DPAC welcomes 500,000th patron

Posted November 5, 2010

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— The Durham Performing Arts Center welcomed its 500,000 patron last Saturday during the opening performance of the Elton John musical "Billy Elliot."

The DPAC reached the half-million mark less than two years after opening as the largest performing arts center in North Carolina and South Carolina.

"It's exciting to see how warmly the entire region has embraced DPAC," General Manager Bob Klaus said in a statement. "Whether it's Broadway, concerts, comedy or family shows, the variety on our schedule truly offers something for everyone."

Brian and Shana Odle, of Raleigh, set the new record when they entered the DPAC at 1:40 p.m. Sunday. They were greeted by the three actors who play the title character of "Billy Elliot." They gave the couple a prize package, autographed programs and posed for pictures.

The Odles also won opening-night tickets to the rest of the SunTrust Broadway Series shows.

"The most important part of this celebration is that it gives us the chance to send our thanks out to all of the 500,000 guests that have helped make us one of America's great new entertainment theaters," Klaus said.


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  • 68_dodge_polara Nov 5, 2010

    Not sure how a city that has to continuously finance road maintenance and under fund their police department found the money to build this theater. At least it didn't turn out like Randy Parton fiasco though.

  • blytle Nov 5, 2010

    The DPAC is a wonderful venue for all types of performances.
    We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful theater here in the Triangle. Congratulations to all who have contributed to its great success!