Did you edit your post, Shannon? I thought you had written, Did you see who was out there?, which is what most people would say in this situation.
I think "audience" is more appropriate than "spectators". An "audience" is used in the context of a theatre, whereas "spectators" more refers to sports, in my opinion.
Sorry Elfa A spectator is merely the member of an audience. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/spectator?r=75&src=ref&ch=dic
Well, fellows, Wikipedia suggests "parterre", maybe this could be a good choice.
In that case, I wouldn't use "pass" as to my mind this usually refers to people who have paid for a ticket but get a kind of free extra. How aboutThis kind of pass is intended for VIPs, so they have, basically. access to the auditorium for free (no backstage access for them), in a dedicated area which is the closest to the stage. It's another way for giving them a free ticket and to let them know that are important.....kind of marketing strategy
Or is that too wordy?