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. Find us on facebook: Orion Performing Arts Center
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.
Parent Information Night
(Parents of 5th-graders of MSAD#75--an introduction to Mt. Ararat Middle School)
Tuesday, April 28, 5:30 pm
Principal Bill Zima welcomes you in the Orion, and then parents visit teachers in the classrooms.
"Alice in Wonderland"
The Ballet School
Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3 at 2 pm
Elizabeth Drucker's students present a lovely dance performance each year. www.theballetschool.com
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.
Rent the Orion for your next event.
Make A New Dance Up
Year-end Performance by The Moving Company Dance Studio
(Formerly Brunswick School of Dance)
Saturday, May 9, 1 pm
A dance concert by Joanna Patterson’s young dancers.
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.
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.
The Orion Performing Arts Center