DMS talent grabs O'Hara man's attention
When Dorseyville Middle School performs Disney's “The Little Mermaid Junior” next weekend, Saul Markowitz and his wife, Bonnie, will be gushing in the audience.
The couple will attend student performances in the auditorium scheduled for Nov. 21 and 22. A Saturday morning matinee also is set.
“It's important to be supportive, especially if your child is willing to try something new. I can't wait for opening night,” Saul said.
His son's, Brandon, involvement has meant adjusting the family's schedule for evening rehearsals.
Some parents will be selling candy or distributing flowers and other measures of support.
For the most past though, the teenagers do all the work — from painting scenery, to running sound and light, and, of course, performing.
Saul compares school performances to the “minor leagues” — using the term in a positive manner.
“It's great to see new, young talent,” he said.
The University of Pittsburgh graduate started reviewing sports and arts for the campus newspaper. After graduating, he settled into Pittsburgh and worked for the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Broadway Series, the Cultural Trust, and Carnegie Mellon University.
On April Fools Day, 1997, Saul opened his own public relations company, Markowitz Communications, located in Lawrenceville.
“We're in the middle of everything,” he said. “It's a lot of exciting work.”
Even with international clients, such as Cirque de Soleil, the Buffalo native still trumpets his adopted city.
“Pittsburgh is an amazing theater city, a major arts town, a cultural center.” he said.
Professionally involved in the arts, Saul is excited for all of the students who are participating in the middle school musical. He commends Dorseyville for its support of art.
“I don't think they should cut any of those programs. Hopefully the school district and the states will support the arts. You can never have enough,” he said.
The Markowitz family even took their sixth-grader to Broadway this fall.
“One day (Brandon) will need a publicist. I'll give him the family discount,” Saul jokes.
So Saul will support the arts at the middle school level, kvelling for all the students' musical performances.
He'll be there no matter what crops up, even if it means giving up an adult-league hockey game.
Sharon Drake is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
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