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
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.
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.
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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Have you gone to school for a show?