Spol·et·i·quette (noun) the customary code of polite behavior in a Festival environment/setting or among Festival-goers
1. Show up early. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before showtime to give yourself time to park, find your seat, and settle in—scrambling over patrons who showed up on time to get to that middle aisle seat is no easy feat.
2. Please turn it off. Performers put in a lot of hard work, sweat, and tears to get a Festival production together. The glory of this labor is ruined the moment a cell phone rings. So take a moment to disconnect; set your phones to silent, sit back, and just enjoy the show!
3. Just say no to snacks. Satiate your thirst and hunger prior to showtime because the crinkling of a snack, cough-drop, or candy wrapper can be heard throughout the venue.
4. That Chapstick can wait. Rustling around in your bag to find something during a performance is disruptive. Please wait until intermission or curtain calls because we all know how long it really takes to find something in a purse.
5. Silence is a virtue. Forgot to tell the friend sitting next to you about something that happened earlier in the day? That can wait, but the performance will not. Please withhold from conversing during performances.
6. Please keep your feet off of seats and balcony ledges. While we know how comfortable it is to kick up your feet in your own living room, the audience member in front of you will probably not empathize with your comfort.
7. To protect the integrity and magic of the Festival, no photography or filming is allowed. Plus, a camera flash is enough to stop a soprano’s perfectly executed aria in its tracks.
8. Unless your ticket specifies General Admission, be sure to sit only in the seat that was assigned to you.
9. Please Save the dialogue for cast members. Believe us, we know the feeling: it’s your favorite verse of the opera and every time you hear it coming you can’t help but passionately belt those lines out.
10. Please dress accordingly.
a. Theaters can be chilly so come to performances equipped with a scarf, shawl, or jacket.
b. Hats are a wonderful accessory, but unfortunately they’re also great at obstructing the views of people behind you so kindly remove it when you find your seat.
c. Although it is no longer required to dress to the nines when going to the theater, proper attire is still expected: substitute those casual jeans and shorts for dresses, button down shirts, and nice jackets.