Monday, August 17, 2015

Create Your Own Experience

Are you familiar with our Create Your Own (CYO) package?  You can choose four or more events on our Performing Arts Season, getting up to a 15% savings on the tickets you purchase, lock in great seats, and secure access to Broadway events before individual tickets are on sale.  Becoming a CYO package buyer is a great way to treat yourself by setting some performance dates on the calendar and making sure you save room in your year for some great Performing Arts events.

Each year, I ask our staff to comment on the events they would choose if putting together their own CYO package.  Here are this year's responses:

Jen Tibbs
Jen Tibbs, Coordinator of Public Information and Marketing:

The Illusionsists
Elf
Annie
Beauty and the Beast

Of course The Cat in the Hat for my kids

Hey Jen - Of course, you don't *have* to limit yourself to four choices.  You can choose more!  It's part of the beauty of the CYO package.  Also, you can purchased different numbers of tickets for the shows in your package.  So you can get 2 tickets to The Illusionists and 4 for The Cat in the Hat.  

Michelle Yenerall
Michelle Yenerall, Ticket Sales Assistant:

I am leaning towards most of the Broadway shows this season.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (saw it before when it was here and just loved it)
The Illusionists (Looks interesting)
Annie (Classic)
Maybe ELF (I liked the movie but I don’t know if I could sit through the musical)
The Chieftains (I want to take my dad to this)
Cameron Carpenter featuring the International Touring Organ (I just think this sounds interesting)

Hey Michelle - Taking a risk on something you're not entirely sure you'll like might feel better when you're getting a savings overall.  Another benefit to the CYO package! 

Shannon Smith
Shannon Smith, Ticket Office Manager:

The Met Opera – to see if I would like it…think I will but no real experience
Corky Siegel – I mean, it’s the blues, man
Lakota Sioux – beyond a shadow of a doubt, gonna be there
The Chieftains – of course
One extra maybe The Fab Four

Hey Shannon - Taking a risk is great and it's easier with a CYO package.  Also...of course you can pick more than four!  




Amy Zepp
Amy Zepp, Audience Development Coordinator:

Met Opera – I’ve never attended a live opera, and this seems like a good opportunity to get a sample of live opera performance.

Cameron Carpenter – A friend is getting her master’s in sacred music with an emphasis in organ performance, so she’s going to come with me.  I think his style and the variety of music genres will be fun, and I’ll also enjoy the reaction from someone who really understands organ music. 

Fifth House Ensemble – I want to experience a show that is truly interactive for the audience because we aren’t often able to present something like that.

Ragtime – It’s a classic show that I’ve never seen.

And from those who know exactly what they want, without need for comment:  

Mindy McCaffrey
Mindy McCaffrey, Volunteer Coordinator:

Victoria
The Chieftains
Cameron Carpenter 
Ragtime








Mandy Buchanan
Mandy Buchanan, Ticket Sales Assistant:

The Illusionists 
ELF
The Fab Four
Beauty and the Beast








Elise Robertson
Elise Robertson, Event Administrator:

The Illusionists
Elf
Victoria
42nd Street








Brandy Stabler
Brandy Stabler, Development Assistant:

Elf
Beauty and the Beast
42nd Street
Illusionists


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Are you a Friend of Sangamon Auditorium?

To those of you who purchase tickets to Sangamon Auditorium events: thank you!  Your purchase of tickets helps to make the quality programs at Sangamon Auditorium possible.

But did you know that ticket sales only provide a portion of the funds needed to enable us to fulfill our mission?  We rely on a wide range of revenue sources including grants, sponsorships, university/state support, and individual gifts.

The Friends of Sangamon Auditorium provide important individual gifts that help support our mission-driven programming.  But Friends also are part of an "inner circle" that offers them access to pre-purchase opportunities and event receptions.


Earlier this spring, Friends of Sangamon Auditorium were offered an opportunity to meet Garrison Keillor at a post-show reception.  This fall, Friends will be treated to a reception prior to The Illusionists.


Please visit our website for more information about joining Friends of Sangamon Auditorium and becoming part of all the activities.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Want a great price and the same great seats all year?

Becoming a subscriber to one or more of the three series at Sangamon Auditorium secures you the same seat, a great price, and locks the event dates on your calendar.  Most of us have an ever-increasing habit of making last-minute decisions about our schedules, but aren't a few events worth some advance planning?  When you buy tickets to a live event in advance, you lock the date in your calendar, you pay in advance, and you are able to plan your week around the event.  Who will go with you?  Will you go to dinner in advance?  What will you wear?  Being able to focus on these details makes a live event so much more enjoyable!

So what's the hang-up?

Are you worried you would lose your tickets if you buy them so far in advance?  Don't be.  Our Ticket Office can reprint *any* of your tickets based on your account information, and for subscriber tickets, that reprint is FREE (typically, the reprint will cost $1 per ticket).

Are you worried that something will come up and you will be unable to attend an event?  You can always gift your tickets to a friend or colleague.  Or if you contact the Ticket Office 24 hours prior to the event, you can receive paperwork confirming the value of your tickets as a tax-deductible donation to the University of Illinois Foundation.

Are you concerned that it's a lot of money to pay up front?  For many of us, it is a lot of up-front money, but the savings is up to 25% off the ticket prices if you bought them outside of a subscription package.  If you think about it that way, it's like every fourth ticket you purchase in a subscription is FREE!

You can get all the information you need about becoming a subscriber on our website, but the short scoop is this:


As an added benefit this year, subscribers will receive a keytag good for 25% off any entree at Engrained Brewing Company on Sangamon Auditorium show nights!

Please join us as a 2015-2016 subscriber!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Do you like having Broadway shows in your community?

What can you do to assure that Sangamon Auditorium continues to offer great Broadway events, including new titles alongside classic favorites?

SUBSCRIBE TO THE UIS BROADWAY SERIES!

Broadway agents and producers consider many factors when determining where to send some of the hottest Broadway shows, and one important element is the number of Broadway subscribers in a community.  If you'd like to see more Broadway shows like this coming season's ELF: The Musical, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and Bullets Over Broadway, consider a subscription today!


This year, we're offering six different Broadway subscription packages, with between four and seven shows per package.  Hop over to our website for more information about the packages available.  Broadway subscription packages begin at only $222.

Visit our homepage for more information about the 2015-2016 season!  #doUwannaGo

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

2015-2016 season announcement coming soon!

Sangamon Auditorium staff have been busy working on the exciting 2015-2016 season.  Stay tuned for our season announcement next week.  We are pleased to continue to be able to offer an exciting line-up of Broadway and performing arts events, including Sangamon Auditorium favorites alongside new events never before seen in Springfield.

We hope you will join us and consider either subscribing or becoming a Create Your Own series buyer.

Subscriptions give patrons the opportunity to secure their same-seat location at the best possible price by committing to a series package (Broadway, Visiting Artists, or Kitchen Sink).

The Create Your Own (CYO) series option gives patrons the most flexibility, allowing them to choose the events they want to see the most across all series, offering some special ticket pricing and early ticket access to many of the most popular events.  You simply choose 4 or more events across our season to become a CYO patron.

Subscriptions and CYO purchases may be made as soon as our season is announced on June 4.  Stay tuned!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Addition of Rich Dworsky to Garrison Keillor event

We are pleased to announce the addition of pianist and composer Rich Dworsky to An Evening with Garrison Keillor May 6, 2015 at 7:30 PM, as a part of the Sangamon Auditorium Visiting Artist Series.

Garrison Keillor
Rich Dworsky, pianist/music director for A Prairie Home Companion for the last twenty years, is a classically trained pianist and composer who rocks, swings, plays great Blues and Gospel, tears it up on the Hammond B3 organ and keeps up with world class pickers playing his unique “Bluegrass piano” style.  He composes classical, theater and film music and has the amazing ability to improvise compositions on the spot in virtually any style.

Rich Dworsky
Dworsky will share the stage with Keillor and also have musical moments of his own during the event.

Garrison Keillor is a master storyteller and host of Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion. He is also the author of many books, including Lake Wobegon Days (1985); The Book of Guys (1993); The Old Man Who Loved Cheese (1996); Wobegon Boy (1997); Me: By Jimmy "Big Boy" Valente As Told to Garrison Keillor (1999); Love Me (2003);Homegrown Democrat (2004); Pontoon (2007); Liberty: A Lake Wobegon Novel (2008); and Life Among the Lutherans (2009). In 2013, Keillor released his first book of poetry called O, What a Luxury: Versus Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound.  In addition to A Prairie Home Companion, Keillor hosts public radio’s The Writer’s Almanac.

Tickets for the event are on sale now! Contact the Ticket Office at 217.206.6160 or log on to SangamonAuditorium.org.

Monday, March 2, 2015

A visit by The Acting Company

The Acting Company's Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
This week, we are pleased to welcome The Acting Company back to Springfield for a series of events.  The centerpieces of the week will be the performances of Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court on Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. and the Class Acts performance of Macbeth on Thursday, March 5 at 9:45 a.m.  In addition to the performances, however, the following will also be happening:

Teaching Artist at Springfield Southeast High School week of March 2-5

The Acting Company’s Learning Through Theater residency program is a week-long, intensive exploration of one play. Teaching Artists specially trained by The Acting Company spend up to five days working in a school, teaching a hands-on curriculum related to a play in The Acting Company's repertoire. At the end of the week, students attend the play, and have an opportunity to meet and share ideas with the actors in the company.

This residency program is a cross-curricular drama-based exploration of language, literature, visual art, music, design, and acting. The Teaching Artists use a variety of teaching techniques, modeling new teaching techniques for the classroom teacher and leading the students through experiential learning at its best. In their work with students and teachers, Teaching Artists stress the multidisciplinary and collaborative nature of the theater. Students read, write, improvise, play with language, and explore the play in a variety of ways. Each residency is designed with the classroom teacher to meet the specific curriculum needs of the students.

Teaching artist Leslie Geraci will visit multiple class periods of Southeast High School literature classes Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, March 2, 3, and 5.  On Thursday, March 4, she and the students from the classes will attend the 9:45 AM performance of Macbeth on Sangamon Auditorium’s Class Acts series.

Workshop for UIS Theatre students

UIS Theatre students will participate in a workshop on stage combat led by Devin Brain of The Acting Company on Wednesday, March 4 at 2 p.m. in the UIS Studio Theatre.

This workshop will serve as an introduction to stage combat. A fully interactive workshop, the goal is to demonstrate how combat can take place on stage while looking realistic and maintaining safety. This workshop will demonstrate the basic principles of hand-to-hand combat, while simultaneously training the participants to tell a story though the fight and to maintain a character while engaging in combat. This workshop can be altered to fit the ability of the participants.

Public workshop by members of the touring company staff

Sangamon Auditorium is pleased to offer a theater workshop from 5:15-6:30 PM Wednesday, March 4 in the Public Affairs Center in conference room G.  The workshop, “Acting Clues in Shakespeare” will be led by Devin Brain, staff repertory director for The Acting Company.  The workshop is open to the public, though advance registration is required.  There is no fee to attend.

The workshop will use interactive textual analysis to give participants many of the tools they need to research and examine a piece of Shakespearean text so that they might better appreciate and understand that text and be prepared to begin rehearsing it. Most of the class will be spent examining several passages from Macbeth, discussing Shakespeare's use of Iambic Pentameter, Irregularities in Verse, Prose, Antithesis and other literary devices as they relate to the actions, intentions, and emotional life of the character.  There is no advance preparation required to attend the workshop.

Devin Brain is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and a member of The Hypocrites.  Devin has returned to the Acting Company after having served as Artistic Director of both the Yale Cabaret and Yale Summer Cabaret Shakespeare Festival.  Credits include Rose Mark’d (an adaptation of Henry V, Henry VI parts 1-3, and Richard III), The 4th Graders Present an Unnamed Love Suicide and The Phoenix.

The workshop is open to all individuals ages 15 and older with an interest in theatre, especially actors and directors.  There is no fee to attend the workshop, but space is limited and registration is required.  Please register by filling out the online form.  Please contact Carly Shank at carmi1@uis.edu or 217.206.8286 if you have questions.

The engagement by The Acting Company is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, which is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from The Illinois Arts Council.