For anyone disappointed that they weren’t able to score a ticket to the Tony-award winning musical, “Hamilton,” the Performing Arts Initiative (PAI) is offering a chance to win two tickets to the March 24, 2018, matinee in the Keller Auditorium.
“There is no doubt that wherever it is playing, Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton is the hottest ticket in town,” said Mark Steighner, president of PAI. “Whether it is in New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles, the show sells out in minutes and that is the case for ‘Hamilton’ in Portland, where it lands for a limited engagement next March.”
More information about the 501(c)3 PAI and this project can be found at gorgeperformingarts.org, and that’s also the place to buy tickets for the Hamilton raffle.
For $100, people can buy a ticket that gives them a one-in-a-hundred chance to win the tickets. Only 100 chances will be sold, giving each person who enters pretty good odds, according to Steighner.
“Plus, each raffle ticket purchased is tax deductible,” said Steighner. “The purchase price of these Hamilton tickets — if you could get them — is over $300. They’re not nosebleed seats, either.” Steighner says that the two tickets were donated to PAI specifically for this raffle, which is raising seed money to move into the next phase of its project. The eventual goal of the PAI is to build a state-of-the-art performing arts center in the Gorge.
Officially formed in January 2016, the PAI has made steady progress, completing a feasibility study this past year and nearing completion of architectural programmatic studies. “We are in the process of raising a million dollars to begin to hire paid staff,” said Steighner. “We need to hire a capital campaign planner, a project manager, and of course, an architect to design the facility.”
“Tickets are going fast, and no more will be added,” Steighner said. “This is an exciting opportunity, so head to gorgeperformingarts.org and grab a ticket while you can.
“As the title character in Hamilton says, ‘Don’t throw away your shot!’”