Orpheum Performing Arts Center
Study after study has shown the powerful relationship between the arts and economic revitalization. The Catskill Mountain Foundation is all about serving all age groups - children and adults. The Foundation also focuses on arts-based economic revitalization. As our varied arts programs continue to grow, and become more widely known throughout the Northeast and beyond, more people will visit our Mountain Top, or buy homes here, to take advantage of our offerings. This in turn will generate more revenues for all of the businesses operating on the Mountain Top. Community after community has seen this economic transformation take place over time as they have embraced the arts. Schoolchildren across the Mountain Top will be able to enjoy a widely varied performing arts program in a state-of-the-art facility.
The arts have blossomed on the Mountain Top in the past five years. Many people from the New York City metro area and elsewhere are buying and building homes in the area. Realtors report that there has been a distinct change in the type of buyers we are now attracting. More affluent family-oriented buyers are coming to our area, and the realtors say that the new buyers are very interested in the arts. They use the Catskill Mountain Foundation's materials promoting both its performing arts programming and its studio arts offerings at Sugar Maples to show the newcomers about all of our exciting offerings.
Key to the future development of our Mountain Top performing arts programming is the Orpheum theater. While performances are now presented in the Foundation's red barn, in its movie theater, at the gymnasium of the Tannersville High School, and at the Windham Centre Church, none of these provide the facilities required to present professional dance, theater and orchestral performances. These spaces have no or little wing space. They have makeshift dressing rooms. The seating is either not raked at all, or is minimally raked. The temperature control in these spaces is poor to adequate. There is little or no stage lighting. The stage spaces are small, and the lobby spaces are not large enough to comfortably accommodate the audience members who want to get up and take a break and stretch during intermission.
The New Orpheum will provide the Mountain Top with a performing arts center that solves all of these problems.
The New Orpheum will be one of the few professional performing arts centers in the Catskill Region. It was designed by Hugh Hardy, who also designed the Glimmerglass Opera House, the BAM Harvey theater, the Radio City Music Hall renovations, New Amsterdam theater, New Victory theater and many other wellknown theaters around the United States. Mr. Hardy has designed a spectacular new performing arts center for us, and it is likely that it will become known nationwide because of his involvement.
Support the Orpheum
Please support the Orpheum project by making a donation now.
Please Take a Seat
Please take a seat at the new Orpheum Performing Arts Center and have your family or loved ones commemorated with a permanent plaque on a theatre seat! Lead the way to the Orpheum's lobby with personalized brick pavers engraved to your specifications.
Theatre seats @ $500. Brick pavers @ $250.
Please contact Beth Barker for further information: 518-263-2038 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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