Local venues ask patrons to buy local

By Beverly Keller
The Budget

Locally, finding something fun and engaging to do at venues like Ohio Star Theater in Sugarcreek, the Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas in New Philadelphia and Amish Country Theatre to name a few, is relatively easy.

One can purchase tickets directly at the box office, over the phone and online. For many, the online option is the quickest and easiest way to purchase everything from clothing to even groceries and the same holds true for entertainment options. However, local venues are reminding patrons that direct purchases from their websites are not only safe and easy, but secure and offer the best price, period.

Recently, it has been found that online ticket resellers are purchasing tickets for shows at local venues like Ohio Star Theater and the Performing Arts Center at well over face value. In fact, on Monday, September 17 at 10 a.m., a seat to see the newest show at Ohio Star Theater show, “Stolen” was selling for $84 on the main floor and $74 for balcony seats on a site known as vividseats.com and $78.37 each plus fees on StubHub.com and a whopping $104 for balcony and $117 for main floor on a place known as Box-Officetickets.com. However, that ticket is $38 for the show only or $49 with a meal when purchased through Ohio Star Theater directly.

“We appreciate all of our customers and caution everyone to be aware, look,” explained Kriss Ott, General Manager at Ohio Star Theater. “Call us and we can direct you to our website if you aren’t sure or come in and see us.”

The same price markup from a reseller can be found for some shows scheduled for the Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas. For instance, Elf The Musical is set for Wednesday, November 7. Tickets directly from the PAC for a seat in the orchestra section, Row J are $55 each. On CaptainTicket.com the price is $147 each for seats in the same row, in the same section.

“Always go to the venue first,” Performing Arts Center General Manager David Mitchell emphasized. “Unfortunately, the guy on the street with tickets in hand outside an event has been replaced with websites and it’s not illegal.”

This story originally appeared in the September 19, 2018 edition of The Budget. For more news, pick up a copy of this week’s edition available Wednesdays at area retailers. Better yet, subscribe and the news will be delivered to you each week. For more information, call us at 330-852-4634.