Summers at Berkeley Rep are traditionally a time for the organization to take a collective breath, to finish up tasks from the previous season, and to prepare ourselves for the season to come. In the box office, we are grateful for the extra time to process subscriptions, clean up our database, and tackle ongoing projects that fell by the wayside during the previous months. Last summer, there were days when we received more "wrong number" calls than we did legitimate ones.
Well, in case you hadn't noticed, things are a little different around here this summer. Our dear friend Carrie Fisher decided to pay us a visit. We're thrilled to have her, but she's definitely spiced up our summer phone lives.
Also, to cut costs, our fearless leader, Christine, is having us print and mail all subscription orders in-house rather than outsourcing to a printer as we normally do. This is no small feat considering the fact that we have upwards of 5,500 subscribers. Since most of our subscribers have a package of five or more plays and see these plays with a guest or two, we're talking about 60,000 tickets. Rather than the slow pace that summers normally follow in the box office, July at Berkeley Rep has felt a bit like Beijing must have felt last year when they hosted the Summer Olympics. Our activities can even be broken up into competition categories:
And even with all of the added Carrie Fisher frenzy, we have managed to print, sort, and stuff each and every subscription package ahead of schedule. As we speak, Christine is training for the final event: her 50-yard dash to the post office to deliver the subscription orders safely and securely. Wish her luck!
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