Cheap Theater Series | Go to School

This is the third post in my Cheap Theater Series. Here I give you some creative ideas on how you can see the theater and other live performances at a low or even no cost. This post is about going to school. Previously in this series there was

There should be giant asterisks beside “cheap” for this post. One of these cheap methods involves spending thousands of dollars on post-secondary tuition. This should be at a school with a theatre program. If you’re okay with that then go ahead and get a post-secondary education. Still this post can help students and non-students, to see theatre at an affordable price.

Student ID and Student Prices

If you are a student there is a good chance you have some form of student ID. Keep that ID with you when you travel, because a student ID could help save money. Students save money on tickets for performances at The Edmonton International Fringe Festival. If you don’t have a student ID with your school, you can apply for an International Student ID Card. The card costs is about $20 and does requires proof you are currently a full-time student.

Theater for Alumni

I’m in the Professional Writing program at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Canada. While I decided to continue my education and get a Bachelor’s Degree I also have a two-year diploma. A few months ago I got an alumni email. It was an invitation to attend a free performance of Carrie: The Musical at MacEwan. Yes, that’s the same Carrie as in the Stephen King book/horror movie. In previous years, I was always too busy with studying, but this year I had time to see Carrie: the Musical.

The John L. Haar Theatre at MacEwan University. My school.

The John L. Haar Theatre at MacEwan University.

Carrie: The Musical was one of the most expensive musicals on Broadway when it debuted on May 12, 1988. It only ran for five performances on Broadway before it closed on May 15 costing millions of dollars. Despite Carrie: The Musical being a flop, the show has gotten a cult following. I was curious to see how a horror movie would translate to a stage, and to my surprise the show was quite good. The source material itself (the music, book from the show) was not the best I’ve ever seen or heard. This production of the musical from the MacEwan theatre department was great.

Not a Student? Go to School Anyway

You’re not a student? That doesn’t mean you can’t go to school to see a show. Had I not gotten a pair of free tickets for Carrie: The Musical I would have paid $20 for a regular priced ticket. If you want to see good quality theater check for schools with a performing arts programs. Chances are the tickets will be affordable. Plus you’ll see a show put on by people training to be professional actors, dancers, singers, and musicians.

Finally, I’m going to give a shout out to the less professional school productions of shows. I was lucky enough to attend a High School that had a good drama and music department. I was in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in grade 11. In grade 12 I was in Fiddler on the Roof. Those classes, along with choir, were some of the best times I had in High School. I know we weren’t Broadway level stars, but we did our best to put on a good show. It’s an amazing feeling to see a crowd, even if only 50 people, at a show you put a lot of time and effort into. I love supporting the arts at all levels. Buying a $10 ticket to watch some kids in Grease or Romeo and Juliet is a great way to support the arts. It also helps to encourage the next generation of performers and artists.

Things You Should Know

If you’re a student I recommend keeping your student ID on you or getting a International Student ID Card. It comes in handy not only for shows, but many companies will offer discounts to people with a student ID card.
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4 Responses to Cheap Theater Series | Go to School

  1. Mary @ Green Global Travel March 30, 2014 at 3:10 PM #

    These really are great ideas. Students are able to watch shows at a discounted rate. And, even if you aren’t a student or alumni, you can still go to the schools and watch them for cheaper than you would anywhere else. Thanks for sharing. Not many people are aware of this.

    • Alouise April 2, 2014 at 9:21 PM #

      Yes, it’s definitely possible to see shows at a school even if you’re not a student. Thanks for the comment Mary.

  2. Mary Calculated Traveller August 16, 2014 at 5:57 AM #

    My niece went to a performing arts high school and the shows were excellent! Great suggestions!

    • Alouise October 14, 2014 at 11:14 PM #

      How wonderful – I’m sure you got to see some great shows. Thanks for the comment.

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