The Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati (ETC) kicks off single ticket sales to its 2012-2013 season today at 10am, and they are introducing a variety of special offers to make attending professional theatre more affordable for young people.

A new feature for area students will allow access to all six productions this season for $120. Also new this season, the ETC will offer a $90 subscription for students between ages 13-19. The Teen Scene Subscription will also include a meal following each performance, and a post-show discussion with the cast and/or artistic staff.

Theatre patrons gather outside of Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati in May 2012. Photograph by 5chw4r7z.

“This is a great opportunity for students seeking to deepen their appreciation and understanding of live performance in a peer environment,” explained ETC’s director of communications, Jocelyn Meyer. “Additionally, students will be able to continue the conversation by interacting and blogging following the performance via a private Facebook group.”

A popular ticket discount program returning from last season will be the $15 Student Rush which allows students to purchase remaining tickets to shows starting two hours prior to the performance. Tickets will cost $27 per show for area students who purchase tickets in advance.

Due to limited availability, Meyer says that space will be limited and that discounted subscriptions will be filled on a first-come, first-serve bases for second Saturday matinee performances only.

The discounts being offered are geared to attract young people to the theatre that has long been an institution in historic Over-the-Rhine, and is now experiencing some of its best success. According to ETC officials, the theatre has attracted more than 1,800 subscribers for the new season – a record – and is continuing with its capital campaign to expand the the theatre and its support spaces.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office at 1127 Vine Street from 10am to 5pm Monday through Friday, or by calling (513) 421-3555.