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Hancher Auditorium's 1997-98 Silver Anniversary season was one of its most popular

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- More than 90,000 audience members made the 1997-98 Silver Anniversary season at the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium one of the most successful in the auditorium's history, with ticket sales totaling $2,167,925.

The ticket revenues ranked third in Hancher's quarter-century history, behind only the $2.5 million in sales during the 1996-97 season, and the sales of just over $2.2 million in 1991-92.

Multi-performance engagements of large-scale touring productions led the way. Audiences for five performances of "Cats" totaled more than 12,000, and more than 11,000 people attended five performances of "Grease." The percussion spectacle "Stomp" attracted an audience of more than 9,000 for four performances, and nearly 11,000 patrons at eight performances made "Tap Dogs" one of the season's surprise hits. The Children's Theatre Company sold out six performances in the intimate setting of the Hancher Loft, which has a capacity of 250.

Single-performance events attracting near-capacity attendance included Sweet Honey in the Rock (2,006), Simon Estes (2,497), Ladysmith Black Mambazo (2,291) and the Chieftains (2,491).

Not included in the 90,000 total were several thousand elementary, middle-school and high-school students throughout the state of Iowa who tuned into Stage Door interactive events through the Iowa Communications Network (ICN). The largest of those matinee events, presented by the Canadian Brass, involved students at more than 50 schools. Other ICN events featured the Children's Theatre Company, the Colorado Quartet and Ugandan musician Samite.