Today I read an article entitled “An Open Letter To Those Who Leave During Curtain Call: A lesson on curtain call etiquette,” published by Christopher Castanho over on TheOdysseyOnline.com.
Castanho takes issue with audience members leaving prior to curtain call, citing that the immense amount of work that goes into a show should command a respect through the audience’s acknowledgement.
However, he also cites the life challenges faced by audience members following a show: avoiding traffic, getting out of the lot, getting home in time to relieve the babysitter, etc.
There are two sides to every story, but one thing is clear: as a society, we seem to have lost some basic respect for those around us. – Kate Klotzbach
It made me wonder – if you are a performing artist / writer / director / technician / etc., what are some of those “etiquette” things that you wish audience members knew? I’m not talking about the obvious like TURNING OFF YOUR PHONE for a performance, but maybe some other subtle signs of courtesy in the theatre that you feel have fallen by the wayside.
I am looking for your opinions! What are those? What do you want the audience to know in order to be better “final cast members” for a successful performance?
There are two sides to every story, but one thing is clear: as a society, we seem to have lost some basic respect for those around us. What do you think?
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