A Closer Look at the Ames Center

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Have you attended a show or event at the modern, beautiful Ames Center yet? If not, you are missing out on what has quickly become a well-known venue for a myriad of performances and special events. Check out our photographic sneak peek at everything Ames Center – inside and out.

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John and Betty Adamich Box Office

Box Office

Open Monday-Friday from 9am – 5pm, the Ames box office is staffed with highly trained personnel that can help you with your ticket purchase or pick-up. Avid performance-goers themselves; they can also steer you in the right direction when you are attempting to select future performances to attend.

AC North Entrance

The north entrance hallway is also a good spot to learn about what’s coming soon on the ever-changing Ames performance schedule.

Black Box Theatre

Black Box Theater - Credit Chameleon Theatre Circle

Some performances are just better up close and personal. The intimate 150-seat Black Box Theatre is the perfect way to experience smaller performances. It is also home base for quality local theatre through Burnsville’s own community theatre organization, the Chameleon Theatre Circle. This fall marks their 18th season and what better way to kick it off than with the outrageous Rocky Horror Show, playing weekends through October 18th, 2015. Photo credit: Chameleon Theatre Circle

Dressing Rooms

Ames Center Dressing Room

The oversized dressing rooms at Ames are a whirlwind of activity on show days. Wigs, make-up and costumes are in constant motion as performers ready themselves to hit the stage! Here, stars of the Chameleon Theatre Circle’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” get ready for their performance.

Main Proscenium Theatre

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The Main Stage at Ames can best be described as impressive.  Its rich red, orange and green seats are inviting and the gold detailing near the stage draws all eyes. With 1,014 seats, it is the largest of the theatres. Outfitted with state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems; it provides superb acoustics and sightlines for all patrons. The Ames Center hosts cultural events, dramas, comedies, dance and musical acts from local arts organizations as well as national touring artists; from rock to ballet – there’s something for everyone! Their first event of the season kicks of TONIGHT, September 4th, and features Moody Blues frontman, Justin Hayward.

Scene/Prop Shop

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The scene and prop shop is where the magic begins! It is here that all scenery is constructed and stored for theatrical plays, music shows and other performances. If you get the chance to check it out, be sure to watch your step, it gets crazy busy around here on show nights!

Main Theatre Backstage

Main Theatre Backstage

Main Theatre Backstage

Theatre Tech Booths

Main Theater Tech Booth

There is a reason that they give Oscars™ for lighting and sound. No performance would be the same without the drama that both bring. The tech booths at the Ames Center are positioned perfectly behind the audience to afford optimum sound to all patrons.

Ames Center Bar/Concessions

Ames Center Concessions

Plan to arrive early for your show and enjoy the variety of refreshments available at The Ames Center Bar/Concessions. They open an hour before show time and remain open until the second half of a show begins. Their enticing offerings include wine, liquor, beer, Pepsi products and a variety of chips and candy favorites. Watch for new popcorn and dessert menu options coming soon!

Rehearsal Room

Rehearsal Room

A performer’s dream! The rehearsal room is an 1,800-square-foot space, complete with mirrors and ballet barres on the walls, and a sprung maple floor. In addition to a warm-up and rehearsal space, the rehearsal room is also the perfect spot for small events and classes.

Green Room

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The green room is a common area backstage where the actors, performers, musicians and crew can relax before and during the show. The origin of the term is often attributed to such rooms historically being painted green. The modern “green room” is usually not green at all. The green room at the Ames Center is a multi-use room, often used for meeting and event space as well.

Ames Center Art Gallery

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What? An art gallery in a performance center? Yes! The Ames Center boasts a lovely 2,000 square foot gallery that is free to the public. The mission of this gallery is to celebrate the visual arts by displaying a diverse collection of artwork from local emerging and professional artists. The exhibit currently on display is Field to Studio — Outdoor Painters’ Field Studies and the Paintings They Inspired, a unique display of original paintings created by forty-one Minnesota artists on display through September 19th.

Second Floor Atrium

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Talk about impressive! The second floor atrium reception atrium is a stunning space perfect for gatherings up to 280 seated patrons for banquets, receptions as well as trade show display space. The floor to ceiling windows offer outstanding views of Nicollet Commons Park, the Minnesota River Valley and the Minneapolis making it the perfect spot to hang out during a performance intermission!

VIP Suite

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Looking to impress a big client? Look no further. The VIP Suite located on the north end of the second floor atrium next to the open air balcony offers a private, impressive VIP setting for board meetings or an intimate formal dinner. In this VIP PRIVATE RESERVE, conversations are easy and the views to the Minneapolis cityscape are on the horizon.

 

Meet the Staff

See the faces behind the events, performances and shows that take place at the Ames Center!

Brian Luther, Executive Director

Brian-Luther-sized-4cBrian oversees the day-to-day operations for the Ames Center. Having been with the Ames Center for five years, Brian strives to make sure your entire experience at the Ames Center, from purchasing tickets to exiting the building after a show, is a great one.

 

 

Kelsey Covart, Events Coordinator

Kelsey Metzger-2Kelsey is the Ames Center event coordinator extraordinaire! As the coordinator behind many of the amazing meetings, weddings and other events that take place here at the Ames Center, your event will be sure to take center stage with Kelsey overseeing it!

 

 

Ted Jacobson, Technical Director

TedTed ensures that all performances at the Ames Center, from set-up to tear-down, go smoothly to give each attendee an unforgettable experience!

 

 

Lindsay Gjerde, Director of Sales and Marketing

Lindsay GAs Director of Sales & Marketing, Lindsay oversees all box office operations, handles all graphic design needs for the building, and markets all ticketed events at the Ames Center as well as sell advertising opportunities within the building.

 

 

Brad Johnson, Box Office Supervisor

B JohnsonThis fall marks Brad’s 4th year working at the Ames Center in the Ticket Office. He oversees and handles many of the tickets sales, questions, customer related issues, will call pickup, setup of the events, and personal auditorium placement. He also handles various needs throughout the building on a daily basis. You’ll see Brad’s smiling face the next time you pick up your tickets at the Box Office!

 

For more information on the Ames Center or for information on upcoming shows, visit www.ames-center.com! See you at the show!

 

About Ames Center

The Ames Center is a world class arts and entertainment facility boasting a 1,014 seat Main Stage, an intimate 150-seat Black Box theatre, art gallery, classrooms, meeting rooms and special event spaces. Log on ames-center.com for information on upcoming events and to join our mailing list.  The Ames Center is managed by VenuWorks.

About VenuWorks

VenuWorks provides customized management and consulting solutions for arenas, stadiums, theatres and convention centers throughout the country with services that includes operations, catering, concessions, along with the booking and marketing of sports and entertainment events.