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New technology on the horizon at Center [UPDATED]

Published 9:29am Thursday, April 18, 2013 Updated 11:38am Thursday, April 18, 2013

We’re moving into a busy weekend here at A Center for the Arts. At 7:30 p.m. Friday we have the Orange Mighty Trio on our stage, joined for the opening of the show by the Fergus Falls High School Chamber Orchestra.

There are still tickets available for this show, and we hope you’ll consider joining us for what Minneapolis City Pages calls “maverick chamber music.”

Then on Saturday, we are partnering with the Fergus Falls Reads Committee to bring a free Alice in Wonderland movie marathon, beginning at 11 a.m., we will be showing the 1951 Disney animated version and at 2 p.m. we will be showing the 2010 Tim Burton version.

There are other activities happening at the Center as well, which may not be on our stage, but have been keeping us busy and very excited at the same time.

If you stop by our box office in the next few weeks, you may notice a couple of changes. We are currently in the process of transitioning to a brand new ticketing system — hence the giant computer monitors you will see on our counter.

Starting with our summer shows (Children’s Theater in June, summer musical in July, etc.) we will be selling tickets through Ticket-E-Split. Basically, we will have a computerized ticketing system.

What does this mean for you, the customer? It means that you will be able to pick your own seat for each and every show. We will return to reserved seating for all shows.

It also means that you can order tickets online, and still pick the seats you want, as well as print your own tickets right at home.

It means that tickets will be printed at the time of sale, each with a unique barcode. Starting with our summer shows, our ushers will now have hand-held scanners and scan your ticket as you walk into the theater.

We are trying to “keep up with the times” here at the Center, and computerized ticketing systems, as well as online ticket sales, is the wave of the future.

It’s exciting to be able to offer this to our customers, as well as exciting for those of us who work here.

There are some great reporting tools that will come in very handy for keeping track of how we’re doing. We are excited about all the new possibilities.

We want to continue to provide the best customer service we can.

We couldn’t do the work we do without our incredibly dedicated volunteers. We are so grateful for their service, adaptability, flexibility and loyalty.

Many of our volunteers have been with us for 10 years or more.

They have seen countless changes in the way we operate and haven’t waivered in their dedication to volunteering.

We want to thank them for their patience and cooperation as we throw yet another change their way.

We are also grateful to all of our faithful patrons and supporters who return to the theater time and time again. Thank you for your continued belief in what we are doing and how we have chosen to do it.

Your trust in our ability to run this theater is a great motivating force. Here’s to a future that looks better and better all the time.

If you want to know more about any of our upcoming events, or want to see what we have coming up, visit our website at www.fergusarts.org.

Don’t forget that The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will be here on Saturday, April 27, for two shows. We still have tickets available for both the 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. show that day.

 

Kristin Fondriest is the executive assistant at A Center for the Arts in downtown Fergus Falls.

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