Children and 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. Done poorly, you can create an awful experience for your child and the people seated around him/her.
First take time to select the proper show for your child to see. BTL shows are not one size fits all. 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. Most of our Broadway shows are not appropriate for younger children and we encourage you to select a Junior Series show instead. Remember, every child who attends, regardless of age, must have their own ticket. In some cases it might be cheaper to hire a babysitter and make it a date night instead. Infants should always be left at home, as there’s no distraction quite like a crying baby.
Here are some general guidelines that should be mentioned prior to attending a live performance to prepare your child to present the proper behavior everyone will be expecting from him or her.
- They will be expected to be quiet, sit still in their own chair and not disturb others around them by talking or fidgeting. You are welcome to bring a booster seat to help them see the show.
- They will need to keep their feet on the floor, not on the seats around them.
- The should not kick the chair in front of them or stand during the performance.
- They should not leave the theatre except during intermission.
- They cannot eat, drink or chew gum in the theatre.
- They should use the restroom before the performance or during intermission.
They may applaud when appropriate.
Also mention to your children 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. You may always ask an usher to reseat you towards the back of the theatre/balcony. It’s unfortunate to mention, but children (and sometimes parents) behaving poorly will be asked to leave without a refund.
We are all here to enjoy the show so let’s do our best to make each show enjoyable for all!