Front row tickets at discount prices

By Sami Godowsky
February 26, 2009

If you are low on cash but enjoy going to see plays and concerts, you are in luck. There are several different venues in the Philadelphia area that offer reasonable prices on tickets for students.

The Philadelphia Theatre Company offers several different student specials that make it convenient for college students to be able to afford going to see shows.

They offer what they call the Happy Hour Student Rush, where they sell tickets that have not been sold the day of a show to students that show a valid ID for a price of only $10.

However, this special is not available Saturday and Sunday evenings.

The special is available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Wednesdays from 1:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. matinée 4:00 p.m.-5:00p.m. or 7:00 p.m. evening performance.

Saturdays only 12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. matinée.

The Philadelphia Theatre Company offers another special for students if you are interested in buying a membership. Just by showing a valid ID students 25 and under can purchase a membership for only $60, which is equal to $15 a ticket.

The Arden Theatre Company in Old City, Philadelphia also offers a rush seating program for students.

Five minutes prior to any performance, students are able to purchase tickets for a low cost of $5. Students can only purchase the student rush tickets in person at Arden’s Box Office and cannot be reserved in advance.

Tickets are only offered if there is available seating and students can only purchase one ticket with a valid ID.

The Wilma Theater on South Broad Street also offers rush seating for students. You can purchase tickets at the box office 30 minutes before a performance for only $10.

On Saturday and Sunday matinées, you can purchase rush tickets for $25. On Saturday and Sunday evenings, you can purchase rush tickets for $30.

If you are more interested in music, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society also offers a student rush seating special.

If you call the box office 24 hours prior to a concert and there is available seating, you can buy a pack of three student ticket vouchers for $24. Show these vouchers at the concert and you will receive a ticket without waiting or paying an average of at least $75.

So next time you are planning to go see a show or concert, before you think about paying full price take advantage of being a student and use the rush seating special.

“Now that I know about these rush seating specials I am definably going to attend more shows in Philly,” junior psychology major Jessica Leason said.

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