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Performance added for COS’ ‘Phantom’

UPDATE 3/14: Here’s a Facebook pic posted by Erik Valencia of this afternoon’s line at COS for “Phantom” tickets for the added performance. He was worried about getting seats but got to the window in time. I’m assuming the show is long past sold-out by now. Just goes to show the popularity of the “Phantom” brand.

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ORIGINAL ENTRY 3/11: Now here’s a feat to brag about in the theater world: The College of the Sequoias in Visalia sold out the entire run of “The Phantom of the Opera” more than a week before the show even opens.

(Envious artistic and executive directors of theater companies nationwide: You can pick your jaws up off all those respective floors now.)

But there’s good news for people who procrastinated. The college at 5 p.m. today announced that, after extensive negotiations with cast, crew and musicians, one performance has been added for Wednesday, March 23. Tickets will go on sale on sale Monday at 12:15 p.m.

I talked with COS theater professor Chris Mangels, who says this is the first time in COS history that a musical has sold out before the run begins. A big part of the reason, of course, is the “Phantom” brand, he says.

The COS theater holds 400, which means that 2,800 seats for the originally scheduled seven performances were sold. Mangels expects the added performance to sell out quickly. Demand has been so great, in fact, that the one-person COS box office has been overwhelmed, and many callers have been frustrated. Mangels in a press release offers some advice for those wishing to buy tickets for the March 12 show:

To be sure you can get tickets, it is highly recommended that you come to the COS Box Office in person. You may also call the Box Office at (559) 730-3907 but this method is not recommended as tickets are going faster than the box office staff can return calls!

Andrew Lloyd Webber must be smiling right now.

Responses to "Performance added for COS’ ‘Phantom’"

Brent Moser says:

This is so great for the COS program and director Chris Mangels. It is also a very good lesson for any company or school that will be doing the show in the near future. For COS, eight shows times 400 seats means 3,200 people will get to see the show.

At Clovis West High School’s production last month (in the nearly twice as large Mercedes Edwards Theatre) they sold almost 5,000 tickets over an eight performance run. 5,000!!

I’m guessing COS would have commanded at least this number with additional performances. I know the logistics of adding performances are dicey at best (too many moving parts!). The “Phantom” brand is obviously VERY strong, especially when you have some of the best talent(Terry Lewis)in the Valley performing.

Congrats to Chris and his entire cast an crew!! Have a thrilling run!