First Timer's Guide

Attending Jump Back Ball for the first time? The Jump Back Ball planning committee is here to help with the top tips they've learned along the way.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Jump Back Ball?

Jump Back Ball is the most bloody brilliant party for young professionals. Since 1991, Playhouse Square’s official young professionals group, Partners, has been planning this party to raise funds in support of Playhouse Square’s community engagement & education initiatives. Along with knowing you are supporting a good cause, you get to experience the theaters in a way you can’t at any other time. Dance on stage and take in the same views only performers get to see. Enjoy endless cocktails, dinner and late night buffets, live music and so much more.

2. What is Playhouse Square Partners?

Partners is the official young professionals group of Playhouse Square and its members are the masterminds behind Jump Back Ball. The organization provides those between the ages of 21-40 with leadership, social and volunteer opportunities while simultaneously supporting Playhouse Square’s not-for-profit mission. Interested in getting involved and helping to plan the event? Click here for more information.

3. Who benefits from Jump Back Ball?

Proceeds from this bash support Playhouse Square’s community engagement & education initiatives, including sensory-friendly performances, Family Theater Day, Disney Musicals in Schools, and the Dazzle Awards, which recognize excellence in high school musical theater.

4. Is Jump Back Ball a seated dinner?

We are not offering a seated dinner this year. Both VIP and general admission will enjoy a decadent strolling dinner on the stage of the KeyBank State Theatre. There will be numerous high-top tables to stand near or you can sit down and eat in the theater seats.

5. Are tickets tax deductible?

Yes! A portion of the general admission and VIP tickets is tax deductible. Ticket buyers will receive a tax receipt in early January.

6. How can I get the best deal on tickets?

By joining Partners at the $100 level, you will be able to purchase tickets at their lowest rate! Plus, you'll receive all the other benefits this 100% tax-deductible membership offers.

7. What's the benefit of purchasing tickets early?

The earlier you purchase, the more you will save. This year, tickets will increase by $10 on 6 November and are subject to increase again after 30 November. Plus, tickets tend to sell out quick. We recommend buying yours as early as possible.

8. Can I purchase tickets at the door?

Tickets WILL NOT be available for purchase at the door. This event will sell out. Buy your tickets ASAP.

9. What is the attire?

As the say in England – fancy dress! Come dressed as if you are attending the royal wedding (bonus points for wearing a fascinator), boarding the train for wizarding school, or as your favorite British invasion rock star. The possibilities are endless!

10. Do I have to wear a costume?

Costumes are not required, but are highly encouraged! However, it is perfectly acceptable to attend in your favorite gown or tux.

11. Where should I rent a tux?

If you want to wear a tux, Tuxedo Junction offers a great discount for Jump Back Ball attendees. Plus, a portion of all rentals will go towards Playhouse Square's not-for-profit mission. Learn more

12. Where do I park?

Complimentary parking is available to all Jump Back Ball attendees in the Playhouse Square Garage (entrance on Chester Avenue with an indoor walkway to the KeyBank State Theatre). VIP ticket buyers will receive complimentary valet parking on Euclid Avenue.

13. Will there be a coat check?

A coat check will be available for guests, but avoid the lines and the hassle by leaving your coat in the car. And that way, you won't have to worry about forgetting it.

14. Where can we stay overnight?

Stay at the Crowne Plaza at Playhouse Square the night of Jump Back Ball. Only a few steps from the theaters, the Crowne Plaza offers a special discount for Jump Back Ball guests. Learn more

15. Who can I call for more information on Jump Back Ball?

Contact Sarah Stengel at 216-640-8408 or sarah.stengel@playhousesquare.org.