Whether you are a longtime fan of a performer, you follow the whole cast online or just don’t want your night on Broadway to end, stage door is a great place to end your night. If you’ve never missed a stage door in your life or if you have no idea what stage door is here are some tips to have the best stage door experience you can!
Get there early: Don’t run out of the theatre before bows, but head straight there once the house lights come up. The earlier you get there, the better the spot you are likely to get. Don’t try to shove your way to the front, or push people around, it's incredibly rude and people can get separated from their group or hurt when people are trying to push their way towards the front.
Be prepared: If you want a picture with a performer, have your camera app ready and arrange with friends who will be taking pictures. If you just want an autograph, have a sharpie ready. If you forget one, usually people have no problem sharing and cast members will sometimes have their own but it makes it a lot easier if you have your own. Don’t forget to test that it works first! Check the weather for that night and dress appropriately if you know you want to stage door. It usually takes the cast some time to get out of costume and makeup and get back into their clothes so you can wait for a while at the stage door. Just be prepared, if its winter; bring an extra layer, if it’s summer; make sure you have water to keep yourself cool.
Be Considerate: While yes, it is very exciting to meet performers and it’s great to show your enthusiasm be considerate of performers and other people who are stage door. Cast members and performers are still people so treat them with respect, always ask before having them sign something or taking a picture. If a performer doesn’t want to take pictures or sign that night, respect their choice. If you were hoping for someone else to come out and they don’t, be understanding and enjoy those performers who are taking time to meet you.
Stay Calm: While stage door can get crowded and it can get loud and full of energy try your best to stay calm. The cast will get to you when they can and screaming or trying to shove your playbill towards them won’t make it move any faster, in fact, it really congests the whole process.
Say thank you: Performers coming to stage door have places to be and they are spending their time to meet you. They are performing eight times a week, so they are usually tired and probably want to go home. Stage door is not mandatory, it’s a privilege for fans. Always say thank you after they take a picture or sign something. Again, stage door is a privilege, not a right.
Kids at stage door: Consider the show and consider the child. If they are already going to be tired and cranky by the end of the show, stage door isn’t right for them. If it is a family-friendly show, stage door will usually have a few kids at it. Stage door requires some patience so if your child can’t stand and wait for at least half an hour, it is going to be more miserable than fun. Often others can block kids views as well so if you can’t get towards the front it adds another element of difficulty to it.
Who shouldn’t come to stage door: If you are impatient, claustrophobic or don’t like to stay out late, stage door is probably not for you. It varies from theatre to theatre but often they can be large crowds and it takes actors a minute to get out of the theatre so patience and being good with staying out late are vital.
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