• Delicious Dish—Menu Planning for the 2017 “Let’s Play” Gala

    Beth Fhaner
     | Jun 26, 2017

    Sophie Cripe, Sue Hecht and Tracy Kirwan checking out hors d’oeuvres options.


    ​Gala Co-chair Bill Schenker with Paul Gregory, The Westin South Coast Plaza’s executive chef.


    ​Tracy Kirwan with one of the salad creations.


    ​Dessert time! Gala Co-chair Bill Schenker asks Executive Chef Paul Gregory about some of the dessert ingredients.

    Work on SCR’s 2017 Gala (“Let’s Play,” Sept. 16), the theatre’s annual fundraiser, is well underway. As part of their work, members of the Gala’s Cuisine Committee gathered at The Westin South Coast Plaza for one of the most important tasks of planning for the Gala—menu planning. Of course, this job involves tasting an array of savory dishes and signature cocktails. A tough job, but someone has to do it, right?

    Gala Co-chair Bill Schenker, along with committee members Sophie Cripe, Sue Hecht and Tracy Kirwan tasted suggested menu items—from drink specials to hors d’oeuvres, from soups and salads to main courses. And, of course, desserts, too! Executive Chef Paul Gregory prepared a feast of appetizing dishes and the committee then had the difficult decision of selecting a winning dish for each category.

    The committee began by sampling a variety of hors d’oeuvres options, which included everything from roasted red and yellow beet skewers to saffron-poached shrimp with cilantro dipping sauce to cheese risotto balls, and much more. When making a final decision on a dish, the committee takes several factors into account including taste, presentation, whether the appetizer can be eaten in one or two bites, and if vegan and gluten-free options are also available.

    Following the hors d’oeuvres selection, the committee moved on to determining the menu’s first course. Various soup and salad options were presented to the committee such as a soup option that featured a plated crostini and a chilled soup option with sweet potato, ginger and lemongrass with dried papaya and fresh mango, among others. Once again, the committee members kept in mind taste, presentation, portion size and other factors when making their final selection.

    Mouthwatering entrée options included a lobster mac ’n cheese with a duo of sea bass with shiitake mushroom and rosemary sauce and beef tenderloin with a black truffle sauce, a duo of peppercorn crusted beef tenderloin and an orange and ginger-glazed salmon and a vegan, gluten-free option of lasagna with seasonal vegetables. Ultimately, the committee opted to go with a delectable and satisfying dish, keeping in mind that the entrée shouldn’t be too large or overwhelming.

    Once the entrée option was finalized, it was time for everyone’s favorite task—selecting a scrumptious dessert. Chef Paul brought out chocolate shells and various flavored mousses, so the committee could mix and match and create the dessert they wanted. A trio of decadent desserts were selected that are guaranteed to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth.

    And finally, the last decision to be made involved a signature cocktail tasting. The mixologists at the Westin concocted four different cocktails, with the committee selecting creative and refreshing drinks for partygoers.

    With a tantalizing menu of culinary creations and libations, not to mention dancing and theatre festivities, the 2017 “Let’s Play” Gala is set to be an enchanting evening, indeed. 

    Learn more about the Gala.

  • SCR’s Connection to The 71st Annual Tony Awards, Broadway’s Biggest Night

    Beth Fhaner
     | Jun 05, 2017

    Lynn Milgrim and Shannon Cochran in the world premiere of A Doll's House, Part 2. Photo by Debora Robinson.


    SCR received the 1988 Tony Award for Distinguished Achievement by a Regional Theatre.

    Theatre enthusiasts, mark your calendars and make your viewing-party plans now for the 71st Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11, which will air live from Radio City Music Hall (8 p.m. ET/delayed PT) on CBS. Presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, the Tony Awards honor theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway. 

    In 1988, South Coast Repertory received a special Tony Award in recognition of its outstanding contributions to the American theatre, especially its attention to new plays and playwrights.

    This year, among all of the Tony Award nominations, one play in particular shares a strong connection to SCR—playwright Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2. The play was commissioned by SCR and had its world premiere here in April before opening on Broadway. Among its nominations is the Tony Award for Best Play.

    Broadway’s biggest night is guaranteed to be a stunning celebration of accolades and entertainment. Oscar, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey will serve as the host of this year’s show. In addition to the nominees in A Doll’s House, Part 2, viewers can expect to see a star-studded lineup of talent—appearing either as presenters or performers—from the theatre, television, film and music industries, including Orlando Bloom, The Late Show's Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Olivia Wilde, Scarlett Johansson, Anna Kendrick, Josh Groban, Taraji P. Henson, Josh Gad, Keegan-Michael Key, Ben Platt and the legendary Bette Midler, who is nominated for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for her work in the hit revival, Hello, Dolly!

    Good luck to all of this year’s Tony Award nominees!

    For more information on the 2017 Tony Awards, visit TonyAwards.com.

    Learn more about SCR’s 2017-18 season.

  • Not a “Monster,” But a Builder—Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th Birthday Celebration

    Beth Fhaner
     | May 26, 2017

    Susannah Schulman Rogers, Annie Abrams, Aubrey Deeker and Danny Scheie on a set by Thomas Buderwitz in The Monster Builder.


    Frank Lloyd Wright.


    Taliesin West was architect Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home and school in the Arizona desert.


    The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, often referred to as The Guggenheim, is a Wright-designed art museum located in New York City.


    Fallingwater or the Kaufmann Residence is a house designed by Wright in 1935 in rural southwestern Pennsylvania.

    Amy Freed’s The Monster Builder is must-see theatre for architecture buffs, with its numerous references to architects and architectural movements, from Arts and Crafts to Bauhaus to Futurism and beyond. Robert Venturi, Louis Sullivan, Louis Kahn, Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid and Philip Johnson are just a few of the many “starchitects” who are mentioned throughout the play.

    For building and design fans seeking further inspiration, this year marks the 150th birth year of Frank Lloyd Wright. Many special events are planned this summer to commemorate Wright, the prolific visionary considered to be the father of modern architecture. Named “the greatest American architect of all time” by the American Institute of Architects in 1991 and acclaimed for his concept of organic architecture, Wright designed more than 1,000 works during his 72-year career.

    Among the celebrations planned around the country to honor Wright’s birthday on June 8:

    • Bowers Museum (Santa Ana, Calif.): The Orange County-based museum presents the exhibit “Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior,” which features the lesser-known aspects of Wright’s designs, focusing on the furnishings and ornamentation of his acclaimed spaces. On view June 24 through August 29.
    • Hollyhock House (Los Angeles): The City of Angels is home to several Wright structures, including the famous Hollyhock House, which was named after the original owner’s favorite plant. Designed for heiress Aline Barnsdall, this 36-acre site known as Olive Hill was Wright’s first commission in L.A. Today, the Hollyhock House is the centerpiece of Barnsdall Art Park and the stunning home is open to the public for tours.
    • Additionally, there are several other Wright structures in the Los Angeles area that are private homes and not open to the public: Ennis House, Freeman House, Millard House, Storer House, Sturgis House and Arch Oboler Gatehouse & Studio. The Anderton Court Shops in Beverly Hills are another little-known Wright design, the only commercial project he ever created from scratch.
    • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York City): The Wright-designed museum pays tribute to his legacy through the month of June with various activities including architecture-specific tours of the museum. The celebration kicks off with large-scale, rarely seen photos of the museum during its construction phase and a birthday cupcake will be added to the museum’s cafe menu, too.
    • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) (New York City): The museum presents “Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive,” a major exhibition that features approximately 450 works made from the 1890s through the 1950s including architectural drawings, models, building fragments, films, television broadcasts, print media, furniture, tableware, textiles, paintings, photographs, scrapbooks and more.
    • Talies​in West (Scottsdale, Ariz.): Wright’s cherished winter home and home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the School of Architecture will offer public tours on June 8, plus a free birthday cupcake for each visitor.
    • Wright’s Midwestern masterpieces include Fallingwater (Mill Run, Penn.) and Talies​in (Spring Green, Wis.), and both of these sites will honor the milestone year. A series of special lectures and exhibitions at Fallingwater include the exhibit “Wright for Wright: The Experimental Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Homes,” which will be on view through December. Signature events at Talies​in Estate include tours, the world premiere of a new choral work by Scott Gendel performed by the Talies​in Community Chorus and an exhibit of iconic images by photographer Pedro E. Guerrero of Frank Lloyd Wright that celebrates the friendship between two American masters. Wisconsin also has a new Frank Lloyd Wright Trail, a 200-mile route made up of nine key Wright sites (including Talies​in) through six communities.

    Find out more information ​about Frank Lloyd Wright and the 150th Anniversary Celebration.

    Learn more about The Monster Builder and purchase tickets.

  • Conservatory Alumna Rachel Charny: From SCR to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts

    Tania Thompson
     | May 25, 2017

    Rachel Charney in London

    Velveteen Rabbit

    ​Rachel Charny and Jamie Ostmann in the Spring 2010 production of The Velveteen Rabbit.

    Course Schedule: How Rachel Charny Studied Acting at SCR

    From the age of nine until she graduated high school, Rachel Charny studied acting at SCR’s Theatre Conservatory. Here’s a snapshot of some of her classes and shows during that decade.

    • 3-4 Grade Year I: Focuses on the basics of storytelling through movement, vocalization and character development with emphasis on ensemble work.
    • 4-6 Grade Year II. Helps refine skills and move on to mime, improv, enhanced vocal work and beginning dramatic play development.
    • 5-7 Grade Ensemble: Teaches students how to use the body and voice (actor’s tools) to further develop techniques through mask work, movement, voice and improv.
    • 2009-12: Junior Players, where techniques previously learned get deepened. The Players learn the rehearsal process and present a full production (show).
    • 2013-16: Teen Players, an advanced performing ensemble that rehearses and presents a production (show).
    • 2013-16: Musical Theatre, where actors prepare for musical theatre auditions and performances, how to “act” a song and “sing” a scene.
    • 2010: Velveteen Rabbit (Junior Players)
    • 2010: Cinderella (Summer Players)
    • 2011: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Junior Players)
    • 2012: Sleeping Beauty (Junior Players)
    • 2012: Seussical (Summer Players)
    • 2013: Alice vs. Wonderland (Teen Players)
    • 2013: Annie (Summer Players)
    • 2014: Bliss (Teen Players)
    • 2014: Peter Pan (Summer Players)
    • 2015: David Copperfield (Teen Players)
    • 2015: A Christmas Carol (SCR Segerstrom Stage)
    • 2016-17: Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, London

    To meet Rachel Charny is to get caught up in her enthusiasm—and her love for theatre. She's been in London this year, taking classes at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), but before that, she developed her actor’s craft in classes at SCR’s Theatre Conservatory. Her journey started with watching Theatre for Young Audiences shows with her parents.

    “I think I was a very imaginative young kid and getting to see stories that I loved so much come to life was exciting," Charny recalls. "The actors always seemed to having so much fun and I wanted to learn and join in." She did, at age nine, when she enrolled in the kids acting program at SCR and spent the next decade honing her craft.

    “I learned so many valuable lessons as a kid at SCR—about communication, about creativity and about expression,” she says.

    Charny realized that acting was what she wanted to do with her life when she became a member of the Teen Players ensemble. She knew the choice wasn’t going to be easy or glamorous, but she was up for the adventure and the excitement.

    What SCR moments stand out for you?

    I really enjoyed doing David Copperfield my junior year of high school in Teen Players. I remember that play being a challenge in terms of research and because it was a beast of a story because it goes through so much of his life. But everyone put so much work into it and the style that Hisa [Takakuwa] brilliantly chose to do it in challenged us to be present for the whole show. This play had us going from being a character in a scene to being an actor actively engaged in the story. A Christmas Carol also stands out to me because I had the incredible opportunity to observe and learn from professional actors in a nurturing and safe environment.

    What strengths did you find during your decade in classes?

    South Coast Repertory gave me a home away from home. It allowed me to play, stretch my imagination and have a safe space to make big, bold choices, to mess up and be a kid. It taught me that the theatre is collaborative and that there is a whole army of incredible artists (who aren’t on stage) who help bring to life the stories. I have made friendships that I will have for the rest of my life, no matter what side of the Atlantic I’m on.

    How did your experience at SCR support your application to RADA?

    I owe it to Hisa! She helped me with my audition pieces and generously dedicated hours of her time to make sure that I was comfortable and ready. I don’t know what I would have done without her. And having the support of all my friends in class was wonderful. I hope I carried with me all of the lessons I learned over my 10 years at SCR with me, too.

    What have you been learning in London?

    My time here in RADA’s Foundation for Acting course has been amazing—I mean absolutely incredible. Of course, it’s often exhausting and frustrating, but I wouldn’t change a moment of this year. The course has been everything I wanted and more. We had everything from Meisner and Stanislavski techniques to animal movement, sonnets, text analysis, sight reading, poetry, scene study, clown, filmmaking, playwriting, dance, voice and so much more.

    I learned about the history of acting in the West, devised contemporary pieces of theatre, studied the Realist period and got to do scenes from Strindberg, Chekhov (in Russian!) and finally Shakespeare. I played a bullfrog and the color yellow; sometimes I had to cry and laugh at the same time; and sometimes these things happened within hours of each other. I became very familiar with the library and what all of the studios looked like at night when no one else was there. I got yelled at by the receptionist for coming in too early and staying too late. I jammed my finger in a door hinge as I was running in my rehearsal skirt and corset, but it only helped my performance of Miss Julie that I had to give 15 minutes later. I bowed to one of my teachers on the stairs once—I think he just muttered to himself, “Americans”—but he indulged me by bowing back. Singing classes taught me that “my soul is in my breath” and dance taught me that in order to go up, I must first go down and vice versa. At one point, I had to learn a seven-page-long poem about a flaming turtle and perform an interpretive movement piece while I did my recitation. In my clowning class, we had to learn how to have fun; I never realized it was such a hard thing to do.

    Very long story short: it’s been a wonderful year. It has taught me that this will be a never-ending, lifelong process and every new role, new play and new ensemble will teach me something. I am very ready to continue this exciting pursuit of my dream.

    What have you been doing for fun in London and what has made your time there memorable?

    I have gotten to spend time in one of the most vibrant cities in the world.  Living in London and taking advantage of its museums and theatres, exploring the city with my new friends and even people​-watching on the street or in pubs, was and is exciting and inspiring. It has been so useful to me as an actor to be constantly stimulated by the surrounding culture.

    Get your start with acting classes at SCR. Summer Acting Workshop is coming up—two sessions to choose from in July. Enroll now!

  • Meet the Cast of "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing"

    Tania Thompson
     | May 22, 2017

    Tales from the Cast of ...Fourth Grade Nothing

    Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is the story of sibling rivalry—the funniest you’ve ever seen! It’s about nine-year-old Peter, his two-and-a-half year old brother (Fudge), their family, friends and Peter’s turtle named Dribble. Meet the six-member cast—they portray 18 characters!–as they dish on their own childhood pets, siblings and more.

    Coleman-Joshua-Wolf-2NAME: Joshua Wolf Coleman

    Fourth Grade Nothing characters: Dad, Ralph.
    Hometown: New York City (on 94th, between Broadway and West End).
    In my family, I am: a middle-ish child—I have two older sisters and a younger brother.
    Other plays at SCR include: This is my very first show at SCR.
    Favorite childhood games: Marco Polo and Clue. But I also spent a lot of time reading my comic books.
    Childhood pets: Three cats: Minx, whom I just barely remember; Domino, a gray-and-white calico; and Ellie, a red-and-white tabby.

    Culver-BradNAME: Brad Culver

    Fourth Grade Nothing characters: Mr. Yarby, Jimmy Fargo, Sam, Nurse, Director, Dr. Cone.
    Hometown: Pasadena, Calif.
    In my family, I am: The oldest child.
    Other plays at SCR include: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales; Charlotte’s Web; The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane; One Man, Two Guvnors.
    Other work as an actor includes: Cartoon Network’s “Regular Show,” Animal Planet’s “Lost Tapes,” The Next Big Thing.
    Favorite game as a kid: I'd spend hours creating epic story lines with hilariously mismatched action figures that I toted around in a bag.
    Childhood pets: I had a pet cockatiel named Evinrude. We thought it was a boy for much of its life; turned out that was not the case. The egg-laying gave it away.
    Favorite growing-up memory: Going to the movies with my dad every weekend. We always saw at least two or three movies a weekend.
    Favorite childhood theatre memory: I played the Mayor of Munchkin City in a professional production of The Wizard of Oz. The Los Angeles Times called my portrayal "uncanny." I had no idea what "uncanny" meant; um, I'm still a little foggy on what it means.
    What I love about being in a young audiences show: Kids are a brutally honest audience—if they don't think something is funny, then there certainly will not be any polite laughter (laughs). However, the excitement that I feel when I'm performing for an audience of engaged, moved and/or rolling-on-the-floor-laughing youngsters is fulfilling beyond any other feeling. I love it.
    Note to my younger self: Hang in there! Have as much fun as humanly possible, all the time.

    Den-CelesteNAME: Celeste Den

    Fourth Grade Nothing characters: Mrs. Yarby, Sheila Tubman, Jennie, Dr. Brown, Janet, Ambulance Driver.
    Hometowns: Taipei, Taiwan, and Miami, Fla.
    In my family, I am: The middle child. I have one older brother and one younger half-sister.
    Other plays at SCR include: OZ 2.5, Flora & Ulysses, Trudy and Max in Love, Death of a Salesman, Chinglish.
    Favorite game as a kid: Red-light, green-light.
    Childhood pets: I had two dogs—a cocker spaniel named Lady, because I loved Disney's Lady and the Tramp, and another dog that I named “Kitty”—and two cats, named Brownie and Stryper.
    Favorite growing-up memory: My family owned a food truck that sold Cuban food. We’d hitch it to the back of our minivan and work the fair circuit around Miami. My favorite memories are of my brother and me running around behind the scenes at all the various fairgrounds and getting to ride all the rides for free—as many times as we wanted.
    Favorite childhood theatre memory: Seeing my middle school’s production of Annie when one of the actresses was late getting on stage because of a wardrobe malfunction; the energy of the whole room jumped to a level higher. That was the first time I saw people embrace "mistakes"—laugh about them—and actually be the catalyst for making things better.
    What I love about being in a young audiences show: Performing for kids who are having their very first theatregoing experience makes getting up at the crack of dawn worthwhile (chuckles)! Also, kids are 100% genuine in their responses: if they love it, they tell you they love it; if they hate it, they will let you know. This is the kind of honesty I wish for in adults.
    Note to my younger self: Don't try to grow up too fast—enjoy the simplicity of childhood!

    de-Leon-FranNAME: Fran De Leon

    Fourth Grade Nothing characters: Mom, Ms. Vincent.
    Hometowns: Manila, Philippines; Hollywood, Calif.
    In my family, I am: The youngest of nine kids! YES! Nine!
    Other plays at SCR include: Charlotte’s Web.
    Favorite game as a kid: Chinese jump rope. I used to play it at every recess with my three best friends and we’d try to get it so we had to jump way up to shoulder height.
    Childhood pets: We always had dogs, cats, fish and hamsters. But they were all family pets. I got my first doggie, all my own, when I was Peter’s age. He was a really sweet beagle named Muckles.
    Favorite growing-up memory: My dad was an artist and he had us draw life-sized self-portraits. He’d get butcher paper, tape it to the wall and trace our silhouettes. From there, we filled in the rest. My brother inherited my dad’s artistry, so I’d get a little jealous of how well his portraits turned out. But still, it was really fun when we’d hang up our finished artwork around the house.
    Favorite childhood theatre memory: When I was nine, I saw my first big play at the Pantages Theatre—Barnum, with Glenn Close playing Mrs. Barnum. My sister bought me the soundtrack and I sang “The Colors of My Life” into my bathroom mirror everyday for about a year.
    What I love about being in a young audiences show: How open and ready the kids are to enjoy the show. Young minds are so willing to take the leap with us into whatever worlds we’re about to take them to. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is really special for me because Judy Blume is one of my favorite authors. I don’t think I could have gotten through my childhood without her!
    Note to my younger self: Stick with the singing lessons and keep playing the violin! (I gave up both and I wish I had kept it up.)

    Faulkner-MichaelNAME: Michael Faulkner

    Fourth Grade Nothing character: Fudge. "He’s just a little guy who likes to make his family laugh or get their attention however he can. He really does love his brother Peter. He thinks Peter is the coolest guy in the world and he'll do anything to get Peter's attention...even eating his brother's turtle."
    Hometown: Santa Cruz, Calif.
    In my family, I am: The oldest child of two. My situation is slightly unique: my sister has cerebral palsy, so she never got into as much trouble as my character, Fudge, does.
    Other plays at SCR include: OZ 2.5; The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales; Rhubarb Jam.
    Favorite game as a kid: Well, Judy Blume wrote this book in 1972, when I was three, and Fudge is nearly three, so maybe he and I played the same games! Some of my favorite games we played as a family were UNO, Twister and Sorry! As I got older, I really enjoyed playing Othello (the game, not the Shakespeare play!).
    Favorite growing-up memory: Bike riding with my dad. He used to drive us to these remote country roads, where we would ride up into the hills (it took a lot of effort), and then coast all the way back down
    Favorite childhood theatre memory: Santa Cruz was a special place for theatre when I was growing up. The famous juggling troupe, The Flying Karamazov Brothers, formed there and they did shows in the park every summer. So did the Pickle Family Circus and I wanted to be a clown like them. Later, when Santa Cruz Shakespeare was founded, I got my first acting job there at age 14.
    What I love about being in a young audiences show: The kids are unrestrained in their responses. I actually became an Equity union actor more years ago than I care to admit, in the SCR Theatre for Young Audiences show Rhubarb Jam by John Glore.
    Note to my younger self: Take more risks! No one is looking at your mistakes the way you think they are; everyone is thinking about their own mistakes!

    Grondin-MatthewNAME: Matthew Grondin

    Fourth Grade Nothing character: Peter. "He’s very smart and is an organized and logical thinker. He’s a good person, with a kind heart. For someone his age, he has a very strong moral compass. He can sometimes be on the serious side, which can get him into trouble. Just like me in real life, I think Peter could stand to relax a little bit."
    Hometown: Dover, N.H.
    In my family, I am: The youngest—so it’s been fun for me to play the oldest in Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.
    Other plays at SCR include: District Merchants.
    Favorite game as a kid: I loved playing with my Legos. And a game I played with one of my best friends, where my dad would pretend to be a monster and chased us around the house. My parents’ bedroom closet was the safety zone, so that’s where we had to get to. We played that game for hours at a time. I also loved playing hide-and-go-seek tag!
    Childhood pet: A Border Collie named Beezo; one side of her face was black and the other side was white. She loved anything outdoors, like hiking, swimming and playing with the Frisbee. She was a great dog!
    Favorite growing-up memories: I loved the summers. For years, I participated in a summer acting camp for kids that was in an old Maine barn that had been converted into a theatre. Also, I am very close with my family, so we did a lot of things together, like hiking or going to the lake or ocean. We also lived near the world’s best ice cream stand—that was pretty perfect!
    Favorite childhood theatre memory: When I was nine, the children’s theatre where I took acting classes needed two kids for its main stage show. I auditioned for it and got the part—it was the first time that I had acted with adults. We did six shows a week and I loved every minute of it. I looked up to all of the other actors in the show and felt so lucky to work with them.
    What I love about being in a young audiences show: The kids! They are smart, honest and truthful. For this show in particular, I love that our director has worked very hard to keep this production grounded and real. I hope the audience members will appreciate that and find things in it that they can really relate to.
    Note to my younger self: Don’t worry so much! Keep your eye on the end goal, but it’s really important to enjoy the process. There are going to be ups and downs along the way, so the more joy you can find in both the ups and the downs, the better off you’ll be.

    Learn more about Tales of the Fourth Grade Nothing and buy tickets.