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Theatre Etiquette

Basic Rules of Theatre Etiquette
This is a great read and offers a parents veiw on dance recitals http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/05/to-the-rude-parent-at-the-recital/?_r=0

Theatre Etiquette Begins Before You Arrive, My Top Tips on Theatre Etiquette

  • Arrive to the theatre on time.
  • Visit the restroom before the performance begins.
  • Turn off your cell phone or, if it must be on, put it on vibrate. Do not speak on the phone during the performance. If you must call the person back, do it outside during intermission or after the show has finished.
  • Pay attention to announcements that are made prior to many shows about the rules of the theatre you are attending and the location of the fire exits.
  • Don't speak during the performance… whispering is still speaking, so only in an emergency.
  • Remember that the Overture (introductory music) in Musical Theater is part of the performance, so be quiet when it begins.
  • Do not take pictures during the performance. It can be very distracting to the performers and can cause a mishap.
  • Remain in your seat for the entire performance. If you must leave, exit during intermission. In an emergency, wait for an appropriate break in the show. It is rude to get up in the middle of a quiet moment… rude to the performers and your fellow audience members.
  • Do not eat or drink in the theatre. If you must have a cough drop, or something of that nature, do not make noise with the wrapper.
  • Do not put your feet up on the seats or balcony and do not kick the seat in front of you.
  • Do not angle your head together with your "special someone" as you obstruct the view of the people behind you.
  • Don't put or throw anything on the stage.
  • Do laugh when the performance is funny.
  • Do applaud when it is appropriate during the performance.
  • Do applaud when the performance is over… this tells the performers and crew that you appreciate their work.
  • Stand and applaud if you really thought the show was great.
  • Do not whistle or scream out to the performers except for a Bravo or Brava.
  • Most importantly I urge everyone to be understanding as this is how the next generation of dancers become inspired to dance.  This is how I started! If you have very young children please take it from me, book a seat on an aisle - it will save you and everyone around you a lot of frustration! Nothing worse than taking a toddler to the toilet while climbing over people, as there just isn’t a lot of room between seats and in the dark it’s even harder.