The perception of a night out at the theater is high brow and unattainable to most 18-22 year old students. It probably seems like something only rich people can attend and is not conducive to a student budget.
However, West Coast Entertainment (WCE) has an answer to this issue: student rush. This program is set up to make a night at the theater an attainable and financially viable option for a night out because they have found a way to make tickets for students just $25.
“On the day of select performances, deeply discounted tickets are available to student with valid student identification,” the Best of Broadway website said.
This basically explains how simple the process is. On the day of a show students simply arrive at the First Interstate Center for the Arts two hours prior to the show and go to will call with a valid student ID where they have their choice of all the available seats that are left for that given evening of a performance.
While this may seem risky not knowing if one will be able to get seats or not, Justin Kobluk, the president of West Coast Entertainment said that most nights there are plenty of seats available for students.
“There are actually a lot of tickets that go unclaimed for these top of the line shows,” Kobluk said.
Kobluk said they have a lot of regular students who attend the shows, however the theater holds 2,500 people and when there’s 2,200 in the audience on a given night, they still have a couple hundred tickets available to students.
Bri Barrick, a senior at GU, said she has had nothing but good experiences with this process.
“I got student rush tickets to see ‘Something Rotten’ and ‘Newsies’ and it worked out really great both times,” Barrick said. “It worked out really good and the seats were good, it’s not like we were up in the nosebleeds and couldn’t see the show. It’s a really good opportunity.”
She also mentioned the one downside is not necessarily knowing where the seats will be.
“When I think student rush I just figured it would be those really bad tickets in the back that no one really wants but that’s not the case, however, it’s always kind of luck of the draw because you don’t know beforehand what kind of seats you’ll get,” Barrick said.
However, she went onto say that even though there may be some uncertainty about the ticket availability it’s still worth showing up because if worst comes to work you just go home but if not you get to see a Broadway level show for an incredible cheap price.
“These are big city things right here in Spokane,” Kobluk said. “So, it’s hard to, to put a price on experiences. And you just, you can’t get that anywhere else.”
All shows within the Best of Broadway season have student rush available and currently “Miss Saigon” will be playing through Sunday. The rest of the season will include “The Book of Mormon,” “An American in Paris,” “Mean Girls” and much more.
For more information on student rush you can go to WCE’s website: https://www.broadwayspokane.com/tickets/student-rush.
“Miss Saigon” Oct. 23-27, 2019
“Jesus Christ Superstar” Nov. 20-24, 2019
“An American in Paris” Jan. 14-15, 2020
“Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville” Jan. 21-26, 2020
“The Simon & Garfunkel Story” Feb. 26, 2020
“Chicago” Feb. 29 - March 1, 2020
“Once on this Island” March 17-18, 2020
“Jersey Boys” April 2-5, 2020
“The Book of Mormon” May 5-10, 2020
“Mean Girls” Aug. 11-16, 2020