2015 will be another banner year for Victoria Playhouse Petrolia.
Director of Performing Arts, Richard Poore, told town council Monday the VPP has already sold as many tickets this year as it did in all of the 2014 season – and there is still almost two months of performances left.
The season started out with the sold-out sequel to The Church Basement Ladies. Ben Vereen headlined the highly successful “What a Wonderful World” drawing capacity crowds in June.
Eighty-four per cent of tickets for Women of Country sold and the first week of I Love a Piano is sold out.
Poore says the current offering, Outlaw, is also enjoying strong sales with 60 per cent of tickets sold with another week of performances ahead.
That’s translated into higher revenue than last year as well. In 2014, VPP brought in a total of $788,092 in revenue. By Monday, the VPP had counted $858,845. “That’s $71,000 over the total sales of last year,” says Poore.
Poore attributes the strong sales to a “quality product, strong talent and show choices” made by co-artistic directors David Hogan and David Rogers.