TRAVERSE CITY — A traditional New Orleans jazz band, a three-man comedy troupe and one of the best young jazz singers all have one thing in common: They're all booked to perform at The City Opera House its 2014-15 season.
Tickets for a total of 10 performances go on sale today, albeit only for buyers who want to buy at least a three-show season ticket package. The packages give buyers who want tickets to more than one show the chance to secure the best seats in the house at a discount, according to Kristi Dockter, director of operations and marketing for the opera house.
Buyers who want to pick three or four shows to package together get a 10 percent discount while those who buy at least five shows get 20 percent off face value.
But the real advantage to buying the early packages is the early chance to reserve the best seats in the already-intimate 686-seat theater.
"Every show we do there you are up front and personal," said Diane Baribeau, managing director of the Opera House. "You get to see facial expressions. It makes a difference."
The Performing Arts Series lineup announced Thursday includes:
n New Orleans Legends Featuring Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Allen Toussaint, Oct. 9
n Tonic Sol-Fa, Nov. 8
n An Irish Christmas, Nov. 16
n Long Lost Stories Madcap Puppets, Nov. 29
n Five By Design's Radio Holly Days, Dec. 6
n Robert Dubac's Book of Moron, Jan. 17-18, 2015
n The Hot Sardines, Feb. 10, 2015
n The Complete History of Comedy (Abridged) Reduced Shakespeare Company, March 20, 2015
n Hot Club of Cowtown, April 18, 2015
n Cecile McLorin Salvant, April 28, 2015
Those acts all will take the stage in the midst of the City Opera House's effort to construct dressing rooms and it's struggle to climb out of a budget hole.