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PRESS PHOTOS BY ED COURRIERMembers of State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, form a line that wraps around the block Aug. 2 to purchase tickets for the 2017-18 season. Some theater patrons were in line from overnight to several days. Copyright - © Ed Courrier PRESS PHOTOS BY ED COURRIERMembers of State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, form a line that wraps around the block Aug. 2 to purchase tickets for the 2017-18 season. Some theater patrons were in line from overnight to several days. Copyright - © Ed Courrier
From left, Marishka Michener, Jeff Hawk and Marlene Frew continue their more than 12-year tradition of being first in line to purchase season tickets at the State Theatre’s members-only sale Aug. 2. Copyright - © Ed Courrier From left, Marishka Michener, Jeff Hawk and Marlene Frew continue their more than 12-year tradition of being first in line to purchase season tickets at the State Theatre’s members-only sale Aug. 2. Copyright - © Ed Courrier
At left, Donna Danielson from Washington, N.J., accepts a complementary doughnut from State Theatre volunteer Jim McAleeo. This was the first-early bird ticket sale for McAleeo. Copyright - © Ed Courrier At left, Donna Danielson from Washington, N.J., accepts a complementary doughnut from State Theatre volunteer Jim McAleeo. This was the first-early bird ticket sale for McAleeo. Copyright - © Ed Courrier

State Theatre members line up for tickets for 2017-18 season

Friday, September 1, 2017 by ED COURRIER Special to The Press in Focus

Tickets now available for sale to public

Donna Danielson and Tom Kline, of Washington, N.J., were in line since 3 a.m. Aug. 2, the first day that members of Easton’s State Theatre Center for the Arts could purchase tickets for the 2017-18 season.

Jim and Shirley Van Norman of Easton got in line at 7 a.m. Aug. 1.

Marishka Michener and Marlene Frew, both of Easton, accompanied by Jeff Hawk, of Pohatcong Township, N.J., were first in line. All three had been camped out at the box office door since July 29.

Tickets became available for sale to the public Aug. 16.

The “members-only” tradition dates back to when tickets could only be purchased in person or by phone. The Aug. 2 morning refreshing weather made for a pleasant wait as some relaxed with reading materials or conversed with others in the line.

When tickets became available virtually on-line 18 years ago, it was decided to continue the “real-life on-line” to accommodate patrons who had viewed the yearly wait in line as part of their State Theatre-going experience. There is no discount on early-bird purchases.

“They want to choose their seats for every show,” explains State Theatre President and CEO Shelley Brown of those who show up in person.

Those in line enjoyed coffee and doughnuts.

They had access to a port-a-potty.

According to State Theatre house manager Frank Kutch, in addition to the ticket windows at the box office, two tables were set up in the lobby to handle traffic for the sales.

“I’m excited at the way people are reacting to the season,” Brown says of the mix of new shows with the return of “old friends.”

Season highlights for Brown include Straight No Chaser, John Cleese, The Oak Ridge Boys, Linda Eder, and The Fab Faux.

Information: statetheatre.org; 1-800-999-STATE