It’s no secret that we enjoy entertaining. More than 1,000 events hit our stages and spaces each year and that means that more than 1 million people walk through our doors. And now, with the addition of the “dazzling” exterior features, it seems that more and more folks are heading through our part of town. Some of these folks come in GROUPS. And one thing we do well is… entertain groups.
Yesterday, we had the amazing privilege to host a luncheon with close to 200 group leaders (representatives from community, business, education, travel and tour groups) to preview what’s in store for the 2014-2015 season. There is literally something for everyone in the upcoming season. From our KeyBank Broadway Series to a return engagement of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to legendary performers like Frankie Valli and Tony Bennett– SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE! (Insert shameless plug: for a FULL list of the 2014-2015 season, click here.)
It began as a typical luncheon would- background music, light chatter, the sound of forks and spoons hitting plates, but as lunch was wrapping up was when the magic began as this luncheon was not your typical luncheon. Well maybe it was if your luncheons include delicious food (thanks to Driftwood Catering!), an engaging emcee (big shout out to PlayhouseSquare Senior Vice President Gina Vernaci!), a Broadway star, and, oh, a circus performer. I’m guessing that they don’t, right? The first surprise in store was a visit from Brad Henderson of Les 7 doigts de la main (which translates to the 7 fingers of the hand); this is the company of acrobats responsible for training and recruiting talented circus performers for Pippin. Instead of trying to explain Brad’s amazing talent, see for yourself:
And since we had a circus performance showcasing Pippin, why not bring out its star? You know, Ciara Renee` (former Baldwin Wallace University grad), who currently performs nightly as the “Leading Player in Pippin on Broadway? Sure, why not.
Hit it, Ciara!
So two takeaways…
1. CANNOT wait until February 3, 2015 when Pippin hits PlayhouseSquare. This show looks brilliant and stunning.
2. Don’t you want to be a group leader?
In response to both, tickets to Pippin go on sale September 5- so mark your calendar if you are as excited as I am. If you can’t wait, why not become a group leader and get those tickets today? You just need 10 or more people. One of the perks of bringing a group is that many of our shows have a group discount available. Another great perk is that our incredible Group Services team has many tricks up their collective sleeve to help make your outing one that you will never forget.
If you’d like to learn more about bringing a group to PlayhouseSquare, click here.