Coming to the theatre for the first time?


Attending a school time performance may be the first introduction to  live theatre for many students.

A live theatrical production is exciting and vibrant. The actors, the audience, and the backstage personnel are all part of the experience. Your students, as part of the audience, play an important role in the atmosphere of the production.

Please remind your class that everyone will have an especially wonderful time at the performance by remembering their theatre manners.


Here is how students can help:

  1. It is important to remain seated throughout the entire performance.

  2. Restroom visits are best made before the show begins.

  3. Lights Out = Quiet Time.

  4. If You Have To Cough, Cover Your Mouth.

  5. When the lights in the theatre dim to blackout, this is a signal that the show is about to begin.

  6. Cell Phones and other electronic devices are prohibited. Noises from electronic devices are highly distracting to the performers so please make sure they are turned off.

  7. DO NOT SEND TEXT MESSAGES DURING THE SHOW. You may think you are being quiet and nobody will notice, but the light from your screen acts as a flashlight in a dark space.

  8. Please make sure to settle down and get ready for the performance. When the lights on the stage come up, all attention should be on the performance.

  9. Give your full attention and energy to the performers. In return, the performers give it back to you with a better performance

  10. Don’t talk or whisper during the show unless you are asked. It can be disruptive to the performers.

  11. Do not interrupt performers with comments that may disrupt the performance for others

  12. Show the performers your appreciation for their efforts! When there are parts that you particularly enjoy, you should feel free to laugh and clap.

  13. Please do not put your feet on the seats or other furnishings. Please do not run anywhere; you and your friends can get hurt.

  14. We hope you enjoy this theater experience and that you will return, either with your class or with your friends and family to enjoy other presentations that may interest you. Your cooperation will ensure a well focused environment for everyone to enjoy, cherish, and remember.

If you wish to integrate these skills in your classroom lessons we have included standards and worksheets to aid you.

Common Core Theatre Standards for Grades K-12

  1. TAESK.1 Analyzing and constructing meaning from theatrical experiences, dramatic literature, and electronic media

  2. TAESK.11 Engaging actively and appropriately as an audience member in theatre or other media experiences



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