FTC season passes now on sale | TheUnion.com

FTC season passes now on sale

If the 2002 season is any indicator, Foothill Theatre Company staff expect to sell even more season tickets next year.

The Nevada City theater company saw a five percent increase in subscribers this year.

“This was a record year with over 1,200 season ticket-holders. The area is growing and our reputation is growing. People are getting to know us better,” said Philip Charles Sneed, FTC artistic director.

“I think it’s a wonderful company that has grown tremendously in the last 10 years,” Sneed added, “through budget size, staff, number of productions, that we have an ongoing relationship with a Russian company, the fact that we’re performing annually in another state, that we’re getting funded regularly by the National Endowment for the Arts.”

In addition, Sneed said FTC’s ranking by the California Arts Council increased from 3+ to 4-, the latter being the second highest rank given. The council uses this ranking to determine which nonprofit organizations will receive funding.

Season passes for the 2003 season are now on sale.

“This year, we’re reviving ‘Patsy Cline,’ the best-selling play so far. People have been asking for it since 1999,” Sneed said.

Plays include “You Can’t Take It With You” from Feb. 27 to April 13; “Bad Axe” from April 24 to May 18; “Always … Patsy Cline” from June 12 to Aug. 17; “Over the River and Through the Woods” from Sept. 25 to Oct. 26, and a new stage adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” from Nov. 20 to Dec. 31. The plays will be at Nevada Theatre in Nevada City.

The season pass includes tickets for the Shakespeare Festival (“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Merry Wives of Windsor” from Aug. 29 to Sept. 21 at the Nevada County Fairgrounds) and New Voices of the Wild West, staged readings from Oct. 30 to Nov 9 at the Center for the Arts.

For ticket information, call 265-8587 or see the Web at http://www.foothilltheatre.org.

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