Our guest blogger is Emily Miels. Emily Miels was a first-time season ticket holder at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center during the 2018-19 Season. She is a marketing professional based in Oshkosh and lover of all things theater. When she's not working, you can find her working backstage at local community theater productions, hanging out at local coffee shops, and dreaming about her next trip to Broadway.
The 2018-2019 Broadway season marked my first year as a Season Ticket Holder at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center and — boy, oh boy — it did not disappoint. The season has wrapped, but I’m still geeking out about all the awesome shows and experiences I had this past season. Before becoming a Season Ticket Holder, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Here are some of the things I learned during my first year.
1. There's something to love about every show.
The singing, the dancing, the music, the costumes — it’s all amazing. There wasn't a single show where I felt disappointed or like I didn't "get my money's worth." Experiencing six different shows was a lot of fun. I wasn't familiar with Come From Away, but it ended up being my favorite this season because of its message of love, community, and togetherness. I would have missed out had I not had season tickets.
2. You can exchange your tickets.
One of the perks of being a Season Ticket Holder is that you're able to exchange your tickets for a different performance or even a different venue in the Broadway Across America market. This is a really important perk that I wasn’t aware of before becoming a Season Ticket Holder. It definitely came in handy when I had a work conflict and had to switch my Tuesday night ticket to Wednesday at the last minute. It’s super convenient and takes the risk out of buying the tickets.
3. Premium parking will make you feel like a rockstar.
There are a lot of Season Ticket Holder perks, but the premium parking was definitely one of my favorites. I live in Oshkosh and my tickets were for Tuesday nights, which means I was usually rushing to the show after work. Access to the premium parking lot was super convenient. I was able to zip in for the show without any hassle. Plus, I didn’t have to wait in the parking ramp line when I was trying to make it home.
4. Being a Season Ticket Holder is like being part of a big theater-loving family.
Until I became a season ticket holder, I never realized how close-knit the P.A.C. really is. I loved bonding with fellow showgoers before performances and at special season ticket holder events. Many were long-time Season Ticket Holders with lots of great stories. Since I had the same seats for every show, I got to know those who sat around me. On top of that, all the staff and volunteers were friendly and welcoming. I just felt like part of a big, happy family.
5. There's way more to the Fox Cities P.A.C. than just Broadway shows.
Before becoming a Season Ticket Holder, I only visited the P.A.C. once or twice a year. Going there on a regular basis allowed me learn even more about what they do beyond Broadway. They host the Boldt Arts Alive! Series and Spotlight Series — which feature a wide variety of music, dance, and comedy performances — and arts opportunities for local students. How cool is that? Season Ticket Holders even get first dibs on tickets to these events. Keep an eye out for emails and take advantage of this special programming.
I’m already counting down the days until next season. With a lineup of award-winning shows and Wisconsin Broadway premieres (including Hamilton) and of course, other big titles like Dear Evan Hansen — we’re in for a good season. Plus, I’m sure I’ll discover even more things to love about the P.A.C. along the way. I hope to see you at a show!