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From Minnetonka School to Parks and Recreation

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Another former St. Vitaller has hit the big time in Hollywood as one of the regulars on NBC’s hit Thursday night sitcom Parks and Recreation and Mara Marini has not forgotten her time growing up in the south end.


"I lived on McNulty Crescent and River Road During the summer, I loved walking to the 7-Eleven, getting a Slurpee and a Sour Soother and then walking to a spot near Minnetonka School on a little hill near the Red River," she recalled recently.  


"I’d bring a beach towel, soak up the rays, read a book and sip my Slurpee. I made my own little beach on the grassy hill."


After attending Christ the King and later St. Mary’s Academy, Marini moved to Toronto for York University’s theatre program where she also gained experience doing at TV’s Much Music.


Marini successfully auditioned for the three-year American Academy of Dramatic Arts course in Los Angeles.


Her first big break occurred in 2011 when she won the role of Brandi Maxxxx on Parks and Recreation. She has also written and performed her own one-woman show, launched a popular digital comedy video series, Inside Dating with Break.com, and guest starred on Disney’s Kickin’ It.


Her photo and bio will soon join those of other St. Vital entertainers on the wall at the St. Vital Museum, alongside Ray St. Germain, Lenny Breau and Jim Kale, bassist and founder of The Guess Who.

Check out Mara at website www.maramarini.com, follow her on Facebook or on Twitter at @popgloss


Bob Holliday is a community correspondent for St. Vital. Email him at docholliday90@me.com

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