Hello again, readers! As theatre patrons about to embark on a new season at Theatre Under The Stars, I thought we could take a moment to remind ourselves on what it means to be courteous. There’s no doubt about it, theatre goers everywhere are becoming a bit more casual these days.
Much like the more casual dress of some theatre patrons, over the years, I have also noticed that the attitudes and habits of theatergoers have erred on the side of casual, too. I have personally witnessed people texting and checking their cell phones during a show, unwrapping noisy candy wrappers, singing along with the music and talking throughout the show. Usually, it is a minority of people doing this, but with today’s advances in technology, will there soon be more texting, tweeting and Facebook updating patrons in our theatres? As a former performer, I hope this is not the case. I wouldn’t dare whip out my cell phone during movies, although it seems that this too, has become commonplace.
Nowadays, it seems as though theatre attracts even the most casual theatergoers. That got me thinking - are audiences perceiving theatre as a more casual experience? How do you handle a non-courteous theatre patron sitting next to you? And are you finding that a lot of people are forgetting their theatre etiquette?
Until next time,