Upstage Curtains Are Installed!
Major Theatre Equipment Company installed a set of upstage curtains (on the back wall) on August 14. The stage is now more versatile, allowing a black background for theater in addition to the light-colored background already available for concerts. Our thanks to Alfred Senter Fund, Brooks Family Foundation, Wing-Benjamin Trust, and all of you who bought concessions and seat plaques! Pix of the whole process here.
Superintendent's Welcome-Back for Teachers, MSAD75
Tuesday, Aug. 25, 8:30 am
Curriculum Night for Parents,
Mt. Ararat Middle School
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 6:30 pm
Meet the new Interim Principal/Vice Principal, Megan Hayes Teague, and MAMS teachers. Learn about what your children will be learning this year.
Star Teachings Society
Lecture & Music
Friday, Sept. 18, 7 pm
Awakening spiritual consciousness, bringing forth the teachings of Light. Speakers: David Lonebear Sanipass, Jaclyn Ouillete, Faith Johnson and
Music by Meg Yates.
(Not affiliated with or endorsed by the school or district.)
Friday, Oct. 2--7:30 pm
Presented by Orion Performing Arts Center--benefit for Orion Stage Improvement.
Comic situations are based entirely on audience suggestions. The performers improvise hysterical comedy before your eyes! Every show is different. Great Fun for the whole family! Save the date--Ticket info available soon.
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.
Rent 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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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.
Tickets $17 on sale now online and at Michaud's Market, Main St., Topsham; The Music Center, Tontine Mall, Brunswick; and MSAD#75 Business Office, 50 Republic Ave, Topsham.
THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR!
Beatles For Sale Sponsored by Fairfield Inn & Suites Marriott, Brunswick.
Thanks for providing rooms for the band! Reservations number is 866-342-7238. They will give a discount to audience members for rooms reserved mentioning Beatles For Sale concert--$99/nt on Thurs, Fri, or Sat while supplies last!
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. (These will be installed in summer, 2015.)
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. And Wing-Benjamin Trust gave $500. Thanks to all! We are fundraising with concession sales and raffles, also.
The Orion Performing Arts Center