Low ticket sales threaten future of ballet shows

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Members of the Whitestone Community Arts Council are urging people to buy tickets to Thursday’s ballet or be prepared to fundraise if they want the ballet to come here again.

Ticket sales for Thursday night’s Royal New Zealand Ballet show ‘Tutus on Tour’ are much lower than previous years.

The Whitestone Community Arts Council (WCAC) would pay a fee up front to get the show to come here. Money from the ticket sales would then go back to the WCAC so they could pay for the show the next time around.

WCAC member Bronwyn Judge said if more tickets were not sold, they would have to organise fundraising efforts or look to other organisations for the funds.

“If we don’t sell enough tickets this year, for this particular show, we may not have enough money for next time.”

Another WCAC member Jill Bayley said it was unfortunate timing the Russian Ballet had come within the same week as the Royal New Zealand Ballet.

Ticket sales had never been a problem before and it would be a pity for Oamaru to lose something like this, she said.

“It is such a terrific thing to bring to Oamaru.”

Ballet teacher and WCAC member Anne Harris said it was important for the ballet to keep coming to Oamaru.

It was a good opportunity for those who would normally have to travel to main centres to see wonderful dancing in their own town, she said.

The Royal New Zealand Ballet will be performing ‘Tutus on Tour’ at the Oamaru Opera House at 7.30pm on Thursday, Novermber 28.

Tickets can be bought by calling TicketDirect on 0800 224 224 or visiting the Oamaru Opera House.

By RUBY HARFIELD