Olney Theater Offering Free Tickets to First-Time Theater Goers

by Patrick Herron

Olney Theater Offering Free Tickets to First-Time Theater Goers

This summer, the Olney Theater Center is giving away free tickets to anyone who has never purchased tickets to an event at their theater. You can redeem the offer by entering a special online code when purchasing tickets from their website. Details and press release below:

Ticket giveaway is an open invitation to the whole community

Olney, MD – July 16, 2021 – Olney Theatre Center announced today that it was offering free tickets to first-time attendees of its massive program of live summer events on the open-air Root Family Stage.  These tickets can be claimed by anyone who has never purchased a ticket at Olney Theatre by using the checkout code: “FirstTimeFree” at olneyoutdoors.LIVE.  The offer applies to the four paid, ticketed programs in Olney Outdoors: Sing Praise! – a series of faith-centered concerts featuring gospel, Jewish, and East Asian traditions; The Andrew A. Isen Cabaret Series; Jazz@Olney; and Theatre for Young Audiences. Those programs include more than 44 individual performances through September 3.

Debbie Ellinghaus, Managing Director of OTC, said “Olney Theatre wants to help the community return to normal by kicking off live performances again with Olney Outdoors, a brand new outdoor performance series that includes jazz, cabaret, faith-centered concerts, spoken word, theatre for young audiences, drag, dance, and more. Many of these programs are already free, but to make the paid programs more accessible to new audiences, OTC is offering free tickets to first-time guests for the entire summer season. First Show Is On Us  is supported, in part, by a donation from Bob and Eveline Roberts. This initiative promotes and strengthens one of our key priorities, making sure the entire community has access to our theatre, feels welcomed, and can experience the joy of live performance after so many months of dark stages and shuttered doors.”

The following events are eligible for free tickets under the program (all other programs of Olney Outdoors are already free).

Andrew A. Isen Cabaret Series
All Shows Fridays at 7:30 pm

Friday, July 23
Awa Sal Secka & Bobby Smith

Friday, July 30
Ines Nassara & Tracy Lynn Olivera

Friday, August 6
Donna Migliaccio & Nova Payton

Friday, August 13
Rayanne Gonzales & Rayshun Lamarr

Friday, August 20
Greg Maheu & Vishal Vaidya

Friday, August 27
Malinda Kathleen Reese & Alan Wiggins

Weekends- Theatre for Young Audiences
Performances at 10:00 am and 12:00 pm

Saturday, July 24
Disney Sing-A-Long
Young Artists of America

Sunday, July 25 (10:00 am only)
Stories of Nature & Faith through the Hindu Pantheon

Saturday & Sunday, July 31 – August 1
PNC Presents
Paper Dreams
Imagination Stage

Saturday & Sunday, August 7-8
PNC Presents
Paper Dreams
Imagination Stage

Saturday & Sunday, August 14-15
PNC Presents
Paper Dreams
Imagination Stage

Saturday, August 21
Rick Spacey: Space Detective
Only Make Believe Theatre
(sensory friendly)

Saturday, August 28
Stoopkid Stories

Saturday Nights-
All shows at 7:30 pm

Saturday, July 24
Rochelle Rice

Saturday, July 31
Christie DaShiell

Saturday, August 7
Elijah Jamal Balbed

Saturday, August 14
Akua Allrich

Saturday, August 21
Warren Wolf

Saturday, August 28
Mark G. Meadows

Sing Praise!
Sundays at 5:00 pm

Sunday, July 25
Charles Butler & Trinity

Sunday, August 1
Trio Sefardi/Vladimir Fridman

Sunday, August 8
Baltimore Choral Arts Society

Sunday, August 15
Chao Tian and Tom Teasley

Sunday, August 22
Capria McLearn &

Sunday, August 29
Richard Smallwood

All acts subject to change. In case of rain, events will be held inside the Olney Theatre Mainstage, where all patrons must wear masks.



Olney Theatre Center for the Arts produces and curates theatrical performance for the diverse audiences in our community, and educates, learns from, supports and inspires a more inclusive generation of theater-makers.


We strive to become an arts and culture powerhouse, redefining the American regional theater movement by cultivating and sharing the creativity of our community.


Once a summer stock retreat in rural Maryland, Olney Theatre Center is now an award-winning, year-round regional theatre surrounded in a 15-mile radius by 1.6 million people representing three of the most ethnically diverse counties in America. Since our founding in 1938, some of the biggest names in theatre have appeared on our stages: from “Golden Era” stars like Helen Hayes and Tallulah Bankhead to contemporary artists like Sir Ian McKellen, Robin De Jesús, and many others. OTC welcomed Artistic Director Jason Loewith and Managing Director Debbie Ellinghaus in 2013 and 2014, respectively, who established a new artistic strategy to broaden programming with the goal of nurturing a diversity of voices and audiences. Olney Theatre Center now produces musicals and plays under the three rubrics of Classic, Contemporary and Family programming. Since 2013 Olney Theatre Center has twice won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Musical Production, the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play and presented six world premieres. Complementing this work, OTC fulfills its mission as a teaching theater with educational programs like the Our Play program in local 5th grade classrooms, a summer camp and a year-round professional apprentice program. National Players, now in its 72nd Season, is the hallmark outreach program of OTC, a unique ensemble touring innovative theater to communities large and small across the United States.

For more information, please visit olneytheatre.org/history.

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1 comment

Tiffany M Brown August 26, 2022 - 9:17 am

Good morning,

Will be there any free first time tickets for beauty and beast


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