Makram lands job of her dreams at Memorial Auditorium
WORTHINGTON — If there is such a thing as a dream job, Tammy Makram has landed it.
“I feel, in a way, like all of my involvement with the arts since I was a child has prepared me for this experience,” said Makram, who learned of the job opportunity while popping popcorn inside Luverne’s Historic Palace Theatre.
Makram, who currently resides in Luverne, has a long history with theater and performing arts. She served as executive director of the Council for Arts and Humanities in Rock County, coordinated exhibitions at the Carnegie Cultural Center in Luverne and remains involved on the Blue Mound Area Theatre board of directors.
Excited to follow in the footsteps of former Memorial Auditorium Manager Margaret Hurlbut Vosburgh, Makram said her predecessor “built such a strong foundation here,” which will make it easier for her to come in and build upon that success.
Just two weeks into her new role, Makram has spent much of her time thus far getting to know people involved in events at the auditorium.
“One thing I’ve been really impressed with is the way the community supports the Memorial Auditorium,” she said. “There are so many different community groups that hold events here, and I think that’s wonderful.”
Makram said the auditorium belongs to the community and, as such, she wants everyone to use it.
In the short time she’s been at the helm, she’s enjoyed a flurry of activity on stage and just beyond her office door as Worthington High School students rehearse for their upcoming musical, “The Wizard of Oz.”
The musical, to be performed Feb. 6-9, is the first big act to take the stage under Makram’s management. It will be followed up with the Just for Kix dance recitals, scheduled for Feb. 15 and April 5; the Dueling Pianos on March 4 (which happens to be Fat Tuesday and will include a Mardi Gras celebration); the Concert Series featuring pianist Charlie Albright on March 10; the Friends of the Auditorium’s “Gone Country” show on March 29, which is a salute to the Country Music Hall of Fame; and a Lorie Line concert on April 26.
Mixed in will be some special school events, including concerts and programs on diversity and culture.
One of Makram’s goals in her new role is to fully promote the Memorial Auditorium and its events.
“I’m kind of a social media buff and I feel like that’s such an important way to get the word out about what’s going on at the auditorium,” she said.
With 30 years of experience in graphic design, and business knowledge from operating her own coffee house for a time in downtown Luverne, Makram looks not only to promote what’s coming to the auditorium, but to encourage residents to offer suggestions on bringing in new events.
“Ultimately, that’s what this place is about — bringing in what the community wants,” she said. “If there’s someone that’s never been here before, we want to hear what would bring them in.”
Makram said she would like to bring in events to appeal to all age groups, especially the younger generation.
“The younger generation is the future of the auditorium,” she said. “It’s wonderful to see the high school kids in here doing their performance. Hopefully those are the kids that are someday going to be serving on the board of the Friends of the Auditorium. We need to get that sense of loyalty and the feeling that the auditorium belongs to them as much as it belongs to others in the community.”
To follow the events of the Memorial Auditorium, look for and “like” the Worthington Memorial Auditorium Facebook page, or visit their website at friendsoftheauditorium.com.
Makram said the auditorium is available for rentals for meetings, workshops and special events. In just the past week, she’s received two inquiries about renting the auditorium for weddings.
Daily Globe Reporter Julie Buntjer may be reached at 376-7330.