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September 6, 2011

Center Stage offers low-cost season pass for the 21-34 age set

Performing arts groups are always trying to think up ways to attract customers whose hair has yet to turn gray (or fall out), and whose minds are still flexible. Center Stage announced Tuesday an unusually attractive offer geared to the younger set, specifically ages 21 to 34.

The company has introduced a $38 membership plan for these folks. It includes a season-long "GO Pass."

That pass is not valid for "special engagements" -- sorry, but "Second City: Charmed & Dangerous," the follow-up to last season's smash production by the Chicago comedy troupe, is not included in the deal.

Still, that leaves all the other presentations of the 2011-2012 season, including mainstage productions, cabaret shows and theater labs.

But, wait, there's more!

Go Pass-holders not only ...

can get a ticket to as many shows as their hearts desire, but as many performances of each show as they feel like attending.

The catch? Based on availability. But, unless every Center Stage performance sells out, that will still leave plenty of opportunity. Pass-holders can order tickets in advance; walk-ups are also permitted. (Clearly, the marketing folks at Center Stage have carefully considered the buying habits of the younger crowd.)

Given that a single ticket could easily cost $38, am eight-month, season-long pass represents a bargain.

But, wait, there's more!

Each pass-holder can buy extra tickets for a show at $20 each (limit of two).

There must be another catch or two, you say. Well, OK. You don't get the best seats in the house, but "not the worst, either," according to the company. Also, you do have to pick up your tickets no later than 20 minutes before curtain time. And you can't be a habitual no-show after arranging for tickets; your membership will be revoked.

If you order the "GO Pass" in the next 30 seconds, you'll also receive a five-piece kitchen knife set  -- sorry, wrong offer. Actually, you can't call in the next 30 seconds. Operators aren't even standing by yet. And when they are standing by, it will be for a limited time.

Go Passes will be on sale Sept. 26 to Sept. 30 only, via; by phone, 410-332-0033; or at the box office, 700 N. Calvert St.

Feeling left out because you're just a wee bit past the age of 34? Not to worry. Center Stage has an offer for you, too, in the form of "3-Packs" -- three-show subscription plans that come with 20-25 percent savings.


Posted by Tim Smith at 10:05 AM | | Comments (7)
Categories: Center Stage, Drama Queens


So the younger or less affluent crowd pays less while those of us who are older and juggling mortgages, paying for college, suffering for health issues are expected to pay higher prices to subsidize those who can't. Or don't have to. Lovely. I support the arts and am an avid theatre goer but I am sick of paying everyone else's way! I'll stay home with a good book!

This is excellent, I'm definitely picking it up. Money has been tight lately but this is a huge deal for what you get! Very exciting.

@ Kate Leiner -

You Mad, Bro?

As a supporter of the arts, Kate, you should appreciate the theatre's attempt at getting the younger generation involved and interested in the arts.

I have never even been to Center Stage, but would definitely consider it with this deal.

No one made anyone buy a house, have kids, send them to college, etc. These are all choices with costs and benefits. Thanks for staying home with your rhetoric, more seats available for us!

I haven't enjoyed any of their shows over the past couple of years. Quality is slipping which may be why they're slashing ticket prices left and right. It feels like a desperate fire sale in addition to age discrimination. I'd rather wait and see if the shows get better at Centerstage before spending my hard earned money.

Wow, that's a kick in the butt for older folks who already suffer enough insults ageist institutional discrimination. Sure doesn't make me want to see a show there knowing I'll pay a premium just because I'm older. Remember the last scene in the Cherry Orchard "everyone is gone and they forgot about me!"

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About Tim Smith
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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