field. She even performed in front of agents and casting directors.
Her career in comedy started seven years ago unexpectedly when she originally auditioned for a play.
“This is not what I thought I’d be doing,” Marinace said. “I was interviewing for a play and we did an Oprah Winfrey play. When Oprah was taken off the air, the director said ‘OK, we’re done with that. We’ll do stand-up.’ So that’s how I got started.”
Marinace was hesitant at first, but working with The Broadway Comedy Club director Beverly Bonner, she began to write and perform her own material.
“I would write something and Beverly embellish it,” Marinace said.
Marinace writes comedy sketches about herself and her husband frequently.
“Life is interesting. Interesting and funny,” Marinace said. “I write about what it’s like working with your husband, what it’s like going out with your husband. My new one now is my husband snoring.”
Her husband has grown to be one of her fans.
“It didn’t start out that way. He likes it now. I heard him talking and bragging about me to other people and I was like ‘wow’,” Marinace said.
On Halloween, Marinace and Bonner will be debuting their movie “Steamed” at the downstairs theater of The Broadway Comedy Club.
“Beverly and I will be in the movie. She’s Louise and I’m Cindy,” Marinace said.
The movie is a 20-minute independent short film about a serial stalker broccoli who’s obsessed with Louise and her friend Cindy, who doesn’t believe her.
Before the film is screened, both Marinace and Bonner will be performing skits and monologues at the club.