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Save the Sorg Opera House, one of Ohio’s finest historic performance structures.

The silence of its vacancy is deafening, its prospect for rejuvenation, inspiring.
The silence of its vacancy is deafening, its prospect for rejuvenation, inspiring.

The Sorg Opera House is one of Middletown, Ohio’s finest historical structures, expressing the vitality and culture of the city’s past and now its future. The silence of its vacancy is deafening, its prospect for rejuvenation, inspiring. Welcome to the start of a new vision for a Middletown jewel.

SORG Opera Revitalization Group (SORG) aims to preserve this registered historic landmark in order to provide and sustain a majestic performing arts venue for the community.

"Grounded in Our Past, Creating Our Future" by Linda Riesenberg Fisler-Artist.
"Grounded in Our Past, Creating Our Future" by Linda Riesenberg Fisler-Artist.

We intend to offer the people of Middletown and surrounding communities the opportunity to enjoy cultural, educational, civic, and corporate events that will entertain, enrich and inspire.

First Balcony Level
First Balcony Level

SORG is a 501 (c) 3 pending non-profit operating under the fiscal management of the Middletown Community Foundation.  Your pledge will help us fill the house once again!

We look forward to working with you in adding another beat to the heart of downtown Middletown, Ohio.

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The Sorg Opera Revitalization Group has been offered three challenge grants to support first floor replacement glass, restroom renovations, architectural services, and environmental abatement. We are racing to meet a deadline based $100,000 total match to accomplish the initial phases of renovations.

Once open, the vision calls for multi-genre live performances, theater, dance, movies, and artist studios that will enrich and entertain diverse audiences.

If you believe in the preservation of America's classic performance spaces, if you agree that buildings like a revitalized Sorg Opera House can bring economic life to city centers, then you see the vision. Please help us make this project a reality and fill the house once again. Make your pledge today!

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    A Round of Applause from Team SORG! No pledge is too small.

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    Not only will you receive a standing ovation, your name will be listed on our "Friend's Page" on the Sorg website.

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    One black Cotton T-shirt bearing the SORG logo with the caption, "It's Silence is Deafening"

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    One Season's Greetings from Middletown CD and one general admission ticket to Season's Greetings from Middletown, Live benefit concert on November 23, 2013.

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    One numbered and signed limited edition print "Grounded in Our Past, Creating Our Future" by Linda Riesenberg Fisler. This work of art will be featured on the cover of a soon-to-be-release "Season's Greetings from Middletown" holiday CD.

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    One Seanson's Greetings from Middletown CD, one numbered and signed limited edition print "Grounded in Our Past, Creating Our Future" by Linda Riesenberg Fisler, two general admission tickets to November 23, 2013 holiday concert.

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    Engraved name plate on select balcony level theater seat, 2 VIP private reception tickets and sneak peak of theater on grand re-opening night (DTBD).

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    Engraved name plate on select ground level theater seat, 2 VIP private reception tickets and sneak peak of theater on grand re-opening night (DTBD) plus one SORG T-Shirt and one signed limited edition print, "Grounded in Our Past, Creating Our Future" by Linda Riesenberg Fisler.

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    Engraved name plate on select ground level theater seat, 4 VIP private reception tickets and sneak peak of theater on grand re-opening night (DTBD). Two general admission tickets to November 23, 2013 holiday benefit concert. One limited edition "Grounded in Our Past, Creating Our Future" signed print, and two black T-shirts with SORG logo.

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    Family name engraved on one of four balcony seats, 8 VIP private reception tickets and sneak peak of theater on grand re-opening night (DTBD). Four general admission tickets to November 23, 2013 holiday benefit concert. One limited edition "Grounded in Our Past, Creating our Future" signed artist print, four black cotton T-shirts with SORG logo

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