How to Save on Community Theatre Tickets
I spend a good portion of my “free” time doing and attending Community Theatre. It’s changed my life. From the friends I have made to the roles I have played, each experience has helped shape who I am and my world view. I feel it’s a grand tradition slipping away- as we see audiences become older and older we are losing what we need for theatre’s future. I want to be sure all my readers know that Community Theatre is not only an option for your entertainment- it’s a WONDERFUL, often frugal option!
Why Attend Community Theatre
- Because it’s a true group experience. I absolutely love being in or watching a show when the audience is engaged. With so much interaction through social media we rarely get to sit in a room anymore with a group all focusing on the same thing. Even in church you don’t get the same respect you do in a theatre. When the lights go down and the audience falls to a hush you get swept away together into whatever world comes to life before you. (Until someone’s phone rings and you all throw them dirty looks.)
- It helps the community. I can tell you as a performer- nothing is worse than performing to a dead audience. Note I didn’t say SMALL. When I am on stage I want people to laugh. Cry. Gasp. React. I don’t care if there are 10 people in the house as long as they are engaged. The performers (and their families) have sacrificed to do the show. It means so much to them that you came.
- It broadens your horizons. While doing research for this I came across a very interesting study. Check this out: The researchers studied a group of random students, grades 7 through 12, who saw productions of Hamlet and A Christmas Carol. Some participants in the control group and the treatment group also watched movie versions or read the play. Surveys were then administered around six weeks after the performances. Students who attended the live productions improved their knowledge of the play by a large margin compared to the control group. For example, more than 94 percent of the live-attendance group knew that Ophelia drowns in Hamlet (spoiler alert!), compared to 62 percent of the control group. The students who attended a live performance also scored higher on tolerance and emotional measures compared to the control group. (source)
- It helps the economy. You and your girlfriends seeing a show? You are probably going to go to dinner before or drinks after. The entire neighborhood around a theatre benefits!
- It sounds impressive. “I went to the theatre.” Face it- that’s way better than “Netflix and Chill” when people ask you about your weekend.
- You can support your friends. Odds are someone you know does theatre. Or helps with theatre. We are a pretty lively bunch. And we LOVE it when people come to our shows. You don’t even have to bring flowers. Just come and cheer us on. It means the world to us.
How to Save on Community Theatre Tickets
- Usher– All theatres need ushers. And if it’s not a professional theatre chances are very good they can’t afford to pay them. Ushers help take tickets, dispense programs, and provide general information and directions to the patrons at all ticketed events. The best part of volunteering is that just before the event begins, you can slip into your reserved seat and enjoy the performance for free! You were going to be there anyway- you might as well help out for a free ticket. Most theatres have a place on their website to sign up- usually on a tab called “Volunteer.” If you have plans to see a show see if you can usher!
- Help Build/Paint Sets– People always shy away from doing this because they feel like they need to have some special skill. It’s not true! Theatres will have a person in charge of set design/construction and they just need hands. If you can use a paint brush or hammer you can be helpful. Most theatres have information on their website of when work days will be or you can e-mail to find out!
- Watch For Preview Nights– Some theatres will have nights with discounted tickets because the show isn’t quite ready yet. To be honest normally if they open up for a preview night the show is probably 99% ready. There might be a small costume or lighting change but it’s very doubtful you will see people walking around on stage with a script or not knowing their music. This might not be information readily available on the website so you might need to drop a message on social media or send an e-mail to find out.
- Buy a Season Ticket- Theatre tickets are one of those things almost always cheaper in bulk. If you find that one particular theatre has consistently good shows consider getting a season subscription. It usually lowers the price per ticket by a few dollars and you are sure to have a seat!
- Get a Group Together– Along the same lines if you take a big group (usually 8 or more) you may be able to grab a set of group tickets! Check the theatre’s website for the details!
So this weekend instead of paying $15 for a movie, considering paying $15 to see a live show. Or use one of my tips above and see it even cheaper!