Pay What You Can
Pay What You Can

From its inception in 1969, the Mac-Haydn has made accessibility to the arts a core focus of our mission. We believe that equity and inclusion start with access. With our highest ticket price at $45.00, we set the cost barrier lower than any other professional musical theater producer in the region.

However, we want to do more to provide access to the experience of live theater, which is why we’re bringing back the PAY WHAT YOU CAN initiative this season! For one night per show, ticket prices don’t exist – you decide what to contribute to attend the performance.

PAY WHAT YOU CAN performances will take place on the first Sunday evening performance for 42nd Street, Footloose, The Sound of Music, Godspell, and Jersey Boys.

42nd Street: Sunday, June 25 at 7pm

Footloose: Sunday, July 9 at 7pm

The Sound of Music: Sunday, July 23 at 7pm

Godspell: Sunday, August 6 at 7pm

Jersey Boys: Sunday, August 20 at 7pm

The PAY WHAT YOU CAN performance for The Marvelous Wonderettes will be Friday, September 15 at 7pm.

To buy a ticket to a Pay What You Can performance, call the Box Office at 518-392-9292 or email us at boxoffice@machaydntheatre.org. Please note, there are limited Pay What You Can seats available and reservations are first come, first serve.

If you would like to contribute to the continuation of the PAY WHAT YOU CAN initiative click here to subsidize a ticket for someone else.

Mac-Haydn Theatre
1925 NY-203
Chatham, NY 12037

Box Office: 518-392-9292



Introducing the “Pay What You Can” Initiative
Pay What You Can

On August 7 at 7pm, The Mac-Haydn will be hosting our first-ever PAY WHAT YOU CAN performance!

From its inception in 1969, the Mac-Haydn has made accessibility to the arts a core focus of our mission. We believe that equity and inclusion start with access. With our highest ticket price at $45.00, we set the cost barrier lower than any other professional musical theater producer in the region.

However, we want to do more to provide access to the experience of live theater, which is why we’re introducing the PAY WHAT YOU CAN initiative. For one night only, ticket prices don’t exist – you decide what to contribute to attend the performance.

PAY WHAT YOU CAN will start during our run of the Pulitzer Prize winning musical Next To Normal on Sunday, August 7 at 7:00pm.

Patrons who wish to PAY WHAT YOU CAN may do one of the following:
Call the box office from 3pm onward on Sunday, August 7.
Visit the box office from 6pm onward on Sunday, August 7.

For the remainder of the season we will offer a PAY WHAT YOU CAN performance for each Mainstage show. Details of that performance will be released closer to the performance date.

Please note that this performance will have a limited number of tickets available for the PAY WHAT YOU CAN initiative. Patrons MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF VACCINATION and photo ID upon entry. MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL PATRONS.

If you would like to contribute to the continuation of the PAY WHAT YOU CAN initiative click here to subsidize a ticket for someone else.

Mac-Haydn Theatre
1925 NY-203
Chatham, NY 12037

Box Office: 518-392-9292


Learn More About Next to Normal


Amanda Calvin

Amanda Calvin (she/her) grew up in the Columbia County area attending shows at the Mac-Haydn, and now has the honor of working with an incredible team to produce the musical theatre she’s always admired.

A graduate of Wagner College, Amanda holds a degree in arts administration with a journalism minor. She served as the president of Completely Student Productions (CSP), a student-run theatre company on campus, where she produced a variety of shows including LIZZIE: The Musical, The Wolves, The Laramie Project, Spring Awakening and various original works. She is a recipient of the Kendris Award in Expository and Journalistic Writing and Outstanding Service in Communication awards for her work as the editor of the Wagnerian, Wagner’s student newspaper.

Amanda has worked with various companies including Rattlestick Theater and Snug Harbor Cultural Center in New York City, and Upstate Scenic, Inc. here in Chatham. In addition to her work in theatrical administration, Amanda is an avid tap dancer and usually can be found hanging out with her cat, Bella. Many thanks to the MHT team for countless opportunities and laughs. @amandajcalvin