EDITOR'S NOTE -- This story was edited from the original to remove references to a specific number of tickets available at discounted prices.
“Wicked” arrives at the Proctors main stage next week, and the theater is offering a last-minute opportunity for fans to grab seats at a discounted rate.
Prior to each performance during the 19-day run, Proctors will host a lottery for a limited number of seats at $25 each.
Tickets are normally priced between $35 and $165.
There are a few caveats, though. The lottery is available only to people who show up to the Proctors Box Office with a valid photo ID two and a half hours before the performance. Their names will be thrown into a lottery drum, and 30 minutes later, the winning names will be drawn. Winners must pay cash for the tickets, which are limited to two per person.
Proctors also offered a ticket lottery when “Rent” opened here in July 2009 and several months later when “Wicked” first came to town, in December 2009, said Box Office Manager Judie Bouchard.
The extra seats are reserved in the front left and right loges of the theater, she said.
The “Wicked” cast will first take the stage Wednesday at 8 p.m. and will perform a total of 24 shows through Nov. 25.
The award-winning musical was town three years ago, breaking Proctors’ box office records and selling out in record time. The buzz appears to have quieted slightly this time around, with a smaller turnout of early birds for the first day of ticket sales this year.
Based on the 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire titled “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West,” the musical tells the story of two girls — one beautiful and ambitious and one misunderstood with emerald green skin — who meet in the Land of Oz and become unlikely friends.
There are currently seven productions of “Wicked” worldwide — in New York, London, Japan, Holland, Australia/Asia tour and two concurrent North American tours.
Tickets can still be purchased for the show at the Proctors Box Office at 432 State St., by calling 346-6204 or online at www.proctors.org.