March 25, 2018
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Sold out performance of ‘The Price is Right — Live!’ abruptly canceled

Drew Carey, The Price Is Right host.
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

ORONO, Maine — A sold-out performance of “The Price is Right — Live!” set for Wednesday night at the Collins Center for the Arts was canceled 15 minutes before its scheduled start time.

A flyer that University of Maine police officers were asked to post cited “unforeseen production circumstances.”

“A lot of pieces have to fall into place to get a show like this on the stage,” Adele Adkins, associate director for the CCA, said Thursday morning. “There was a production issue at 5 [p.m.], and by 6:20 it was clear it couldn’t be fixed. We had to make the decision to cancel at that point.”

Adkins said more information may be available later in the day.

UMaine police said that the show was sold out. The Collins Center has a seating capacity of nearly 1,500, according to a campus information sheet.

According to the flyer, refunds were made available Wednesday night for credit card holders and can be obtained at the ticket office or by calling 581-1755 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Cash and check purchases will be refunded automatically by mail.

“We are sincerely sorry for this inconvenience,” it concluded.

Among the thousands who bought tickets in hopes of taking in the live version of one of the nation’s most popular game shows was Althea Huntley of Bangor, who went with two of her friends.

“I’m so disappointed,” she said, adding that she has been watching “The Price is Right” — now in its 40th year — since it first aired. She said she shelled out $48 for her ticket.

Huntley said the three learned the show was canceled at about 6:45 p.m. from a woman they believe is an employee of the center. She said that some of the people who were leaving obviously had been seated already.

“Some of them were wearing their name tags,” she said.

“It’s a real mystery,” Huntley said. “It’s just so odd that it wasn’t officially announced. I think it probably won’t be back,” she said of the show, which is in the midst of a nationwide tour.

BDN writer Emily Burnham contributed to this report.

Correction: An earlier version of this story requires correction. The Collins Center has a seating capacity of nearly 1,500, according to a campus information sheet, not 3500-4000.

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