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Why Theater is the Perfect Holiday Gift

December 8, 2016 by Anne Berkowitz
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If you’re looking for the perfect gift to give someone you love this holiday season, theater tickets are a unique present that are sure to be cherished for a long time after the curtain goes down. Here are five reasons why you can’t go wrong with giving the gift of theater.

1. Theater is shareable.

Image source: Mamma Mia!
Photo credit: Mamma Mia!

Unlike most objects that are given as presents, tickets provide the opportunity for the receiver to share the gift with someone. Perhaps they’ll even take you along for the fun! Whether they do or not, your friend will certainly be grateful for the festive opportunity to have a shared experience with a friend and the rest of the audience. They can talk about their night with others for years to come.

2. Theater is fleeting, but the experience lasts forever.

RED VELVET by Chakrabarti, , Writer - Lolita Chakrabarti, Director - Indhu Rubasingham, Designer - Tom Piper, Lighting - Oliver Fenwick, Choreographer - Imogen Knight, The Garick Theatre , London, 2016, Credit: Johan Persson/
Photo Credit: RED VELVET, Johan Persson

As every true theater lover knows, there is something genuinely special about the ephemeral nature of a theatrical experience. You can’t wrap up the feeling one has when the lights come down, the curtain goes up, and the journey begins. The experience is one that will last forever in their hearts… and in their box of ticket stubs.

3. Theater is supportive.

A Christmas Carol
Photo Credit: A.C.T.

When you give the gift of theater, you are also supporting the arts and all the artists involved in the production of your choosing. You are helping to ensure that the magic of theater lives on. Is there anything more in line with the holiday spirit than a gift that is giving in a variety of ways?

4. Theater is fun.

Photo Credit: Radio City Music Hall

Theater provides a fun and refreshing escape from the crazy world and cold winter nights. Even if your friend is receiving tickets to the most intense drama in town, the night of entertainment and suspension of disbelief will still be a pleasant one. Live performance is a remarkable thrill.

5. Theater is personal.

Beauty and the Beast
Photo Credit: Berkeley Playhouse

When someone sees a show, their unique perspective will naturally personalize their gift. Their experience is what they make of it, and that is not something that is not something that can be taken away! Even when they share their experience with others, their relation to the piece will always be their own. You can’t really get a gift more personal than that.

What shows are you excited about gifting your friends this season? Tell us about it on Facebook and Twitter.

Still need more gift ideas? Take a look at these other gifts for theater lovers!