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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 13, 2003

Hancher Box Office Offers Gift Certificates For Holiday Giving

The Hancher Auditorium box office at the University of Iowa is prepared for the holiday season, with gift certificates and tickets for the lovers of music, theater and dance on anyone's list. This season the Hancher box office will remain open through Friday, Dec. 19, so you cannot wait until the very last minute.

Hancher gift certificates -- available in $5, $10, $25, $50 and $100 denominations -- may be redeemed during the next year for tickets to any of the UI-sponsored performances handled by the Hancher box office. This includes not only the internationally renowned music, theater and dance artists presented by the auditorium, but also all the Mainstage productions of University Theatres, productions of the Iowa Summer Rep professional company, major productions of UI Opera Theater and the Old Gold Singers, the UI Dance Company's annual Dance Gala and the band department's annual blast, the UI Band Extravaganza.

For gift-givers who know exactly what performances their recipients have been dreaming about, the box office will provide tickets to specific events during the remainder of the 2003-2004 season. Those tickets may be purchased on-line 24 hours a day.

Among the spring 2004 Hancher events that promise to be popular choices are the Moscow Festival Ballet's production of "Cinderella," the family-friendly circus noir of Cirque Eloize, the perennially popular Pilobolus Dance Theatre and the 50th anniversary celebration of the Paul Taylor Dance Company, complete with a Hancher-commissioned world premiere.

Gift certificates to the Showcase, the lobby gift shop operated by Hancher Guild volunteers, are also available. Showcase sales support Hancher's educational programs.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to 319-353-2284. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website:

Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail:

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

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