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
Theater/Art Summer Camp
Mon-Fri, July 13-17, 9 am-4 pm Play Performance—Fri, July 17 at 3 pm
NEW summer camp for middle-school-age students. Campers imagine the characters; collaborate to write a play; make the sets, props and costumes; and perform the play on the last day. Limited space--only 20 campers can be accepted. Registration form here.
Apply to MSAD#75 for theater and art positions directing the new camp above. Go to ServingSchools.com Job Search and use "title contains" theater and art.
MAHS/MAMS Chorus Concert
Thursday, May 28, 7 pm
Enjoy lovely songs from Kristen Thomas's young students in high school and middle school.
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.
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Fusion Dance Academy
First Annual Spring Recital
Saturday, May 30, 5 pm
Back by Popular Demand--Save the Date: Nov. 6
Orion Presents! Again!
Beatles for Sale
Beatles Tribute Band
** All-new show **
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.
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.
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