Season seat memberships are on the rise at venues throughout the Triangle. From the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) to the North Carolina Symphony, patrons are realizing that the perks that come along with buying season tickets are totally worth it.
“We like to make our members feel special and a part of our family,” says Brent Simpson, the managing director of Raleigh’s Theatre in the Park. “Perks are important as a thank you to those who take the time to become members.”
So what exactly comes with a season membership? While it depends on the venue, certain perks seem standard. As DPAC members discovered this year, early ticket sales can be a huge benefit when big shows like “Hamilton” come to town; in fact, “Hamilton” sold out on Broadway before it even opened, and it’s likely to sell out quickly in Durham, too. First access to pre-sale tickets, savings off of regular tickets, and easy ticket exchanges come with most season memberships.
Members also have the ability to choose their seats and dates for the season, knowing their tickets are taken care of.
“In an age where everyone has such busy schedules, there’s something nice about having dates throughout the year set aside ahead of time to relax and enjoy a night out with beautiful live music,” says Meredith Laing, the communications director for the North Carolina Symphony. “We partner with local restaurants to offer discounts on concert nights, so you can really make an evening of it. Of course, if your plans do change, season ticket packages allow you the flexibility to exchange tickets as needed. You have the peace of mind that your favorite seats in the concert hall are always reserved, and that you’ve gotten the best possible deal.”
Other perks at certain venues may include a members-only lounge, center seating, VIP parking, an online ticket exchange and additional discounted tickets for family and friends. Backstage access may also be available, as at North Carolina Theatre where subscribers receive first access to behind-the-scenes show rehearsals. Super Subscribers get even more access, including exclusive backstage tours and personalized concierge services.
If attending the theater or symphony is something you plan on doing throughout the upcoming season, look into membership packages at your favorite venues. From watching “Star Wars: A New Hope” on a big screen accompanied by the North Carolina Symphony to Theatre in the Park’s annual “A Christmas Carol,” there is plenty to look forward to in the Triangle.
“NC Theatre’s 2018-19 season is going to be one for the books,” says Casey Hushion, NC Theatre’s artistic director. “Our season is packed with blockbuster titles that range from the best-loved, classic musicals to shows created by today’s most thrilling contemporary voices. I am beyond excited to be a part of bringing these Broadway hits to Raleigh and am looking forward to an epic season that is not to be missed.”
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