Monday, July 6, 2009

Enjoy the Show 1: Audience etiquette

As Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette begins its 2009-2010 season, we're including a brief series about how the theatre-going experience can be made even more enjoyable for all members of the community.

In his article "What Actors Wish You Knew About About Attending the Theater," Paul Cozby shares thoughts from New York performers about how the audience can influence a show.

One suggestion to audience members from Cozby: become involved with the moment. Live performance gains some of its power because the audience is watching people in real space, rather than pixels or shadows on screens. It can be easy to be pulled into the excitement, so let it happen.

You can read the full article here.

What tips can you share about being a good audience member? What stories do you have about an excellent experience in a theater, or perhaps a humorous or horrific one? Share them in the Comments section.


Mark Allen said...

Don't walk on the stage at all. Even after the show.

The 4th wall being broken even when the actors aren't onstage can be a distraction to other patrons as well as the cast and crew.

Justice Marie said...

here's some food for thought-if your cellphone goes off during a performance at the Kennedy Center, you become banned...for life! Like, forever and ever amen. They probably put your picture up in the box office. So just don't have the cell phone out. Texting is just as bad as answering an incoming call by the way, and maybe worse.