13 things you might not know about the Fox Cities P.A.C.
Every year we provide facts and figures about the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in our Annual Report, but as we wrap up our 13th Season we thought it might be fun to give you 13 things you may not already know!
1. Approximately 850 partners contribute to support the Center’s mission through the Annual Partner campaign. As a nonprofit, the contributions of these donors along with granting organizations allow us to provide vital, enriching programs such as the education series, Frank C. Shattuck P.A.T.H.S. program, community engagement opportunities and much more, that help the arts reach so many in our community.
2. The Fox Cities P.A.C. has become a touring Broadway destination. To date, 27 touring Broadway productions have held their Wisconsin premieres in the building. The 2016-17 Season will add The Bodyguard, Finding Neverland and Beautiful – The Carole King Musical to that list for an even 30.
3. The Center hosted more than 50 Community First Community Engagement Series activities this season. In total, the Center teamed up with more than 25 community partners and had more than 7,000 people participate in the fun!
4. The Center’s square footage is equivalent to approximately 3 football fields.
5. There’s truly not a bad seat in the house, with the furthest seat being a mere 108 feet away from the stage.
6. Local musicians are occasionally hired to fill out the sound of a touring orchestra during a Broadway run. The most we had this season was when 12 musicians played 15 different instruments for Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella.
7. Groups of 10 or more should call the Group Sales department to find out how to be among the first to get tickets to a show, inquire if a discount may be available and what accommodations can be made for their group. Did you know more than 600 groups attended various shows in the 2015-16 Season, with an average of 25 group members?
8. Last year nearly 400 school buses brought school children to Bemis Company Education Series performances!
9. More than 150,000 tickets are purchased for events each year, and nearly 20,000 people will attend an event at the Center for the first time.
10. 16,239 bottles of water were sold last season.
11. That tower on the side of the Center is 9 stories high and provides access to the Center’s highest points. This year it was lit green for the Grinch’s visit.
12. This season more than 5,000 photos were taken in Broadway photo booths and posted to the Center’s Facebook page.
13. More than 450 volunteers believe so much in the Center’s mission and providing world class service that they provide their talents and more than 26,000 hours to the Center each year.
We can’t wait to see what next season has in store!