Fifteen or more people. That’s all it takes to be considered a group at Playhouse Square. Not only do groups often receive discounts, but the Group Services Department works hard to make a day at the show one not to be forgotten securing perks and benefits in addition to seeing a show.
Still wondering if group tickets are right for you? Here’s a great example of just one event planned by the Playhouse Square Group Services Department.
On Sunday, more than 400 girl scouts, parents and troop leaders from Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) visited Playhouse Square for a day of magic and fun with Disney's Beauty and the Beast. The girls were separated into four groups: Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts and Chip, and each group rotated through workshop activities themed to the show.
The workshops were taught by four local professionals in different spaces around Playhouse Square, giving girls a fun experience while seeing the theaters. A mask-making craft was taught by BayArts Instructor Jessica Ramage in the State Theatre lobby. Girls Scouts of all ages had a great time getting creative and decorating masks at the activity stations.
The girls learned a dance routine inspired by "Be Our Guest" on the Ohio Theatre stage from Katy Russell, a teaching instructor.
And little did they know several members of the cast were there to watch!
Teaching instructor Mary Ann Nagel taught the girls how to express their emotions through movement in the Ohio Theatre lobby. They also participated in several ice breaker and group bonding activities with their group.
We were also thrilled to have Mary Jo Alexander from the Actor’s Summit to give a costuming lecture around the art of the quickchange. A seamstress her whole life, Alexander brought in several examples of costumes she had made for shows over the years, and spent time talking about her experiences and answering questions by the girls in the Kennedy Theater.
After making it through each of the workshop stations, the girls headed back to the Ohio Theatre where they took part in a pre-show chat with eight Beauty and the Beast cast members. Kaitlin Niewoehner, Ben Cullen, Lacy Kriston, Bonnie Kelly, Abigail Gatlin, Hayley Palmer, Taurean Barber and Ross Nemeth answered audience questions and talked about their acting experiences in the touring show.
After a great day of magical activities, the group ended their fun-filled day with an evening performance of Beauty and the Beast.