By Kristen Miller
DASSEL, COKATO, MN Purchasing tickets for events at the Performing Arts Center has gotten even more convenient with the new online software, Ticket Turtle.
Customers can now buy tickets through the Performing Arts Center’s website for upcoming local shows including this year’s Dassel-Cokato High School Fall Musical “Godspell” and future DC Arts Association performances.
“We’ve wanted a setup like this for awhile,” said Patti Kampa, district facilities coordinator, who finds buying tickets online is a very convenient option.
Doing so also allows customers to see the seating chart and what seats are still available.
“We’re just really excited to have this type of system,” said DC Arts Association Executive Director Colleen Compton, adding there are no convenience fees added on like some ticket-purchasing systems.
Ticket Turtle is the same software used by Hutchinson Theatre Company and Litchfield Community Theatre, and both organizations have been pleased with it, Compton said.
By going to the Performing Arts Center’s website, www.dc.k12.mn.us/pac, customers can choose the event and day they wish to attend. They will then be directed to the seating chart for available seats for that particular performance.
Customers then click on the desired seat/s, click on the “select seats” in the bottom left corner, indicate whether they are youth or adult tickets, and continue to the checkout.
An email and password will be required which will allow ticket holders to exchange tickets for either a different seat or performance date. A link to do so will be on an e-mail confirmation sent following purchase.
“There is a lot of flexibility with this program, which is nice,” Compton said.
Tickets online must be purchased with a credit card and can be printed right at home (up to 10 tickets per 8.5 by 11 sheet of paper) or the buyer can choose to have them mailed or available at will call.
This is a nice feature that also saves paper, ink, and staff time, Compton said.
Previously, the arts association would need to purchase 810 tickets in advance, throwing away any remaining unsold tickets, according to Compton.
Those who aren’t computer savvy need not worry. Tickets for events can still be purchased through the Community Education office for DC Arts Association events or the high school activities office for school events.
The system went live Oct. 26 and users have already commented on its convenience.
Diana Gabrelcik found the software “straight forward” and “easy to use” when she purchased tickets to “Godspell” for Dassel-Cokato Girl Scout Troop 3066.
“It worked very well,” she said.
Tickets for reserved seating performances can be purchased at www.dc.k12.mn.us/pac.