Get ticket deals NOW for “A Christmas Carol” at the Clarence Brown Theatre!

Last year my two daughters had the amazing experience of performing in “A Christmas Carol” at the Clarence Brown Theatre. They learned so much from the experience, and of course I wanted to see them perform as many times as possible. I sought out all the best ticket deals I could find so I could share with friends and family. Although it is a wonderful thing to be able to support live theater through the purchase of full-price tickets – and I greatly admire those patrons who do! – sometimes your budget will only allow you to experience theater if you can find a really great deal.  Part of the Clarence Brown’s mission is to educate the local community about theater, and they offer some great ways to allow families to experience shows even when budgets are tight. Here are some of my favorite deals at the CBT.


The Clarence Brown Theatre (CBT) offers a special evening called “Family Feast”, where each ticket is $10 and includes dinner before the show! The stated purpose of this evening is “to promote the fading practice of family dinners and to celebrate community through theatre,” and you must make reservations as a family or group – however you define family! There are two Family Feasts each year, one for their spring show and one for A Christmas Carol. This year the Family Feast night for Christmas Carol is Wednesday, December 6. You have to call the Clarence Brown box office directly to get tickets. (865) 974-5161. They’re only open from noon to 5 weekdays. You can’t get this deal online, and it sells out very quickly! For more info about Family Feast, go here.


The CBT also participates in the Penny for the Arts program – absolutely one of my FAVORITE deals. When you buy one discounted adult ticket ($22 or so) you can get up to 3 kids’ tickets for a penny. (Additional tickets for your group will be regular price.) Yet again, you have to call the Clarence Brown box office directly to get these tickets, and make sure you ask for Penny for the Arts tickets. You can only get the Penny for the Arts deal for the following weeknight shows: Nov 29-Dec. 1, and Dec. 5-8.

 

For more on Penny for the Arts, go here.

The CBT offers a “Pay What You Wish Preview Wednesday” for most of its shows. Tickets may be purchased in person from 4:00pm until curtain the day of the below performances at the CBT Box Office kiosk in the lobby. Cash only, in full dollar amounts accepted and tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. Limited to 8 tickets per purchase.

In my experience, the Christmas Carol “Pay What You Wish” night sells out very quickly, mostly from University of Tennessee students who see the show for free on the same night with their student IDs (which is also a great deal!) I would go ahead and have tickets in hand from one of the other above deals. But, since it’s a great deal, I’m including it on this list. Here are this season’s Pay What You Wish dates:

And here’s where you can go for more info on Pay What You Wish Wednesday preview nights.

 

Finally, a REALLY great way to see free shows is by working as an usher! When you commit to usher before and after a show (and during intermission) you can see the show from a special usher’s seat for free! Go here to sign up for ushering spots.

Add comment September 30, 2017

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Add comment September 11, 2017

Giveaway: Win early-entry passes to the Kidz Consignment Sale at First Baptist Maryville September 8 & 9

There are a number of consignment sales in Maryville that I really adore. The Kidz Consignment Sale at First Baptist Maryville is one of these. I always find really great deals, and I’ve made quite a bit of money consigning as well!

I am excited to be able to give away passes to the Kidz Consignment Sale pre-sale to two Thrifty Christy readers! There’s nothing like shopping early!

The sale is Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9, but these tickets will get you in beforehand to shop with consignors on the evening of Thursday, September 7.

Here’s more info on the First Baptist Church of Maryville’s Kidz Consignment Sale:

The church is located at 202 W. Lamar Alexander Pkwy in Maryville, and the sale takes place in the church gym.

Sale Hours:

Friday, September 8 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

PLUS Half-Price Sale on Saturday, September 9 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. (All items without a red dot will be half-price.)
Cash and credit cards only.

If you’ve already signed up to consign, you can enter to win a pass to give to a friend. Shopping early is a lot of fun, but remember to get there before the doors open as there’s always a line!

To keep up with all the news about the sale you can like their Facebook page here.

To enter to win one of two early-entry passes to the Kidz Consignment Sale (each one good for you plus a friend!), head to the Thrifty Christy Facebook page and look for this giveaway post – all the details are there! This giveaway ends at midnight EST on Tuesday, September 5. I will choose two winners on Wednesday, September 6 using random.org and post their names on Facebook.

Add comment September 2, 2017

Penny for the Arts: see Peter & The Starcatcher for $0.01/child at the Clarence Brown Theatre!

There are some amazing deals coming up for performances at the Clarence Brown Theatre! I highly recommend the Penny4Arts performances. For my family, one adult and two children attended the last show at the Clarence Brown Theatre for just $14 total! Here are details:

Peter and the Starcatcher

In this multiple Tony Award-winning play with music, a dozen actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable roles take to the high seas to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up? This magical evening of madcap fun is suitable for younger audiences but most enjoyable for ages 10 and up.

Tickets available for September 5-8 (entire show run is August 30 – September 17) at Clarence Brown Theatre Mainstage. Seats for Penny4Arts are available on a first come, first served basis and are subject to availability.

Open to students outside of Knox County? YES
Advance reservations required? YES – call the box office Monday-Friday from 12-5 PM
Contact: Clarence Brown Theatre Box Office, 865-974-5161, box_office@utk.edu

For more information, visit Penny for the Arts here or the Clarence Brown Theatre here.

Add comment August 23, 2017

Recycle your eclipse glasses at the library!

Don’t throw away your eclipse glasses! Astronomers Without Borders will be taking donations to give out to students in developing countries in Asia and South America. Bring your glasses to the Children’s Department at the Blount County Public Library and they will send them along to people in need.

More info here.

Add comment August 22, 2017

Giveaway: Win early-entry passes to the Children’s Consignment Sale at East Maryville Baptist August 25-26

East Maryville Baptist Church is having its Fall Children’s Consignment Sale August 25 – 26, and I have two sets of early-entry passes to give away for the presale August 24!

Regular sale hours are Friday, August 25 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. PLUS 5 -8 p.m. and then Saturday, August 26 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. On Saturday all items without a red dot are half price. They accept credit/debit cards and cash only. The church is located at 1150 Brown School Road in Maryville.

For more information about the sale, check out the EMBC Children’s Consignment Sale Facebook page or the event page.

BUT, if you’d like to shop before the general public, I have two sets of passes that will allow you and a friend to shop on Thursday night, August 24, from 6-8 p.m. To enter, head to the Thrifty Christy Facebook page and look for the giveaway post – all the details are there!
I’ll announce the winners on FB on Tuesday morning. If you’d like to receive more information about the EMBC sale, you can email embc.consignmentsale @ yahoo.com.

Add comment August 19, 2017

Coupons for local fall consignment sales!

Don’t throw away the Thrift magazine that you should have received in the mail today! Look what I found! There are coupons for both the East Maryville Baptist Consignment Sale…

…and the Kidz Consignment Sale at First Baptist Maryville!

 

Add comment August 15, 2017

Kraft Mac & Cheese Deal at Target

Are your children as picky about their mac & cheese as mine are? My kids will only eat Annie’s bunny-shaped pasta and Kraft “in the rainbow shape.” If so, here’s a deal for you. Right now you can get a $5 Target Gift Card when you buy 10 boxes of Kraft Mac & Cheese original, spirals, or shapes 5.5 – 7.3 oz boxes. Plus, they are on sale for just 99¢ each! Pair the sale and gift card offer for a great deal. You don’t even need coupons!

Kraft Mac & Cheese Boxes 99¢ each
Buy 10 = $9.90
Pay $9.90
Get back a FREE $5 Gift Card
Final cost $4.90 total – just 49¢ each!

Thanks, Hip2Save!

Add comment August 14, 2017

Free admission to Alcatraz East for Blount residents

Alcatraz East in Pigeon Forge is offering FREE admission for local appreciation days September 4th through 10th! This is valid for residents of Blount, Cocke, Jefferson, Knox, and Sevier County.


Call (865) 453-3278 if you have questions about this deal. Sounds like a neat place!

Add comment August 13, 2017

FREE WILLY WONKA Iced Mocha at Capitol Coffee & Ice Cream Parlor through August 12

Trivia question: In Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, what was the one candy that every kid wanted to smuggle out a piece of, due to ‘Slugworth’s’ lucrative financial offer?

🍭VISIT the Capitol Theatre‘s Coffee & Ice Cream Parlor in downtown Maryville and tell the answer to the barista for a FREE WILLY WONKA Iced Mocha anytime through August 12. This fabulous drink is made with scrumdidilyumptious Ghirardelli chocolate, caramel ribbon, fresh ground espresso, whipped cream & rainbow sprinkles and served iced or frozen. This offer is good one time per person. The Capitol Coffee & Ice Cream Parlor’s hours are Tue-Thurs 1-8PM, Fri & Sat 1-10PM. Here’s more info and a clue to the trivia answer.

Thanks, Benita!

Add comment August 3, 2017

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