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Student rush tickets an affordable option

Published: Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Updated: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 18:09

Tune in UCF students: the FAIRWINDS Broadway Across America – Orlando 2009-2010 series begins this week with a special performance of Grease, and students have the opportunity to see these award-winning musicals at an affordable price with the offering of student rush tickets. The Florida Theatrical Association, in partnership with the City of Orlando, presents an exciting season that UCF students will not want to miss.

Amanda Norvell, public relations director for TRUE Marketing, explained  that student rush tickets, which are $20, are only available two hours prior to show. These tickets are not available by phone; they are only available for purchase with a student I.D. at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre box office. Student rush tickets are limited to two tickets per student I.D. – best available seating. Payment can be with cash or a credit card.
The Florida Theatrical Association presents Broadway Across America – Orlando; their mission statement is cultivating new audiences and new educational outreach opportunities.

All of our theatre-survey students are required to see performances throughout the semester both at UCF and in other venues, said Kristina Tollefson, associate department chair of the theatre department at UCF.

 UCF has a long history of distributing and disseminating information about tickets or discounts for students with other venues that we receive, said department chair and associate professor Christopher Niess, one being the student rush tickets available for the Broadway musicals.

Niess said there is a world of variety in production values that the Broadway Across America – Orlando series offers, including different shows and genres.

"It is a popular and energetic production," Niess said. "We encourage students to see different types of theatre."

Zac Alfson, a UCF graduate in theatre stage management, said that student rush tickets are a great opportunity for students to see a show that otherwise wouldn't be able to because of cost.

"This year's season has a wonderful variety of shows," said Alfson.

There are many venues within the area, including the Broadway series, that are popular with classes like the theatre survey students. "Part of what makes the UCF theatre department so strong is the area around us and our partnerships with the Orlando Shakespeare Theater and the Orlando Repertory Theatre," Niess said.

The Florida Theatrical Association must request to each individual show to offer student rush tickets indicating the heavy student community within the area that would utilize such an affordable chance to see a Broadway musical, Norvell said.

Norvell said it's pretty standard for Broadway shows to offer student rush tickets. For instance, if you were in New York seeing a Broadway musical, student rush tickets would be available.

Student rush tickets have to be approved to be offered, but this information is usually available about two months prior to the show. Sometimes big titles don't offer student rush tickets because the show is able to be sold out at the regular priced tickets; however, Norvell said almost every show in the 2009-2010 series shows offers student rush tickets.

Grease runs from Aug. 25 through Aug. 30. Future performances in the 2009 – 2010 FAIRWINDS Broadway Across America – Orlando season are as follows: Fiddler on the Roof runs from Sept. 29 through Oct. 4; The Color Purple runs from Nov. 3 through Nov. 8. Special performances in addition to the series are Cats, running from Oct. 20 through Oct. 25 and Rent running from Dec. 1 through Dec. 6. In 2010, The Phantom of the Opera from Jan. 20 through Feb. 14; In the Heights runs from March 9 through March 14; Xanadu runs from April 27 through May 2; and Spring Awakening runs from May 18 through May 23.

 For more information contact the Florida Theatrical Association at 407-841-4675, or follow Broadway Across America on twitter at, or visit the Web site at For more information about Florida Theatrical Association, visit their Web site at

The Bob Carr box office is located at 401 W. Livingston Street, in downtown Orlando.


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