Tabs In Events / Plays and Dates

This section describes the various information tabs in the Events and Dates window. Tabs that are critical for event setup are described under Creating An Event / Play.

Events/Play Tab

Parts of the Play Tab

Play Information

Play # Unique play number generated by Theatre Manager.
Access Groups Specify which groups of people can access the data
Play Code A quick reference for a play. It is recommended that play codes start with the fiscal year of the performance, followed by the play number. This allows for quickly generating reports on plays by year.

If there is more than one venue or different types of series, for example a main-stage and a second stage series, a character code can be included after the year. See below:

  • 13-01 - the first play of the 2013 season
  • 13-05 - the fifth play of the 2013 season
  • 13-C01 - the first play in the "C" theatre (assuming multiple theatres)
  • 13-J01 - the first play in the "Jazz" series
Play Colour You can override the normal play colour displayed on the calendar by selecting a different colour from the colour palette.
Play Title Official title of the play as it will appear on the ticket or internet.

If the play title is perfect for the internet, yet too long to print on a ticket face, you can adjust your ticket face to split it at word boundaries using the tStringFields.$splitString( P_PLAY_TITLE, width, segment) ticket face calculation.

Season Year the play takes place. This is based on the financial year.
Pricing Map Displays the Venue and Number of the Pricing Map that the play will be performed in. Plays which are to be sold with reserved seats must take place in venues that have had seats created. Plays sold as general admission, Festival Sales or Traveling Troupe, may be sold to plays with or without seats created. Click to learn how to change a map for an event.
Theatre map search button. To open a list of possible theatre maps to choose from click the button. From the list double click on a map to select it. There are rules for switching venues or pricing maps. The new venue or pricing map must:
  • Be active.
  • Have the same valid price codes in the new venue and pricing map.
  • Have the same seating capacity and seats must be named (reserved seating only).
  • When changing the reserved seating map for an event, you can select some other venues (and their pricing map).
  • When changing the reserved seating map for one performance, you can only select other pricing maps within the venue.
  • When changing the map for a general admission performance, you set the alternate venue as before.
  • If using the Outlet Edition, the map MUST be owned by the same outlet. People from outside your outlet cannot change pricesmaps or price codes for you.

Additional Information

Corporate Sponsor Name of the sponsor for the production. Additional sponsors could be entered in the notes field. This information can be printed on tickets.
Special Note Additional information such as warnings or special messages that may be required for an play. This information can be printed on tickets.
Director Director of the play. This information can be printed on tickets.
Playwright Playwright of the play. This information can be printed on tickets.

Show Status Information

Active Status of the play for reporting purposes.
Closed Status of the play for ticket sales and postings. If a show is closed, it means that no further ticket sales, exchanges, or refunds are allowed. We suggest closing a show shortly after the event is reconciled and any royalties are paid. It means if people miss an event, they can no longer have their tickets exchanged for other events or for a donation - so close it when you figure you no longer want this to happen.

There is a feature during year end rollover that asks you to if you want to close all the prior fiscal year events - we suggest using that feature if you have not closed shows throughout the season.

Date Closed This field displays the date the play was set to prevent sales and financial changes.
By This field displays the initials of the employee who closed the play.

Web Sales Controls

Maximum Tickets Sets the maximum number of tickets to be sold in an cart for this play via web sales. If the Box Office will allow a patron to have more than the allotted number of tickets, the tickets will need to be sold by a Box Office staff member and not via the internet. Numbers entered here override those entered as global defaults in the System Preferences Web tab.
Regardless of settings on event or performance, at no time can there be more tickets in a single cart than the value in Company Preferences. This is the absolute limit.
Web Sales Stop Time Number of minutes before/after the performance start time in which to remove a performance from the Internet. Time set here overrides the defaults set in the system preferences web tab. Click here for more information.
The stop time affects emailing of PDF tickets. You cannot email tickets from the box office if the performance is no longer onsale online. This would be after the start time plus/minus any 'web sales stop time'.
Web Sales Stop Type Indicates whether the stop time is before or after the performance begins. Typically, you want the performances to cease being sold online before the actual performance time. However, there are a couple of instances where you might to stop sales after the performance starts, such as:
  • All Day Events - where you want online sales to be available after the gates open
  • Courses - where you may want to allow late registration, say up until the the second class
  • On Demand Streaming - where a video streamed through the ticketing site can be purchased after the original start date/time
Live Content Availability The default time, in minutes, after the start of a performance in which a live streaming video will be available. If nothing specified, it uses the default from the system preferences web tab.
Web Seat Map Display This option allows you to specify how you would like the map to display for web sales. Options in the Drop Down selection are:
  • Use Default from Company Preferences
  • Selected seats only (sold seats are blank)
  • Selected and sold (mask seat codes)
  • Selected and sold (actual seat codes)
  • Use 'tmGfs/Map[x].jpg' for generic map
  • Do not didplay any map

Ticket Printing Information

Print selected ticket face Choose to print ticket for this play (is the default setting) Ticket Face The ticket face selected for the play. The ticket face number can be typed manually or selected. Click to open a list of possible ticket faces to choose from. Double click on a ticket face to select it. By leaving this field blank a built in default ticket face design will be used for printing tickets. Mark ticket as printed (but don't print) Will not print a ticket for the play all though when tickets are sold they will appear printed. Only Print Sales Promotion ticket face Prints a ticket based upon the promotion selected. For more information regarding printing tickets by promotion refer to Promotion Detail. Click to print a test ticket for this play. E-Ticket Delivery Options These indicate how all performances of the play are to deliver electronically. You can change these for each individual peroformance. Click for more information on Print at Home Options are:
  • Tickets cannot be printed at home
  • Tickets must be printed at home
  • Tickets can be printed at home (patron choice)

Accounting Tab

The Accounting Tab displays the accounting information for an event. It shows the general ledger accounts set for the event and the applicable taxes applied. As well, when the revenue will be received into the general ledger can be determined.

Taxes to Apply to Tickets

Select the tax rate to apply to the BASE PRICE OF THE TICKET ONLY. This will apply up to three taxes to the event. If there are taxes on the various fees in the promotion, then they are set in the sales promotion Calculation Tab.

Deferred Revenue

In general, deferred revenue results when payment for goods and services (tickets to an event) is received in advance of the goods (the event). Deferred Revenue is a Liability until the event has passed. Theatre Manager then transfers the revenue from the liability account to the earned revenue accounts. Checking the box beside Use Deferred Revenue will define this event as a deferred revenue event. You will be required to insert the necessary set of General Ledger Liability Accounts for recording the deferred revenue. Refer to the section, General Ledger Setting Up the Chart of Accounts for more information on determining a Chart of Accounts.

If the event is set for deferred revenue accounting and the company preferences is set to roll over all events at year end; Theatre Manager will change the deferred revenue setting to earned revenue for all events that were rolled over.

The reason is so that any new performances or extended runs for rolled over events will take on the earned revenue setting.

Posting Accounts

There are six different types of accounts used in combination with Events. They are:

  • a Sales Account
  • an Exchange Account
  • a Refund Account
  • a Discount Account
  • a Markup Account
  • three levels of Ticket Fee Accounts.
  • As well, there are five different ticket categories for each type of ticket. They are:

  • Regular
  • Season
  • Other-Type 1
  • Other-Type 2
  • Other-Type 3.

Depending on how your accounting system is designed, you may want to set up all account types with the same general ledger account. For example, the same general ledger account can be entered for all revenue accounts -- the general ledger will record all revenue for the event into one account. Separate general ledger accounts can be entered for all revenue accounts -- the general ledger will record each type of revenue for the event in a separate account. Refer to the section, General Ledger Setting Up the Chart of Accounts for more information on determining whether to use a detailed versus a simplified general ledger number setup.

Sales Account Designates the general ledger account number used to record revenue received through new ticket sales for the event.
Exchange Account Designates the general ledger account number used to record revenue gain or revenue loss through ticket exchanges for the event.
Refund Account Designates the general ledger account number used to record revenue loss through ticket refunds for the event.
Discount Account Designates the general ledger account number used to record the net value of ticket discounts through ticket sales, ticket exchanges, and ticket refunds for the event.
Markup Account Designates the general ledger account number used to record the net value of ticket markups through to ticket sales, ticket exchanges, and ticket refunds for the event.
Ticket Fee Accounts Designates the general ledger account number used to record the net value of per ticket service charges applied to ticket sales, ticket exchanges, and ticket refunds for the event.

Ticket Types

Theatre Manager can also breakdown your ticket sales for an event into five separate sections.

This allows you to keep track of how your tickets are being sold. The "Other Type" Tabs can be renamed in Default Data: Appearance. Under each of these tabs are independent deferred revenue and earned revenue accounts for each type. Thus allowing you to designate separate accounts for each revenue for all types.

Performance Tab

The Performance Tab is used to create and manage some aspects of the performances that make up an event. Performance information cannot be added (and the tab will not be made available) until the: have both been entered and saved. If a play has already been set up you can access the Performance Tab at any time.

NOTE: the upper part of the window is only active if some performances are selected in the list. When performances are selected, clicking the buttons in the upper half of the window will change the settings in each selected performance.

For example:

  • Select 3 performances
  • Select (or de-select) allow to sell internet or another option
  • Those 3 performances will (or will not) be able to be sold online. The change is immediate.

My Outlet - Sale Settings

Selling at the Box Office Checking this box allows you to sell the performance at the Box Office.
Selling via the Internet Checking this box allows you to sell the performance on the Internet.
Patrons Can view if not for sale If checked, then the event can be set to show online as coming up, even if not yet for sale. It allows pre-announcing events without enabling for sale.

Subscriptions

Season Control House Checking this box allows the performance to be used in a Control House for subscribers.

Festival Seating Sales

Prevent Overselling Checking this box prevents the performance from being oversold.

Other Outlet - Sale Settings

Selling at ALL Other Outlets Checking this box allows you to sell the performance at other outlets. If you allow a performance to be sold at another outlet, you can now specify which outlets have the capability so that each performance can be sold by different people.

Access

Sell Allows you to control what user access groups have the ability to sell this performance at the box office.
Report Allows you to control what user access groups have the ability to run reports containing this performance.

Performance Email Reminder

Send Reminder You can indicate if you want an email reminder sent to patrons who purchase to a performance. This email can be customized to each event or performance by duplicating and editing a web page, or you can use a default one.
Reminder in Advance Time If you do want an email reminder sent for any performance, then you can indicate how far in advance of the performance it should be sent. This value is typed in weeks, days, hours, and minutes format. Example values are:
  • 6h - for 6 hours
  • 1d - for one day
  • 1w - for one week
  • 4w - for one month
  • 1h30m - for 1 hour 30 minutes
You can type the amount in all in minutes, or using the the format above, or use the clock icon to pick a date so that the system will calculate the actual number of minutes in advance for the reminder time.

Any ticket to the event bought closer to the performance than the email reminder time will receive an immediate reminder.

Single Seat Rules for Reserved Seating Maps

Single Seats not allowed Means that a patron selecting tickets online will not be able to make a seat selection anywhere in the map that would leave a single ticket. This option is designed to maximize revenue and is the recommended/default option.
Single seat checking disabled/relaxed Means that a patron can pick any seat they want and leave single seats on the map. This maximizes patron choice, so the patron could:
  • pick the middle seat out of three, or
  • a single in where there are two seats left.
  • The patron cannot, however, leave a single ticket between two others in their seat selection. (i.e. they can't pick every other seat).
The example to the right shows an example of what would be accepted using this rule.

 

List of Performances and Corresponding Settings

The lower half of the window shows each performance and the settings that are enabled for it.

Performance Information in the list

Status The list of icons indicating the primary status of each Performance (refer to the legend at the bottom of the list)
Perf # Unique performance number generated by Theatre Manager.
Sales Method Type of seating used for the performance, typically either Festival or Reserved.
Date Date of the performance.
Time Time of the performance.
Event/Play A quick reference for the Event/Play Code.
# Sold Number of seats sold for this performance.
# Available Number of seats currently available for purchase for this performance.
# Report Number of seats currently used for reporting.
Perf Type This is a versitile, customizable code table field you can use to flag specific performances. You can use it for display on the web and it can also be used like the Genre flag for TicketTrove. It can also be used for reports to narrow down searching for specific performances. Click here for more information on Pef Type.
Box Office? Whether the performance is available for sale at the Box Office.
Web? Whether the performance is available for sale on the Internet.
Outlet? Whether the performance is available for sale at an outlet.
Subscription? Whether the performance is available for sale via a subscription.
Oversell? Whether overselling is allowed for this performance.
Play # The Play number that this performance is part of.

Additional Buttons

There are additional columns of information that can be displayed in this window. Right click on the column header to check/uncheck desired columns.
Creates a new performance and opens the Performance Setup Window. Click here for more information.
Opens one or more Performance Setup Window(s) for the selected performances.
Deletes the selected performance. Click here for more information.
Shows all transactions for the selected performance.
Verifies all seats for the selected performance. It is best to do this when no other users are logged in.
Convert Earned to Deferred There is a feature on the context menu that allows you to convert earned revenue back to deferred if the performance has been rolled over already. You can select one or more performances and roll them all back.

The feature is described in more detail on the performance detail window at the bottom

Performance Detail Window

The performance detail window opens when you double click on an existing performance. Through this window you are able to edit performance data. Depending on which sales method is being used you may not have access to some data fields. For example if you are using the festival method you will be allowed to modify the quantity of seats you can sell whereas with reserved seating since every patron requires a seat you cannot access this field.

The tabs available within the Performance Detail window include:

Performance Setup Tab

General Performance Information

Performance # This is the performance number assigned by Theatre Manager.
Performance Date The date of the performance.
Time The time of the performance.
Performance or Series Code The unique code which defines the performance. They must be unique within the event. It is really helpful if the performance code has the same pattern across events used in managing subscriptions.

Sales Method and Pricing Map

Sales Method the method of selling seats used for the performance. This is typically either Festival or Reserved seating. Click here for more information on the selections available.

Note: you can change one sales method to another if there are no tickets sold for the performance.

You can change any sales method to another if there are no tickets sold for the performance.
If there are tickets sold to a reserved seating event, you can change it to General Admission using the popup. This will simply change all tickets to General Admission and any seat locations associated to the ticket will be deleted.
Default Price Code The price code that is most common should be set as default to save time at selling time. Click here for more information on price codes.
Pricing Map The Pricing map associated with the Event / Play.
Alternate Pricing Map This is used if after the first run of the play you need to switch to a new venue after sales have begin. This may occur if you require an extra venue to run the play or if you switch the venue to a smaller establishment to better use your seats.

Not valid for Reserved Seating.

Template Setup

Template Performance Indicate if the performance is to be considered a template. If it is a template, you can use this performance: Template performances cannot have any tickets sold to them and will not appear in any event lists at the box office or online.
Template Description If the performance is to be a template, then a description needs to be provided when to identify what you are attempting to duplicate.

Access

Access Allows you to control what security levels have the ability to
  • sell this performance -and-
  • run reports containing sales statistics for this performance
Click here for more information on using Security Groups.

Email Reminder

Send Reminder You can indicate if you want an email reminder sent to patrons who purchase to a performance. This email can be customized to each event or performance by duplicating and editing a web page, or you can use a default one.
By default, send email reminders is DISABLED. They must be manually enabled.
Reminder in Advance Time If you do want an email reminder sent for any performance, then you can indicate how far in advance of the performance it should be sent. This value is typed in weeks, days, hours, and minutes format. Example values are:
  • 6h - for 6 hours
  • 1d - for one day
  • 1w - for one week
  • 4w - for one month
  • 1h30m - for 1 hour 30 minutes
You can type the amount in all in minutes, or using the the format above, or use the clock icon to pick a date so that the system will calculate the actual number of minutes in advance for the reminder time.

Any ticket to the event bought closer to the performance than the email reminder time will receive an immediate reminder.

Miscellaneous

Perf Type This is a versitile, customizable code table field you can use to flag specific performances. You can use it for display on the web and it can also be used like the Genre flag for TicketTrove. It can also be used for reports to narrow down searching for specific performances. Refer to Performance Type code table for more information.
Notification For selecting a workflow notification to be sent when a sale occurs for this performance. This it not normally selected, but may be useful for a special event or course.

Accounting Tab

Tax and Budget

Tax Code A unique tax code applicable to this performance only. Click here for more information on the Tax Tables.
Sales Target The budgeted amount this performance is planned to bring in. This is a 'static' field and is not used in reporting.
Include in Annual Patron Statistics Enable the check box to include the performance in the patron statistics tab summary that is calculated for each patron and shown on the patron window.

if you change this setting and:

  • Set it then Theatre Manager will take all prior sales to this event and add it to the patron statistics. From that point on, each sale will cause the patron statistics to be incremented.
  • Clear it then Theatre Manager will remove this event from all patron totals.
This means you can change your mind with this feature after tickets are sold and data it automatically corrected.

Statistics

Quantity To Sell The number of tickets available for sale.
Quantity To Report The number to be used when the venue is considered 100% sold out. It is normally always the same as the Quantity to Sell.

When might it be different?

The feature is intended to be used if you have a scaled house for actor equity purposes and equity lets you sell your venue at a lower size. You would be holding these 'standing room' tickets -- which equity has allowed you to have for overflow crowds only. If you need the extra seats, you then pay actor equity rates for the expanded venue site to use all seats for that performance.

Online Availability is affected by this number

Online Availability is based on quantity to report. The 'Buy' button in online sales counts all holds in the equation.

The performance is 100% sold out online when SOLDS PLUS HOLDS >= QUANTITY TO REPORT

You can indicate if the social distance holds are part of the hold count for the quantity to report for each performance by:
  • Using the default from the pricing map for this performance (recommended default)
  • Including 'q' holds in the count to reach 100% capacity online for this performance (overrides the pricing map default)
  • Excluding 'q' holds' from the count for this performance (overrides the pricing map default)
eg.
  • If:
    • there are 600 seats in house
    • quantity to report is 200. (meaning you are 100% sold out at 200 tickets)
  • Then:
    • If you hold or sell any combination of 200 tickets, you are considered sold out ONLINE even though there would be 400 available seats in the house.
    • If you decide to increase the reporting amount, then you will only have that many more tickets to sell.
    • Box office is not limited by this number - they can sell as many as you want
Where else can this be used as an effective sales strategy?

If you have a general admission venue where you should only have 300 seats, then you can set the available capacity at 350 and the reporting capacity at 300. This will limit online sales to 300.

However, at the box office, you can 'oversell' the event - like airlines - based on your own calculated no-show factor.

Include Web 'q' Holds? Indicates how the social distance holds are to be included in the quantity to report online (refer to quantity to report above). You can:
  • Use the default quantity to report setting from the pricing map to include or exclude the holds
  • Specifically set this performance to include the social distance holds in determining when you are 100% sold out online -or-
  • Exclude the social distance holds from the calculation if you are trying to achieve sold out at a maximum number of actual ticket sales.
Total Sold A running count of the total sales for this performance.
Held Seat Count This is the number of seats currently being held. For Festival seating you can input a new number to raise or lower the number of holds. For Reserved seating you will need to change the holds on the Venue Map.
Internet Held Seats Additional seats that are being withheld from sale on the Internet.
Social Distance Holds The is the current count of the seats held with the social distance hold letter. This special hold code is specified in System Preferences as the associated seat hold code.

Posting Status

Accounting Posting - Deferred Revenue G/L If the performance has occured, then the posting account for the sales will be listed here. A sales posting of
  • SP-0000000 means that the performance never used deferred revenue accounting
  • SP-XXXXXXX means that the performance was using deferred revenue accounting and the sales posting 'XXXXXXX' is the one that contains the data fro the transfer of deferred to earned revenue
  • blank means that the performance is in the future and has not yet had the deferred revenue posted
Convert Earned Revenue Back to Deferred You will only see the Convert Earned Revenue Back to Deferred button if you are:
  • logged in as a Master User or Outlet Administrator-and-
  • the event has been rolled over from deferred revenue to earned revenue -and-
  • the date of the event is in the future
VERY IMPORTANT: before CONVERTING EARNED REVENUE BACK TO DEFERRED

The purpose of the feature is to create a reversing entry for all posted ticket transactions and move the revenue from earned back into deferred. Altering the account setup before doing this has tremendous implications and you may still need to make a manual GL entry to address any incorrect GL codes.

If you choose to do this, read about the effects in Converting Earned To Deferred Revenue for more information.

Converting Earned to Deferred Revenue

Converting earned ticket revenue to deferred can be used to reverse or undo a rollover of deferred to earned revenue for a performance that you did not want to happen (such as performance date got cancelled and moved to the future but the performance date was not changed before end of day was run).

This can be done from two places

  • From the performance detail window as shown below. Use this if you want to do just one performance
  • From the performance setup list on the play tab using the context menu. Use this if you want to roll back a number of performances for an event.

You will see the Convert Earned Revenue Back To Deferred button under the following conditions:

  • You are logged in as a Master User or Outlet Administrator
  • The performance has a GL number that indicates it is rolled over to earned revenue (or was always using earned revenue). This is indicated by the Sales Posting Number which can look like:
    • SP-xxxxxxx. This indicates the performance has has been rolled from deferred revenues and posted to the G/L in sales posting SP-xxxxxxx
    • SP-0000000. This indicates that the performance was never posted to deferred revenue and was marked as only using earned revenue when the first End-Of-Day was run after the performance was created.
  • The Performance date and time must be in the future. You cannot roll back the earned revenue to deferred if the performance is in the past

Before attempting to do this process for the first time, you may wish to get advice from support and see one in action.
Do not run the create sales entry process during end of day while doing this.
You can continue selling tickets at the box office or online for the performances you are intending to rollback.

 

To create GL entry that will Rollback Earned to Deferred

Be very careful with editing or setting up the accounts. If you do not adhere to the steps, money will get rolled back, but maybe not to the place you expect.

  1. OPTIONAL STEP

    Note: only adjust the accounts if they were never right in the first place. If the accounts are right and the event was rolled over by mistake, skip to step 2.

    On the Accounting Tab, you may need to make the following changes:

    • Deferred Revenue Allocation: Change this option from 'Revenue earned at time of sale' to Defer until .. after performance. If the option is already marked deferred, no change is required.
    • Only change the following settings if you are rolling back ALL FUTURE PERFORMANCES. Otherwise to not change the following:
      • Also defer Taxes: changing this setting makes it possible to put taxes into a deferred account.
      • Accounting Style: changing this setting allows you to split out regular, season and other ticket types into separate deferred accounts.
      • Accounting tabs: you can change the accounts that you want to roll back the deferred income to. You will need to set up the accounts first if they do not exist.
  2. If you didn't change any of the above on the accounting window, and the sole reason that you are rolling back revenue is because you had to post pone the event and simply moved the date forward, then you can click the Convert Earned Revenue back to Deferred without much worry.

    if you have made accounting setup changes, take a Screenshot of your G/L tab before clicking the button so you can compare the values before and after

  3. Close the performance detail window.
  4. On the Event window, click the Refresh button on the tool bar and then go to the G/L entry tab. Review that the account totals are where you expect them to be.

    If they are not, please contact support for assistance.

Sales Management

Settings for Outlet that Owns Tickets

Allow Selling Tickets - At the Box Office Allows the selling of tickets at the Box Office. In the input field on the right, you can set the date and time that tickets are to be released for sale.
Allow Selling Tickets - Via the Internet Allows the selling of tickets via the Internet. In the input field on the right, you can set the date and time that tickets are to be released for sale.
Patron can view Performance on Internet If you want the world to know when performance dates are (including your web site and Ticket Trove), but you do not yet want to allow them to be sold online (and there is no definitive onsale date), you can mark the performance so that 'patrons can view performance online'. When this occurs, the event will show up online in the right place , but the buy button will be disabled and the user will be informed to call the box office.
Allow Tickets - As Pay-What-You-Can in Before-Event-Sales When using the Before-Event-Sales function, this allows tickets to be sold as Pay-What-You-Can.
Status You can postpone or cancel a performance. If you do so:
  • any event using deferred revenues will remain in that state even if the date of performance is past. It means you don't have to change the original performance date if you do not want to. If you re-enable the performance, all revenue deferral rules resume as before - make sure to change the performance date at that time if it has been moved to the future
  • If you indicate Patron can view Performance on Internet for the performance, then a message will appear online in the event list indicating the cancelled state or postponed state and what the patron should do about it
If you mark a show as postponed or cancelled and you have not enabled the view on internet, then Theatre Manager will adjust the length of the run to be only the performances that are on schedule or are marked visible on the internet. This means that the first performance and last performance dates may be adjusted.

If all shows are cancelled, there will be no first and last performance.

Permissions for Other Outlets

Allow Tickets - At Other Outlets Allows the selling of tickets at Other Outlets. In the input field on the right, you can set the date and time that tickets are to be released for sale.

You can also specify which outlet will sell for the performance from the list on the right. Click here for more information on enabling for outlet sales.

Festival Seating Sales Control

Sales Controls - Prevent Overselling This field can only be accessed if you are selling using the Festival or Inventory methods.

Subscriptions

Season Control Performance If this is a Control house performance, the check box will be enabled. It also lists the Assigned Seats, the Subscription Seats which have been assigned, the number of Seats Renewed and the Subscriptions Renewed.

Web Settings

Availability and Notes

Performance Flag A special flag used to denote Performance. This is typically used for a plug-in for Web Sales.
Default Purchase Quantity The number of tickets the online sale will suggest as a purchase quantity. The user can choose any number, however you may set the default here.
Maximum Tickets The number of tickets that a patron can buy from the Internet for this performance.

If specified here, the maximum is applied across all carts. i,e,. the patron cannot buy more than XX tickets to this performance, period, whether in one cart or many carts.

If not provided, the default is from the event or system preferences, which ever is provided.

Regardless of settings on event or performance, at no time can there be more tickets in a cart than the value in this field in Company Preferences. That is the absolute limit.
Web Sales Stop Time Number of minutes before/after the performance start time in which to remove the performance from the Internet. If nothing specified, it uses the default from the event or system preferences, which ever is provided.
The stop time affects emailing of PDF tickets. You cannot email tickets from the box office if the performance is no longer onsale online. This would be after the start time plus/minus any 'web sales stop time'.
Web Sales Stop Type Indicates whether the stop time is before or after the performance begins. Typically, you want the performances to cease being sold online before the actual performance time. However, there are a couple of instances where you might need to stop sales after the performance begins, such as:
  • All Day Events - where you want online sales to be available after the gates open
  • Courses - where you may want to allow late registration, say up until the the second class
  • On Demand Streaming - where a video streamed through the ticketing site can be purchased after the original start date/time
Live Content Availability The default time, in minutes, after the start of a performance in which a live streaming video will be available. If nothing specified, it uses the default from the event or system preferences, which ever is provided.
Performance Notes Additional performance notes to be placed on the Internet for patrons to read. These appear beside the specific performance in the event listing on the web.

Web Ticket Search, Selection and Display

Web Seat Search Options You can check/uncheck to enable/disable
  • the Best Seat Search popup to search by sections or areas in the venue
  • Search by Price code to allow search by prices starting at a value. If you enable search by price code, then you can also elect to show (or hide) the base price on the popup.
    • This is generally displayed as 'starting at $x.xx)'.
    • Note that base price excludes any calculation of price with taxes, discounts, effect of plug in, or changes based on whether the user is logged on or not.
Pick your Seat search options pick-your-own seat search for this performance if it is reserved seating. Pick you own can be enabled for an entire pricing map and, by default, for the performance. If you do not want pick your own for this performance, then turn it off.
  • Single Seats not allowed - means that a patron selecting tickets online will not be able to make a seat selection anywhere in the map that would leave a single ticket. This option is designed to maximize revenue and is the recommended/default option.
  • Single seat checking disabled/relaxed - means that a patron can pick any seat they want and leave single seats on the map. This maximizes patron choice, so the patron could:
    • pick the middle seat out of three, or
    • a single in where there are two seats left.
    • The patron cannot, however, leave a single ticket between two others in their seat selection. (i.e. they can't pick every other seat).
    The example to the right shows an example of what would be accepted using this rule.
Web Seat Map Display If you are not using pick your own seating, this setting indicates how you would like the map to display for web sales. You can show only the seats available to the patron, all others are blank, or you can choose to show all the seats, those that are taken have their codes masked or not, or a generic map of the venue. These settings can be used to override the settings made on the Setup >> Company Preferences >> Web Options tab. Options are:
  • Use default in Play/Company Prefs
  • Selected seats only (sold are blank)
  • Selected and sold (mask price codes)
  • Selected and sold (actual price codes)
  • Use 'tmGifs/Map(x).jpg' for generic map
  • Do not display any map
Pick your own seats always displays sold seats as taken, typically with an icon for a person.

Payment Settings for the web

Final Date If entered, this represents the final date after which all credit cards will be accepted for this performance. Before that final date, only the credit card types in the 'accepted credit card' list will be shown on the online payment window - and only if tickets for the specific performance are in the cart.

If the patron has multiple performances in the cart, each with their own designated credit cards, then online sales will restrict the visible card types to only those that are available for all performances in the cart (i.e. it takes the most restrictive list).

If the date is blank, then you cannot restrict credit card payments - and all cards will be accepted

Accepted Credit Cards Click to select the credit card payment types that can be accepted online - if this performance is in the patrons shopping cart. A final date must be specified. After that time, all credit card types will be accepted.
Note: it doesn't matter what performances the user buys, if they just happen to pick one that is restricted to a specific card, then ALL other payment methods are eliminated and the user can only use that card to check out.
Enable Post Dated Payments Click to indicate of the patron can elect to pay for this performance using post dated payments online.
Final Payment Date If post dated payments are accepted, indicate the date by which all payments must be made. Theatre Manager will generate equal monthly payments for the user and offer them that choice online.

Holds Tab

The hold tab on each performance is used to indicate how you want any refunded tickets put back on hold, if the seat is a protected seat. This feature is called the return to holds map because it describes what happens to the seat when a patron no longer wants the ticket.

 

Returning Tickets to Hold Status

Return tickets to hold for this performance If a ticket is refunded, any seat with a default hold will return to hold status. All other seats remain available for purchase.
Use over-ride seating map for this performance Allows you to specify your own custom return-to-hold map to be used when the ticket is refunded. For example, you may want different holds on an opening night performance thank all other performances.
Use default seating map from theatre Uses the default holds on the pricing map when the ticket is refunded.

if you change the pricing maps 'default return to hold' settings, it only affects tickets being returned from that point on.

Please make sure that the design of your social distance pricing maps take into account which seats are normally held on creation of a new performance and which ones are specified on the return to hold map.

Ticket Printing Tab

Ticket printing options and e-ticket delivery for print at home are most often enabled and disabled in the Play tab of the Event window. You can over-ride the settings to allow them to be different for every performance.

For the steps on Turning on Print at Home Options at the Individual Event level, Click here.

Parts of the Ticket Printing Tab

Box Office Settings

  Selections are:
  • Print ticket face and any sales promotions
  • Mark tickets as printed (but don't print)
  • Print only the sales promotion ticket face
  • Print ticket face only
  • Use the same as the event setting, what ever that is currently set at

E-Ticket Delivery

  Selections are:
  • Tickets cannot be printed at home (patron must select mail or will-call)
  • Tickets must be printed at home (patron has no option)
  • Tickets will be printed at home (unless patron selects mail or will-call)

Course

This tab relates to the management of Courses in Theatre Manager and is more thoroughly covered in the Course Management section of the online help.

  • On the left side of the Courses Tab, Class Dates and information are displayed.
  • On the right side of the Courses Tab, Report Cards issued for a Course are displayed. For more information about Report Cards, click here.

Tasks

This shows the tasks associated with the performance

Live Content

Refer to the web page Live Web Content for an explanation of the process.
While there are a number of streaming solutions and we don't recommend a particular one over the other (each has its benefits), the one that venues seem to like most is boxcast due to its variety of streaming formats.
Live content is available for all performance sales methods. This means that live content can be accessed by patrons with mobile devices during a live in-person show.

Live Content Type

Content Type Which type of content will be live for this performance.

Options:
  • Disabled for this performance
  • Video (requires selection from support list below)
  • iFrame - which embeds the content in a TM web page.
  • Customized Content
Video Service

The video service provider that will be used for content containing videos.

Supported Video Providers:

Live Content Availability

The length of time a live stream video can be viewed online after the performance date/time is managed at three levels. These consist of:

The software default allows for viewing streamed performances up to six hours after the date/time of the performance. Editing the Live Content Availability setting in the Web & Reports tab of System Preferences alters the default for the system. This setting can be overridden in the Event tab on a per event bases as required. In turn the Event setting can be overridden at performance level in the Web Settings tab of the Performance Detail window.

Examples of where the default setting might be altered include:

  • A prerecorded video where, when purchased, a patron can continue to view the video at their leisure for days/weeks following the initial performance date/time. In other words, On Demand Streaming.
  • A recorded class or course where an attending student may go back to review the lesson.
  • A recorded meeting or event where a patron is unable to attend at the time of the meeting can go back and watch a replay.

 

System Preferences

The Live Content Availability setting is located in the Web & Reports tab of System Preferences. This setting is only accessible while logged into Theatre Manager as the Master User or System Administrator.

 

 

Event

The Live Content Availability setting is managed in the Event tab of the event setup under Web Sales Controls.

 

 

Performance

The Web Settings tab is located in the Performance Detail window. This is accessed by double clicking on a Performance anywhere in the Event setup.

 

 

BoxCast

This shows the detail elements required for setting up BoxCast for use with live streaming in Theatre Manager.

BoxCast is a for-pay video provider capable of playing pre-recorded and broadcast streaming video

 

BoxCast (Video Provider)

Content ID The unique BoxCast content ID. The content ID is inserted into the TM Web Pages.
Show Description Show a description of the video
Show Highlights Show the highlights of the video. If you allow highlights, you will be asked fort the amount of 'extra space' to place below the video - in pixels
Aspect Ratio The aspect ratio of the video that will be played. The aspect ratio is the ratio of height to width of the video. Most modern content is in the Widescreen 16x9 format. You can specify original broadcast TV 4 x 3

CineSend

This shows the detail elements required for setting up CineSend for use with live streaming in Theatre Manager.

 

CineSend (paid service)

API Key The API key for your account at CineSend
Content ID A unique ID given to your content by CineSend
Use Landing Page Use the landing page at CineSend that has additional links available
Aspect Ratio The aspect ratio of the video that will be played. The aspect ratio is the ratio of height to width of the video. Most modern content is in the Widescreen 16x9 format. You can specify original broadcast TV 4 x 3

DaCast

This shows the detail elements required for setting up DaCast for use with live streaming in Theatre Manager.

 

DaCast (Video Provider)

Video ID The unique DaCast video ID. The video ID is inserted into the DaCast API on the TM Web Pages.
Aspect Ratio The aspect ratio of the video that will be played. The aspect ratio is the ratio of height to width of the video. Most modern content is in the Widescreen 16x9 format. You can specify original broadcast TV 4 x 3

Vimeo

This shows the detail elements required for setting up Vimeo for use with live streaming in Theatre Manager.

 

Vimeo (Video Provider)

Event ID The unique Vimeo video ID. The ID is a number, like 148751763. If the Vimeo URL looks like https://vimeo.com/148751763 then the Vimeo Video ID is the numbers 148751763
Chat ID The unique Vimeo Chat ID. The ID is a number and letter combination at the end of the URL, like https://vimeo.com/148751763/1244df87rbj2.
Aspect Ratio The aspect ratio of the video that will be played. The aspect ratio is the ratio of height to width of the video. Most modern content is in the Widescreen 16x9 format.

 

Vimeo

Vimeo supports both pre-recorded and live streaming content. In order to do truly private content -- content that is not also available on Vimeo's free, public website -- a subscription to Vimeo Premium is required. The subscription permits access to the "domain level privacy" feature which restricts videos playback so that it can only occur on your Theatre Manager website -- e.g. tickets.yourvenue.org. Important to also set Hide From Vimeo option on your Vimeo account to allow playback on other websites. More details on the various levels of Vimeo privacy, and their implications, can be found on the Vimeo privacy, explained website.

If you're looking for a way to save money, then you can use lower privacy options, but beware that doing so might allow ticket buyers to share the video link with other ticket buyers, and you might miss out on ticket sales.

 

Setting up Vimeo in Theatre Manager

Live Performance Detail

  1. Determine your video's Vimeo Video ID.
  2. Determine the video's Aspect Ratio
    • Widescreen (16x9)
    • Original TV (4x3)
  3. Open Theatre Manager
  4. Locate the Event that contains the Live Performance
  5. Locate the performance on the Events & Dates window
  6. Edit the performance
  7. Click the Live tab
  8. Select Vimeo from the Video Service drop-down menu
  9. Enter the Vimeo Video ID
  10. Select the video's Aspect Ratio

YouTube

This shows the detail elements required for setting up YouTube for use with live streaming in Theatre Manager.

 

YouTube (Video Provider)

Video ID The unique YouTube video ID. The ID is a mix of case-sensitive characters and numbers, like M7lc1UVf-VE. If the YouTube URL looks like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7lc1UVf-VE then the YouTube Video ID is the part after the v=: M7lc1UVf-VE
Aspect Ratio The aspect ratio of the video that will be played. The aspect ratio is the ratio of height to width of the video. Most modern content is in the Widescreen 16x9 format.

YouTube

YouTube is a very popular video streaming service. The service itself is free, but videos are always accessible from the YouTube page. It can be a good choice for events that are free to access -- where it's not a problem that the video is accessible from youtube.com. It's not possible to restrict access to only your ticketing website with YouTube.

 

Setting up YouTube in Theatre Manager

  1. Determine your video's YouTube Video ID.
  2. Determine the video's Aspect Ratio
    • Widescreen (16x9)
    • Original TV (4x3)
  3. Open Theatre Manager
  4. Locate the Event that contains the Live Performance
  5. Locate the performance on the Events & Dates window
  6. Edit the performance
  7. Click the Live tab
  8. Select YouTube from the Video Service drop-down menu
  9. Enter the YouTube Video ID
  10. Select the video's Aspect Ratio

video.js

This shows the detail elements required for setting up Video.js for use with live streaming in Theatre Manager.

 

Video.js (open source video player)

Download Source URL's If using a pre-recorded video then these URLs allow you to specify customized formats, optimized for certain devices. Most devices support H.264 .mp4, but additional formats can be added. See the video.js video support matrix for more details.
Streaming Source URL's If using live streaming video then HLS .m3u8 is the only live streaming option. See the video.js video support matrix for more details.
Aspect Ratio The aspect ratio of the video that will be played. The aspect ratio is the ratio of height to width of the video. Most modern content is in the Widescreen 16x9 format. You can specify original broadcast TV 4 x 3

Transaction List

The following represent a list of transaction which have occurred for a selected performance. For more information on Transactions, Click here.

You view these from the going to the Performance Tab and selecting a performance. Then click the Transactions button.

Pricing - Price Codes

On the Play/Event Setup Window, price codes are displayed on the right side and are for the currently selected (highlighted) performance. Clicking on the different performances will change the prices seen.

This section is:

  • a description of the Price List,
  • Setting a Default Price Code for a performance (box office only)
  • Copying Prices from one performance to all selected. This is useful for making each weekend performance the same price as another.
  • Duplicating Prices which copies prices and promotions from another event for all the matching series codes. This is useful once you have set up the first event of a season and want to make all the other the same -and-
  • Editing Prices

Pricing Information

Pricing information for the selected performance on the left side displays the price list on the right side of the window. When you click on different performances on the lest, the price list will change to reflect that performance.

If you want to change one of the prices for the performance, the just double click on it. to see the edit window on the right. Make any changes, including activating/inactivating it and save.

If you calculate price excluding taxes and the newly calculated based price does not return the full price you want, try enter a fractional price. eg, instead of a price of $12.65, you might try adding almost half a cent to see if $12.654 works,

In the list, from left to right the price list displays:

Code Displays the single character code that is associated with this price. This character was assigned in the Price Code field in the Venue Map window.
Use? Check box field. If the box is checked then the price code is available for use by the performance that is highlighted in the performance list.
Description The description you give to easily identify the price code. For example, Adult, Child, Senior, Student. Or alternatively: Front, Mezzanine, Loge, Balcony.
Price Displays the dollar value of the price code. For example, $10.00, 15.00... etc.
City Displays the amount of city tax charged on the price code.
State/PST Displays the amount of provincial / state tax that is charged on the price code.
Federal/GST Displays the amount of Federal tax charged on the price code.
Price + Tax Displays the total price of the price code with all taxes included.
Enable Enable the selected price codes all at one time (you can use context menu as well, or edit them one at a time)
Disable Disable the selected price codes all at one time (you can use context menu as well, or edit them one at a time)

Duplicate Prices

In Theatre Manager , you can duplicate the prices from an entire event already built in Theatre Manager to the new event you are creating.

  1. Click on the Pricing Tab of the Events and Dates Window.

    Pricing information should now display on the right side of the Events and Dates window.

  2. Click the Duplicate Prices button.

    The Duplicate Price Wizard window opens.

  3. Select the event you wish to copy all prices from.
  4. Click the button.

  5. The rule here is that Theatre Manager will duplicate the pricing for each performance from an existing event. The Event you copy from MUST have the same number of performances with the same naming convention: i.e. 1-SAT, 2-FRI etc. If not the case advance to the more selective process of Copying Prices

Copying Prices

In Theatre Manager , you can copy prices to a single performance or group of performances, from any performance saved in Theatre Manager.

  1. Click on the Pricing Tab of the Events and Dates Window.

    Pricing information should now display on the right side of the Events and Dates window.

  2. Select the performances that you want to Copy Prices to.

    To do this, click on the first performance you want to copy prices to, then drag you cursor over the remaining performances from the performances list on the left side of the window. Alternately, you can click the first performance, and then hold <CTRL> (Windows) or <COMMAND> (Mac) and click each additional performance.

  3. Click the Copy Prices button.

    The Copy Price Wizard window opens.

  4. In Step 1, select the performance to use as a Pricing Template.

    To further refine your search, click the drop down list under the 1. You can then choose a different five search fields. They are:

    Select a search field, and you can further restrict the search using the "from" and "to" fields to enter criteria. For example, the (picture) below displays a successful search for performance that have Play Codes starting with 07.

  5. In Step 2, you select the performance that you want to use as a Pricing Template.

    As you select plays, their price codes are displayed on the left and the performance's price codes are displayed on the right.

  6. Choose the Price Codes you want to copy.

    Highlight the Price Codes you want. You can select all, none, or some of the price codes to be copied.

  7. In Step 3, you choose which Attributes of the Price Code to copy.

    There are four parts of the price code that you can copy across. The Description, the Price, Able To Use Flag, and Enabled/Disabled Promotions. To copy an attribute put a check in the box beside the attribute desired.

  8. Click the Copy button.

Selecting a Default Price Code

Note: Default price only applies to box office sales.

Web sales always default to selecting the highest price because patrons generally accept any price offered. They never look to pay more, but they may look to pay less if it applies. Psychologically, if a computer offers a lower price, then people assume it must be right and nobody looks.

The default price list only shows one line of price, so if you want to show more prices for customers online, you can edit rowTicketReserve.html to show more lines - allowing the patron to see and then pick a price easier.

Each performance (series) can have its own default price code setting.

  1. Click on the Pricing Tab of the Event Setup Window.

    Pricing information will display on the right side of the Event Setup Window.

  2. Select the performance to set the Default Price Code for.

    Click on the performance from the performance list. The prices for this performance display in the price list on the right side of the window.

  3. Open the Default Price Code drop down list.

    A list of usable price codes is displayed.

  4. Select the Price Code to be the Default.

    Do this by clicking on a price code from the list.

Adding New Price Codes from Venue

Theatre Manager Supports dynamic pricing where you can change the pricing zones in a venue, change the prices, and/or change the pricing map for the performance.

If new price zones are found when looking at pricing for a performance that do not have corresponding prices, you will see an alert dialog that asks what you want to do with those additional pricing zones. You can:

  • Cancel adding the new pricing zones - which means that the new prices will not be created. This is the best option as pricing is not changed.
  • Add the pricing zones to the performance as initially disabled, which means that the price codes are added as zero price, but not enabled for purchasing. This is a safe option since the price codes are added, but nobody can use them until you set prices.
  • Add the price zones as initially enabled, which means that the prices are instantly available as zero price tickets. This is the least safe option, but probably what you would pick if the event is not available for sale online. If a performance is available for sale online, the disabled setting is automatically be used for that performance.
You will only receive this message to add prices if:
  • The event is still open for sales. If it has been closed or is inactive, you will not be prompted to add prices if they are different
  • You click on each performance in the prices tab to view the prices for that performance - ie the prices codes are not automatically added on change of venue.
  • there are additional price codes in the venue that are not set up for the performance

Promotion Tab

The promotion tab assigns promotions to a performance. You can assign whatever promotion you want to any performance. A performance could have all available promotions or only specific promotions A performance must have at least one (1) promotion in order to sell tickets to the performance. In order to do this, there must be promotions created already. For detailed information about promotions Click Here.

By default, ALL promotions are available to the performance when it is created.

 

Parts of the Promotions Tab

Performance # Number of performance assigned in order of creation.
Performance Code Code assigned based on the week and day of the performance.
Performance Date The date of the performance.
Peformance Time Time of the performance
Sel Displays one of the four icons

  • Green Check - means that the promotion is enabled for all the selected performances
  • Red X - means that the promotion is disabled for all the selected performances
  • Yellow Circle - means that the promotion is enabled for at least one of the selected performances, but not all
  • Grey Circle - means that the promotion is enabled for at least one of the selected performances (but not all) AND there is at least one performance where the sales promotion cannot be used because the price codes it is valid for are not enabled.
Seq# System defined number for the Promotion
Promotion Name of the Promotion
Promotion Type Ticket Type for G/L Posting
Used Where the Promotion can be used for a sale
Other Outlet Indicates if the Promotion is available at another Outlet
Sets the Promotion as the default for the selected Performance
Allows the promotion for use with the selected performance. Click here for information on enabling promotions for a performance.
Disables the promotion for the selected performance. Click here for information on enabling promotions for a performance.
Name Enter part of the sales promotion name to search for only those that match the filters below.
Gives you alternate selections to filter the list displayed. Choices are:
  • All
  • Available by Date
  • Not available by date
  • Box Office
  • Internet
  • Selected Only

Maps Tab

The Map tab allows you to view the current map, with the specific holds being used, for the performance. When you click on a performance on the left, the map for that particular pereformance is displayed on the right.

From this tab, you can

  • View the current house dressing for a reserved seating event.
  • add and release holds for the selected performance.
  • create a different return to hold map for each performance if you want tickets returned to hold when they are refunded in a different way that the venue default.
  • Print the map with the holds right before the performance - for the front of house staff.
  • see the Hold and Sold count and their effect on online sales based on the reporting capacity settings.
  • etc
To help manage online sales based on reporting capacity, a table below the map window shows current physical capacity, reporting capacity, sold, held (and social distance held) totals.

The remaining seats indicated how many more seats can still be sold online. When it is negative, online sales are prevented because you have reached reporting capacity, even if there are seats left that can be sold to the performance.

Parts of the Maps Tab

Performance Information

Performance # Unique performance number generated by Theatre Manager.
Performance Code A quick reference for the performance.
Performance Date Date of the performance.
Performance Time Time of the performance.
# Sold Number of seats currently sold for the performance.
# Held Number of seats currently held for the performance.
Sales Method Type of seating used for the performance, typically either Festival or Reserved.
Play # Sequence number of the event.

Additional Buttons

Shows the current map as it appears in the Ticket Selection process.
Shows the default holds map for the venue as set in Theatre Maps.
Allows a seat to be held by a letter code for the selected performance.
Allows a seat to be released for sale for the selected performance.
Prints a graphical version of the "House Dressing" for the selected performance. Click here for more information on printing the Graphic Map by Performance.
If you add holds in the theatre map for a performance that has already been set up, you will need to go into each performance in the event:
  • Select the Holds tab.
  • Check the Radio button .
  • Then click the Refresh button.
  • The Added Holds will populate the map for the performance.

Attendance Tab

In the Attendance tab you can view the patrons who are attending a performance. As well, you can:
  • Set the attendance the day of the performance - Setting attendance allows you to track which patrons with tickets actually attended the performance.
  • Refund tickets - The refund function is for ease of use if:
    • on the day of the performance a patron decides that they would like to refund their ticket you can do so without having to change windows.
    • the promoter cancels the show and you want to mass refund of all the tickets back to the system and give patrons their money back, or turn it into a donation or Gift Certificate.

    Context Menu Features

    Use the context menu to do a lot of things to the orders such as

    • Add tickets to an order
    • Pay for the order if it has a balance
    • Exchange tickets for another event if you are using this for a waitlist event or it is cancelled
    • Assign the ticket to another patron if somebody else is picking it up
    • Reprice the ticket for a gala so that you can add a donation when the gala ticket is purchased online
    • etc.

     

    Parts of the Attendance Tab

    Performance # Number of performance assigned in order of creation.
    Performance Code Code assigned based on the week and day of the performance.
    Performance Date The date of the performance.
    Purchase # Purchase reference number.
    First Name Patron's first name.
    Last Name Patron's last name.
    Company Company the patron works for.
    Section Section the patron is seated in.
    Row # Row the patron is seated in.
    Seat # Seat number the patron is seated in.
    Quantity Number of admittance per ticket.
    Sets the attendance for the performance. This is only available on the day of the performance or after it has taken place.
    Clears the attendance of the performance. This is only available on the day of the performance or after it has taken place.
    Print the selected tickets for this performance that are not yet printed.
    Does a Mass Refund of the selected tickets back to the patron using the credit card used to pay for the event.
    Transfers the selected ticket(s) to another performance.

Transfer Tickets to Another Performance

Occasionally, you may need to transfer all the tickets from one performance to another. Rather than doing this individually, you can transfer them in a batch by using the wizard on the Attendance tab of the Event setup. This can be helpful when:

  • You have cancelled the performance and need to re-seat patrons in another performance
  • You want to move a subscription package to another performance
  • You need to transfer people into a HOLD or WAIT LIST performance
  • Anytime a mass re-seating of patrons is required
  • You are considering moving all patrons to a venue with different orientation and capacity instead of simply changing venue.

The transfer function moves all selected tickets by matching seat codes for reserved seating events (festival seating events cannot be transferred in this fashion). Tickets for festival seating events will need to be manually exchanged. Tickets are not re-priced when they are transferred and do not affect order balances.


Tickets will not be moved if:

  • There is no corresponding seat code in the new performance
  • The Price Code is not available in the new performance
  • If some of the selected tickets in any one order cannot be moved (e.g. some tickets within the order can be transferred but others in the same order cannot - perhaps because the seat code does not exist or the seat is already booked to another patron in the new performance) the entire order will be ignored. You will then need to manually exchange all the tickets in the order.


To transfer tickets from one performance to another:

  1. Bring up the Events List in the Setup menu, or by clicking on the icon on the main tool ribbon.
  2. Click the icon to populate the list with your events.
  3. Double click on the Event containing the performance you wish to transfer the tickets FROM.

  4. Click on the tab
  5. Highlight the performance on the left that you are transferring the tickets FROM.

  6. Highlight the ticket(s) on the right that you wish to transfer.

    You can select some or all of the tickets, allowing you to transfer only a sub-group of the total attendance.

  7. Click the Transfer button at the bottom of the window.

  8. Enter the performance number you want to transfer the tickets TO.

    Alternatively, you can use the icon to search for the performance.

  9. Select whether you want to transfer:
    •    Only the selected ticket(s) (in this example, eight tickets), or
    •    All of the tickets within this performance
  10. Click the Transfer button.

    The Transfer Confirmation opens.

  11. After you have reviewed the information, click the Transfer button.

    The valid tickets will be transferred to the new performance.

Volunteer Tab

"Volunteer" is a broad term meaning "Personnel," "Volunteers," "Staff," or a variety of other terms. The field refers to any person assigned to an activity - whether they are paid or unpaid. you may have a mixture of paid and unpaid staff within the same event, for example Ushers (who are unpaid) and Run Crew (who are compensated). Since the name of the field is customizable, some organizations may retain the term "Volunteer," while others change it to reflect their own terminology. The nomenclature in your database may be different than "Volunteer."

This Volunteer tab displays a list of the volunteers (personnel) assigned to each performance of the event, and what their task will be during the performance.

Parts of the Volunteer tab

Performance Information On the left side of the window, the listing of performances including the sequence number of the performance, series code, and performance date.
Volunteer Information On the right side of the window, the listing of volunteers assigned to a specific performance.
Allows you to look up and add a volunteer to the selected performance.
Brings up the Volunteer Activity Detail window for the selected patron.
Allows you to remove a volunteer from the selected performance.
Show volunteer working entire event Enabling the check box, displays the volunteers who are working for the entire play. Disabling shows the volunteers who are working the selected performance only.

Adding Volunteers to an Event

"Volunteer" is a broad term meaning "Personnel," "Volunteers," "Staff," or a variety of other terms. The field refers to any person assigned to an activity - whether they are paid or unpaid. you may have a mixture of paid and unpaid staff within the same event, for example Ushers (who are unpaid) and Run Crew (who are compensated). Since the name of the field is customizable, some organizations may retain the term "Volunteer," while others change it to reflect their own terminology. The nomenclature in your database may be different than "Volunteer."

Adding volunteers to an event is as easy as "drag and drop" from a contact list to the Volunteers window in Event Setup, or using the convenient button at the bottom of the Volunteers tab.

  1. Open an event through the Setup>>Events & Dates menu, or by clicking the button.

    Proceed to the tab.

  2. Highlight the performance on the left-hand side to which you want to add volunteers.

  3. Click the button at the bottom of the window.

    A contact lookup window of Active Volunteers opens.

    Patrons must be listed in their patron records as active volunteers with positions they are able to perform. For more information on setting up patrons as volunteers, click here.

  4. Highlight the volunteer in the lookup that you wish to add to the performance.

    Some patrons will appear more than once in the lookup, indicating they are capable of performing more than one position.

    Click the button.

    Your chosen patron now appears on the Volunteer tab of the event setup.

  5. Repeat to assign all volunteers

After adding all your volunteers, you may want to edit the details of their assignments to be more specific on the task they are to perform (for example, Ushers may be assigned to "Orchestra" or "Balcony" or "Coat Check," and Run Crew may be assigned to "Fly Loft" or "Spot Operator" or "Grip").

Editing a Volunteer Assignment

After adding all your volunteers, you may want to edit the details of their assignments to be more specific on the task they are to perform (for example, Ushers may be assigned to "Orchestra" or "Balcony" or "Coat Check," and Run Crew may be assigned to "Fly Loft" or "Spot Operator" or "Grip").

  1. Open an event through the Setup>>Events & Dates menu, or by clicking the button.

    Proceed to the tab.

  2. On the left side of the window, highlight the performance you want to add volunteers to.

    The list of volunteers currently assigned to that performance are displayed.

  3. Click on the volunteer to change their assignment.
  4. Click the button.

    The Activity Detail window opens.

  5. Edit the Activity Details as necessary.
  6. Click the Save button and close the Activity window to return to the Event >> Volunteer tab.

Removing a Volunteer Assigned to an Event

If a Volunteer is unable to perform the assignment, or you need to remove them from the Volunteers list for any reason, You can do this in the Volunteer tab of the event.

To remove a volunteer from a performance or event, you perform the following steps:

  1. Open an event through the Setup>>Events & Dates menu, or by clicking the button.

    Proceed to the tab.

  2. On the left side of the window, highlight the performance to remove the volunteer from.

    The list of volunteers assigned to that performance opens.

  3. Click on the volunteer to be removed.
  4. Click the button.
  5. A confirmation dialog opens.

  6. Click the button.

Revenue Tab

This tab displays a detailed summary of the revenue taken in for each performance of an event. The Play is broken down into individual performances.

Below is an explanation about each column on this tab.

Performance Code This is the code used to track the performance by.
Performance Date The date of the performance.
Performance Time The time of the performance.
# Sold The current number of tickets sold to the performance.
# Report The number of tickets being used for reporting.
Scanned The number of tickets where the patron was marked as attending the event, either from scanning them in using a wireless scanner or by manually setting attendance for the event.
Price The base price pf the ticket.
Discount The total of all discounts.
Gross Sales The total amount of sales minus all discounts, fees, and taxes.
Ticket Fee 1 Total of all fees categorized to this fee.
Ticket Fee 2 Total of all fees categorized to this fee.
Ticket Fee 3 Total of all fees categorized to this fee.
City Tax The total of all City taxes.
State / PST Tax The total of all State or PST taxes.
Federal / GST Tax The total of all Federal or GST taxes.
Total The total of all money collected during payment. This includes fees and taxes.
Journal No Code If the performance has occurred and you are using deferred revenue accounting, this will be the G/L number that it was posted to.

If the sales posting is SP-000000, then:

  • the event was rolled over from deferred to earned , which can be reversed -or-
  • the event had no sales at time of rollover, -or-
  • the event was never marked as use deferred revenue in the accounting tab

If the Journal code is something like SP-xxxxxx, then double click on the line to see the journal entry that shows the quantity of tickets sole and revenues at time or rollover during end of day.

Note: the '$' in the status column also indicates that the performance has been rolled over to earned revenue.

Performance # The performance number assigned by Theatre Manager based on order inputted.

Sales Tab

The Sales tab displays a detailed summary of the sales analysis taken in for the event event. Each line displays the NET number of tickets that were sold, the gross sales in dollars, the amount of markups in dollars, the amount of discounts in dollars, the price before tax, the amount of tax in dollars (each tax level is broken out separately), and the net sales. The price before tax is the gross sales + markups - discounts + 3 levels of ticket fees. The Net Sales is the price before tax + 3 levels of taxes.

Parts of the Sales Tab

Sales Date Date of the sale
Promotion Type Type for G/L Posting
Promotion The name of the promotion
Sales Total Price The total of the sales to the event / play.
Quantity The number of tickets being used for reporting.
Base Price The base price pf the ticket.
Discount The total of all discounts.
Net  Sales The total amount of sales minus all discounts, fees, and taxes.
Ticket Fee 1 Total of all fees categorized to this fee.
Ticket Fee 2 Total of all fees categorized to this fee.
Ticket Fee 3 Total of all fees categorized to this fee.
City Tax The total of all City taxes.
State / PST Tax The total of all State or PST taxes.
Federal / GST Tax The total of all Federal or GST taxes.
Total The total of all money collected during payment. This includes fees and taxes.
Sales Amount The total of all money collected
Sales Quantity The numner sold
Exchange Amount Sales that were exchanges
Exchange Quantity Total tickets exchanged
Refund Amount Sales that were refunded
Refund Qunatity Total tickets refunded
Commission Commissions Paid
Outlet - Owner Outlet who owns the event
Allows you to change the display summary to more closely suit your organizational needs. Choices are:
  • Promotion by Day
  • Day
  • Promotion
  • Promotion Type
  • Outlet
  • Outlet by Day
  • Outlet by Promotion

G/L Entries Tab

The G/L Entries tab displays a detailed summary of the transactions created and journalized to the general ledger for the general ledger accounts defined for this play.

Parts of the G/L Tab

Journal Number The specific journal number associated with the G/L entry.
Description Whether the entry is a Sales Posting, Deposit Posting, or manual G/L entry
Date Date the G/L entry took place
Account # The G/L Account number.
Memo A single memo line, generated by Theatre Manager to indicate in the ledger the purpose of the entry.
Debit The debit amount associated with the G/L entry.
Credit The credit amount associated with the G/L entry.
Date Posted The date the entry was posted to the G/L.
You can adjust the summary options by choosing the drop down menu. Selections are:
  • No Summary
  • Account #
  • Journal # and Account #
  • Journal Date and Account #
  • Posting Date and Account #
G/L entries do not include tickets from unposted sales or orders marked as reservation only. All difference lines should be zero if the event balances. Click the Clear Reservations only button, to reset the reservation only flag for all tickets sold to this play.
Summary Table At the bottom of the window is a summary listing of the revenue from:
  • Sold tickets - this is the counts from the ticket inventory
  • Cash Flow - which is derived from transactions tracking how the tickets got to be sold or refunded
  • Non-Posted - which are tickets that have not yet been posted to the G/L
  • Reservation Only - which are tickets marked reservation only and we are not telling accounting about
The difference across the bottom should be zero. If so, then all parts of TM are in balance for this event. You will also see a • balances • message in blue at the upper left of the subtotal area in the window. If you do not see that, you should investigate (after posting all entries).

To the right is a commission total. That generally should have totals at the bottom that are zero as well. However, in an outlet version, if one outlet sells the ticket and the owning outlet refunds the ticket, then you will see non-zero totals. That indicates tickets were exchanged or refunded or the user by the owner of the event and the original outlet is still is due their commissions on the work they did.

Balancing after event completed

We recommend doing a few things once an event is over:
  • Making sure that all parts of the event balance (tickets, compared to daily sales, compared to the general ledger
  • Verifying that all revenue is in the proper earned accounts (and nothing is left in the deferred accounts if you were doing deferred revenue accounting -and-
  • If everything balances, then close the event to prevent further ticket sales, exchanges or refunds from occurring to the event. If you subsequently find that you want to refund a ticket, you can reopen the event, then close it again after the refund is done.

The best time to balance the event is after the last performance has occurred and after you have done end of day to move all deferred revenue into earned.

 

Verifying that Ticket Inventory and Financials Transactions Balance

The quickest check is that the word • balances • appears at the top left of the lower part fo the screen. If it says this, it usually means that all the other aspects below balance.

The meaning of the various lines ay the bottom are:

  • Sold Line is the number of sold tickets from inventory. This is the absolute revenue, most correct values for sales to the event:
    • Quantity The number of tickets sold from inventory
    • Ticket $ This is the values of tickets sold, less discounts - or the net sales
    • Ticket Fee 1 The total amount of ticket fee 1 for all the sold tickets. If you have named ticket fee 1 something specific, it's name will appear here.
    • Ticket Fee 2 The total amount of ticket fee 2 for all the sold tickets.
    • Ticket Fee 3 The total amount of ticket fee 3 for all the sold tickets.
    • All Taxes The value of all the taxes attached to the sold tickets (local, provincial/state, Federal
    • Total $ The total amount of money taken in for all the tickets. it is the ticket$ + ticket fees + all taxes
    • Commission If you set up paying commission for tickets, this will be the total commission associated with the sold tickets. it is NOT part of the Total sales, since it would be an expense payable.
  • Cash Flow Line: is the summary of all ticket transactions created from tickets sales.. The values is each column should be exactly the same as the values from the Sold Line form Inventory. If it is not, then some transactions have not been created from end of day, or somebody was playing with transactions and may have duplcaited them. Contact Arts Management support if you find they do not match
  • Non-Posted: Transactions may exist, but may not have been posited during end if day. If there are values in this row, it means you should complete end of day. before attenpting to balance.
  • Reservation Only: Some tickets may have been marked as reservation only - which is an ancient practice of selling tickets before they were paid for and not telling accounting. if you see any number is this row and you are done with the event, then
    • Click the Clear Reservation Only button to unmark the tickets and make then enter the accounting system
    • Run your end of day. All data in the 'non-posted' and 'Reservation only' rows should move up into the sold and cash flow lines
    • Run a report to find receivables for the event to see if some tickets should be returned because they were school or group sales that did not attend and wouldn't be paying
    • Start your comparison again
If end of day has been run and the values at the bottom of this area all say the difference is 'none', then ticket inventory and transactions balance.

That reinforces the confidence in the GL entries discussed below.

If some lines are not quite right, there are two things that might find the difference:
  • Verify seats in the performance. This recalculates the event and performance totals based on tickets sold.
  • Run the order-transaction balance report for orders since the show started to go on sale. That might find a transaction that was not created. (which is why it is important not to force end of day balance)

 

Verifying that Ticket Inventory and GL are in the right place

Once you haven 'none' in the difference row, we need to see what the make sure that the state of the accounts that post to the GL are correct.

  • If using deferred revenue accounting, you should see some of your deferred accounts in the upper list. However, they should all be zero. If they are not zero, then there are two possible problems:
    • You might still have the last performance to roll over. If ou roll over each performance on the day after, then you may need to wait till the day after the event and do end of day. That should fix it. if itdoes not, then its probably the next problem
    • or, somebody changed the deferred accounts in the middle of the sales for this event. Thats usually obvious one of your deferred accounts is negative and matches the amoutns in your other deferred accounts. That means you need to make a GL entriy to put things in the right place (in theatre manager)
  • The earned accounts should match up to the Sold inventory line. If you have separated out ticket revenue, taxes and fees into separate G/L's, then the numbers will be obvious. if you didn't. you might have to add up a few numbers to see that they are right.
  • Finally, the Net Credit should be the same as the 'Total $' in the 'Sold' column

Marketing Tab

In the Marketing tab, you can configure the Marketing notes for the play. You can also add the play to a mail list and include external and internal notes for your Box Office Staff. Information you enter on this page will appear on your page in the Ticket Trove iPhone and iPad app.

Parts of the Marketing Tab

Notification The email notification that will be sent when tickets are purchased to this play. Click here for info on work flow notifications.
Default Mail List Allows you to assign this play to a specific mail list.
Running Time Running time or duration of each performance in minutes. Also displays for Web Sales, facility management calendars and in the calendars exportable in .ics format.
Genre Genre is a setting for events that is common across all Theatre Manager customers. Currently, there are about 30 classifications which will be used in the iPhone/iPad app to help customers find entertainment to their liking.
External Sales Notes Marketing notes for both your Box Office staff and for Web Sales.
Internal Sales Notes Marketing notes that appear to you Box Office staff, but not on the Web.
Event Icon for Web/iPhone App If there is a graphic in the event, entering it here will display the graphic for all performances of the event.
Tags You can add any number of tags to the event.

Add an Image to the Event / Play Window

You can add two images to your web sales for each event quite easily. One image is the smaller picture to the left of each event listing. The other is a larger picture (poster style) when the event is selected online. The smaller image also serves as the picture used in the TicketTrove app. If the image is added to either of these two locations, then the TMServer (SecondGen Web Listener) will automatically pick up the image and place it on your website.

If no image is added to the smaller box on the MARKETING tab of the event setup, then the default image from Setup>>Company Preferences>>REPORTS/MISC tab is used.


To add an image for Web Sales and Ticket Trove, you perform the following steps:

  1. Find the Event you want to add the images to.

    Click the Marketing tab.

  2. Open your Operating System File Manager/Finder.
  3. Drag and drop your images into the Play Icon for Ticket Trove / Web display box.

    The Ticket Trove image must be 250 pixels high x 200 pixels wide

  4. Add the web image in the same manner as the TicketTrove icon.

    This image has no size restraints, however for speed of loading we recommend small sized (kbs not mbs) images.

  5. Reload or Refresh your web browser to see the update image.

Removing an Image from the Marketing Tab of an Event / Play

To remove an image that has been saved in the Marketing Tab, you perform the following steps:
  1. Open the Marketing Tab of the Event/Play Setup.

    For instructions on how to access the Event/Play Setup, click here.

  2. The images previously placed, display in the icon boxes on the right of the screen, click on the trashcan icon.

    This removes the image from the database and it will no longer be displayed on the web site.

Tasks Tab

Any tasks associated with an event / play can also be seen in the Event / Play window. From here you can add tasks and associate them with resources, so you can create all the tasks needed for a particular event / play. These can then be added to a project and billed.

Tasks are added on the left side. Once a task has been added, you can select the task and add the resource on the right side.

Click on the Calendar button in the window's top toolbar to view all tasks, performances, and/or volunteers associated with the event / play in a new calendar.

For more information on Tasks, click here. For more information on Resources, click here.

Parts of the Tasks Tab

Task Information

Task # The task number as displayed in the task # field of the Task window.
Description Name that shows in the resource list and elsewhere in Theatre Manager.
Begin / End Date Dates as entered in the Task Detail window.
Task Notes Any Notes associated with the task.
Opens the Task Detail window to add a new task. Click to go to the Add Task page.
The Detail button opens the Task window for the selected item.

Resource Information

Sold Resource # Displays the Project number of the Project
Code The unique Resource Code assigned to the particular resource.
Internal Description The internal description for the resource (shows only inside the Theatre Manager application).
Resource Description The name of the resource.
Quantity The quantity of the specific resource listed in the database.
Opens the Resource Detail window to add a new resource. Click to go to the Add Resource page.
Opens the Detail window for the selected resouce for review or edititng
Removes the selected Resource from the list
Opens the Resource Detail window displaying all the information on the selected resource.