Students at Marist College were given the old razzle dazzle through Marist SPC’s trip to see Chicago this past Sunday. Through these trips, students get the opportunity to see a Broadway show, explore the city and be exposed to new cultural experiences.
Marist College gives students an opportunity thrice a semester to see a Broadway show for $25 This ticket includes the ticket to the show and bus transportation to and from Marist into the city. In comparison, the Washington Post lists that the average Broadway ticket is estimated at over $100. It would be an understatement to say these shows are popular. Students like Emily Jones, 22, explained “This [the ticket sale] was one of the deciding factors in me coming to Marist”. Other students like Gianna Figueroa stated “I learned about it freshman year through talking to upper classmen and have gone on every one ever since”.
With tickets going on sale at the end of the week, some students lined up early to get the tickets. Caroline Fiske, 21, explained that she arrived to purchase the tickets at 3:15, one and a half hours before tickets even went on sale. With the show’s popularity gradually increasing, lines for shows have also grown large. Following the Chicago trip, the SPC’s trip for Phantom of the Opera sold out an hour and a half of original sale time.
With the increasing popularity of the tickets, a high volume of students attempt to get the tickets. As a response, SPC has taken new measures to ensure that all students have a fair and equal opportunity to see the show. As of the Fall Semester, students have the opportunity to return tickets should they be not able to attend. Furthermore, students not on a waitlist have the opportunity to purchase tickets same-day of the trip should tickets remain unsold. Finally, anyone who did not return a ticket and did not show for the trip will be unable to attend a future trip. When asked about this, students were aware of the policy and thought it was very beneficial. Catherine Feren, 21, stated “Its fair for students who actually show up, and only hurts those who are delinquent. It’s part of being accountable for your responsibility”. Paul Ippolito, 21, thought differently explaining “It depends. Like if someone gets sick and someone buys the ticket, it’s beneficial. If not, it isn’t helpful. Its fifty-fifty”
The trips do come with their downfalls. To some like Ippolito, the ticket sale times can be inconvenient. “I work during activity hour” he explained, “I could get pushed over if they’re sold then”. Other theatregoers wanted more time afterwards. “I wish we had more flexibility” said Figuero “We are only given an hour and a half in the city. For it to be advertised would be helpful”.
Apart from that, the trips are primarily praised by students. Fiske explains “I really do believe that $25 is such a good deal for Broadway shows. Especially when you get the physical ticket and see the real price on it compared to the price that you paid for. That is always such a beautiful moment that I cherish”.