About Linda Spall a.k.a. Marge
Linda's first theater experience was as one of the seven dwarfs in "Snow White" in sixth grade, It was when she could hear her mother in the audience moan "Oh my God!" that she knew something was definitely happening and it had something to do with humor. The same audience reactions occurred in high school and much to the chagrin of Miss Ruth Schmidt, the drama teacher at Lutheran High South, who, when Linda's performances earned her the Presidency of the school's Thespians Club, moaned more than once "How could this have happened?!?" After a year at St. Louis Community College, taking only courses in English and Theater, she appeared in "She Stoops To Conquer" her freshman year opposite a guy from a local high school in Affton who kindly stepped in named John Goodman. Linda was a haughty freshman prima dona who paid him very little attention. Not the first nor last of her somewhat mistaken choices. After more college and attending Theater Acting Studio in Paramus New Jersey and Lee Strausberg's Actors Studio in New York, Linda realized after a year that her uncontrolled sense of humor interfered somewhat with method acting. Returning home she and her husband, Kevin, a singer/musician had two children, Keli and Jamie, their greatest accomplishments. Both swore the children would NEVER enter show business since feeding and clothing them seemed to be an issue. (Anyone who knows Linda personally knows how well that turned out!) After teaching childrens' theater and appearing in community theater in Wisconsin and Missouri, graduating to The Royal Dumpe Dinner Theater (as Carmen Getit-yes, it's real-in fact it taught her how to dodge people sick on beer) then on to Kevin O'Brien's Upstage Productions 2 person Murder Mysteries (which taught her how to dodge people sick on wine) she was ready to venture out on her own. When a friend referred her to a restaurant owner who wanted unique entertainment "Cooking With Marge" was born.
From traveling with the mysteries, Linda traveled with Marge. Accepting a job in Casper, Wyoming performing living history characters, Linda's passion for sharing history became equal to her love for "Marge". Her portrayals of Eleanor Roosevelt, Edith Wilson and Carry A. Nation allow her to deliver thought-provoking messages to audiences.
Linda also is an articulate writer and playwright. As the Travel Writer for UPTOWN Magazine (www.uptownstl.com) in St. Louis, MO. she is able to vividly share some of her travel experiences. She is honored to write for a new publication called CERT Responder Magazine (www.certresponder.com) CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team which under FEMA and the Citizens Corps trains volunteers emergency response techniques to help their neighbors in case of a disaster. Due to the recent occurrences in our nation, the magnitude of the importance of neighbors taking care of each other close to home is monumental.
The lesson that Linda would like to share is that we can all try to make a difference in our own way no matter your talents, whether it's to help a neighbor, a child, an animal, a yard, to be a friend or simply to love.
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