The lights on the marquee were turned off in March. Since then, the world has flipped upside down over and over again. As a non-profit arts organization, the question we have been asking ourselves is: What is our role in this moment?
As we look beyond a year none of us anticipated, our answer is simple. The Orpheum must survive — as a beacon of hope, a promise of joy, a space where hearts are welcomed and cherished, a place where stories are shared, and as a home for kids who are searching for one.
To do that, we need you. Our history is filled with moments Memphians could have lost the Orpheum and each time they chose to save her. The fire in 1923, the Great Depression in 1929, the threat of meeting a wrecking ball in 1976. Time and again, the Orpheum survived because the city it calls home acted.
Remember the feeling of walking into the crowded lobby on opening night, the way the theatre dims just before the curtain opens. Remember the drive home after a fantastic show. Remember the smile on your camper's face when you pick them up at the end of the day.
We have more memories to make together. This is your cue to join Memphis and help fund the Orpheum's future.