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2017 Subscription Launch

The Great Lakes Center for the Arts announces the launch of public subscription sales today,
Friday, Sept. 1, 2017!

Subscriptions for 4 to 14 (full season) events are now available for 2018 Premiere Summer Season programs. Subscribers may also purchase extra tickets for events when they subscribe to 4 or more performances.

“Subscriptions allow patrons to purchase seats for multiple events at one time, ensuring seats and securing discounts,” said Jill O’Neill, the Center’s Executive Director. “It is a great opportunity to lock in seats to your favorite performances before single tickets go on sale in the Spring of 2018. We expect a number of our events to sell out, because of the caliber of the performers and the intimate nature of the theater itself.”

The Center’s Grand Opening will take place on Saturday, July 7, 2018, with a gala fundraising celebration featuring the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and other special guests. In addition, 14 events featuring dance, music, theater, comedy, intellectual dialogue and more throughout July and August 2018 have been announced.

2018 Events include:

– Great Lakes Leadership Forum  Thursday, July 12
– Stars of the Joffrey Ballet  Saturday, July 14
– Interlochen Jazz Faculty  Tuesday, July 17
– Pink Martini  Saturday, July 21
– Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra  Tuesday, July 24
– An Evening with Sara Evans  Saturday, July 28
– Great Lakes Music Festival  Thursday, Aug. 2
– Charles Krauthammer  Sunday, Aug. 5
– The Marriage of Figaro, Bay View Music Festival production  Tues.-Wed., Aug. 7-8
– Matthew Morrison  Saturday, Aug. 11
– Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story  Fri-Sat., Aug. 17-18 
– Comedian Tom Papa  Saturday, Aug. 25
– Great Lakes Conservatory Night feat. the University of Michigan  Thursday, Aug. 30

– Celebrate the Journey ‘80s style and the journey ahead!  Sunday, Sept. 2

Complete event details can be found in a digital flip-book by clicking here.

Subscribers are selecting their first choice of Section, A-D; seat and row assignments will be made in March 2018. 

Subscribers may enjoy an early-bird discount of 10 percent on orders through Dec. 31, 2017 on the purchase of seven or more events, including the purchase of the Full Season (14 events). Note: The Grand Opening Gala is a special fundraiser for the Center and is not part of the subscription program.

There are three ways to subscribe:


1. Subscribe online and pay with a credit card in a few easy steps!
Choose from these options:



2. Download a fillable subscription form, fill it out, print and mail in with check or credit card details; or email it to


3. Stop by the Great Lakes Center for the Arts for a subscription form and to make payment in person. GLCFA offices are located on the second floor of the Bay Harbor Building, across from the Center construction site.

Contact the GLCFA Box Office with questions: 231.439.2610 or

Answers to a few subscription FAQs

Subscriptions are available for Sections A-D.  Box seats are only available to box holders at this time.

You are requesting your first choice of section, and best efforts will be made to fulfill your subscription in your requested section. If your request cannot be fulfilled, you will be notified.

Subscriptions are not available for fewer than four events. Single tickets go on sale March 1, 2018.

After you’ve placed your order, you will receive a confirmation email from the Box Office.

  Seat and Row assignments will be made before March 1, 2018. Tickets for your selected events will be mailed to the address you indicate on the order form after March 1, 2018.

The only way to ensure the same seats for each event is to subscribe to the full season.

Fulfilled ticket orders are non-refundable. Tickets may be donated back to GLCFA and are tax-deductible.

Please visit our FAQ Page for additional information, or reach the Box Office at 231.439.2610 or

Meet the Box Office Manager, Heather Russell

A classical singer and former Petoskey enrichment and middle school teacher, Heather Russell has joined the Great Lakes Center for the Arts staff and is serving in a number of important roles, including as Education Director, Office Manager and Box Office Manager.

When patrons contact the Center in the weeks ahead for subscription orders, event questions and in 2018 during single ticket sales, Ms. Russell will be the point of contact.“Joining the staff at the Center blends my favorite worlds – the performing arts and education of youth in the arts in the Northern Michigan area,” said Ms. Russell. “Being raised with an appreciation of and a lifelong passion for the arts, and having spent 27 years as an educator at the Petoskey Public Schools, I know it is essential that today’s children, as well as adults, have exposure to a variety of musical genres and opportunities to express themselves through the fine arts.”

During her time in the public schools, Ms. Russell also served as the Enrichment Coordinator, where she developed programming yearly for 150 gifted and talented students in grades 6-8. She also started a FIRST Robotics program to encourage students to pursue their education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and led the team to the World Championship in its first season in 2011. Additionally, Ms. Russell was the founding director of the Little Traverse Youth Choir which toured throughout Michigan, New York, and Canada under the auspices of Voices Without Borders and hosts an international choir and dance festival annually.

“Heather brings extraordinary background and experience to the Center. As we move into the education component of the Center’s mission, she is a key resource for how we can best reach and inspire youth and support teachers in that objective,” said Jill O’Neill, the Center’s Executive Director. “She is working closely with the Education and Programming Committee and its chair, David Crouse, to develop programs that will have wide-reaching impact.”

Click here for complete details about subscriptions 

The Great Lakes Center for the Arts Box Office can be reached at 231-439-2610 or  

Many households in the region will have received a 2018 Premiere Summer Season program and subscription booklet in the mail, which includes a subscription order form. If you did not receive one, please contact the Box Office and one will be mailed to you, or access the online version by clicking here.

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  • Dance
  • Music
  • Intellectual Dialogue
  • Movies & Film
  • Education