Some newcomers to the theatre are not exactly sure what proper etiquette is required when they attend a musical or a play. It can be enjoyable to spend an evening seeing a production on stage, but it also helps to know what etiquette is required of attendees. After all, you want to have a good time but so does everyone else in the audience. |
Going to see a live show is not the same as going to the cinema to see a movie. It is generally much quieter, so you need to be careful about how much talking you are doing or the noise you are making. You need to be respectful of others who are enjoying the performance. The same can be said for the performers themselves. Most performances at the theatre are live and in person, so they demand the full attention of the audience members. The performers need to be able to concentrate on what they are doing.
When attending a live show, it is proper theatre etiquette to turn your cellular phone off and keep it off. Putting it on the vibrate function can still be distracting to those sitting next to you because they will be able to hear the buzzing sound.
The same goes for sending text messages during the play. In order to send text messages, your cell phone has to be on, right? Above we told you that appropriate etiquette for all theatregoers is to turn them off. People sitting near you can still see the light from the screen and they can hear you typing. This is not the occasion for any cell phone activity. Just sit back and enjoy the show!
Eat your supper or have a snack before you arrive at the auditorium for the live event. This kind of social outing is not as casual as going to see a movie. Being quiet and keeping your eyes and ears trained on what is happening in front of you is what matters the most. Munching on potato chips, popcorn or candy can be annoying to others. The same can be said for slurping on soda or some other type of beverage. If you must eat, then wait until the intermission. You can then go into the lobby and purchase a snack.
We all have to cough sometimes, even when we go to the theatre! If you feel a cough coming on, then cover your mouth. Bring some tissues or a handkerchief with you. If you have neither, then cough into your sleeve as opposed to your hand. If you have a head cold or sore throat, bring some lozenges or cough drops with you.
Avoid the use of any scented body products when you attend a production. Be kind to the sensitivities of your neighbors. Choose unscented products for a night out.
Learn more about the proper Kalamazoo Theatre etiquette at: http://www.millerauditorium.com.
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