Nothing is amazing like attending a great live performance. A live performance offers several benefits to attendees. For instance, it can offer an opportunity for family bonding. However, seasoned audience members know that there are etiquette guidelines and rules that must be adhered to during the show. If you are attending for the first time, you should know important theater rules.
What to do at the theater
Arrive in time
It is a good idea to arrive at least 20 minutes before the show starts. The majority of venues start seating the audience thirty minutes before show time. They just stop seating as soon as the show starts. If you are late, ushers may force you to wait until an intermission or a break. Arrive early so that you avoid missing the first part.
Silent cell phones
The majority of people going to the theater like a quiet atmosphere. Thus, smart watches and ringing mobile phones can be quite distracting. As soon as the lights dim, ensure that all technology is in silent mode or turned off. During the break, you can check your messages and notifications and then respond to them.
Avoid distracting behavior
When actors are onstage, you should be quiet and respect their performance. Therefore, avoid talking or whispering to friends. Also, if you have snacks, avoid eating them until a break. Although actors cannot see everything, which is happening in the crowd, your fellow audience members can be distracted by hushed conversations and constant movements.
Leave your camera at home
You may be allowed to take pictures during certain performances. However, the majority of theaters do not allow taking pictures. It can be a distraction to both the actors and the audience. Usually, house managers keep an eye out for cameras and photographers are asked to leave.
Applause is allowed
At the end of a song or scene, it is a tradition for an audience to applaud the performance. You need to ensure that you applaud appropriately. If you are not sure when to applaud, just follow the audience. Therefore, clap when others clap.
Although it is quite tempting to rush to exit when the performance as just come to an end, it is advisable to be patient. Allow actors to leave the stage first before you move to the aisle. Although it is not forbidden, it is considered disrespectful particularly if actors have not had their final bow.