For the first time in its 38-year history, the Delaware Theatre Company is this close to hitting the $1 million mark in ticket sales.
The theatre needs to sell just 1,400 more tickets in the next three weeks to break the million dollar threshold. The accomplishment would cap the largest season in DTC’s history.
Executive Director Bud Martin said he’s humbled by the news.
“It is a testament to the production quality that has been produced this season by the artists and staff of the theatre,” he said. “When I arrived at Delaware Theatre Company, the picture was bleak. I am thrilled that four years later we can look to the future, towards new and exciting artistic ventures, with the knowledge that our audiences will embrace and value the works we produce”.
“Surpassing this milestone is a reflection of the quality of its product and the value that Delawareans place in the arts,” Del. Gov. Jack Markell said. “I’m proud to congratulate Delaware Theatre Company and to recognize the vision of its founders, the strong support of its patrons and ticket holders, and of course the talent of its artists who have contributed to its success.”
Martin, a veteran theatrical producer and director, came on board at DTC in 2012. His fresh, new artistic direction has resulted in top grossing shows like “Because of Winn-Dixie,” “Maurice Hines is Tapping Thru Life,” and “Diner,” all of which shattered box office and attendance records.
And DTC leaders said the 2015-2016 season is projected to sell over 31,000 tickets, a monumental increase from 2012 when 12,000 tickets were sold.
Currently on stage at the 315-seat theatre located on Wilmington’s Riverfront, Nell Benjamin’s well-received The Explorers Club.
Ticket prices begin at $40; discounts are available for large groups.