Thursday, December 16, 2010

"Black Swan" May Ruffle Some Balletomanes’ Feathers By Lucia Mauro

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Ed. note: This is a guest post by arts writer and dance critic Lucia Mauro.

Swan Lake - Duet

The great era of Imperial Russian ballet, crowned by Marius Petipa’s and Lev Ivanov’s transcendent Swan Lake in 1895, is one I can fervently analyze, discuss and simply revel in. French choreographer Petipa almost singlehandedly defined the virtuosic full-length narrative ballet, most notably its structure and grand pas deux (including Odile’s frenzy-generating 32 fouettes). The familiar story, though fantastical, has long provided fodder for intense psychosexual dissection, often with a feminist bent. Understandable - considering the unsettling premise of an evil sorcerer, Von Rothbart, who transforms maidens into swans and holds them captive.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Do you check in? If so, get a free beverage on us!

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Since last year, we've been watching the trends in social media closely and are very excited about the buildup of interest in location-based social networks. Since starting our Foursquare account almost a year ago, we've now expanded to Gowalla, SCVNGR and Facebook Places. Almost daily, we've been glued to our computers watching the steady increase in check ins to more than 1,850 on Foursquare alone!

As a special thank you, I'm pleased to offer ticket buyers who check in before any performance of The Joffrey Ballet's Nutcracker a FREE small hot chocolate or coffee before the show! We're excited to have you at our theatre for what has become a holiday tradition for many and are happy to give you a little something as a token of our appreciation.

Thanks again and don't forget to check in!


Check in on one of these networks to get a special reward:

Joe Hallissey is a member of the Auditorium Theatre marketing team and the Digital Marketing Associate.

Disclaimer: Limit one redemption per customer. Offer valid before performances only and subject to availability.  We reserve the right to end this promotion at any time.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Student Rush: $15 Tickets for The Joffrey Ballet's Nutcracker

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One of our favorite holiday traditions opens on December 10 - The Joffrey Ballet's Nutcracker. College students can experience this sugar plum delight by taking advantage of $15 Student Rush tickets.

Student Rush tickets are available by going to the Auditorium Box Office (50 E. Congress Pkwy), one hour before show time. There's a limit of two tickets per valid college ID; tickets and their locations are based on availability.

Visit the Joffrey Ballet's website for more information and a preview video of this Chicago holiday tradition!


Performance schedule:
Friday, December 10 at 7 pm Saturday, December 11 at 2 & 7 pm
Sunday, December 12 at 2 pm Thursday, December 16 at 7 pm
Friday, December 17 at 7 pm Saturday, December 18 at 2 & 7 pm
Sunday, December 19 at 2 & 7 pm Tuesday, December 21 at 2 & 7 pm
Wednesday, December 22 at 2 & 7 pm Thursday, December 23 at 2 & 7pm
Friday, December 24 at 2 pm Sunday, December 26 at 2 pm

You can also be among the first to know when Student Rush tickets become available for other shows by signing up for e-mail Student Rush Alerts. Contact Nicole Wetzell at or 312.922.2110 x 300.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Mr. Batterson goes to Argentina: Donor Trip 2010

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Last month our fearless leader, Executive Director Brett Batterson along with board members and donors took a scouting trip to Argentina to research possible artists for future Auditorium Theatre seasons. We'll post more details about the trip soon but for now, Brett has passed on photos of the trip to share.

For descriptions of each photo and more, please visit our Flickr page.

Friday, December 3, 2010

House Manager Appreciation Week interview with CJ Dillon

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CJ Dillon photoWhen many theatre patrons visit our venue, most only think of the house manager as a glorified usher or a security guard hell bent on making sure you don't bring your beverage into the house. As one of the most unfairly under-appreciated but much-needed members of a theatre's staff, had the excellent idea to call this week House Manager Appreciation Week. To recognize our Director of Operations and House Manager CJ Dillon, I sat down with him for a short interview about his experiences.

Challenge: getting to our orchesta pit vs. Spinal Tap's route to the stage

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We just found this great video by Youtube user, ngibson5 showing the route to get to our orchestra pit (spoiler: lots of yellow doors).

Here's a little Friday distraction for you: which is more challenging, getting to our orchestra pit or Spinal Tap's route to get to the stage for their epic concert? Personally, I'm happy to see how clean our hallways are!

Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Joffrey Ballet's The Nutcracker returns Dec. 10 through Dec. 26!

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It's that time of year again when Chicago really turns into the Windy City, commuters clutch their gingerbread lattes and tourists and locals alike flock to the Loop for their holiday shopping.

As Chicago's annual winter tradition, the Joffrey Ballet's The Nutcracker returns to the Auditorium Theatre for an exciting run of performances from Friday, December 10 through Sunday, December 26. In a show that's sure to dazzle everyone from Grandma Jean to Baby Billy, The Nutcracker brings a smile to all and is a great way to celebrate the holiday season with the entire family.

Not convinced? See a sneak peek in this video by the Joffrey Ballet!

The best seats are selling fast, get yours today on!

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