12 September 2011

The Circa Theatre Meetup Group

The Circa Theatre Meetup Group is Circa's official theatre club, started in July 2010 for people who love to attend the theatre but don't always have someone to go with or those who just want to have a great night out with a group of like-minded people. Free to join and open to anyone, the group is hosted by Circa's Audience Development Director or a member of the local theatre community and attends every production at Circa.
Members of the Circa Theatre Meetup Group at "Flapper Friday", The Great Gatsby,  6 August 2010
Often, the Meetup event is scheduled for opening night, so members can enjoy the first-night excitement of the show and attend the opening night after-party to enjoy a glass of bubbly and nibbles, and mingle with the cast, crew and other theatre VIPs. However, sometimes we will attend a regular season performance, meeting for dinner before the show and enjoying a Meet and Greet with the cast after the show, to get an exclusive insider's view of the production. On still other occasions, the Meetup Group will attend a special themed evening during the course of the production. Most events are scheduled during the first 11 days of the production so that those members who are also Friends of Circa may receive their ticket discount.

Members of the Circa Theatre Meetup Group at the opening night of The Lead Wait,  14 May 2011
The Circa Theatre Meetup Group provides its members with a number of benefits: ease of booking (members simply RSVP for the event they want to attend and then all of the details are arranged for them), reserved pre-show seating in the foyer, access to the group discount if the overall attendance numbers comply and the ability to bring guests (who will also receive the same benefits).

What the members say:
- "Great group, always enjoy the company at these sessions and the meet and greet the cast afterwards."
- "I got there early this time and what a difference it made! Was able to talk to people as they came in so it was a really good social occasion as well as a great show."
- "Interesting and fun folks."
- "Really friendly group and had a superb night. Was good to meet the cast afterwards and see how they felt about the show and the audience's reactions."

Members of the Circa Theatre Meetup Group during dinner at Wharfside Restaurant before attending
Four Flat Whites in Italy, 10 September 2011
The next Meetup event is scheduled for the opening night of He Reo Aroha on 21 September. (Spaces are limited.)

To join, visit www.meetup.com/CircaTheatre. Once a member, you will receive regular updates regarding upcoming events and other group-related information.

For more information, please contact Circa's Audience Development Director, Cara Hill, at carah@circa.co.nz.

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