If you love seeing live theater, your chance is coming up with the Averitt Center for the Arts' upcoming 2014-15 performance season.
This year's lineup features a mixture of music and theater from professional performers and the Averitt STARS Community Theater. Last year, several of the Averitt Center's performances sold out.
"Of course, sold-out shows are a good problem to have," said Tim Chapman, the center's executive director. "But we feel badly when we have to turn away patrons. Of course, the best way to be sure you have seats to our shows is to purchase season tickets. That way, you know you have tickets for every show you want to see."
This year's performance season includes classic music, drama and comedy. Yesterday and Today, a Beatles tribute band, starts off the season. Fans will enjoy reliving the memories invoked by their favorite Beatles tunes.
Next is the classic story of "Count ... the Legend of Dracula," as presented by Neos Dance Theatre and Statesboro Youth Ballet members. Internationally acclaimed percussionist Ney Rosauro will perform with the Georgia Southern Percussion Ensemble. Second City Comedy Club begins the new year with laughs. The Second Annual African-American Heritage Series includes a National Players production of "To Kill A Mockingbird," a dramatization of the best-selling classic story of justice and racism in a small Southern town.
The Averitt STARS productions feature talented artists from Statesboro and surrounding communities. "Sordid Lives," a Southern-fried comic melodrama about infidelity, country music and Airstream trailers, starts off the season with adult humor. Celebrate the holidays with the classic "Miracle on 34th Street," the heart-warming story of the "real" Kris Kringle.
In 2015, the STARS celebrate the 120th anniversary of Oscar Wilde's social satire, "The Importance of Being Earnest," and experience the deliciously funny horror of Seymour and Audrey's attempt to save the world in "Little Shop of Horrors."
One of the benefits of purchasing season tickets is the ability to have the same seats for every performance.
"I firmly believe in supporting the Averitt Center for the Arts, and one way to do that is to purchase season tickets," said longtime patron Kathryn Olliff. "My friends and I purchase tickets near each other and enjoy attending every performance. If there is a show I can't attend, I give my tickets to friends or turn them in so someone else can use them."
As always, Package A includes tickets to every Averitt Center season performance, both MainStage and Averitt STARS productions. Prices for box seats are $194, theater seats are $172 and youth packages are $100.
Package B is specifically for all MainStage productions. Box seats are $134, theater seats are $120 and the youth package is $60.
Package C includes tickets for all opening night performances of the Averitt STARS season productions. Box seats for this package are $65, theater seats are $55 and the youth package is $40.
If you have season tickets, you will be able to renew your seating through Friday.
If you haven't purchased season tickets but are a member of the Friends of the Arts, you can purchase your tickets Monday, July 21, through Friday, Aug. 1.
If you are not a member of Friends of the Arts, and haven't purchased season tickets recently, then you can still purchase a season package Monday, Aug. 4 through Friday, Aug. 15.
On Monday, Aug.18, individual tickets go on sale. If you want to attend only one or two performances per year, it would still be best to purchase those tickets as early as possible. Season tickets can be purchased during this time as well, however the same seats for each performance cannot be guaranteed.
To purchase season tickets for the Averitt Center's performance season, call the box office at (912) 212-2787. Tickets can also be purchased in person at 33 E. Main St. during box office hours, which are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5:30 p.m. Online purchases are available at www.AverittCenterForTheArts.org.