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Gala boosts theater ticket program

Bag&Baggage garners $50K for TEN4ONE


Hillsboro-based theater company Bag&Baggage’s TEN4ONE program — which provides free “on demand” tickets to live theatre for any student from any Washington County High School — received a huge boost Saturday during the theatre company’s annual Gala Dinner and Auction.

The event, held at the Garden Vineyard Farm in Helvetia, attracted nearly 140 guests and raised more than $50,000 to support the TEN4ONE program, according to founding artistic director Scott Palmer.

Bag&Baggage has managed the TEN4ONE program for the past five years, making thousands of free tickets available to students from participating schools. Those schools were previously limited to Hillsboro and western Washington County, but for the 2013-2014 season, the number of participating schools has nearly tripled and now includes every high school in the county, according to Palmer.

“In previous years, we saw a lot of interest from Hillsboro schools like Glenco, Century and Hilhi,” said Palmer, a 1986 graduate of Hilhi. “This year, through grant support, we are expecting to see dozens more schools participate, dramatically increasing access to professional performing arts for Washington County students.”

The TEN4ONE program is simple: any student from a high school in Washington County simply shows up at the box office of The Venetian Theatre prior to any performance and shows a valid student ID. They then receive a free ticket to that performance. With funds raised from the 2013 gala, Bag&Baggage will make 6,000 tickets available over the course of its five-performance season, which includes classic works like The Great Gatsby, Noel Coward’s Private Lives, and a North American premiere of Palmer’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s King Lear.

More information on the program can be found at bagnbaggage.org.



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