Friday, October 31, 2014

Spotlight Feature: Run Away With Holiday Spirit at the Orpheum's Break-A-Leg 5K

We triple-dog-dare ya not to have fun at the Orpheum’s inaugural Break-A-Leg 5K on Sunday, November 23.

Themed around AChristmas Story, the Musical, playing November 25-30, the 5k will be as much a party as it is a race. Runners and spectators alike are encouraged to wear their holiday sweaters, Santa hats, and Broadway-inspired costumes to participate in the event’s costume contest.

“We wanted to offer an event that was completely ‘out of the box’ compared to our other fundraisers,” said Orpheum President and CEO Pat Halloran.  “The Break-A-Leg 5K is the start of a brand new tradition that is as fun as it is meaningful to our education programs.”

Presented in partnership with Start2Finish Event Management, the race will start and end at our historic theatre, wrapping up with a holiday block party. The entry fee for the Break-A-Leg 5K is $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the race.  Participants may register at www.breakaleg5k.racesonline.com  or can visit www.orpheum-memphis.com for more information. 

All of the proceeds from the race will benefit the Orpheum’s Educationand Community-based programming, including the new Orpheum Centre forPerforming Arts & Education. You’ll see this beautiful new building coming to life near the starting line, and in the summer of 2015 it will become the base for the 70,000 students, teachers and families who enjoy the Orpheum’s programs every year.

The Break-A-Leg 5K is made possible by the following generous sponsors: Scott and Carol Hennessy, EMHC, Hard Rock CafĂ©, and T-Shirt Champions.  And a special shout-out to local artist David Lynch for designing our inaugural race day t-shirt.

So pull out your pink bunny pajamas and join us for the first annual Break-A-Leg 5k, and don’t miss A Christmas Story, The Musical starting just two days later. This bright, buoyant production is a Broadway retelling of the 1983 holiday movie, a cherished and much-repeated family film during the Christmas season. All of the movie’s best-loved moments are in the production, including the Old Man's leg-shaped lamp, the tongue-on-a-flagpole scene, the bunny suit, the Santa slide and all of Ralphie’s extravagant daydreams.




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