Nelson Youth Theatre have been left out of pocket from sales to their July shows. Photo: Supplied.

Nelson Youth Theatre left $15k out of pocket


A Nelson theatre company is in a “deep hole” after losing over $15k worth of ticket profits, due to their ticketing agent collapsing.

The Nelson Youth Theatre Company is just one organisation that has been left out of pocket after Ticket Rocket, formally known as TicketDirect, folded recently.

Approximately 666 tickets to their shows Mamma Mia and Shrek Jr at the Theatre Royal had been sold through Ticket Rocket, and director, Richard Carruthers says it is “very unlikely” they will ever see the money for those tickets again.

“With all the companies seeking refunds, our little $15k is probably way at the bottom of the chain.” Richard says they will “absolutely” be honouring every ticket sold through Ticket Rocket to their patrons for the two shows, which are both on these school holidays.

“People who purchased their tickets before the start of last week can rest assured, they still have that seat booked and paid for.

“The theatre is now using Eventfinda as their ticketing agent, so all future bookings are secure, too.”

Richard says what they really need now is for the community to help them get past the loss and come along to their shows.

As well as Mamma Mia and Shrek Jr, they will also be performing Moana Jr and All Shook Up later in the year.

“The only way we can get the money back is through bigger ticket sales. Get your friends together, come to a show and spread the word.”

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