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Theater Etiquette

To make the experience an enjoyable one for all, please review the following theater etiquette with all your students and chaperones before attending a Bemis Company Education Series performance.
 

Theater Behavior

Students should be reminded to stay with their group and walk, not run, while inside the building. After being seated, please keep feet off of the backs of chairs. Until the performance begins, the students may talk quietly to those around them. If seated in a balcony, do not attempt to throw or drop anything on the levels below. Once the lights dim and the performance begins, avoid talking, using backlit electronic devices (such as cell phones or iPods) and making unnecessary noise. To ensure guests and performers enjoy the performance free of distractions, the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center reserves the right to ask anyone to leave if his or her behavior is disruptive.
 

Attire

Students and adults should wear whatever they are comfortable in to attend the performance. There is a short walk from the parking areas to the building so dress appropriately for the weather. Please note that coat check is not available for education performances. Remind your students to check their surroundings before leaving the building to avoid any lost articles.
 

Electronic Devices

Remember to turn off or silence all cell phones, pagers, watch alarms or other electronic devices before entering the theater. Cameras, audio and video recorders are not permitted. Please avoid texting or checking email on your cell phone during the performance, as the backlight may disrupt others around you.
 

Food and Beverages

Food, beverages and gum are not allowed in the theater during Bemis Company Education Series performances. Students will be asked to discard their gum upon arrival at the Center. Please leave food and beverage items on the bus or at school.
 

Classroom Activity Idea

Help prepare your students for their trip to the Center with this classroom activity on theater etiquette. A fun way to review theater etiquette with your students is to have them compare appropriate dress and behavior for the theater with other activities, such as attending a concert, going to a movie or swimming at the beach. Divide the class into groups and assign each group a different activity. Have the groups list the appropriate dress and behavior for their activity and why on the etiquette brainstorm sheet. The groups can then briefly role play their activity and present their ideas to the rest of the class. After all groups have presented, discuss how we behave differently for a live theater performance than we do for other activities.


Click here for an etiquette brainstorm worksheet (PDF).
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