Huntington Open House Is Back

The Huntington Theatre Company will hold an Open House -- featuring tours, demonstrations, and a special on-site discount for 2004-05 subscribers --  on Saturday, April 17, from 12 to 3pm at the Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Avenue.

More than 1,200 people attended the Huntington's last Open House in 2002. This event is FREE and open to the public, and activities are appropriate for the whole family. No reservations are required. For more information, contact the Huntington Box Office at 617-266-0800.

Open House Activities

· Backstage tours -- There will be self-guided tours of the behind-the-scenes workings of the theatre. Tours will explore the production center where sets, costumes, and props are built and painted; the dressing room and green room where the actors get ready for a performance; and the technical workings on stage where the stage manager calls the light and sound cues.

· Get a sneak peek at the Theatre Pavilion being built in partnership with the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA). Housing the Virginia Wimberly Theatre and the Nancy and Edward Roberts Studio Theatre, the Pavilion, opening this fall, is the first new theatre building built in Boston in 75 years. As the Pavilion is still in construction phase, sensible shoes and attire will be required to tour the site.

· Theatrical Demonstrations (sound, lights, set building, scenic painting) -- Many members of the Huntington creative team will be on hand to showcase the creative elements of a theatrical production. Viewers will also have the opportunity to ask the production crew questions about process and technique.

· Costume Corner -- The Huntington Costume Shop builds or assembles all the costumes seen on stage in Huntington productions. Here's a chance to get an up-close view of their handiwork. Visitors to the Costume Corner will also get a chance to try on Huntington costumes and have their pictures taken in their chosen ensembles.

· The Huntington's Haunted History Talk -- Listeners will discover the history of the "Huntington Ghost," from the days of Henry Jewett and his acting company the Henry Jewett Players (predecessor to the Huntington Theatre Company).

· Raffle prizes -- Open House Raffles will include Huntington gift packages and collectibles, gift certificates to local restaurants, and a grand prize of a pair of subscriptions to the Huntington's 04-05 Season.

Special one-day only discount
To thank subscribers for their continued support, the Huntington will be offering an additional 5% discount to new and renewing subscribers for anyone who comes in person to subscribe to the Huntington's 2004-05 Season.

The Huntington Theatre Company
Throughout its 22-year history, the Huntington has produced a dazzling array of classic and contemporary plays and musicals for a growing audience of 175,000, including 17,500 subscribers.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Nicholas Martin and Managing Director Michael Maso, The Huntington is in the midst of artistic and organizational expansion, including plans to commission, develop, and produce new American plays.  The Huntington has been the professional theatre in residence at Boston University since its founding in 1982.

-- OnStage Boston


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