We have been going to performances at the Wharton since we moved to Lansing in 2008. With one exception, we have been overwhelmed with the quality of performances that the Wharton Center brings to East Lansing. When we started going to the Wharton, we bought individual tickets to shows, and ended up in the balcony for popular shows or in the wing seats for not so popular shows. We then became season subscribers so we could obtain better seating toward the center of the auditorium, which I would recommend if you see five shows in the offering that you would like to attend. My only complaint is that there do not seem to be enough public restroom facilities for the size of the audience. If you do not rush out and get into one of the two facilities right at intermission, there is a chance you might miss the start of the second act. Another minor gripe is the lack of a center aisle in the auditorium. While I realize this may remove a hundred seats or so, having to climb over so many pairs of feet to get out of your seat during the intermission is a minor pain (not only for you, but also for fellow playgoers whose feet are sometimes trampled). Be sure to bring at least $5 in cash for parking, as they only take cash. There is a limited concession stand that offers water, mints, candy and the sort. Another bonus is that during Be a Tourist in Your Own Town every summer, part of the tour is the Wharton Center. Take advantage of the tour, which takes you backstage to see how voluminous the stage is. It's fun and informative. The Wharton is truly an asset to our community and I look forward to many more years of enjoyable entertainment there.
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