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Fredericton Playhouse Reports Successful Season

by on September 17, 2013

Fredericton’s premiere live venue, The Fredericton Playhouse, recorded another successful season in 2012-13, posting a break-even budget result, high activity levels, and positive ratings from its patrons.

Playhouse Executive Director Tim Yerxa and Board President Patrick Flanagan delivered the non-profit organizations’ results in its annual report to Fredericton City Council on Monday. In the report, The Playhouse reported a total 204 days in use, including 141 public performances of 103 different offerings. A total of 60,952 tickets were issued.

“We had another very successful year,” explained Yerxa. “We are basically operating at capacity and our local market penetration is astonishing.” Yerxa revealed that one in four city households held a ticket to a Playhouse event last year. “And that doesn’t include the various free events, graduations, or corporate activities we hosted,” he further explained.

Although the Fredericton Playhouse operates independently from the City of Fredericton, its mandate to manage and develop the City’s live performance venue is achieved through an operating partnership with the municipality. In his presentation, Yerxa explained that the City’s contribution towards the nearly 50-year old facility accounts for only 30% of the organization’s budget. “The remainder of our funding comes directly through earned revenues and contributions from individuals and grants,” he explained.

A recent survey of Playhouse patrons revealed a high level of satisfaction with the Playhouse. 97% of patrons rated their recent experiences at the Playhouse as very good or excellent. High ratings were also given from the quality of services provided by staff and the available selection of performance options.

In addressing City Council, Flanagan reiterated the non-profit organization’s commitment to working with the City to find solutions to the poor condition of the facility. Although the building is being properly maintained and is operating fully and safely, a consultant’s report has indicated that the building is at the end of its useful life and that it will require a refurbishment or replacement, the latter being more feasible.

“Our board of directors is fully committed to working with the City to find the best long-term solution,” said Flanagan. “Right now we are partnering with the City of Fredericton on a study to determine the community’s real long-term needs and options for the future. These are big decisions, and we want to ensure that Council can make smart, informed decisions on how to proceed.”

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