"How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying"
Spring Musical by Mt. Ararat Stage Company
Friday, Mar. 6 , 7 pm Saturday, Mar. 7, 7 pm
You can become an important and enduring part of OPAC when you “Have a Seat” — your name engraved on a permanent commemorative brass plaque, attached to a seat in the theater. Your donation helps the capital improvements fund. People who come to performances will notice your name and appreciate your support for the arts.
Or, buy a plaque as a gift for someone else—your parents or child, a favorite teacher, a friend, or someone you admire in the community. Click here for a brochure to learn more about the seat plaque campaign.
Use the Orion for your next event.
See a performance or lease our space for your own event. Theater, Dance, Music, Conferences -- The Orion has it all! Rental info on rentals page and below. Call 729-2950, ext. 7 or email email@example.com for info. We're in Mt. Ararat Middle School, 66 Republic Ave, Topsham, Maine.
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Thursday, Mar. 12
Concert at 7 pm
Great collaboration among Mt. Ararat, Brunswick, and Morse (Bath) High School bands. The bands practice all afternoon. Always a super show!
Curtains Upstage and Downstage
Buy a Ticket to help the Orion get New Curtains
The three pieces above are being raffled (ruby compote, cobalt hobnail bowl, and cobalt thumbprint condiment jar). They are vintage 1940s glassware, donated by Karen Mayo. Thank You!
Tickets are $1 or 6 for $5. Contact Coordinator Judy Lloyd at firstname.lastname@example.org or buy tickets at Orion events. Drawing will be May 4,
in time for Mother's Day.
We are now fundraising for a set of upstage curtains, to cover the back wall of the stage. This will give more flexibility to performances. Concert conductors prefer to keep the curtains open for a light-colored background (the current painted wall) since the musicians are stationary, and have black music stands. Play directors want to close the black curtain for better theatrical lighting. See above photos of 6th-grade band, and of stage set for "Oliver." The mid-stage curtains do close, giving a black background, but cutting the stage in half. A set of black curtains on the upstage (back) wall, will allow full use of the stage's size for theatrical performances, while preserving the light color background for concerts.
The next need is for a proscenium curtain, to cover the front of the stage fully. Our front (downstage) curtains hang now only on the sides of the stage. The ability to close the curtains will increase flexibility in staging various events.
THANK YOU to the Alfred M. Senter Fund for a generous $4,000 grant to assist in obtaining curtains. Brooks Family Foundation granted $2,500, a portion of which will also be used for this project. We are fundraising with concession sales and raffles, also.
Our New Stage!
The Orion now has a new stage surface, finished in summer, 2014. Smooth and sleek! Thanks to all who participated in this process, and to Dan Oram and his crew for completing the work so well and quickly.
THANK YOU to the Alfred M. Senter Fund for the generous $8,000 grant, received in December, 2013 for the stage floor replacement. Thanks also to the Wing-Benjamin Trust, for a $500 grant received in summer, 2014. We appreciate that Fairfield Inn & Suites/Marriott of Brunswick sponsored our "Beatles For Sale" show in November, 2014--a benefit for the stage. Further thanks to Brooks Family Foundation for a $2,500 grant for stage improvements, used partly for the stage surface and also forming the beginning of our next priority--black curtains for the back of the stage. We conducted a number of fundraisers--a dinner, and concession sales-- and the seat plaque campaign added to the income. Further seat plaques sold will help fund the improved upstage curtains. See seat plaque information on this page-- income will go to the Capital Fund.