The Wind in the Willows
MAMS School play
Thursday, April 9, 7 pm
Friday, April 10, 7 pm
What begins as a peaceful summer on the River is soon disrupted by Toad and his obsession with motorcars. After crashing several cars and landing himself in jail, Toad’s friends must make every effort to protect Toad's residence, Toad Hall, from the Ferrets and Weasels of the Wild Wood. Will Toad escape from jail and regain Toad Hall? And more importantly, will he learn a lesson about his boastful and impetuous ways?
The production features the onstage and offstage talents of over 50 students under the direction of local director and choreographer Adam P. Blais.
PURCHASE A SEAT PLAQUE!
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—a new graduate, 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.
Curtains Upstage and Downstage
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.
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 email@example.com or buy tickets at Orion events. Drawing will be May 4,
in time for Mother's Day.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for info. We're in Mt. Ararat Middle School, 66 Republic Ave, Topsham, Maine. Find us on facebook: Orion Performing Arts Center
Piano Recital--Students of Linda Craig
Monday, March 30, 6:30 pm
Maine Coast Heritage Trust
Land Conservation Conference
Saturday, April 25, 8 am-4 pm
MCHT's annual conference, with workshops, land fair, keynote speaker, and more... register at www.mcht.org.
Back by Popular Demand--Save the Date, Nov. 6
Orion Presents! Again!
Beatles for Sale
Beatles Tribute Band
Fri., Nov. 6, 2015 -- 7:30 pm Benefit for Orion Stage Improvement
Award-winning Beatles tribute band committed to re-creating the sounds of the Beatles, live, in concert. No costumes or Beatle wigs--just all the great songs. All-new show.
Ticket info available soon.
Beatles For Sale Sponsored by Fairfield Inn & Suites Marriott, Brunswick.
Thanks for providing rooms for the band! Reservations number is 866-342-7238. Discount for rooms reserved mentioning Beatles For Sale.
Rent the Orion for your next event.