Mending Hearts Camp: Creating Hope Through the Performing Arts

Mending Hearts Camp Registration is Open Now

The Orpheum Theatre Group announced this week that registration is open for this year’s Mending Hearts Camp. This performing arts camp for young people who have experienced the death of one or both parents will take place July 10-21 for grades 6-8 and July 24-29 for grades 3-5. Registration is open now. 

I am a better me ‘cause Mending Hearts supported me through my grief and loss at any cost.

~Garren H. – three-time camp attendee

Surrounded by a community of peers who have experienced a similar loss, campers explore their creativity through a variety of performing arts and community building activities.

Orpheum trained teaching artists, supported by healing counselors, facilitate activities that encourage community and collaboration while celebrating the unique talents of each individual camper, giving them creative space to express themselves, build self- confidence, and develop friendships that let them see they are not alone.

For questions or to register, email or call 901.529.4247.  Registration is $50 per family. Scholarships are available — no child will be turned away due to financial hardship. For more information, visit

About Mending Hearts Camp:

After losing his father unexpectedly at age 7, Orpheum Theatre Group President & CEO Brett Batterson realized, as he grew older, that it was his childhood involvement in the performing arts that gave him the tools to express himself, a tight group of friends, and the self-confidence to achieve the success he has enjoyed in life. In 2017, he founded Mending Hearts Camp, similar to a camp he founded in Chicago in 2005, to give Mid-South children who have experienced the devastating loss of a parent the same benefits of the performing arts that he had as a child. 

About the Orpheum Theatre Group:

The mission of the Orpheum Theatre Group is to enhance the communities we serve by utilizing the performing arts to entertain, educate, and enlighten while preserving the historic Orpheum Theatre and the Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education. For more information, visit  

Orpheum Education & Community Engagement Declaration of ActionWe commit to engaging and collaborating with the people of the Mid-South through the transformative power of the arts.

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