Under the Stars
Misericordia University’s Under the Stars (UTS) Summer Arts Festival has introduced diverse, high-quality cultural arts programming to a broad and loyal constituency. We have enjoyed a long run as some of the finest musical and theatrical talent to grace the airwaves and the stage has made its way to our campus and your community. It has been a rare privilege to host them and you “under the stars.”
Ticket revenues, performance sponsorships and other income streams, unfortunately, have not sufficiently kept pace with the costs of presenting quality Under the Stars programming. Over time, escalating operating expenses and the ongoing challenge to keep UTS ticket prices affordable have placed too much strain on an already closely-managed event budget. We also face competition from other regional venues for the same acts we normally attract.
Therefore, after a very thorough review of our options, we are retiring our Under the Stars Summer Arts Festival. We appreciate the love and support you and so many others have shown and trust you will understand the decision to move on from UTS and channel our resources to a community/student cultural events model that is better synchronized with the academic year.
As is commonly said in the entertainment industry, the show must go on. Rest assured, we are still committed to providing culturally enriched, compelling entertainment. We are currently refining our year-long programming calendar and are making every effort to bring a variety of high caliber acts to campus in the same spirit of hospitality and affordability that you have grown accustomed.
As we say goodbye to UTS and explore new opportunities, we ask for your continued support as a much-valued member of the Misericordia community and as an enthusiast of the arts. Please stay in touch, and check back with us soon for our 2018/2019 cultural programming calendar.
Jeffrey M. Kelly
Manager of Cultural and Special Events/Theater Director