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October 14, 2015
File photo / EOU students will receive free admission to all campus theatre productions this year.
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Free admission to campus theatre productions is available to Eastern Oregon University students this year, starting with the first show “Death by Design” opening October 29.
The theatre department hopes students will see this new perk as an opportunity to take in more performances than they might otherwise if they had to purchase tickets at the discounted rate normally offered them.
“We see this as a real positive,” said Kenn Wheeler, associate professor of theatre. “Part of our purpose is to get students into the theatre to experience new things, so we decided to make it more accessible.”
Alan Stogin, who moved from Washougal, Wash., to pursue a double major in theatre and music at EOU, said dropping the admission charge will “make being a broke college student more fun.”
“I love that we are offering free tickets to students this year,” he added. “I think it will allow a whole new crowd to come out and enjoy the evening with a show.”
Wheeler is excited about what’s playing this season. “From dark comedies to murder mysteries, it’s going to be a really fun time,” he said.
Students need to present their current EOU ID card at the theatre box office in Loso Hall to receive a free ticket. Reservations are recommended.
Admission prices will rise slightly to $12 for general and $6 for senior citizens, high school students, and retired or active military members. Student-directed performances are $6 for all admissions. Season passes are also available to purchase for 20-percent off regular ticket prices.
“Death by Design” runs through October 31 in Schwarz Theatre and will be followed by “August: Osage County” November 11-14 in McKenzie Theatre.
For more information on upcoming shows, visit www.eou.edu/theatre or call the box office at 541-962-3757.
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