Here are the little things people don’t tell you but would be really nice to know when going to the theater. I hope this helps to increase your comfort and allow for an experience without distractions.
- Wear a sweater. I hear people speculate that facilities pump up the air conditioning to keep you awake during a performance; this wouldn’t even work for my mother. I’m sure the A/C is there to keep us comfortable. Either way, take a sweater.
- Water. Most facilities allow only water into the seating area, and you should make sure you have some. There’s nothing worse than having a cough attack with nothing to drink. Your coughing will annoy the people around you, you’ll have to get up and go outside (more annoying) and you won’t be allowed back to your seat. This happened to a friend during “Carmen.” She had to stand in the back until intermission.
- Please turn your cell phone off. Not on quiet or vibrate — turn the whole thing off. Allow yourself (and others) to completely engage in the performance, escape from reality and be free from the outside world. Thanks to technology, your texts, voicemail and Facebook updates will be there when you turn your phone back on.
- I take my beautiful opera glasses that belonged to my grandmother; they are really just fancy binoculars. I like to see the detail on a ballet costume or a character’s facial expression during an aria. Sometimes the leading actors aren’t too bad to look at up close either.
- Sit in the Mezzanine center and go to matinees. Now, I shouldn’t be telling you this because you’ll take my seat. The Mezzanine has are the most reasonably priced seats with a full view of the stage. Matinees are less expensive than the evening performances.