We get it. Some of us have not been to live theatre in a long time and may not be used to be around live performers. Here are a few tips so everyone can enjoy the show.

Actors on stage can see and hear you just as you can see and hear them. Be respectful to the actors and your fellow audience members by being attentive and observing the guidelines below.

Every child is different, and what may be appropriate for one child may not be for another. STC respects each parent’s knowledge of their child and what is suitable content for them. Children under the age of 5 are not allowed in the theatres during STC performances.

Wear what makes you comfortable. Some patrons dress in business casual, some more formal, and some in jeans and a t-shirt. It’s all good. The theatres are kept cool, so consider bringing a scarf or light jacket.


  • Turn off cell phones or other electronic devices. Watch alarms during a death scene are a bummer. No pictures or video recording allowed during the show.
  • Dispose of all food and gum. Food and drink are not permitted in the theatre at this time.
  • Visit the restroom. Unless there is an emergency, plan to stay seated throughout the performance.


  • Please feel free to have honest reactions. You can laugh, applaud and enjoy the performance. Please refrain from talking with other audience or to the actors during the performance; it is distracting to all. It’s best to save discussions for intermission and after the show.
  • Wait until intermission to search through your purse or bag—you may be making more noise than you think.
  • Do not leave early. It is disruptive to the audience and actors.

Late seating is always at the discretion of House Management. If you arrive late, please listen to your House Management team and they will get you into the theatre at the appropriate time and as close to your original seat as possible. If they are unable to get you to your original seat, you may move during intermission.