It is suggested that you arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the show.
This allows you to find your seat, read the program, and get settled before the overture begins.
This will give you the best experience possible.
Those that arrive after the curtain goes up will be seated at the discretion of theatre management so as to not cause an interruption to other patrons as well as the actors on stage. Usually this is during a scene break or the applause break at the end of a song. Just alert the usher that you have arrived late and ask to be seated. The usher will usually peek into the house, and escort you to your seat when the time is right. There is a safety issue here, too. Plunging into a darkened theatre could lead to a trip or fall. If your seat is down near the stage, you also may wish to stand at the back of the theatre until intermission.
PLEASE REFRAIN FROM TALKING DURING THE SHOW
A quick whisper to your neighbor, or an audible reaction to something interesting that happens on stage is fine but keep conversations to the intermission and after the show. We want the best possible experience for all our attendees.
SILENCE YOUR MOBILE DEVICES
When electronics ring and vibrate it is very distracting to both the performers and audience members. The bright light emitted from the use of these devices is also a disturbance. We appreciate and encourage you sharing your Paris Center of Fine Arts experience via social media, but we ask that you select appropriate times to do so. Pre-show is an excellent opportunity for a social media check-in tagging the PCOFA. Intermission and after the curtain closes are wonderful opportunities to post a status about how much you loved the show. But please refrain from using your electronic devices during a performance.
LIMIT YOUR RESTROOM BREAKS
We request that you use the facilities before the show, during intermission, and after the performance. Should that not be possible, we ask that you wait for a proper break such as a scene change or an applause. Our ushers will let you know an appropriate time to reenter the performance.
PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO ARE PROHIBITED INSIDE OF THE THEATRE DURING CERTAIN TIMES
Photos or videos of any kind are not to be taken of the stage or of the performance due to copyright regulations. You are welcome to take photos in our lobby and prior to curtain time, intermission and at the conclusion of the show in the theatre. If attempts are made to photograph or video during the performance, our ushers will require you to delete the photos to ensure we are all compliant with copyright regulations.
THE VOLUME IS SET
The sound system for each show is professionally set by our amazing production team. Unfortunately, many variables exist that may occasionally hinder sound quality. Please let an usher know if you are having trouble hearing as assisted listening devices can be provided. We want everyone to be able to hear but we can’t help you if you don’t let us know.
STAY UNTIL THE FINAL BOW
We get that you might want to leave early to beat the crowd, but leaving while the show is in progress or before the actors have finished their final curtain call is distractive to others and discourteous to the actors. Please stay and cheer through the standing ovation (ya, that’s gonna happen with the fabulous upcoming shows), and then exit with the rest of the audience.
DONT BE AFRAID TO REACT
Laugh, applaud, and enjoy the show! Actors love to feel the energy of an audience engaged in the performance. The performances on the prairie are an experience of emotions that will make you laugh, cry and open your eyes to new cultural opportunities. Allow yourself to get lost inside the story and music – it’s the best part of the theatre experience!
DON'T SING ALONG
It is tempting, we know. But if you want to sing on Broadway, then you’re gonna have to audition like those people up onstage did. Maybe in the future there will be exceptions to this rule such as a sing-along show that we think would be great to add to our fabulous list of upcoming shows. Got a sing-along show that you would like to suggest, email your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UNWRAP COUGH DROPS & CANDIES BEFORE
We know, this sounds like a strange request. But if you anticipate a coughing fit during the show, be sure to unwrap your lozenges before the performance starts. That crinkling sound is like nails on a chalkboard during a quiet play. And, no, unwrapping it S-L-O-W-L-Y does not help the situation … actually might be worse!
RESPECT THE SPACE & COMFORT OF THOSE AROUND YOU
Please sit in the seat you are assigned so you do not cause confusion for other audience members. The audience should practice good Broadway etiquette by taking care to not lean into your neighbor, hog armrests, intrude on already limited leg room or let your coat or other belongings hang so far off the back of your seat that it ends up in someone else’s lap. That’s an easy one.
LET US KNOW ABOUT SPECIAL ACCESS NEEDS IN ADVANCE
Please contact the box office to make arrangements for wheelchair seating options or if assistance is needed for those with limited mobility. Assisted listening devices also are available at our box office.
CHILDREN & LIVE THEATRE
Attending a live theatre performance can be a magical and memorable experience for even young children. Done well, you will be planting the seeds of appreciation in a young patron for a love of live theatre and music. Done poorly, you can create an awful experience for your child and the people seated around you.
First, take time to select the proper show for your child to see. It would be unfair to ask your child to behave their best if you have selected a show that would bore them or that they do not understand. Infants and young toddlers should always be left at home when attending mainstage shows, to reduce distractions for our audience.
Also mention to your child that the theatre will be dark at times and sudden bursts of sounds may happen. If your child becomes restless, frightened, or very loud, please take them to the lobby. Please remember that our lobby is not sound proof and loud noise will travel into the theatre. If seats are available, you may always ask an usher to reseat you towards the back of the theatre/balcony.