“The Sound of Music”
Mt. Ararat Stage Company Spring Musical
Fri, March 9, at 7 pm
(this show ASL interpreted)
Sat, March 10, at 3 pm
(this show followed by Talk-Back with cast and director)
Sun., March 11, at 3 pm
The perennial musical favorite, ‘The Sound of Music’ will grace the stage of the Orion Performing Arts Center Friday, March 9th through Sunday, March 11th. Produced by the Mt. Ararat Stage Company, with music and lyrics written by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II, and a book written by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, ‘The Sound Of Music’ tells the story of the young, high-spirited postulant, who is sent from her convent to serve as the governess of widowed naval Captain Von Trapp’s seven children. As the German Nazi Party rises to power, Maria uses her musical gifts to lead the resentful children, and the Captain, from their strictly-disciplined world to a more joyful life.
Beloved and praised by audiences and critics across the globe, ‘The Sound of Music’ was first introduced to Broadway audiences in 1959, and later adapted into a historical 1965 motion picture starring Julie Andrews. Featuring some of the most infectious and endearing songs of all time, including “Edelweiss,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “My Favorite Things,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “Climb Every Mountain,” and “The Lonely Goatherd,” ‘The Sound of Music’ is certain to capture the hearts of individuals of all ages.
Portraying the Von Trapp family are Kate Graeff as Maria, Elijah Slocum as Captain VonTrapp, Jackie Brochu as Liesl; Nathaniel Smith as Friederick, Emma Hanna as Louisa, Zachary Reynolds as Kurt, Rose Tuttle as Brigitta, Joy Stewart as Marta, and Reece Roma as Gretl. Also featured are Nellie Ickes Coon as Mother Abbess, Kelsie Dickey as Baroness Elsa von Schraeder, Daniel Blake as Max, Jonathan Nelson as Rolf, Griffin Downs as Franz, Faith Williams as Frau Schmidt, and Emily Smith as Sister Margaretta. This production also features a large chorus of supporting roles, a 14-piece live orchestra featuring many Mt. Ararat student musicians, and large stage crew.
Director: Adam Blais. Producer: Kristen Thomas.
Ben Zabin--The Magic Show
Fri., March 30, 7 pm
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Fundraiser for Orion Capital Projects--now raising funds for an installed projector and LED theatrical lighting upgrade.
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Thanks to All of our 2017 supporters:
Norway Savings Bank for 2017 scholarship support for Create-A-Play campers. Thanks to Walmart* for art materials for camp.
THANK YOU to our Spring Raffle 2017 Sponsors:
Portland Harbor Hotel
Boston Red Sox
New England Patriots
Portland Sea Dogs
Maine Red Claws
The Music Center, Brunswick
Midcoast Symphony Orchestra
Thanks to the Gelato Fiasco for hosting a Scooping Event Apr. 4, 2017, a Fundraiser for Orion.
Thanks to the 99 Restaurant
for the Feb. 2, 2017, Dining fundraiser.
See a performance or lease our space for your event. Theater, Dance, Music, Conferences -- the Orion has it all! Rental info on rentals page and below. Call 729-2950, x 7 or email email@example.com for info. We're in Mt. Ararat Middle School, 66 Republic Ave, Topsham, Maine.
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Fundraisers this Spring, 2018
We are raising money for an installed projector and beginning the upgrade of theatrical lights
See below for info and tickets!
Gelato Fiasco, Scooping for the Orion--Monday, March 26
Eat gelato at the Brunswick Gelato Fiasco shop on Maine St., mention the Orion or give them this coupon, and we will receive the profits!
"Dining for a Cause" at the
99 Restaurant, Topsham Fair Mall Rd.--Thursday, May 3
Eat at the 99, give them this coupon, and we will receive 15% of the profits.
We are also gathering items for a raffle. Look for our raffle tickets at events beginning in March.
The Orion Performing Arts Center welcomes exciting performers and artists from our local area and