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19

What’s up with the box office?

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box officeIt’s been under construction for months, and the waiting is about to end: on January 22, CUArts will officially open the new Lerner Box Office, which Outreach coordinator Chad Miller says is meant to be the organization’s “physical presence on campus.” They’ll have paid staffers to sell tickets for shows both at Columbia and in the city, freeing up student groups from organizing people to man the booth. Look out for the launch party as the week approaches. 

Meanwhile, check out Barnard’s new-ish box office blog, which has opportunities for free and discount shows as tickets come up for grabs. Never pay full price for Broadway again! Use the extra dough to feed a stagehand.

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  1. b.o. enthusiast  

    "CUArts will officially open the new Lerner Box Office, which Outreach coordinator Chad Miller says is meant to be the organization's 'physical presence on campus.'"

    ...by kicking the students out of their box office? nice.

  2. involved  

    yeah, and students will no longer be allowed into the box office, which means students can't sell tickets to their own shows anymore. problems with this include:
    -the cuarts people are there to sell their own stuff. they don't know anything about student shows, nor is selling student tickets their goal.
    -is cuarts really going to pay ticket sellers to be there late at night to sell tickets before doors open?

    • there could...  

      be some benefits though. they could do some cool stuff like online tickets and mail fulfillment...

      was there a lot of "selling" that actually occurred in the box office, or was it just a place for transactions? whenever i've visited a box office i've known exactly what i wanted beforehand and rarely have spoken to the person behind the counter about other shows...

    • actually  

      from what I hear they will be there late at night to sell tickets before doors open. aure they won't know everything about your show, but you can give them a blurb to use. i'm up for anything that means i don't have to sit there for six hours a day

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