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|Tuesday, November 02, 2010|
By Jacq Lacy
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has closed its 75th Anniversary year with record attendance and revenue numbers. Despite the rainy Oregon summer and the weak economy, the OSF sold 414,783 tickets (94% of capacity) and earned $18.5 million, an increase of 8% over 2009.
“These numbers are immensely gratifying, especially in light of the ongoing economic challenges facing our country and our audiences,” Executive Director Paul Nicholson said in a statement.
Amy Richard, media and communications manager for the OSF attributed the record sales to “a schedule of 11 plays that received incredible word of mouth, and very positive notices from critics,” as well as quality production values and acting, a strong marketing campaign and loyal audiences.
“We have a lot of anecdotes from visitors stating, ‘We have to give up something this year because of the poor economy, but we’re not giving up this,’” Nicholson said, referring to the effort the OSF has made over the past five years to build strong ties between patrons and OSF staff and actors. This marketing strategy Nicholson says has kept theatergoers coming back year after year.
Artistic Director Bill Rauch produced on the Elizabethan Stage productions of “Twelfth Night,” which sold at 98% of capacity, and “The Merchant of Venice,” closing at 92% of capacity.
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BY DAN COOK
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Oregon's roads are crumbling, and revenues from state and local gas taxes are not sufficient to pay for improvements. We asked readers if the private sector should help fund transportation maintenance and repairs. Research partner CFM Strategic Communications conducted the poll of 366 readers in February.
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"This has been used in Oregon since the mid-1800s. It is not a new financing method. This form of financing may help Oregon close its infrastructure deficit by leveraging funds."
Monday, July 06, 2015
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Friday, June 05, 2015
As temperatures in Oregon creep into the 90s this weekend, Oregonians' thoughts are turning to — summer baseball.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
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