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Our 2015 Summer Season Awaits

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This summer, our dream of Summer Repertory Theatre in the Park becomes a little bit more like reality.  Two shows in the park, running back-to-back throughout July and August.  First, the beloved and hilarious, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), and then, the beloved and hilariously named, Urinetown: The Musical (which won Tonys for its book and score)!  We’ll be at West Park from July 9th through August 15th, Thursday through Saturday nights at 7pm.  And as always, tickets to these professional shows will be only $10, due entirely to our donors’ generosity.  This year, we again owe great thanks to the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, administered here in AA by the Arts Alliance, for a mini grant to support our season.  See you at the park!
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(remember- a $100 donation gets you two free tickets to every show!)

Thanks, all, for joining us this season.  This is is the most important, most exciting time in our history.  After five years of steady growth and our 2014 season ending with a tremendous sold-out run of Tomfoolery, we ask for your help as we finally achieve a long-awaited dream:  in Summer 2015, our fifth year at Ann Arbor’s West Park, The Penny Seats will present two full-scale, professional shows, for nine performances each, over six weeks. This will double our summer residency, and at last build us into the summer repertory company we set out to be.

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In five years we have enjoyed enthusiastic and growing support from the community.  We’re proud and excited, and we have many to thank.  Since day one, our funding model has been simple:  raise every season’s funds in advance, and don’t spend what you can’t raise.  We rely on donations and grants for 100% of our season budget.  We don’t count on ticket sales, so we can keep ticket prices very low.  We want to be the best theatrical value in town, delivering top-quality theatre at bargain prices.  That’s where you come in.

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Our goal is ambitious:  to achieve our dream this year, we need to pay two sets of royalties, two times the rent for West Park and rehearsal space, and, most importantly, we need the proper funds to pay the dedicated Michigan artists at the center of it all.  Can you help us?

Helping out is easy, and it comes with some great perks, including free tickets to all our shows!  So please, Click Here, and this year, help us achieve what we set out to do.  Let’s give Ann Arbor a fabulous, top-quality summer theatre festival in the park.

Thanks.

Tomfoolery Sells Out Every Show. Encore Date Added!

Guys. Can you believe it?  Our little show, Tomfoolery, sold out Every Single Performance at Conor O’Neill’s this month. Every single one!  How thrilling!  We filled the restaurant.  We sang our hearts out.  We even got to talk about it on the radio.  The phone rang off the hook all month, and we’ve been overwhelmed with support and warm fuzzy goodness.

Which brings us to this:  Due to high demand, we added one additional performance: Sunday, November 9th. Same time, same place, same everything.  Just on a Sunday.  Audience members can purchase tickets for the dinner-and-show package for just $20, or for the show only, for $10. Click here to buy tickets, or just call us at (734) 926-5346.

Brent, Roy, and Matt sing a Southern Song.

Brent, Roy, and Matt sing a little Southern Song.

We were thrilled at the reception this got, from patrons and critics alike. See this awesome review for Encore Michigan by Martin F. Kohn!  And Ann Arbor Observer columnist Davi Napoleon honored us with this tidbit: “I suppose it’s kind of mean to tell you how much fun Tomfoolery is – they keep adding chairs to accommodate the crowds, but I doubt the room at Connor O’Neill’s will even have SRO for the next show. But really, it’s that much fun. … Maybe The Penny Seats can be talked into extending the run. … In fact, they should ‘be prepared’ to spend every week at Conor O’Nell’s. I’m expecting a long, long run …”

As Director Lauren London put it, “This is one of those lightening-in-a-bottle moments for us.”  Come see what all the fuss is about!  Grab one of those last tickets, before they’re gone.

Featured performers are Ann Arborites Matt Cameron, Laura Sagolla and R. Brent Stansfield, and Roy Sexton of Saline.  Lauren London (of Ann Arbor) directed the show, with musical direction and accompaniment by Rebecca Biber (also of Ann Arbor). Victoria Gilbert (of Ypsilanti) choreographed, and Stephen Hankes (of Ann Arbor) designed the set and stage managed.

Tomfoolery Opens Thursday, October 2!

Hi all,

It’s time for our next offering of the 2014 Season!  Get your tickets HERE for Tomfoolery, a musical revue celebrating the off-kilter world of Tom Lehrer.

We open at Conor O’Neill’s on Thursday, October 2nd.  Yes, we said Conor O’Neill’s, that Irish Pub and Restaurant on Main Street in Ann Arbor!   We’re thrilled to offer this show in partnership with Conor’s, to take full advantage of the fabulous food and space available in their beautiful Celtic Room. We think it’s a match made in heaven.  Come for dinner and pay a flat fee of just $20 per ticket for both dinner and the show (what a deal)!  Or, join us for the performance only, which begins at 8pm, for a mere $10.  Get your tickets by clicking HERE or call (734) 926-5346.

After you order (using the link or phone number), your name will go on our door list for the night. Just show up, give your name, and you’re in.  We will not send you physical tickets.  Folks coming for dinner should arrive before 7:00pm (we suggest 6:30ish), to make sure they’ve eaten before showtime.  Doors to the Celtic Room, where the performance happens, will open at 7:40pm, for general seating.  Enjoy!

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