After recently attending a variety of venue’s over the past month or so I have noticed that the general populous is lacking in proper etiquette when it comes to performances. So in an effort to put my mind at ease and maybe educate at least one person out there, here goes.
To be early, is to be on time, to be on time, is to be late, and to be late, is never to be. I am confident that most people have heard some variation of that phrase at least once in their life time. Those words apply directly to performances of any variety.
Being early to a performance even if its just a few minutes I consider to be very important. It allows you to buy tickets if needed and then quickly find your seat. That way when the lights are lowered and the doors are shut you are not fumbling around in the dark and not inconviencing those already seated.
Arriving on time is just that. You have arrived in time for the performance to start. A lot of venues won’t sell you a ticket once the performance has started and/or allow the access doors to the seating area to be opened. This is so that you don’t disturb those seated and also so you don’t be a distraction to the performers. It also may be that the performers are in the seating isles for part of their performance so it is also a safety concern.
Again this also causes a distraction to other audience members. Although I can ignore a door being opened behind me that exterior light that comes through really screws things up. As the lights have been dimmed so the stage can be clearly ones eyes have adapted to that. Now your throwing a much brighter light from behind and the eye have to readjust.
Coming late. Well, that’s just unacceptable. I do realize that things to do happen in life and sometimes that does prevent one from being able to be there before the designated start time. So be it. Just remember what I’m preaching here and time your entrance in a break in the performance. I know that it may suck to miss part of it, but I think being courteous to the performers and fellow audience members is more important.