Cen­tre’s open­ing night fi­nally ar­rives

North Bay Nugget - - NEWS - KATINA CON­NOLLY Katina Con­nolly is ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the Capi­tol Cen­tre.

Open­ing night is fi­nally here and this is al­ways cause for cel­e­bra­tion.

On one hand, we have an en­tire com­mu­nity of en­ter­tain­ment en­thu­si­asts who have heard us talk about noth­ing else be­sides our up­com­ing shows, the big-name bands, the emerg­ing artists, the cul­tural per­for­mances.

On the other hand, we have an in­cred­i­ble staff team that has been work­ing tire­lessly on this sea­son for well over a year, so it is very ex­cit­ing to see it come to fruition and have the many dif­fer­ent acts take the stage.

The process be­gins when of­fers are made to artists and then con­tracts are ne­go­ti­ated. Fol­low­ing that, spon­sors are sought for in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances, as well as capi­tol cen­tre se­ries, spe­cial events, etc.

At that point, we pre­pare our sea­son brochure, house pro­gram and de­ter­mine staff and vol­un­teer sched­ules for the many events that are lined up.

Our tech­ni­cal team then needs to pre­pare stage plots that can ac­com­mo­date mul­ti­ple acts in a short pe­riod of time based upon their tech­ni­cal needs.

Once every­thing is ready to go, mar­ket­ing ef­forts get un­der­way and box of­fice puts the shows on sale – and that’s where you come in. ev­ery show is a big pro­duc­tion at the capi­tol cen­tre both be­hind the scenes and the night of when the artist takes the stage. We are very for­tu­nate to have such a strong staff and vol­un­teer team mak­ing it a top-notch ex­pe­ri­ence for our artists and for you.

We had a great con­cert with Gino Van­nelli last week. This Fri­day, we will of­fi­cially open the 2018-19 sea­son with the one and only Jim cuddy. Tick­ets for this event are go­ing quickly but there are still a few seats left for you and a cou­ple friends.

We then launch into a busy month with cirque eloize on Oct. 16, derek ed­wards on Oct. 18, and Take It easy ea­gles Trib­ute on Oct. 19 just to name a few. Be sure to check out our web­site www.capi­tol­cen­tre.org for a com­plete event list­ing or visit our face­book page www.face­book.com/capi­tol­cen­tre for the Oc­to­ber cal­en­dar.

We are also screen­ing The chil­dren Act for this week’s sun­day cin­ema on at 7 pm. Join us for a movie on the big screen for only $6. Tick­ets are avail­able at the box of­fice and both the bar and con­ces­sion will be open to add to your movie ex­pe­ri­ence. I’m sure it’s hard to miss the con­struc­tion work in the back park­ing lot but the roof project is still un­der­way so day­time build­ing ac­cess (be­tween 10 am and 5 pm) is re­stricted to the Main street en­trance only. We will have both front and back doors open on show nights. Thank you for your pa­tience and see you at the show!

WAYNE CUD­DING­TON/POST­MEDIA

Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo per­forms Fri­day at the Capi­tol Cen­tre.

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