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By CATHY McCABE
Shaw Festival’s 2013 season has outsold the 2012 season by more than $1 million.
In mid-September, the Shaw Festival announced that revenue for the 2013 season is more than $15 million compared to the $13.8 million in 2012.
Odette Yazbeck, public relations director for the Shaw, says this season has been “extremely successful.”
“We are so proud of the work that we have on all four of our stages.” Yazbeck says that this season “has been overwhelmingly applauded by our audiences and critics alike.”
“We feel like people are coming back to the theatre, enjoying live theatre even more, certainly our Niagara audiences are.”
Yazbeck says the musical for the 2013 season, Guys and Dolls, “has been playing to packed houses since it began previewing” and so they have extended the season for an additional two weeks.
“It is so much fun; it is so delightful. The cast is extraordinary; the dancing is wonderful; the audiences are just feeling so rejuvenated and full of life when they come out of the theatre after seeing that play. It’s just been such a great hit for us.”
Laura MacFadden, owner of the Old Niagara Bookshop in Niagara-on-the-Lake, says she has seen Major Barbara and Lady Windermere’s Fan. She says she “always enjoys” seeing plays at Shaw.
The Shaw Festival has tickets in the blue seating that can be booked at any time for $30 for people between the age of 19 and 29. There are also “Special Matinees” for students where tickets are $24 or $29.
Mary Pasquariello-Lounsbury, owner of the Siwlver Screen, a classic movie shop on Queen Street in Niagara-on-the-Lake, says she plans to go to Shaw because of the deals being offered to residents.
She went to see Lady Windermere’s Fan in the spring because of the special offers and is going to go see Guys and Dolls.
The 2013 season of the Shaw Festival runs until Nov 3. For more information about upcoming performances or to order tickets, go to www.shawfest.com