Frequently Asked Questions
How much are tickets?
Our ticket prices for the 2022-2023 season are the same as they were during the 2021-2022 season. $17 for admission, $30 for admission + dinner, and $22 for admission + pie. The only difference is that this season, we are making dinner and pie optional add-ons. That way, people who can't afford the more expensive show+meal tickets have the option of buying the cheaper show-only tickets, but they are not restricted to coming on Friday anymore. So when you go to Ludus to buy your tickets, you will see the same general admission price for all six shows. If you want dinner, select a Saturday show, select the dinner add-on, and you will pay the difference for the meal at checkout. If you want pie, select a Sunday show, select the pie add-on, and you will pay the difference for the dessert at checkout.
When are tickets available to purchase?
Typically, we try to have ticket sales go live as soon after auditions as possible - once the cast has been selected and confirmed.
Can I order dinner or pie at any time?
No. Dinner or pie add-ons must be purchased at the same time you purchase your admission tickets.
Furthermore, our caterers require 72 hours' notice of our orders. Therefore, we cut off orders on dinner and pie after the Tuesday before the show. You can still purchase show-only tickets right up until the curtain goes up.
Do I have to purchase tickets online?
Ordering tickets online through Ludus is the preferred way to purchase tickets. You receive an e-mail confirmation of your order, a digital copy of your ticket that you can present via your mobile device or print and bring to the theatre. If you do not have internet access, you may call us and we will place an order online for you, or you can visit Oconto Floral and they will do the same. Alternatively, you can purchase tickets at the door, if seats are still available.
Are tickets refundable?
As a general rule, no. However, Ludus offers Refund Protection insurance (8% surcharge of your total purchase) which would refund your purchase in the event of certain eligible reasons. If we are forced to reschedule or cancel an event, Machickanee Players would likely process refunds as appropriate under the circumstances.
What time should I arrive at the theatre?
We typically unlock the doors about 30 minutes before we start doing anything.
- On Fridays, the show starts at 7pm, so the doors open at 6:30.
- On Saturdays, the show starts at 7pm, but we serve dinner at 6pm, so the doors open at 5:30. If you didn't order dinner, you can wait until 6:30 to arrive.
- On Sundays, the show starts at 2pm, so we open the doors at 1:30. If you ordered pie, we recommend you come right away at 1:30 so we can serve you and bus your table before the show begins.
Is the theatre handicap accessible?
Not yet, but we want it to be. One of our current fundraising goals is for installing a wheelchair lift and making our restrooms handicap-accessible.
How much does it cost to be a member of The Machickanee Players?
Nothing - we do not charge membership dues. We just ask our members to pitch in and help shoulder operational responsibilities. There are many different ways to get involved with our theatre and become a member. The easiest way to start is to contact us or talk to one of our officers at one of our events.
When are your shows?
We currently offer three shows each season - one in October, one in February, and one in May. Each show runs for six days spread out over two weekends. One of our current fundraising goals is for installing air conditioning so we can open the theatre up in the summer and produce four (or more?) shows each year.
What's the difference between shows and events?
Our shows are our standard theatrical productions - our bread and butter. Our events are the many other things we do to make our shows better. We have three types of events: Talent Development, Team Bonding, and Community Outreach. Talent Development events help us recruit and train actors and crew members - they are almost always free and open to the public. Team Bonding events help our members socialize outside of the theatre, get to know one another, and make for a friendlier and collaborative work environment. They are private member-only events, but it's so easy to become a member that they might as well be open to the public. Community Outreach events help us spread awareness of our organization, our theatre, and our shows, and we use them to recruit new members and donors. Those events are always open to the public, and we try to make them as inexpensive as possible, if not free.
How do you select which plays to produce?
Ultimately, the executive board votes to approve play selections. But we ask our prospective directors to propose plays that they are passionate about producing. Active, contributing members of the Machickanee Players are eligible to be directors - on a rotating basis so that everyone who wants to direct eventually gets an opportunity to do so.
Is the theatre available to rent for my private event?
Yes. Contact us for details and pricing. Pre-scheduled shows and events take precedence, so availability is limited.