Theatre

First Timers Guide to the Theatre

  • Sometimes, our weekly television routines become stale and we find ourselves looking for new activities to kill the boredom. The search for a new pastime isn't always easy, and you have to look deeper inside your heart to come up with something worthwhile. Speaking of ideas, do you love drama, dancing, and music? If your answer to any or all of the above questions is yes, it may be time for you to take up watching live theatre performances as a pastime activity. Here's why.

    What Does Theatre Provide?

    Theatre, according to Gresham College professor, Dr. Glenn D Wilson, is one higher cultural activity that marks us as creative, imaginative, and truly human. The inclusion of human conflict in many plays provides subtle guidance in our personal relationships, which helps us relate better to each other. Additionally, attending a live performance promotes our understanding of humanity, which in turn, helps us make meaningful connections.

    Live performance provide a livelier experience. This is attributable to the brief magical moments that can only be experienced when performers and their viewers share the same physical space. There are numerous benefits to attending a live performance over watching the same in the form of a movie. Try it, if you haven't already.

    Tips and Tricks to Help You Have a Smooth First Time Theatre Experience

    So, you have decided to try live theater for the first time. It's important to know that just like any other new experiences in your life, it won't be smooth. There are queues, everywhere, and you might find yourself in the wrong one if you are not careful. Here are a few tips to help you deal with some of the unpleasant experiences you may encounter at a Broadway theater:

    • Buy your ticket in advance– Nobody likes waiting in line. But you will have to if you choose to buy your ticket at the venue. Box office queues are often long and chaotic. You can buy your ticket even 30 days in advance with online vendors at discounted prices. Todaytix is one of the vendors who provide ticket prices at discounted prices through their todaytix promo codes.
    • The lesser the luggage, the better– Try to avoid bringing shopping bags or large backpacks to the theater. All bags will be searched at the entrance, thus inconvenient if you have a lot of them. The rows are also narrow, so no room for baggage.
    • Use the bathroom at home– Bathroom waiting lines in Broadway houses can be long, plus you might have to take a lot of stairs to and fro since bathrooms always sit on the mezzanine level or the lower basement.
    • Be punctual– Doors open 30 minutes before curtain. Many theatres don't allow late seating. You will have to watch the show from a monitor in the lobby if you arrive after the printed time.

    There are other important things to keep in mind if you want to enjoy your first Broadway experience. Don't take photos, and remember to turn off your phone. Maintain silence throughout the play. Talking during a performance is a gross violation of theater etiquette.